Day Trip From Helena to Great Falls, Montana
20 miles north of Helena, drive down to Gates of the Mountains, a historical site that is part of the Lewis and Clark National Historical Trail.
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In Cascade County, see Tower Rock State Park, a rock formation that's 424-feet high. It was a landmark for Native American tribes and other travelers.
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You can also hike at Tower Rock, but be careful and keep an eye out for rattlesnakes!
In the same area, drive a bit along the Old U.S. 91 for some scenic shots by the railroad and the Missouri River.
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You'll also find the Hardy Bridge, which was featured in the Kevin Costner and Sean Connery film "The Untouchables."
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15 miles from Great Falls is First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, one of the country's largest buffalo jump sites. Again, watch for rattlesnakes.
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You can hike to the bison jump or drive up to the upper access area. There is a prairie dog town up by the top! 😍 Check ahead of time for open hours.
Their Visitor Center has educational information, exhibits, and a gift shop. Learn more about buffalo culture and the past.
When you get to Great Falls, go to Giant Springs State Park, one of the country's largest freshwater springs.
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There are over 20 miles of trails and the park is simply gorgeous! The park is also supposed to be beautiful in the winter.
Walk, bike, picnic, meditate, and more at Montana's most-visited state park.
Find lots of other scenic overlooks in Great Falls, including Rainbow Dam, Black Eagle Falls, Crooked Falls, and more.
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Great Falls has some museums, including the C.M. Russell Museum. He is a famous artist who lived in Great Falls. See his art and other artists' works.
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You can walk through his home as well as his original artist's studio on the property. There is a great gift shop as well in the museum.
Keep any eye out for the other unique things you can see in Great Falls, like the Milwaukee Road Depot Building pictured here.
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