WoW: Plaguelands (de-plagued)
Parking: Econolodge – Missoula, MT
Parking: Rest Area – Bozeman, MT
After Flathead Lake, we decided to head to Wyoming by crossing I-90. We stayed a night in a hotel in Zoo Town to take some good showers and do laundry, and then we overnighted at a Rest Area in Bozeman (not the one pictured). These were mostly just driving days.
Montana is fantastic. The no sales tax on anything makes you feel like you are getting a discount on everything you buy. They do have an income tax, but either this state is in a big financial hole, or they really know how to squeeze their dollars. For a state that is covered with snow for a significant part of the year, the roads are in excellent shape (they were re-paving I-90 even though its current condition was far better than any interstate in WA). The rest areas are beautiful – the stalls at many of them are individual rooms with granite wall tile and are as clean as possible. The city parks are well-kept and in fantastic locations. The streets are clean, and (in the cities we drove through) businesses were thriving and the administrative buildings were attractive.
I’m sure Montanans complain about things like I complain about Washington, but from this tourist’s perspective, it looked pretty sweet.
If you are looking for a new place to live, you might want to do some research on Kalispell. The city pretty much has everything you need (or if it doesn’t, it probably is under construction). It’s near Flathead Lake (the largest freshwater natural lake in the West) and snow skiing. There are mountains, hills, and plains nearby. Housing is cheap. They have some excellent health care facilities.