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11. Posted by kezin (Budding Member 107 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

- Don't know what your plans are at this point; nonetheless a few maybe helpful additions here, to the excellent ones already posted.
- Chicago: (just returned from there and nyc) The Art Institute definitely! one evening (Thursday?) is p.w.y.c. nearby is Miller's Bar on Wabash; a slightly grubby, classy vintage celebrity watering hole/restaurant.
- Billings, Montana: Surprisingly large, active city. Historic downtown, somewhat 'gentrified' but at least intact. Had a superb meal in a Greek restaurant there, for pennies. Some fabulous neon signage as well.
- You should have NO PROBLEM renting a car in either Fargo, North Dakota, or Billings. In Montana they like their vehicles BIG!
- North Dakota is strikingly beautiful and invigorating.
- Seattle: Hit the SAM (Seattle Art Museum) as well. Just down the street from the Pike Market, on Alaskan Way (1- rst. St.)...Don't visit the Market itself too late in the day; mid- afternoon or earlier in the day is best.
- Amtrak has some excellent travel packages for train journeys covering specific zones and times. Remember that you will be crossing the 'Great Divide' going either direction between Chi and Sea; as such you would want to pass thru the mountains running thru Mon and Wyo in the daylight hours, obviously (if possible).
- Cheers, Kevin

12. Posted by hlread (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Im in Missoula, MT...and although Im sure this thread is too old, maybe it will help someone else. Amtrek goes through Whitefish, MT...which is a nice little town in northwestern Montana. Its worth stopping there because you can step off the train and visit Glacier National Park, one of the most beautiful parks in the US. One to three nights should be long enough, depending on what time of year...its best in May, June and July! Its too cold other times and probably on fire in August and September. if you have time, rent a car and come see Missoula and the Bitteroot Valley. Missoula is a fun college town with a heck of a nightlife!! And yes-Montanans are super friendly! (Also there's no sales tax and the motels are pretty cheap and plentiful.)

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