Lodging, Transportation, Local Attractions
Closest Major Airport: Great Falls International,
40 miles from Fort Benton on U.S. Highway 87.
Airlines: Northwest, Delta, Horizon, Sky West.
Car Rental: Several major companies at airport.
Shuttle Service: We can arrange transportation in our vans,
so as to avoid car rental expenses. We can pick you up at
the airport to bring you to a Ft. Benton hotel, or pick you
up at a Great Falls hotel on the morning of your trip.
In Great Falls our clients get discounted
rooms at the Best Western Heritage Inn. Call (800) 548-8256,
and ask for "HIP" rates for Upper Missouri River
Guides. This is a really nice hotel, whose shuttle van does
airport pick-ups, as well as free transport to features such
as the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center and the Charlie
Russell Museum. Good restaurant and comfortable lounge on
premises. Rooms run around $70.
In Fort Benton, the Grand
Union Hotel offers discounts
to our clients. This is a 120 year-old hotel that has been
painstakingly restored to its original grandeur. There is
a five-star restaurant on premises. The hotel is built on
the bank of the Upper Missouri River, which some rooms overlook.
Rooms run around $120. Call (888) 838-1882 .
Fort Benton's Pioneer
Lodge provides clean basic motel rooms and is
conveniently located downtown on historic Front St., just
across from the Upper Missouri River. Rooms run about $60.
Call (800) 622-6088.
Places of Interest
Russell Museum - large collection of this famous
western artist's works, and his original studio.
and Clark Interpretive Center - for Lewis and
Clark enthusiasts, this is a premier place to visit. It is
a treasure of information about the Expedition in general,
with particular emphasis on Lewis and clark in Montana.
Bureau of Land Management, Upper Missouri
River Breaks National Monument Visitor Center - contains displays
of the Upper Missouri's history, geology, flora and fauna,
with focus on Lewis and Clark. It is also a good source of
information about paddling the river, with maps and books
Montana Agricultural Museum - This is
a exceedingly well done museum which chronicles the history
of agriculture in central Montana, from the homestead era
to the present.
Lewis and Clark's Decision Point - twenty
miles from Fort Benton, is located at the confluence of the
Missouri and Marias rivers. It was a critical place for the
Expedition, where they spent 11 days exploring the two rivers
to determine which would lead them to the Pacific Ocean. There
is a short trail here and interpretive signs, with spectacular
views of the confluence.