Bozeman Journals

Summer week in Montana, Wyoming and South Dakota

A July 2005 trip to Bozeman by Travelingon

Holiday Inn Express Suites I 90 Photo, Bozeman, Montana More Photos
Quote: We flew into Bozeman, Montana, and rented a car. We visited Yellowstone National Park and then headed east to Devil's Tower Monument, and then to South Dakota to see Mount Rushmore.

Holiday Inn Express Suites I 90

Hotel | "Holiday Inn Express"

Holiday Inn Express Suites I 90 Photo, Bozeman, Montana
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Our room had two queen-sized beds, cable TV, desk and chair, and a small round table with two chairs. There was an iron and ironing board, coffeemaker, and a hair dryer in the bathroom. The bathroom had marble floors and vanity with plenty of counter space. Internet access is free. The room was very clean. The beds were the most comfortable beds we’ve ever slept in! My son is still talking about that bed! Continental breakfast is served from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. They serve bagels, cinnamon rolls, toast, English muffins, baked muffins, yogurt, cereals, apples and bananas, hard boiled eggs, coffee, tea, apple and orange juice. There is an indoor pool and spa at the hotel that’s op...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 5, 2005

Holiday Inn Express Suites I 90
645 EAST DISK DRIVE
Rapid City, South Dakota 57701
605-355-9090

Holiday Inn Express Belgrade

Hotel | "Holiday Inn Express"

Holiday Inn Express Belgrade Photo, Belgrade, Montana
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All rooms are non-smoking at this hotel. Our room had two queen-sized beds, cable TV, desk and chair, and a small round table with two chairs. There was an iron and ironing board, coffeemaker, and a hair dryer in the bathroom. The bathroom had marble floors and vanity with plenty of counter space. The room was very clean. Continental breakfast is served from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. They serve bagels, cinnamon rolls, toast, English muffins, baked muffins, yogurt, cereals, apples and bananas, hard boiled eggs, coffee, tea, apple and orange juice. There are tables there to enjoy your breakfast. There is a fitness room and a washer and dryer are available to use. This hotel is ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 5, 2005

Holiday Inn Express Belgrade
6261 Jackrabbit Lane
Belgrade, Montana 59714
(406) 388-0800

Econolodge

Hotel

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I was very impressed with the fast and friendly check-in process.


Our room had two queen-sized beds, a small refrigerator, microwave, cable TV, and desk and chair. The room was very clean. My only complaint is that they didn’t have a hair dryer in the bathroom.


Continental breakfast is served from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. There's no place to sit, but you’re welcome to take as much as you want back to your room. They serve bagels, English muffins, blueberry muffins, raisin bran and Frosted Flake cereals, coffee, tea, orange and grape juice.


Devil’s Tower National Monument is about an hour away.


I would stay here again!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 5, 2005

Best Western Cross Winds Motor Inn

Hotel | "Best Western Crosswinds"

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This hotel is a two-story building with 70 guest rooms. Our large, comfortable room had two queen-sized beds, a small refrigerator, microwave, cable TV, desk and chair and a small round table with two chairs. There was an iron and ironing board and a hair dryer in the bathroom. The room was very clean. A town park with a playground is next to the hotel. You can walk to the downtown, which has a lot of nice gift shops and restaurants. There are also chain restaurants available: McDonald’s, Subway, and KFC. A Visitor’s Center, Imax Theater and Grizzly Museum is downtown. The west entrance to Yellowstone Park is 5 minutes away. Continental breakfast is served from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. T...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 5, 2005

Best Western Cross Winds Motor Inn
201 Firehole Lane
West Yellowstone, Montana 59758
406-646-9557

Lodge at Yellowstone Lake

Restaurant | "The Lodge at Yellowstone Lake"

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We enjoyed a delicious lunch at the rustic Lake Lodge at Yellowstone Lake Village. There’s a cafeteria with a varied selection of food and beverages and a large seating area. There were many hot entrees, salads, sandwiches, desserts, and beverages available, including beer. Both my husband and I had one of the specials of the day, which was Trout Almandine, mashed potatoes, and carrots for $8.99, and it was terrific! My son had chicken tenders that were very large, and he said they were very good. The other specials available were pot roast, fried chicken, and ziti with marinara. Our total bill was $32.00. We sat next to one of the huge windows, which gave us a gorgeous view of Lake Yellowstone. A...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 5, 2005

Lodge at Yellowstone Lake
Yellowstone Lake
Bozeman, Montana

Devils Tower National Monument Photo, Devils Tower, Wyoming
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Devils Tower in Wyoming was the first National Monument in the United States. It’s a huge monolith resembling a tree trunk that rises 1267 feet above the Belle Fourche River. After the park entrance, before you reach the Tower, there is a Prairie Dog Town on both sides of the road. There are hundreds of prairie dogs popping in and out of their holes. There are some parking areas so you can park and take photos of the prairie dogs, as well as the beautiful views. At the parking area for the monument, there is a small visitor’s center with restrooms, a bookstore, and a few exhibits. There are a few telescopes so you can view the Tower. Some people were climbing the Tower the day we visited, ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 5, 2005

Devils Tower National Monument

Black Hills

Mount Rushmore National Memorial

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Attraction | "Mount Rushmore"

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We visited Mount Rushmore at night to see the Illumination of the Faces at 9 p.m. We arrived at 8 p.m. and paid our $8.00 parking fee, which is good until the end of the year. Even if you have a National Parks pass, you still need to pay the parking fee. There’s a parking garage, Visitor’s Center with huge gift shop, restrooms, and a cafeteria. There’s also an excellent museum that was very informative. Before you enter the amphitheater for the ceremony, you walk through the Avenue of State Flags, which are tall granite columns on each side of you. All the state flags are flying, and the name of the state is engraved on the column. I thought this was impressive, especially since the columns framed...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 5, 2005

Mount Rushmore National Memorial
13000 Highway 244
Keystone, South Dakota 57751
(605) 574-3171

Custer State Park

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Attraction

Custer State Park Photo, Black Hills, South Dakota
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We had planned a half-day at Custer Park. We stayed the entire day and wished we’d had a week. We started with a tour of the Needles Highway, which was fantastic! It’s a 14-mile scenic road that takes you through pine forests and granite mountains. Some rocks had tunnels built in them so one car could pass through. At one parking area, once you left the car you realized how huge these granite stones are! My son thought it was cool; he said it was like we were on another planet. We drove through the wildlife loop and saw wild turkeys, pronghorn antelope, deer, and bison. There are 1500 bison in the park, and we saw a herd of about 300 just as we were coming up over a hill. It was awesome! W...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 5, 2005

Custer State Park
13329 US Hwy 16A
Custer 57730
(605) 255-4772

Yellowstone National Park Photo, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
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Yellowstone National Park was the world’s first National Park, established in 1872. This is one of the world’s most active volcanoes and home to many geysers and other hydrothermal features. There is beautiful scenery and an amazing amount of wildlife in their own habitat. The park is very well organized, and the Park Rangers are very helpful at the many Visitor’s Centers. At the park entrance, you receive a copy of Yellowstone Today, which is the official newspaper for the park. This includes maps and much information about the park. We visited Yellowstone for four days, and we’ll visit again when we have more time. It was wonderful to drive through the park every day and see the wildlife. It was...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 5, 2005

Yellowstone National Park
Headwaters of the Yellowstone River
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 82190
(307) 344-7381