Go on an Adventure Across Montana: Ride the Rails

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Amtrak’s Empire Builder is the best way to experience Montana’s scenic landscape and charming small towns.

Take a journey where the allure of rail travel is matched only by the beauty of Missouri River Country’s landscape and charming communities. Amtrak’s Empire Builder travels between Chicago and Seattle or Portland daily with three stops in Montana’s Missouri River Country. Right now holiday and winter ski packages are available but won't last long, make sure to book your trip by November 25, 2013. Leave the driving to Amtrak, sit back and relax as the train winds its way along the Missouri River.

The on-time daily stops are perfectly scheduled to allow travelers to spend a night and explore Missouri River Country, then resume their journey the next afternoon. The Empire Builder stops in three Missouri River communities: Wolf Point, Glasgow and Malta. These communities exhibit small town charm and true western hospitality. Car rentals are available in Wolf Point and Glasgow allowing you to explore off the beaten path. To find information about winter 2013 tour packages and schedules for these towns, visit http://www.amtrak.com/empire-builder-train.

Wolf Point – Wolf Point is part of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation. Experience the history and modern lifestyles of the local tribes.

Glasgow – Established as a railroad town, Glasgow grew when the Fort Peck Dam was built just a few miles south. Visit the Valley County Pioneer Museum to see unique fossils, local wildlife and early railroad collections. Also for those traveling with children the Children’s Museum of Northeast Montana provides an environment of discovery with hands-on experiences.

Malta – Open spaces and diverse landscapes await visitors in Malta, a gateway to the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge and Bowdoin National Wildlife Refuge. See deer, antelope and upland game birds. Malta is also a stop on the Montana Dinosaur Trail featuring rare dinosaur specimens and fossils at the Great Plains Dinosaur Museum and the Phillips County Museum.

Whether you’re on your way to the coast or traveling to Montana to ski the slopes at the Big Mountain Ski Resort in Whitefish, a stop in Missouri River Country is a must for a truly unique experience. For more information about visiting Missouri River Country and planning your rail adventure, please visit http://missouririver.visitmt.com/.

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