This special Great Escapes is made possible by the generous underwriting from our title sponsor, Ford Motor Company and its new Ford Escape Hybrid SUV featured in this expedition.  Ford is the proud sponsor of this travel feature that showcases one of the most important natural resources in America and Ford is dedicated to sustainable manufacturing processes that help to preserve the natural environment for future generations. For more information about the Escape Hybrid, visit the online site here.

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Need a little space? Montana has 145,556 square miles, not counting our lakes and rivers.  Much of Montana remains in a natural state, just as wild as when the Lewis and Clark expedition made its way up the Missouri River and overland to the Pacific 200 years ago.  Our web site can help you plan a visit - find lodging, places to go, things to do, and more.  Call us at 800-VISITMT or visit our Web site. (If you’re a youngster, visit

The Papoose Creek Lodge is an eco-tourism lodge dedicated to conserving our natural environment and fostering the health of the economy, culture and community of our rural landscape and its inhabitants.  A stay at Papoose Creek Lodge combines invigorating outdoor activities with distinctive accommodations, fine food, an attentive and friendly staff and genuine hospitality.  Visit the Papoose Creek Lodge at

The J Bar L Ranch lets you experience the old West with modern luxuries. Vacation at your choice of two beautifully restored turn-of-the-century homesteads located on 10,000 acres in Montana’s beautiful Centennial Valley.  Enjoy the rhythms of a simpler time on a working ranch where we raise natural beef and paint horses. You bring the food and your appetite, we provide the rest, from an elegant kitchen, to luxurious beds, to a hot tub. We're in Lima, Mont., but you can visit us online.

Spectacular Ink is a strategic public relations and marketing agency, known for its expertise in the tourism and hospitality sector. Its clients include lodges, resorts and luxury travel companies in the Pacific Northwest including Big River Lodge, Entrée Canada, King Pacific Lodge, Pacific Sands Beach Resort, Papoose Creek Lodge, Sea to Sky Helisports and MegaYacht Adventures, The Palms Villa Resort, and Washington State Tourism. Phone toll-free 1-866-773-2838 or check out our website

The Sacajawea Hotel is on the Lewis and Clark trail in the heart of Montana, where the past and present meet. Enjoy the “undaunted hospitality” of the Sacajawea Hotel and Steak House.  Experience true Western charm with antique porch rockers, claw foot bathtubs, and the pop and sizzle of perfectly aged Certified Angus steaks. Visit them in Three Forks, Mont. or on the Web at

The Grand Union Hotel opened 122 years ago and was the finest hotel between Chicago and Seattle.  Mountain men, cowboys, rivermen and some of Montana's most prominent businessmen dined and stayed here. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the hotel reopened its doors following a state and national award winning restoration in November 1999.  The Grand Union Hotel and the Union Grille are recognized as among the Best of the West. Stay there in Fort Benton, Mont. or visit them online at

Eagle Buttes Adventures, LLC is an outdoor recreation business specializing in the rugged and remote Missouri River Breaks.  We offer a variety of packages that cater to the adventurous individual, including full-day and half-day ATV guided rides to see the spectacular and enchanting Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument. Learn more at

The Judith River Dinosaur Institute invites you to take your next adventure with paleontologist Nate Murphy. The Dinosaur Field Station in Malta, Mont., is operated by the non-profit Judith River Foundation and dedicated to the preservation and research of the abundant paleontological resources of Montana. Exploring under the big sky of Montana the ancient dragons of the past. Learn more at

Montana River Outfitters is Montana's foremost floating and fishing outfitter, since 1977. Featuring personal and experienced guides, superb cuisine, and luxurious camps, we offer trips from 2 hours to 7 days. Enjoy scenic and historic Lewis and Clark adventures or white water trips in addition to the Wild and Scenic Missouri by large 14-passenger Voyageur canoes, tandem canoes, kayaks, or rafts. Visit them online at

Montana River Ranch is a beautiful 8,000 acre working ranch that borders the Missouri River. Surrounded by cottonwood trees and overlooking acres of farmland, our newly constructed three-level log cabin lends itself to a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere with the style of gracious living from years gone by. Our ranch is located just minutes from the national historic sites of Fort Union, Fort Buford and the confluence of the Missouri and Yellowstone rivers. You'll find us online at


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