Cattle ranching and the cowboy way of life will be seen as you drive from Great Falls to Vaughn on I-15, then turn onto MT Highway 200 to Simms, then MT 21 to Augusta. The small town of Augusta has everything from a cappuccino bar in an eclectic gift store called Latigo & Lace, to a general store. A gathering place for locals, Chubbie’s Diner, will satisfy just about any ice cream craving you have. From Augusta, drive north on US 287 to Choteau and drive up Main Street where the highway splits and goes around the Teton County courthouse.

Delightful shops, a great variety of home cooking restaurants, and a nice museum complex (Old Trail Museum) will make you want to stay here awhile. Once you’ve experienced Choteau, drive south on US 89 past Freezout Wildlife Management Area, through the town of Fairfield, then into Great Falls. Augusta, Choteau and Fairfield all have great locally owned shops, lodging and cafes for a taste of true Montana hospitality. Enjoy the drive and visit with the locals!


Duration: 2 hours, 30 minutes
Distance: 139 miles [230km]
Highlights: Ice cream, delightful shops, and a museum complex make this shorter drive perfect for a quick drive out of town.

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