Among the laundry list of places we intended to see during our tour of the US, Glacier National Park was at the top. We had lofty expectations for our time in the park, not only because of the stories shared by family and friends who had visited, but because Glacier is one of the most highly coveted backpacking playgrounds in the US.
At Joe Fasula’s insistence, we made a stop in Butte, MT on our way to Missoula to see the infamous Berkeley Pit. In the late 19th and early 20th century, Butte was in the midst of its heyday as the largest mining boomtown in the American West. The advent of electricity caused the demand for copper to soar and the town’s abundant copper reserves soon gave it its nickname as “the richest hill on earth”.
It’s been said the Beartooth highway is the most scenic in the U.S and, after spending nearly 4 hours driving a mere 60 miles, we’d be hard-pressed to disagree. It begins not far from Yellowstone’s northeast entrance and soon turns north into Montana.