A Swing Through Kings

Start the 71-mile Kings Hill Scenic Byway in Belt, home to the Harvest Moon Brewing Company and the Belt Creek Café. Then, take Highway 89 to Sluice Boxes State Park, a primitive playground of creeks, canyons, caves, and even a ghost town.

Farther south, explore the Lewis and Clark National Forest, where almost every gravel crossroad leads to trails, camping, and fishing. Rent a forest service cabin for a woodsy stay, or, for an in-town relaxing retreat, head to the Spa Hot Springs Motel in White Sulphur Springs, complete with Posturepedic beds and mineral pools. Linger over antiques, art, and artifacts at two mansions-turned-museums: the opulent Castle and the sprawling, eclectic Bair Family Museum.

And what better way to end a scenic drive than with a beer? Dempsey’s Tavern slings brews (along with burgers and steaks) with authentic cowboy flair.

Additional resources and information at http://russell.visitmt.com/.

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Calf Creek Cabin

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Charles M. Bair Family Museum

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