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Books to take a train by

Next week, I am taking the Empire Builder from Chicago to Portland, Oregon. In a previous question about train travel, someone suggested reading books that take place along your train route. This is an idea I love ... and I have at least 47 hours to pass! So: what are your favorite (kindle) books which occur in Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Washington, or Oregon? Bonus for rural themes. I am not a big mystery fan, but if it is particularly excellent, I'll read it. Romance is out. Otherwise, I'm open to anything!
posted by ChuraChura on Jun 20, 2014 - 41 answers

Surprise Weekend Trip - West Edition

I want to treat my lovely bf to a weekend getaway somewhere within a few hours flying distance from the PNW. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by DuckGirl on Sep 12, 2013 - 12 answers

Destination request, western/northwestern US; 20th anniversary edition

We're celebrating our 20th anniversary this summer (yay!) and we're trying to find a place to stay for a week in the western/northwestern US to celebrate this milestone. The catch is that this destination needs to be some place new to us. A few other particular requirements below the fold. [more inside]
posted by mosk on Apr 24, 2013 - 9 answers

Best Bookstores in Pacific Northwest

I'm road tripping thru the Pacific Northwest. I'll be vetting bookstores for my upcoming book tour in Boise ID, Bend OR, Eugene/Corvallis OR, Portland OR, Seattle WA, Spokane WA, and Missoula MT — and any towns in between that warrant it. :-) I'm hoping y'all might have bookstores to recommend! Aside from Auntie's in Spokane and Powell's in Portland, I'm relying on Yelp — but I'd much prefer your personal recommendations for bookstores that host author events, have a great vibe, and friendly staff.
posted by silusGROK on Apr 22, 2013 - 24 answers

Studded vs. Studless Snow Tires

Studded or studless winter tires for our AWD Volvo S70? We're moving for the winter to an house that sits at about 7500' outside of Bozeman, MT. There's *always* snow on the driveway, which is reasonably steep. And usually (not frequently, but USUALLY) some snow on the paved road into town, which is about 20 miles long. [more inside]
posted by thomsplace on Nov 19, 2012 - 12 answers

Any Bozeman, MT, MeFites with kids out there?

Any Bozeman, Montana, MeFites who can recommend play groups, parent groups and daycare in the area? (Also, appreciate advice from any SAHParents about entertaining children!) [more inside]
posted by amanda on Nov 15, 2012 - 3 answers

Roadtrip advice needed: Portland and other areas!

Roadtrip advice needed: Portland and other areas! [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Aug 28, 2012 - 7 answers

SEA -> JAC by Air and Land

What's the most scenic way to make a combined flight / drive to Jackson, Wyoming from Seattle? [more inside]
posted by bbuda on Aug 18, 2012 - 5 answers

Go west old woman!

Roadtrip filter: I am planning on a solo road trip from Denver to Portland, OR by way of Missoula, MT, to visit friends in both of those places. Need suggestions of places to stay on the way. [more inside]
posted by caryatid on Jul 9, 2012 - 5 answers

What to do in Billings, MT?

I'm headed to Billings, MT tomorrow for work, and have a couple of nights free. Where can I go/what can I do, to get away from the special hell of business travel that is hotels and chain restaurants? [more inside]
posted by cosmonaught on Apr 22, 2012 - 6 answers

Need help with story set in 1870's Rocky Mountains

Does anyone know the history of mining towns and/or horse ranching in the Rocky Mountains, or where to go to research it? [more inside]
posted by trollnystan on Mar 11, 2012 - 17 answers

Suggestions for a winter road trip from MN to OR with little prep!

Driving from Minneapolis, MN to Portland, OR at the end of the week. Looking for suggestions on what to do along the way. Bonus: Yellowstone for a day? [more inside]
posted by JaiMahodara on Feb 21, 2012 - 8 answers

Where can I go backpacking out west without a car?

Where can I go backcountry camping out west without a car? [more inside]
posted by aleatorictelevision on Jan 24, 2012 - 9 answers

Road trip itinerary from Spokane to SLC?

My wife and I will be driving from Spokane to Salt Lake City soon and were wondering how we should space out our trip, and what there is to see/do/eat along the way. [more inside]
posted by Pruitt-Igoe on Aug 30, 2011 - 5 answers

ID/MT/WY cabin recommendations wanted.

I am looking for wheelchair accessible lodges/cabins in Montana, Wyoming, or Idaho. Bonus points for being within an hour of a major airport, but not necessary. [more inside]
posted by thorny on Jul 16, 2011 - 1 answer

Please help me be happy in Kalispell.

I got a sweet internship in Kalispell, MT going from mid-June through July. I've never been up there - what should I know, see, and do? [more inside]
posted by adorap0621 on Apr 25, 2011 - 11 answers

Helena Fun Map

Where online can I buy a "fun" map of Helena, MT? [more inside]
posted by Brocktoon on Apr 17, 2011 - 1 answer

Red Lodge or Billings?

If you could stay in Red Lodge, Montana, or Billings, Montana, where would you stay, and why? [more inside]
posted by elder18 on Jul 6, 2010 - 13 answers

Missoula Travel Suggestions

We'll be in Missoula, Montana for a couple of days this July. Where should we stay? Eat? Drink? Play? [more inside]
posted by Nothing... and like it on May 19, 2010 - 3 answers

Does Ted Turner have a VERY large fence?

How does Ted Turner keep his buffalo herds on his land? Does he fence the whole thing?? [more inside]
posted by cda on Jan 27, 2010 - 15 answers

Trip Planning for late Summer

Trying to figure out the prefect trip for late July. So far my top two choices are Upstate New York and Montana. I'm not set on either but we have family in Milton and Cold Spring NY and I have heard that Montana is nice in the summer. I'd love any and all suggestions. We are in Texas so we are looking for a cool climate break (70s or 80s are ideal). Also we will have our 5 month old with us. [more inside]
posted by madmamasmith on Jan 14, 2010 - 6 answers

What are some global warming tipping points?

What are some smaller-scale global warming tipping points that would radically alter everyday life? [more inside]
posted by jefficator on Oct 28, 2009 - 15 answers

Montana?

I will be living in Montana for 6 weeks this winter. I've only ever lived in New England, with a couple of brief stints in other places. Please tell me what to expect. [more inside]
posted by Rudy Gerner on Oct 26, 2009 - 16 answers

Regional cuisine/restaurants in Utah, Montana, Idaho?

I'm a big fan of foods and restaurant chains that are region-specific (think Moxie soda, whoopie pie, Petro's, and Maid-Rite). I'm taking a roadtrip through Montana, Utah, and Idaho next month. What should I check out?
posted by unknowncommand on Aug 1, 2009 - 18 answers

Driving from Arizona to Bozeman, Montana

Driving from Arizona to Bozeman, Montana in about two weeks. What things must we see along the way? [more inside]
posted by curie on Jun 15, 2009 - 7 answers

Montana-Filter: How does someone get from the airport in Bozeman, Montana to a ski resort in Big Sky, Montana at night?

Montana-Filter: How does someone get from the airport in Bozeman, Montana to Big Sky, Montana at night? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by Flood on May 4, 2009 - 11 answers

How to write a fan letter

How do you write a fan letter pretending to be Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana? [more inside]
posted by LiquidKarma on Nov 21, 2008 - 26 answers

What to see between OR and WI?

Driving across the country: Cool places to see/things to do on Highway 12? [more inside]
posted by Vibrissa on Aug 1, 2008 - 8 answers

Older Northwest Children's Travel Show

Growing up in Washington state in the 70’s and 80’s I watched a PBS show about a grandma that visited sites of interest (Columbia Gorge, White Bird Pass, etc.) in the Northwest with her grandchildren. Production quality, as I remember it, was rather crude. Does anyone else remember this show? What was the name? Thanks!
posted by rotifer on Apr 16, 2008 - 4 answers

Need to get the most out of my short vacation!

Where should I go backpacking between Bigfork, MT and Portland, OR? [more inside]
posted by crawfishpopsicle on Jul 11, 2007 - 10 answers

Western Woadtrip

This year's vacation plan: Fly to PDX and drive to Teton, Yellowstone, Glacier, and back via Seattle and Mt. Rainier. What should we not miss along the way? Specifically, I'm clueless about what there is to do in Idaho and along the route between western Montana and Seattle.
posted by Saucy Intruder on Jun 9, 2007 - 12 answers

portland to minn

i'm driving from portland, or to washington, dc via minneapolis, mn. i'm a little bit worried about that first leg. [more inside]
posted by sacho on Apr 28, 2007 - 20 answers

Invisible tumbleweed?

Big News! Mounds of tumbleweed cover homes, driveways. Are there any pictures? [more inside]
posted by clgregor on Mar 28, 2007 - 3 answers

How to get a print of a digital pic that looks great on my monitor, but like a** on paper

How to get a print of a digital pic that looks great on my monitor, but like a** on paper [more inside]
posted by weiler63 on Jan 27, 2007 - 14 answers

Songs about Western and Midwestern States?

Mixtape filter: I need songs that reference any of the states of California, Nevada, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, and Utah. [more inside]
posted by sarahnade on Jun 28, 2006 - 70 answers

Showdown at Big Sky

Why is the sky so much bigger in Wyoming and Montana than everywhere else? [more inside]
posted by granted on Feb 23, 2006 - 28 answers

Go West! Or something!

Should we go west? How far west, and how? What do you know about Montana? Small-town life in general? [more inside]
posted by jennyjenny on Sep 20, 2005 - 14 answers

road trip advice going through San Francisco and Seattle

On a whim, I'm driving from Milwaukee to San Francisco to Seattle and back to Milwaukee again. I'll be going through WI, IL, IA, NE, CO, UT, NV, CA, OR, WA, ID, MT, WY, SD, and MN and am looking for some tips on sights I shouldn't miss. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by bakiwop on Aug 7, 2004 - 20 answers

How do I buy a used car in Montana?

Purchasing a car for my daughter from a co-worker/friend. Clueless about any legal requirements -- transfer of title, taxes (Montana), odometer, etc. Any advice at all...?
posted by davidmsc on Feb 22, 2004 - 2 answers

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