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Fall 2017

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www.FavoriteRidesAndDestinations.com | ridermagazine.com PAGE 75 FALL 2017 ISSUE 02 / VOL. 02 Stop for lunch at the Park Café and Grocery, the worst-kept secret in the little gateway town of St. Mary. The café is almost always full, but it's well worth the wait, if only for the 16 varieties of delicious homemade pie. Then head into the park for a ride on the fittingly named Going-to-the-Sun Road, an engineering marvel carved into the sides of huge, glacier-scoured mountains often compared, and rightly so, to the Swiss Alps. On the Going-to-the-Sun, you'll twist and sweep the entire way, but slowly, behind a line of cars and trucks and trailers and, yes, motorcycles steered by folks like you, people who love this planet enough to venture out and place themselves in it. So forget the thrill of the perfectly executed curve for now, and let yourself focus instead on the breathtaking peaks, waterfalls, the wildflowers, the bighorn sheep and, if you're really lucky, the grizzly bears foraging huckleberries in the alpine meadows of brilliant green. As in Yellowstone, there's too much here to see to take it all in at once, even at 25 mph. So relax. Enjoy the sights. There are, after all, no clocks in Paradise. No speedometers, either. Even after a decades-long influx of Hollywood types, Livingston, Montana, retains its ranch-town ambience under the shadow of 11,000-foot-high Black Mountain. Inset: Built circa 1900, Chico Hot Springs Resort has a lodge, cabins and two natural hot-spring pools.

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