When I think of Montana, I think of mountains and rivers, glaciers and prairie, cowboys and grizzlies.
Our upcoming trip will not focus on any of those things.
Instead, we will be touring cement plants and factories, dams and bridges, historic forts and industrial ruins.
Traveling to Montana with Miles and Points — Not!
We will be participating in the Society for Industrial Archeology’s Fall Tour. When we saw that Great Falls, Montana was the site for this year’s tour, we signed up right away. My sister lives in nearby Helena. This will be a great opportunity to see my sister and her family!
We will not be utilizing miles or points for this trip. We’ll be flying in to Great Falls, and out of Helena. I could not find a decent itinerary using frequent flyer miles.
I was very excited however, to see the Staybridge Suites in Great Falls on the IHG “points break” list for this fall. This is a new hotel that is ranked #1 on TripAdvisor’s ranking of hotels in Great Falls. 5,000 IHG points per night would be a nice bargain.
Where to Stay in Great Falls, Montana
We decided against the Staybridge Suites, because we wanted to stay at the conference hotel.
The conference hotel is in downtown Great Falls. It is the O’Haire Motor Inn.
Aside from the convenience of staying with the rest of our group, the O’Haire Motor Inn looks to be a hoot.
Believe it or not, GQ Magazine named the Sip ‘n Dip Tiki Lounge at the O’Haire Motor Inn the number one bar on earth worth flying for!
This honor wasn’t just because of the live piano bar or the umbrella drinks.
The unique feature of the Sip ‘n Dip Tiki Lounge is the glass wall between the bar and the swimming pool. There are live mermaids swimming in the pool!
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This will be my first trip to Montana, but it won’t be my last. I hope to return during the summer months to visit the National Parks in the Big Sky state.