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Seasoned travel writers Judy Jewell and W. C. McRae share the best ways to experience all that Montana has to offer, from the Yellowstone's rugged wilderness to the rolling prairies of the eastern region.

Jewell and McRae lead travelers to the highlights of Big Sky Country, with original trip ideas including "A Lewis and Clark Expedition," "Fishing Southwest Montana," and "Soak It Up: Hot Springs of Montana." Complete with tips for cross-country skiing at Glacier National Park, observing elk at Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge, and finding the best watering holes in Missoula, Moon Montana gives visitors the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.

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About the author

W. C. McRae was raised in the badlands of eastern Montana, in a ranching community noted for Old West nonconformity and lawlessness. It's no wonder that he was on the run for most of his university years: from Montana to Scotland, on to France, back to Canada, and then to England. This wayward youth didn't help him much in the job market. Over the years he has worked as a bookstore manager, catering chef, tile setter, remodeler, bartender, and bovine artificial inseminator.

Bill's first travel guide was Moon Montana, and of all his books it remains his favorite. For this son of the West, capturing the essence of Montana's rugged yet courtly spirit was both a challenge and a therapy.

Bill is the coauthor of several other travel guides, including Moon Utah, Moon Zion & Bryce, Moon Oregon, and Moon Coastal Oregon, all with Judy Jewell. He has also written for Frommer's, Lonely Planet, and Mobil Guides; written and edited for the 1,000 Places to See Before You Die series; edited books for National Geographic; and provided content for websites including GORP.com and Expedia.com. In his day job, Bill writes high-tech marketing materials.

Bill makes his home in Portland, Oregon.

Judy Jewell was recently told that one of the benefits of a liberal arts education is being able to talk one's way into any job, no matter how unlikely, and once there, figure out how to do it. This rang true to her, and she admits that that's how she started her travel writing career, writing the first edition of Moon Montana with Bill McRae. After wrapping up the ninth edition, she realized that even though she'd largely figured out the job, she still felt a burst of energy whenever she passed the "Milepost 0 - No Services" sign on her I-90 route into Montana.

Travel writing is one leg of Judy's three-legged stool of self-employment. She also works as a scientific and technical editor and a yoga teacher.

Judy lives in Portland, Oregon.
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Moon Travel
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Published on
Aug 4, 2015
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Pages
515
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ISBN
9781631210181
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Language
English
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Genres
Travel / Maps & Road Atlases
Travel / United States / General
Travel / United States / West / Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NM, NV, UT, WY)
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Full coverage of both national parks and their surrounding areas, with chapters covering Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Moab, and the Southeastern CornerFull-color, vibrant photos and detailed maps throughoutItineraries for every timeline and budget, ranging from one day in each park to a week-long trip covering both, including the best ways to avoid the crowdsThe top activities and unique ideas for exploring each park: Climb dramatic stone bridges and slickrock bluffs to Delicate Arch, and find the perfect spot for a red rock photo-op. Join a ranger-led hike through Arches' Fiery Furnace, or a half-day rafting tour down the Colorado River. Hike to mesa-top vistas, mountain bike through high-desert canyons, and explore countless backcountry trails. Visit the Ancestral Puebloan preservation at Hovenweep National Monument, and enjoy a couple microbrews with mountain biking locals in MoabStrategies for getting to both parks and traveling between themHonest advice on when to go, what to pack, and where to stay inside and outside the park, including the best places to pitch a tent, park your RV, or relax at a B&BCoverage of gateway cities and towns, including Bluff and MoabUp-to-date information on park fees, passes, and reservationsExpert tips from seasoned explorers W.C. McRae and Judy Jewell for travelers looking to go hiking, biking, climbing, rafting, and more, plus essential health and safety informationDetailed hike descriptions with individual trail maps, marked with duration, elevation change, and effortRecommendations for families, LGBTQ+ travelers, seniors, international visitors, travelers with disabilities, and traveling with petsThorough background on the wildlife, terrain, culture, and historyWith Moon Arches & Canyonlands National Parks' curated advice, myriad activities, and expert insight, you can explore the parks your way.

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