We visited Great Falls on Labor Day, 2022, as part of Big Trip #4.
Edited because apparently I’ve offended people: We were in town for less than a day, so obviously we don’t know the town at all or what it’s like to live there. This is a travel blog, and all I do is write about our personal experience when passing through a location. In Great Falls our goal was to relax with a good beer and some tasty food after a long day of travel, and we were mostly unsuccessful.
We stayed at Great Falls RV Park, which doesn’t have much character, but the new owner is delightful so things should improve.
One plus: there’s a Smith’s Food and Drug–a big Kroger relative–close to the campground.
Be sure to get gas early if driving from Medora because there’s not much of anything on the way to Great Falls.
Great Falls has some neat architecture downtown, but the businesses inside the pretty buildings aren’t all that compelling to tourists.
The best thing we did in Great Falls was run the River’s Edge Trail from downtown along the river. It’s a very nicely done multi-use trail stretching almost 60 miles along the Missouri River.
J had earmarked two breweries in Great Falls.
Jeremiah Johnson Brewing comes up on Google maps, but they only have a production facility in Great Falls. Turns out the tasting room is in Coeur D’Alene, which isn’t apparent from their website.
After driving around trying to figure out the deal with Jeremiah Johnson, we parked at Mighty Mo Brewpub downtown. The bustling patio is dog friendly, an encouraging sign, but we didn’t enjoy our beers or the behavior from a nearby table.
We had hoped for dinner at Enbär Craft Cocktail Lounge, but we walked over there to find out that they were closed for Labor Day.
So instead we got take out sushi from Kobe, which was fine.
Things we would have liked to have done but they were closed for Labor Day:
(other than check out Enbär)
To give some historical perspective to our journey out west, I’m re-reading Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose, about Lewis and Clark’s big adventure. Great Falls, being the place L&C spent the most time other than winter quarters, has a Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, which was unfortunately closed on Labor Day.
The Great Falls of the Missouri are best viewed from Ryan Island Park. I would have scooted over there in the morning if we weren’t in such a rush to get the heck out of Dodge.
Our next stop made everything better: East Glacier Park Village!