Re: Planing A Road Trip
The leg from Fargo to Great Falls is going to be one very long, boring, and unscenic ride. If you haven't been to the Black Hills area of SD, I would recommend heading southwest out of Minneapolis to Mankato and then on to Worthington, MN to pick up I-90 into Sioux Falls, then on to Rapid City via I-90. I-90 through SD is considerably more scenic than I-94 through ND (which still isn't saying much until you get to Rapid City). From Rapid City you can proceed either on I-90 to Gillette and Sheridan, WY and then on to Billings, MT or you can head out of Rapid City to Belle Fourche, SD and catch hiway 212 to Crow Agency, MT (site of the Custer Battlefield); you will intercept I-90 at this point and have approximately 57 miles to Billings, MT. Heading west out of Billings, you will have several opportunities to veer northwest to Helena, MT.
You asked if there was any reason to travel to East Glacier, MT. The short answer is yes. Going northwest from Great Falls will take you to Browning, MT. You can enter Glacier National Park (from the east entrance) shortly after leaving Browning. Once you are in the park, you will travel (approximately) 50 miles from the town of East Glacier to the town of West Glacier (at the west entrance to the park). You will have travelled over the "Going-to-the-Sun" road which, in my opinion, is one of the top 2 or 3 most scenic roads in the country; this is a leg not to be missed. Kalispell, MT is 32 miles from the west entrance of the park
Spend a little time in Helena, MT. It is a very historic and scenic town in addition to being the state capitol. Great Falls, MT has the Charles M. Russell museum. He was a tremendously talented western artist and his works are well worth seeing. Browning, MT has the Blackfeet Indian Museum, also worth seeing.
Have fun, looks like a great vacation.