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April 16, 2015
Transportation in the Bitterroot Valley
April 2, 2015
Transportation is key to putting together a successful wedding weekend in our beautiful valley, so we'll run through a bunch of options for you to consider. First and foremost, public transportation is fairly limited in the valley. There are ride-share programs and such, but no busses or trains for public transportation. But that doesn't mean that the Valley is limited! Quite the contrary - the Bitterroot Valley has some fun and one-of-a-kind options for transportation for you wedding. Read on to find out just how many fun options the valley has to offer!
Below is a map of the Valley to help you visualize the distance. It takes about an hour to drive from Missoula to Hamilton on Highway 93.
The Missoula International Airport (MSO) offers easy access to the Bitterroot Valley from major cities throughout the west. There are also two small airports in Stevensville & Hamilton, but they only serve private planes and scenic flights.
All the major car rental companies are available in the town of Missoula. You can rent from the airport kiosks, or you can visit their businesses individually, since most are not on site. There are also more limited rental car options in the town of Hamilton.
There are a few bus companies that operate throughout the Valley, and will provide chartered transportation for your wedding guests.
Hamilton and Missoula both operate fully licensed & insured limousine services. Variety of options available, including stretch hummers, town cars, and traditional limos.
These are typically offered through collectors. Look for local car clubs and reach out to them about the use of their vintage vehicles for your wedding needs.
Check in with an auto dealership in town. They may be willing to give you a "loaner" car for the day. Or reach out again to the car clubs in town. If you're not traveling a long distance, and possibly let the owner of the vehicle chaueffer you, you may be able to snag a really beautiful sports car for the grand exit!
HORSE DRAWN CARRIAGE:
There's a company in the valley that offers horse drawn carriages with a wide variety of buggies, carts, and wagons to choose from. Other companies can offer hay drawn wagon rides & such.
OR, GET CREATIVE!!
The smaller airports offer helicopter tours which you can charter to whisk the bride and groom away after the reception!
HOT AIR BALLOONS:
Of course you can take off in a hot air balloon after the wedding!
With the Bitterroot River flowing right through our backyard, why not pull up to your venue in a river raft? The currents aren't too crazy, and you wouldn't have to go a long distance in your dress in between stops. It might be fun to escape after the ceremony with the groom in a raft - especially if you're having a fly fishing themed wedding.
Are you an avid skiier? There's a ski resort in Sula, where you can ski into your ceremony!
Whether it's a bike, a vespa, or a horse, just make sure you practice IN your dress and heels before the big day!