Border To Border

Surrounded by ranch lands in a broad valley between the Bitterroot and Yellowjacket Mountains, Salmon (pop. 3,036) is a picturesque place that has turned increasingly to tourism and outdoor recreation as its timber and ranching industries have faded. Rafting and fishing guides will take you out into the wilds, so Salmon is both a good base for exploring the surrounding scenery and a destination in itself. Main Street, which US-93 follows through town, has a good variety of places to eat, including the Salmon River Coffee Shop (606 Main St., 208/756-3521) and Bertram’s Brewery (101 S. Andrews, 208/756-3391). There are some motels along US-93, but the best place to stay is the Syringa Lodge (13 Gott Lane, 208/756-4424), a log-cabin B&B about a mile west of Main Street, offering panoramic views, reasonable rates, and a warm welcome.