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30 Must-See Places to Visit in Montana

Are you taking a trip to Montana this summer? The Big Sky Country and natural beauty combine in Montana to create unforgettable experiences and incredible memories! This state has something to offer everyone, from rugged mountains to pristine lakes. Here are the 33 best places to visit in Montana that you won’t want to miss!

  • Glacier National Park – Known as the Crown of the Continent, this park boasts stunning alpine scenery and over 700 miles of hiking trails.
  • Yellowstone National Park – One of the most popular national parks in the country, Yellowstone is home to the iconic Old Faithful geyser and abundant wildlife. I have to say, this has been my favorite National Park thus far! Tip: Go early in the morning. Absolutely incredible!
  • Flathead Lake – With crystal-clear waters and beautiful mountain views, this lake is a must-see when visiting Montana. There is so much to do here!
  • Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area – This hidden gem offers breathtaking views of steep cliffs, majestic canyons, and excellent fishing and camping opportunities.
  • Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park – These limestone caverns feature fascinating formations and underground lakes, making it a unique and educational experience.
  • Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument – This historical site marks the location of the famous battle between the U.S. Army and the Sioux and Cheyenne Native American tribes.
  • Museum of the Rockies showcases Montana’s natural and cultural history, including a collection of dinosaur fossils.
  • Lolo National Forest – With over 2 million acres of forests, mountains, and rivers, this is a must-visit for outdoor enthusiasts.
  • Beartooth Highway – This scenic highway offers breathtaking views of the Beartooth Mountains, with numerous trails and camping opportunities. Another favorite scenic drive! If you want to see more, check out our blog here: The Most Scenic Road Trips in the USA
  • Virginia City – This historic mining town offers a glimpse into Montana’s past with preserved buildings and authentic 19th-century shops.
  • Montana Grizzly Encounter – This sanctuary provides a safe and educational experience to learn about grizzly bears up close. Such a great place to take the kids too!
  • Big Hole National Battlefield – Another historic site of the Nez Perce War, this battlefield offers interpretive displays and walking tours.
  • Red Lodge Mountain – Known for its excellent skiing and snowboarding, this resort also offers summer activities such as mountain biking and hiking.
  • Madison River – Renowned for its world-class fly fishing, it offers breathtaking scenery and unparalleled fishing opportunities.
  • Garnet Ghost Town – (this was one of our favorites!) This well-preserved ghost town offers visitors a glimpse into Montana’s mining history with rustic buildings and a museum.
  • Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site – This working cattle ranch showcases western ranching history and daily demonstrations.
  • Missouri River – Known for its blue-ribbon trout fisheries, the Missouri River offers unparalleled fishing opportunities and scenic float trips.
  • Bridger Bowl – This ski resort offers some of Montana’s best skiing and snowboarding, with breathtaking views and challenging terrain.
  • Philipsburg – This charming town offers unique shopping and dining options and sapphire mining opportunities.
  • National Museum of Forest Service History – This museum tells the story of the Forest Service’s impact on the environment and provides educational exhibits.
  • Montana State Capitol – This impressive building offers tours and a chance to learn about Montana’s political history.
  • Libby Dam – This hydroelectric dam offers stunning views of the Kootenai River and surrounding mountains and excellent fishing and hiking opportunities.
  • Giant Springs State Park – This park features one of the largest freshwater springs in the country, along with a fish hatchery and scenic trails.
  • Philipsburg Bay – This scenic bay on Georgetown Lake offers excellent recreation opportunities, including fishing, boating, and hiking.
  • Clark Fork River – This river offers world-class whitewater rafting and kayaking, as well as stunning scenery and fishing opportunities.
  • Alpine Meadows Golf Club – This scenic golf course offers challenging play and stunning mountain views.
  • Lone Mountain Ranch – This historic ranch offers a unique lodging experience, with horseback riding and fly fishing activities.
  • Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness – This untamed wilderness offers stunning views, challenging hikes, and opportunities for solitude.
  • Greycliff Prairie Dog Town State Park – This unique park offers the chance to observe prairie dogs in their natural habitat.
  • National Bison Range – This wildlife refuge is home to over 350 bison and other native wildlife.
  • Blacktail Mountain Ski Area – This ski resort offers excellent skiing and snowboarding with stunning views of Flathead Lake.
  • Madison Buffalo Jump State Park – This historic site showcases the traditional hunting practices of Native American tribes and scenic hiking trails.
  • Flathead National Forest – With over 2.4 million acres of forests, mountains, and lakes, this forest offers countless outdoor recreation and adventure opportunities.

Montana has it all, whether you’re seeking outdoor adventure, culture, history, or simply stunning scenery. Plan your visit to these top 33 places and create memories that will last a lifetime!

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