Located in the Northwest, along the Canadian Border, Montana is known for its breathtaking scenery and rugged beauty, with places to see that will suit every personality. Whether you're looking for somewhere you can adventure, or just want to sit back and relax, you can find it all here.
In this Post, I'll show you my Top 10 favorite places in Montana you should visit.
1)Yellowstone national park - West Yellowstone Montana
This place needs no introduction. Yellowstone has been on many people's bucket lists since they've heard about it from family or friends who have visited before them. It is considered by many to be the crown jewel of Montana's attractions. You can marvel at geysers, waterfalls, and wildlife when visiting Yellowstone National Park. There are also several activities you can participate in such as camping, hiking, and sightseeing.
2) Glacier National Park - Columbia falls Montana
Montana is home to another national park: Glacier National Park. This park features seventy-six mountain peaks that reach over 10,000 feet high! It also contains more than 1 million acres that consist of forested areas and alpine landscapes which will take your breath away! Once again, there are various activities you can participate in like kayaking and fishing but make sure to check what's allowed before venturing out into the wilderness.
3) Montana State Capitol - Helena Montana
This building is Montana's pride and joy! It was built in 1932 and is still standing strong today. Montana was the first state to build a capitol completely with locally mined Montana sandstone. The Montana State Capitol serves as an art museum, containing different types of artwork from the likes of local artists. They also have regular tours, where visitors get to see many of these treasures up close and personal!
4) Glacier County Museum - Cut Bank Montana
This place will give you a great insight into Montana's history and culture. The Glacier County Museum has 4 galleries filled with antiques, old photos that tell Montana's story, and even some items that date back to prehistoric times! If you're looking for something fun for the whole family, this is it!
5) Big Sky Resort - Big Sky Montana
Big Sky Resort is one of the largest ski resorts in the U.S. It's located in Northwest Montana, with 3,300 acres of skiable terrain. The resort has everything from beginner slopes, to advanced runs, with skiing and snowboarding for all levels, plus it has plenty of lodging options. This resort is known for its family-friendly atmosphere, children under five ski for free.
6) Bear Paw Battlefield - Chinook Montana
One of the most historic places on Montana soil, the Bear Paw Battlefield, is the location of the final battle, of the Nez Perce flight of 1877. it was here after a five 5 day battle that the Nez Perce laid down arms, and Chief Joseph gave his immortal speech.
7) Montana's Rocky Mountain Front - On the Southern border of the Blackfeet reservation
This place may look familiar because it has been featured in 3 films! "A River Runs Through It", "Legends of the Fall" and The Shining, are just a few movies that have used Montana's Rocky Mountain Front in their films. This place truly is full of beauty. You'll find cliffs, mountain peaks, canyons, waterfalls...you name it! This area will leave you speechless at its scenic splendor.
8) Grasshopper Glacier - Custer National forest Montana
This is one of Montana's best-kept secrets. This glacier exists in an extremely remote area but it's well worth the trip, Accessible only by foot, this glacier has seen its fair share of adventure seekers who have hiked their way there just for a glimpse!
You've probably never seen anything like this before! Grasshopper Glacier is an actual glacier where grass grows on top of it! You can walk on top of this glacier and explore it from all angles. This glacier is a stunning sight to see and will leave you in awe at Montana's beauty!
9) Old Montana Prison Museum- Deer Lodge Montana
This place has been standing for over 100 years, The prison was built by convict labor in the later 1800s, There are several guided tours provided every day where you can get a glimpse of this infamous prison up close, they also offer Ghost Tours if you're into the paranormal activities. You'll be amazed by how much history this place has!
10) Montana Great Horned Owl Sanctuary - Charlo Montana
Nowhere else in the world, will you find a gathering of great horned owls like the ones, housed in Ninepipes National Wildlife Refuge, Montana's Great Horned Owl Sanctuary, Journey's back to Montana's early days, and see native great horned owl up-close! There are over 30 owls of all ages, representing different colors, just like their ancestors, at this sanctuary.
After reading this blog post, you probably want to see it all in person. If so, take a look at my full Top 10 Montana list on YouTube up above and share your thoughts with me in the comments. What's your favorite places to see in Montana?