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Exploring Western Montana’s Bob Marshall Wilderness

There’s getting away, and then there’s getting away from it all. In Montana, when we want to really go remote, we head to a little place we like to call “The Bob.” The Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex isn’t little at all, though. In fact, it’s vast. It’s the third-largest wilderness area in the lower 48 […]

October 19, 2020

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Western Montana: 10 Small Towns You’ve Never Heard Of

Looking for a getaway that truly has you getting away? These lesser-known, small-town gems are some of Western Montana’s best-kept secrets. Big Arm Experience Montana lake life on the “big arm” of Flathead Lake along the scenic Flathead Corridor. Big Arm is your ticket to breathtaking lake views and Wild Horse Island exploration. Recreation abounds […]

October 12, 2020

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Western Montana’s Top 6 Fall Hikes

Hiking is one of the most peaceful ways to discover Western Montana’s landscapes—and fall is an especially stunning season to do so. Explore our sweeping meadows, alpine forests and mountain waterfalls all cast in autumn’s golden hues. To help get you on the trail we’ve put together our top six fall hikes. Don’t forget your […]

October 5, 2020

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Get Away From It All This Fall in Glacier Country

There’s fall fun to be had in Western Montana’s Glacier Country, where getting away from it all is our specialty. Autumn is our golden season, and not only because the hillsides and river banks are awash in vibrant hues of yellow and orange. With crisp autumn air, space to spread out and COVID-sensitive activities aplenty, […]

September 28, 2020

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Glacier Country: Outdoor Fall Family Fun

Fall is here in Western Montana and it’s the ideal time to load up the family and hit the road to explore. Family fun abounds during our most vibrant season. From getting spooked at Garnet Ghost Town, to basking in the cool mountain air at hot springs, to surrounding yourself in a tapestry of golden […]

September 21, 2020

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Western Montana: Respect Our Place, Leave No Trace

It’s fun to explore. It’s good to getaway. It’s life-changing to get up close and personal with a place like Western Montana. But while you’re discovering the wild wonder Glacier Country affords, it’s important to make as minimal an impact on our lands as possible. The most effective way to do this is to follow […]

September 14, 2020

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A to Z: 26 Activities to Do in Western Montana

Recreation abounds in Western Montana, and, no matter the season we’re chock-full of activities. To give you a sampling of the unique adventures you’ll find here, we’ve made it simple and created an A to Z list of activities for your next Glacier Country getaway.  A – Air adventures offer a bird’s-eye view of our […]

September 8, 2020

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What’s New in Western Montana

Local art galleries, restaurants and shops are the heart of our communities in Glacier Country. Thanks to the enthusiasm and support of locals and visitors alike, new businesses have opened their doors in 2020 despite the challenges presented by COVID-19. Our downtowns, cultural scenes and off-the-beaten-path locations remain vibrant. Here’s what’s new in our neck […]

August 31, 2020

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Hidden Gem: Hungry Horse Recreation Area

Just 15 miles from the west entrance of Glacier National Park, Hungry Horse Reservoir provides four-season recreation in many forms: camping, boating, fishing, water skiing, hiking, huckleberry picking, hunting and snowmobiling. Road trippers will love taking the scenic loop, which winds around the reservoir—a trip that is especially spectacular in the fall when the larch […]

August 24, 2020

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Safety Comes First in The Last Best Place

In Montana, we take the responsible route. Right now that means doing our part to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and make sure our residents, visitors, small businesses and essential workers stay safe. Glacier Country is an extraordinary place to live, work and play, and even in this unprecedented time we can experience all […]

August 17, 2020

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New Direct Flights from California to Western Montana

California, we’re coming for you and delivering direct flights to Glacier Country’s wide-open spaces, fresh mountain air and charming small towns. Our year-round recreation paradise is only a few hours away, now that Alaska Airlines offers daily nonstop flights from San Jose (SJC), San Diego (SAN) and San Francisco (SFO) to Missoula International Airport (MSO) […]

August 10, 2020

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8 Ways to Recreate on Western Montana’s Rivers

A river runs through it, alright—many rivers, in fact. Glacier Country is the setting of lazy rivers, whitewater rivers, and rivers that are fishing and boating hot spots. With social distancing in play, getting out in the middle of a pristine Western Montana river sounds like a pretty good idea right about now. Here are […]

August 3, 2020

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Motorboating Western Montana’s Lakes

Motorboating is a classic summer pastime in Western Montana as we have lots of water to make waves in. Each of our stunning lakes is uniquely beautiful—from Flathead Lake, the largest freshwater lake West of the Mississippi, to Lake Como, a mountain lake surrounded by alpine forests—our waters are some of the wildest and most […]

July 27, 2020

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Hit the Road—Responsibly—for an RV Adventure in Western Montana

Thinking about “The Great American Vacation” often calls to mind images of hitting the road in an RV, and that’s exactly what many folks are doing this year in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. A recreational vehicle is your vacation home on wheels, and Western Montana’s Glacier Country offers the classic road-trip experience complete with […]

When We Travel Responsibly, We Can Travel Confidently

UPDATED: July 16, 2020 For all to #TravelConfidently in Western Montana, we need your help! We encourage residents and guests to practice social responsibility to ensure we are collectively continuing to mitigate the spread and keep our state healthy. Do your part by traveling responsibly and following these safety guidelines. As of July 15 it […]

Western Montana Wildland Fire and Smoke Update

AUGUST 21, 2020: You may have been hearing about an uptick in wildland fire activity in Western Montana. Conditions are hot and dry, so we’ve got potential. Smoke is drifting in and out with most of it coming from other states.

Guest Post: Supporting Small Businesses and Communities During Your National Park Adventure

With Memorial Day behind us and a phased reopening of the state underway, the beginning of Montana’s summer tourism season is upon us. At national parks across the country, including Yellowstone and Glacier, the team at the National Parks Conservation Association remains committed to working with community leaders, the National Park Service, and visitors to […]

Glacier National Park: What to Expect

With folks looking to get out and find some wide-open spaces and a breath of fresh air, national parks are quite the draw right now. That means here in Western Montana travelers have their sights set on Glacier National Park. However, things are a little out of the ordinary this year. Please plan ahead and […]

5 Ways to Explore the Bitterroot Valley

The Bitterroot Valley is one of Western Montana’s best-kept secrets, with endless world-class recreation—from hiking through canyons to soaking in alpine lakes, rigging in trout on a blue-ribbon river or biking the Bitterroot Trail—it’s not hard to have fun outdoors here. The quaint communities within the Bitterroot Valley are rich with Old West charm, museums […]

Explore the Town of Hot Springs on Montana’s Tour 200

It’s not hard to guess how the small town of Hot Springs got its name. Just about an hour from Missoula and Kalispell—on Montana’s Tour 200 scenic travel corridor in the Flathead Indian Reservation—this eclectic community is brimful of character and mineral-rich waters. Called “big medicine” by the Pend d’Oreille American Indians, these geothermal waters […]

Montana Down the Road: A Virtual Road Trip

Montana is nicknamed The Treasure State, and that’s exactly what we think of our friends and neighbors here in this exceptional place—total gems. Follow along as we take a virtual road trip through all the best of Montana. Experience travel hot spots, scenic byways, small-town charm, world-class recreation destinations and the unwavering community spirit Montana […]

Discover Western Montana Spring Hiking + Biking Trails

Spring has sprung in Glacier Country, and we couldn’t be more excited to hit the trails for a hike or bike ride—the perfect way to breathe in the fresh mountain air, get a new perspective and take in awe-inspiring views. Discover extensive trail systems here, on foot or on two wheels. With miles upon miles […]

Western Montana’s Instagram-Worthy Social Distancing Activities

Montanans, this one’s for you! Spring has sprung, wildflowers are blooming, birds are singing, and baby wildlife are emerging. As COVID-19 restrictions relax and Montana begins to gradually reopen according to Governor Bullock’s phased plan, many of us are chomping at the bit to get outside. We compiled a list of instagram-worthy activities that are […]

Western Montana Businesses Showing Support During COVID-19

In Montana, helping your neighbor is a way of life. And during this unprecedented time of isolation and social distancing, the spirit of coming together is stronger than ever—and downright heartwarming. From food and financial support to goggles and socks, it’s no surprise Montanans are rising to the occasion to use their resources for good. […]

Spring Road Trips and Scenic Drives in Glacier Country

We could all use a little springtime right about now, so thankfully the season is upon us. Take in stunning views on a spring road trip through some of Western Montana’s most beautiful country. Think snowcapped peaks, blue skies, wildflowers, and emerging wildlife. CLEARWATER JUNCTION TO BIGFORK 90 miles, one way Gorgeous lake views galore, […]

The Spirit of Travel is Alive in Glacier Country

The past few months have been a challenging time for all of us. But one thing’s for certain—the spirit of travel is stronger than ever. Once it’s safe to get up and go again, we’ll be here to move America forward, rebuilding our economy, growing our workforce, boosting morale, inspiring dreams and welcoming travelers with […]

My Glacier Country Bucket List

Our perspective has shifted, and we’re all doing a little daydreaming right now—thinking about where we want to go, what we long to see, and how we plan to carpe diem a little more than before.  That’s why we asked you to tell us about your Glacier Country bucket list and what parts of Western […]

Watch Famous Films Shot in Western Montana

Western Montana’s cinematic landscapes have long inspired film producers, setting the stage for legendary films like “A River Runs Through It” and binge-worthy TV shows like “Yellowstone.” As we shelter in our homes and practice social distancing, we may find ourselves in need of a distraction. To help you escape, we’ve rounded up famous movies […]

Make Western Montana Your Zoom Background

Are you using Zoom to connect? If you feel like keeping your personal space under wraps or just want to channel some Western Montana beauty, download one of our Zoom backgrounds for conference calls, happy hours and family fun. To save the backgrounds to your computer, click the url below the image to open it […]

Virtual Tours and Live Events in Western Montana

Thank you to everyone who is being responsible during the COVID-19 crisis. A few weeks in and we’re all feeling a bit cooped up and looking for ways to stay entertained. We’ve rounded up a list of virtual tours, online film festivals and live events in Western Montana to brighten your day. Whether you’re a […]

Dear World, We Miss You. Love, Montana

Hello, friends! We miss you! We hope you’re hanging in there and that this finds you safe and well. We’re reaching out with something to brighten your day and let you know we’re thinking about you. Here in Glacier Country we’re staying home, embracing our community spirit, supporting our beloved local businesses, and loving Montana […]

Supporting Local Montana Businesses During COVID-19

Small towns and local businesses are the heart of Western Montana. As we adjust to a new normal during the COVID-19 pandemic, here’s how you can support Glacier Country’s beloved small businesses when they need it the most.  Amid the shutdown, opt for takeout or delivery from restaurants and breweries, and shop online for products—including […]

Take the Tourism Pledge and Leave No Trace

From unspoiled landscapes to clean waterways and fresh mountain air, Western Montana’s Glacier Country boasts some of nature’s finest, pure and simple. We’re committed to preserving our wild places and respecting the land, our small towns, and all our inhabitants by making minimal impact and adopting Leave No Trace policies. We take outdoor ethics—and indoor […]

Social Distancing and the Great Outdoors

As we all adjust to the spread of COVID-19, it’s vital that we adhere to CDC recommendations to not travel. “Can I still go outside,” you ask? The short answer is yes if you practice social distancing—maintaining six feet of personal space. Here’s what you must do to stay safe and keep others safe while […]

Navigating the Uncharted Waters of COVID-19

As we all face the unique challenge of navigating the COVID-19 outbreak, we may encounter feelings of uncertainty and understandable anxiety. But we also find ourselves in a time of coming together—yes, even with social distancing and isolation—to focus on what we can do to support the efforts that will eventually bring us back to […]

Winery Tour in Glacier Country

Savor the flavor of finely crafted Glacier Country wine by stopping at a Western Montana winery during your next trip here. Our local wines feature regional flavors like Flathead cherries, wild huckleberries and local honey. Montana wineries are friendly and laid back, and, with spring right around the corner, you won’t want to miss sipping […]

Bird’s Eye View: Stay in a Lookout Tower in Western Montana

The higher you go the better the view. Channel your inner treehouse-loving child and stay in a lookout tower, one of the most unique rustic getaways in Western Montana. Lookout towers are prime for stellar scenery, plus incredible wildlife watching, sunrises and sunsets, and dark-skies stargazing. Lookout towers are small U.S. Forest Service cabins positioned […]

6 Reasons to Get Married in Western Montana

Simply put, a destination wedding in Western Montana has all the ingredients to make your wedding dreams come true. Whether it’s in a sweeping mountain meadow, on the shores of a crystal-clear lake, or in Glacier National Park, the backdrop for your special day will be picture perfect here. It’s also the ideal place to […]

Glacier Country’s Instagram-Worthy Winter Spots

Winter is our most magical season in Western Montana, and it’s picture perfect from every angle. A treasure trove of idyllic places and activities can be found here. From exploring a ghost town by snowshoe to riding horseback at a world-class resort, come find your instagram-worthy Montana moment. Get the shot: Only accessible by snowmobile, […]

Romance in Montana: Get Away Together in Glacier Country

What’s more romantic than cozying up fireside on a cold winter’s night? Not much. That’s why Western Montana is the perfect place for a romantic getaway. From spa retreats to quaint and quiet bed-and-breakfasts, as well as outdoor adventures and indoor comforts, come relax and reconnect in Glacier Country. Here’s a list of some of […]

8 Snowmobiling Trail Systems in Western Montana

Let’s be real, Western Montana is a paradise for sledders. With plenty of room to roam, powdering through sweeping mountain-meadow playgrounds, deep untouched backcountry, rugged ridgelines, frozen alpine lakes, logging and Forest Service roads, and ghost towns is easy. With so much winter terrain to explore—4,000+ miles of groomed trails in Montana—we’re sharing eight trail […]

7 Places to Downhill Ski in Western Montana

One of the things that makes Western Montana so extraordinary is our landscapes—alpine forests and sweeping meadows plus glacier-carved peaks and mountains. Our outdoor playground is home to seven ski areas that boast ridiculous vertical drops, consistently excellent snowfall and more than 11,373 acres of skiable terrain combined. Come discover epic downhill powder play in […]

Glacier Country Ski Weekend in Whitefish

Western Montana boasts world-class skiing at Whitefish Mountain Resort—recently ranked No. 3 Top Ski Resort in the West by SKI magazine. The quintessential mountain town of Whitefish, only 8 miles south of the resort, combines small-town charm with fabulous après ski options.

Montana’s Hidden Gem Ski Hill: Lost Trail Powder Mountain

Every once in a while we share one of Western Montana’s best-kept secrets. Since 1938, Lost Trail Powder Mountain ski area has been humbly flying under the radar at the very southern end of the beautiful Bitterroot Valley on the Continental Divide.

Western Montana’s Top 6 Guided Winter Activities

Our winter landscapes are magnificent, and, with more than 22,000 square miles of terrain to explore, it’s no surprise Western Montana is a mecca for winter adventure seekers. With so much ground to cover, make exploring easier by utilizing one of our local guides.

Embark on a Backcountry Ski + Yurt Experience in Western Montana

Western Montana’s beautiful—and bountiful—backcountry beckons all year long. When the snow flies, however, it’s especially bragworthy. Our winter wonderland offers a world-class backcountry skiing experience hard-core downhill enthusiasts will not soon forget.

What’s New for 2020 in Western Montana

In Glacier Country, small-town America thrives. Our vibrant communities are chock-full of local boutiques, eclectic shops, restaurants and coffee shops dishing up Western Montana flavor, and our locally owned accommodations are always ready with warm western welcomes.

Tips for Winter Travel in Western Montana

Western Montana is good for an unforgettable road trip any time of year. Winter makes for a magical season to explore our scenic travel corridors—hopping from ski town to ski town or discovering hidden gems and unique winter adventures.

7 Family Fun Activities Around the Holidays

The holiday season in Glacier Country is pure magic. Our charming small towns are chock-full of all things merry and bright, and our snow-covered landscape makes for a peaceful escape.

Big Holiday Magic at the Bigfork Christmas Village

There’s nothing quite like a storybook village all decked out for the holidays, and that’s what Bigfork does best. On the northeast shore of Flathead Lake, Bigfork is famous for laying on the charm all year long—

The Latest From Glacier Country

Exploring Western Montana’s Bob Marshall Wilderness

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Western Montana: 10 Small Towns You’ve Never Heard Of

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Western Montana’s Top 6 Fall Hikes

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Get Away From It All This Fall in Glacier Country

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