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Western Montana Wildland Fire and Smoke Update

July 1, 2021: Western Montana Wildland Fire and Smoke Update It’s summertime in Western Montana, and with that comes outdoor fun, sunshine, camping, and…responsibility. Although it’s beautiful and green in Glacier Country right now, our friends and partners at the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation tell us they’re bracing for a lot of fire activity this year.

August 15, 2022

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Swan Lake: A Western Montana Gem

The once-hopping timber camp of Swan Lake is now a quiet place to relax and recreate in some of Western Montana’s most gorgeous landscapes. Tucked in the picturesque Seeley-Swan Valley and located at the southern tip of its namesake—Swan Lake—year-round visitors use this community as a launching point for lake and river fishing, hiking, birding, […]

August 15, 2022

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17 Things to Do Indoors in Western Montana

Indoor exploration in Western Montana can be as memorable as our outdoor scene. Sometimes, strolling a museum, watching live theater, or sampling local craft beer is exactly what you need on a rainy day, to beat the summer temps or to dodge wildland fire smoke. We’ve listed 17 of our favorite things to do indoors […]

August 8, 2022

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Hit the Trails on Side-by-Sides and Other Off-Road Vehicles

Getting off the beaten path in Western Montana’s Glacier Country sometimes literally means getting off the road and onto trails made for all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and other (off-highway vehicles) OHVs, like four-wheelers and utility terrain vehicles (UTVs) like side-by-sides. An off-road adventure is also a wildly fun way to experience Montana’s incredible backcountry and high […]

August 1, 2022

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6 Ways to Be a Good “Vacation Rental” Neighbor

Booking a vacation rental is a great way to experience what life is like for a local in Glacier Country, and overnight guests are a vital part of Western Montana’s economy—but it also comes with a huge responsibility. Here are six ways to be a responsible and respectful traveler when staying at a vacation rental […]

July 25, 2022

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Set Your Sights on Somers, Montana

At the north end of Flathead Lake just 15 minutes south of Kalispell, the charming and peaceful little community of Somers features a swimming beach, boat launch and yacht club with easy access to Flathead Lake. During the summer, Somers is scattered with roadside fruit stands selling locally grown fruit, like Western Montana’s famous Flathead […]

July 18, 2022

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Western Montana: 5 Things to Do on a Hot Summer Night

A Western Montana summer is what dreams are made of. During the day, recreation options are limitless and community events are in full swing—there is so much to do! A special secret about Glacier Country is the summer sun doesn’t set until around 10 p.m. These twilight hours are magical and not to be missed. […]

July 11, 2022

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Exploring the Outdoor Art of Western Montana

Western Montana is known for its awe-inspiring landscapes and wild, natural beauty—but the rich arts and culture scene can take you by surprise, too. You can seek it out, or simply wander through charming communities and let yourself stumble upon sculptures, murals and more. If you’re in search of public art that tells the stories […]

July 5, 2022

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Western Montana Fruitful Summers + Farmers Markets

One of many things that makes Montana special is that we have four seasons, and each season is beautiful and unique in its own right. Springtime brings blooming wildflowers and sets the stage for the harvest of summer’s distinctly Montana fruits—Flathead cherries, Dixon melons, and wild huckleberries are our favorite flavors of a Glacier Country summer. Whether you attend a festival, pick your own fruit, or stop by a local farmers market, you’d be hard pressed to find a more authentic, and tasty, Western Montana experience.

June 27, 2022

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Guided Summer Activities in Western Montana

Go with a guide! With more than 22,000 square miles, you’ve got a lot of ground—and water—to cover in Glacier Country, and a guided tour makes for a most memorable adventure, no matter your experience level. Leave everything to the experts and utilize a local service for summer activities in Western Montana’s Glacier Country. The […]

June 20, 2022

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Western Montana Summer Events

Summer holds a special place in the heart of Western Montana. Warm weather, long days, impossibly blue skies and spectacular sunsets are just some of the reasons why. Summer also brings an array of events, as locals and visitors alike gather under the sun for rodeos, pow wows, concerts, cherry festivals, car shows and more. […]

June 13, 2022

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Fire Safety + Fourth of July Events

We’re always up for a celebration in Western Montana, and the 4th of July is no exception. Come celebrate Independence Day with small-town Americana vibes—think parades, fireworks, live music and more—in one of our charming communities. First and foremost: Play it safe! Please recreate responsibly! Although fireworks are legal in some parts of Glacier Country, […]

June 6, 2022

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Take the Western Montana Tourism Pledge

Western Montana’s Glacier Country boasts some of nature’s finest, from unspoiled landscapes to pristine waterways and fresh mountain air. 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, Tread Lightly and Recreate Responsibly principles. We take outdoor ethics (and […]

May 31, 2022

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Budget-Friendly Things to Do Outside Glacier National Park

Western Montana’s Glacier Country is so much more than Glacier National Park. The breathtaking landscapes and charming small towns beyond park boundaries are every bit as gorgeous and adventure-filled as the park itself. Here’s a list of budget-friendly activities outside the park. Bigfork Situated in the northeast corner of Flathead Lake, the storybook village of […]

May 23, 2022

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Western Montana Visitor Information Centers

Visitor Information Centers (VICs) offer a wealth of knowledge that helps visitors get the lay of the land. When you stop in to one of ours, you’ll get a warm Western Montana welcome from friendly staff who love to share their expertise. With VICs at Libby Dam, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, the Crown of the […]

Family Reunions in Western Montana’s Glacier Country

There’s nothing better than spending time with family in the great outdoors. That’s why Western Montana’s Glacier Country is the perfect place for a family reunion, boasting lodges and resorts that can accommodate your whole crew, as well as an endless list of world-class and western-inspired activities and outdoor recreation for all ages. Host your […]

A to Z Quirky Beer Names in Glacier Country

Montanans love being unconventional—a theme local breweries have run with. Montana is second in the U.S. for craft breweries per capita, so to make their creations stand out brewers put outrageously fun names on their beer. If it doesn’t sound totally offbeat coming out of your mouth, they didn’t do it right. Here’s an A […]

Agritourism and Farm Stays in Western Montana

Montana’s farming and ranching roots run deep and are fundamental to the way we do things around here. Experience this culture for yourself by taking advantage of Glacier Country’s farmers markets, farm stays, farm tours and farm-to-table dining. Farmers Markets Outdoor market season in Western Montana is not to be missed. From fresh produce, local […]

19 Quirky Things About Western Montana

We do things a little differently around here—and we like it that way. Many who live in Western Montana share the sentiment “live and let live,” which creates support and space for unusual creations, niche attractions and quirky customs among locals. Want to get your quirky on? Come to Glacier Country, and visit like a […]

Where to Enjoy Western Montana’s Great Outdoors

The great outdoors are more popular than ever, and some of you may be new to exploring Western Montana’s outdoor spaces. Glacier Country has so many places to play, no matter your experience level. If you’re new to outdoor recreation in Western Montana, here are our suggestions on where to explore. City Parks and Trail […]

8 Reasons to Visit Western Montana in Spring vs. Summer

Spring is one of the best—and most underrated—times to visit Western Montana. The landscape is emerging from winter’s embrace (snow is melting), the daylight hours are longer (sunset is around 8 p.m., and by the end of spring it’s closer to 9 p.m.) and the temperature is rising. Along with being Glacier Country’s shoulder season—meaning […]

How to Boondock Like a Pro: The Glacier Country Guide to Free Camping

By Mike & Anne Howard of HoneyTrek.com Imagine driving down a forest road toward snowcapped peaks, and you find a clearing in the trees along a river, with a fire ring just waiting for you. It’s the perfect campsite…beautiful, peaceful, no-reservations required, and free. This may sound like a rare find, but there are hundreds […]

Hiking for Beginners in Western Montana

Hiking is an intimate way to immerse yourself in the outdoors, discover flora and fauna and connect with nature at your own pace. It’s also an activity that, with a little planning and preparation, is an option for all fitness levels. In Western Montana you can quickly and easily access trails from pretty much anywhere. […]

Spring 2022 Events in Western Montana

Spring is in the air—the fresh mountain air—here in Western Montana’s Glacier Country, and we sure do have a special place in our hearts for Montana’s quiet season. It’s the season of wildlife, wildflowers and rushing waterfalls. Plus, our events calendar is always full, and spring is no exception. Bonus: Shoulder-season pricing is in effect […]

Winter Wisely on a Family Road Trip in Western Montana

By Melynda Harrison One doesn’t always associate winter with road trips, but my family does. Snow and cold don’t deter us from exploring and playing outside, in fact, they encourage us. Traveling around Western Montana is different in the winter than in the summer, but it is no less beautiful and thrilling. We recently looped […]

Spring Break in Western Montana

Spring break is around the corner, and Western Montana is the perfect place for a week-long spring getaway. Not only is Montana quieter this time of year, but shoulder season prices are in effect. What’s more, you can find affordable flights and direct flight markets from both Western Montana airports: Missoula (MSO) and Glacier Park […]

Glacier National Park Vehicle Reservation Summer 2022

National parks have become more popular than ever. During the pandemic, people escaped to the great outdoors for adventure, relaxation and restoration—and it’s a trend that’s not going away. To enhance Western Montana’s visitor experience, Glacier National Park has announced it will once again implement a vehicle reservation system for the 2022 peak season, May […]

Montana’s Flathead Valley: A Winter Itinerary

Come frolic in the Flathead Valley this winter, where a wonderland of snow and a three-day Glacier Country getaway awaits. If you’re flying in, you can book a round-trip through Kalispell. Or, hit the road for a scenic winter drive to and through this gorgeous valley. Here’s our version of the perfect 3-day itinerary in […]

Glacier Country’s Northwest Corridor: A Winter Itinerary

Ready to escape to Western Montana’s quietest corridor? The Northwest Corridor encompasses Kootenai Country, the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness, quaint small towns, and plenty of backcountry to recreate in. With snowmobiling, Nordic and downhill skiing, and a magical sleigh ride and spa retreat, we’ve put together a unique itinerary that will let you disconnect in this […]

Montana’s Bitterroot Valley: A Winter Itinerary

Winter in Western Montana is a wonderland of adventure, and for those who like to play in the snow, the Bitterroot Valley is an incredible place for a three-day Glacier Country getaway. This scenic valley makes for a great road trip (especially from Idaho). If you’re flying in, you can book a round-trip through Missoula.  […]

It’s Ice Recreation Season—Please Play It Safe!

By: Pat Doyle, Montana State Parks It’s that time of year when ice anglers and other recreationists head out to Montana’s “hard” waters for the winter season. Whether ice fishing, ice skating, hunting, snowmobiling or just taking a walk, Montana State Parks and Glacier Country Tourism remind recreationists that safety should be the No. 1 concern during a day out, on (or near) the […]

Western Montana Spotlight: Ramona Holt

Wrapping up our blog series on notable people is the story of Montana’s famous cowgirl, Ramona Holt. Ramona grew up in Montana’s ranching and rodeo scene, participating in youth, intercollegiate and professional rodeo. As an adult, she dedicated her life to promoting the western way of living, and for 30 years Ramona and her husband, […]

What’s New in Western Montana

This past year brought new businesses to Western Montana, and the new year is the perfect time to share the news. Missoula For all your outdoor gear needs, now visit Missoula SCHEELS, which is an adventure in and of itself. Clyde Coffee moved and expanded, and now has indoor and outdoor space, a full kitchen, plus on-site […]

Fitness for the New Year in Western Montana

Happy New Year from all of us here in Glacier Country. We closed out 2021 with gratitude for this wild place we call home. Like most, we began 2022 with resolutions. Some of the most popular resolutions include working toward a healthier lifestyle and making well-being a priority. Vacations are a time of indulgence, but […]

Winter Retreats in Western Montana

Winter in Western Montana is not only time for adventures in the snow, it’s time for getting cozy. So, grab your skis, your snowshoes, or just a good book; here’s where to find the perfect winter retreat in Glacier Country. Dog Creek Lodge and Nordic Ski Center – Olney Beauty, peace and solitude abound at […]

Christmas Trees in Western Montana

It’s tree hunting season, friends, and, if you live in Montana and celebrate Christmas, you know we’re big fans of the cut-your-own Christmas tree method. Around here, it’s tradition to gear up and head out into our wintry wonderland to find the perfect tree. Before you go, it’s important to know what you need, what […]

Downhill Skiing in Montana: Know Before You Go

With snow season upon us, it’s time for one of our favorite things: downhill skiing in Western Montana. Come have a ball in our epic snowfall while continuing to play it safe and recreate responsibly. That means know before you go when visiting our ski resorts for downhill winter-wonderland fun. Because things are still a […]

Western Montana Holiday Gift Guide

The holiday season in upon us, and with the season comes gift giving—a beloved holiday tradition. We’ve made it easy for you and compiled a list of some of our favorite gifts. A Montana-made treasure is the perfect find for even the hardest person to buy for. From your most stylish friend to your book-loving […]

Holiday Festivities in Western Montana

It’s almost winter in Western Montana, which means we’re decking the halls with all things merry and bright. We love the winter festivities in Glacier Country, and we’re elated that some of our signature holiday events are back. Safety protocols are in place to make sure this holiday season is nothing but pure magic.   […]

Western Montana Spotlight: Khen Rinpoche

For our latest Western Montana Spotlight, we had the opportunity to speak with the director of the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas in Arlee, Montana. The Garden of One Thousand Buddhas is set in one of Montana’s most tranquil settings—the Jocko Valley. Visitors can stroll through the public park, botanical garden and Buddhist center evoking enlightenment […]

Winter in Glacier National Park: What to Expect

Winter is a magical time in Glacier National Park. There’s almost more wildlife than visitors, and the snowy landscape in unbelievable. But this year, due to a staffing shortage, previously offered amenities in the park may not be available. If you plan to visit, it’s important that you know before you go, so you can […]

Recreate Responsibly This Winter in Western Montana

When winter comes around, it’s important to find the perfect balance between staying cozy and taking full advantage of the snow. In Glacier Country, world-class winter fun is not hard to come by. Just make sure you’re staying safe by playing it safe. Here’s how to recreate responsibly this winter in Western Montana. Winter Driving […]

Western Montana Spotlight: Jack Gladstone

Western Montana is the traditional, ancestral territory of the Amskapi Piikani, Kootenai, Séliš, and Ql̓ispé people. We’ve been spotlighting extraordinary individuals who call this land home and would be amiss if we didn’t include Jack Gladstone. Jack, known as “Montana’s Troubadour,” is an enrolled citizen of the Blackfeet Nation in Western Montana. Jack illuminates American […]

The Family Travel Guide to Western Montana’s Most Outside-the-Box (and Off-the-Beaten-Path) Experiences

By: Bob and Jade, Vagabond3.com Everyone craves a one-of-a-kind travel experience—the moment that makes an impression and leaves you totally transformed. That’s what is so special about Western Montana; those transformative experiences are around every road trip pit stop, you just gotta know where to look and how to book to get off the beaten […]

Exploring Western Montana: Browning + Cut Bank in Autumn

Western Montana’s East Glacier Park scenic travel corridor has a lot to offer, especially in autumn. You’ll find culture, history, outdoor recreation and small-town charm here, especially in the vibrant communities of Browning—on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation—and Cut Bank. Explore Browning In the rolling foothills just east of Glacier National Park you’ll find the culture […]

Western Montana Spotlight: Nancy Cawdrey

We’ve been spotlighting remarkable people who call Western Montana home. Our next notable person is Nancy Cawdrey, whose vibrant contemporary paintings capture the spirit of the West. If you’ve visited Glacier Country you’ve likely seen one of her beautiful pieces. Nancy brilliantly combines texture with vivid colors in her whimsical ink-on-silk paintings, which reflect the […]

7 Things to do in Montana This Fall

You know that feeling you get when the leaves begin to change color and sweater weather is in the air? In Western Montana, we feel equal parts “let’s get cozy” and “let’s find some fall fun.” Autumn is one of the best times to visit Glacier Country because the landscape is intensely gorgeous and there’s […]

Guest Post: Treading Lightly Keeps Trails Accessible

Glacier Country has something to offer everyone who likes to get outside. From casual campers to hardcore adrenaline junkies, there are nearly unlimited places to explore and play. This is no exception for off-roaders. There are miles and miles of off-roading trails to discover; the hard part is choosing where to go. As off-roading and […]

9 Must-See Attractions in Montana’s Mission Valley

Montana has some big names and well-known places (I’m talking about you Glacier National Park), but the truth of the matter is this: some of the coolest places are located off the beaten path and come in the form of small towns, destinations at the end of gravel roads, local shops and colorful characters. Keeping this in mind, last week I set out to explore one of Western Montana’s most-underrated places: the Mission Valley. And you guys, it was a perfect fall day that had picture-perfect views around every corner.

Western Montana Spotlight: Andy Blanton

Western Montana’s beloved Café Kandahar, located at Whitefish Mountain Resort, is known for “serving thoughtfully constructed cuisine inspired by classic and modern influences.” That’s thanks to chef (and owner) Andy Blanton, who has been turning out delectable dishes at this favorite Whitefish restaurant for more than two decades. Andy arrived in Montana from New Orleans […]

The Latest From Glacier Country

Western Montana Wildland Fire and Smoke Update

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Swan Lake: A Western Montana Gem

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17 Things to Do Indoors in Western Montana

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Hit the Trails on Side-by-Sides and Other Off-Road Vehicles

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