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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 […]

December 6, 2021

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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.   […]

November 26, 2021

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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 […]

November 22, 2021

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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 […]

November 15, 2021

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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 […]

November 8, 2021

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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 […]

November 1, 2021

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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 […]

October 25, 2021

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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 […]

October 18, 2021

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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 […]

October 11, 2021

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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 […]

October 4, 2021

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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 […]

September 27, 2021

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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.

September 20, 2021

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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 […]

September 13, 2021

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The Best Burger Joints in Western Montana

With all this ranchland, Western Montana can’t help but be known for exceptional beef, and thus exceptional burgers. Here’s a list of our favorite burger joints in Glacier Country.   Naps Grill Naps Grill in Hamilton has been in business for nearly three decades and has the awards to show for it. They’ve consistently won “Best […]

September 7, 2021

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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.

Western Montana Spotlight: Laura Munson

Some pretty remarkable people call Western Montana home. The beauty of our landscape, bountiful recreation, a supportive arts community, and the call of the wild draw folks from far and wide. We’re spotlighting some of these extraordinary people, giving you the chance to get to know them, their work, and their favorite things in Glacier […]

Fall in Love With Western Montana’s Flathead Corridor

The Western Montana landscape is chock-full of world-class attractions, but the Flathead Corridor is always at the top of our list when we’re looking for an unforgettable adventure. Here you’ll find small-town charm and Flathead Lake—the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi and an anchor to this wildly scenic vacation destination just south of Glacier National […]

17 Things to Do Indoors in Western Montana

Indoor exploration in Western Montana is equally as memorable as our outdoor scene. Sometimes, perusing a museum, watching live theater, go-kart racing, or sampling local craft beer is exactly what you need to beat the heat or escape the wildland fire smoke. We’ve compiled a list of 17 unique, fun and quirky indoor activities, taken […]

Attention: Fire Restrictions in Western Montana

Western Montana is currently experiencing drought conditions, including extremely dry forest fuels, high temperatures and wind, low humidity and minimal precipitation. That’s why Western Montana’s Glacier Country is currently under Stage 2 fire restrictions. The goal of these fire restrictions is to reduce fire risk and prevent wildland fires during periods of high to extreme […]

11 Huckleberry Treats That Can’t be Beat in Western Montana

Huckleberries are a sweet treat we just can’t get enough of. These small, dark purple, sweet berries grow wild in Western Montana. Locals and visitors alike head to the mountains to pick this coveted fruit. However, a good huckleberry picking spot is like a good fishing hole; some secrets are best discovered on your own. […]

Curated Culture: Museums in Glacier Country Montana

If you’re looking for an impressive cultural experience, Glacier Country has you covered. View works from nationally renowned artists and walk through some of the most fascinating exhibits of historical artifacts providing glimpses into the Old West, railroad days, pioneer settlements and American Indian heritage. To help you history buffs, art lovers and train and […]

31 of the Best Photo Ops in Montana

There are certain places that exist in the world that are so beautiful, they almost don’t seem real. One such place: Western Montana. Glacier Country is filled to the brim with amazing scenery and picture-perfect scenes. From the glacier-carved peaks of Glacier National Park in the north to the Old West town of Darby in the south, Montana is filled with awe-inspiring views. Taking pictures is a key part of vacationing, and to help you snag some of the most iconic images in Glacier Country, we’ve created a list of the 31 best locations for photo opportunities.

21 Amazing Places in Montana You’ve (Probably) Never Heard Of

The fact of the matter is this: Montana is a big place. It’s a massive state that’s home to wide-open prairies, snow-capped mountain peaks, rushing waterways and the biggest sky you’ve ever seen.

Accessible Recreation in Glacier Country

In Glacier Country, we know how restorative the outdoors and fresh mountain air can be. We strive to be a part of an inclusive outdoors, and make sure Western Montana is welcoming for visitors of all abilities. State parks, national wildlife refuges and rails-to-trails areas can be enjoyed by everyone, and Montana is continually working […]

Summer Fun in Kalispell, Montana

The Great Outdoors meets Old West charm and a lively arts and culture scene in Kalispell, Montana. Access world-class outdoor recreation with ease in this vibrant community centrally located between Flathead Lake, Whitefish Mountain Resort and Glacier National Park in Western Montana’s Glacier Country, and also take advantage of all the fun happening in downtown […]

Western Montana: Camping for Beginners

Camping in Western Montana is a quintessential pastime. The smell of fresh pine needles, the call of the birds, unmatched starry nights and the opportunity to disconnect from technology and connect with nature are only some of what lures us out. If you’ve never been camping before but are ready to try, the idea of […]

Summer Fun in Bigfork, Montana

Nestled in the northeast corner of Flathead Lake is Western Montana’s storybook village of Bigfork. From endless charm, to lake and river adventures, to arts and culture, this little community packs quite a big punch. Take advantage of summer fun in Bigfork this year, but please remember: Like most of our small towns, things are […]

Outdoor Recreation Classes in Western Montana

A few things that come to mind when you think of Western Montana are our vast alpine forests, mountain lakes and glistening rivers that equate to an abundance of outdoor recreation. From laid-back activities like birding and nature journaling to adventurous offerings like river surfing and horseback riding, our recreation scene can’t be beat. If […]

The Best Patios in Western Montana

When spring brings warmer days and summer nears, there’s nothing better than being outside and enjoying the sunshine. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the best patios in Western Montana, making it easy for you to grab a bite, quench your thirst and relax under our big blue sky. From upscale dining on a […]

Recreate Responsibly on Tribal Lands

Visiting an American Indian reservation in Western Montana is a special experience, and we must all do our part to recreate responsibly no matter where we roam. Here’s how to be a responsible and respectful traveler while enjoying the communities, great outdoors and fresh mountain air of the tribal lands in Glacier Country. Respect Tribes […]

Explore Western Montana’s East Glacier Area

The East Glacier Corridor sits on the edge of Glacier National Park and continues the awe-inspiring vistas and abundant recreation that draws visitors to the park itself. The towns of St. Mary, Babb, Browning, Cut Bank and East Glacier Park provide launching points for exploring the Blackfeet Nation—which boasts a plethora of recreation, history, and […]

Glacier National Park 2021 Updates

With national parks more popular than ever and things still a bit out of the ordinary, please plan ahead and travel responsibly with up-to-date and accurate travel information. Here’s what you need to keep in mind when traveling in and around Glacier National Park this year. Going-to-the-Sun Road Ticketed Entry System To help ease traffic […]

Western Montana Lodging With a View

One thing’s for certain—all of Western Montana is jaw-droppingly gorgeous, and, no matter where you lay your head at night, your surroundings are sure to be beautiful. With that said, we do have especially noteworthy accommodations situated in extraordinary spots, like next to a national wildlife refuge or on the shore of a serene mountain […]

Traveling With Your Dog in Western Montana

What’s better than roaming around Montana? Roaming around Montana with your dog, of course. We love dogs around here­—bird dogs, river rovers, hiking companions—so we get it. Western Montana’s wide-open spaces, miles of hiking trails and sparkling waters make a great place for a pet-friendly vacation, and there’s plenty of lodging to accommodate your pup, […]

Glacier Country’s Food Truck Scene

A surprising fact about Western Montana is that it’s a culinary hot spot. Some of the best chefs live here thanks to our slower-paced way of life plus a natural landscape and regional produce that feed creativity and inspire new dishes. Both local and renowned chefs have embraced a cornerstone of America’s food scene—the food […]

Vegan + Vegetarian Culinary Adventures in Glacier Country

Western Montana’s culinary scene is on par with its outdoor recreation scene. From fine dining to food trucks, you can’t go wrong—it’s all part of the Glacier Country adventure.

10 Unique Glacier Country Experiences

Western Montana is full of authentically wild adventures and epic outdoor experiences. It’s a place unlike anywhere else, where natural wonders abound among awe-inspiring landscapes. We’ve put together a list of 10 legendary experiences you’ll find only in Glacier Country, so pull out your bucket list and get ready to add these to it. 1. […]

Recreate Responsibly in Western Montana

Spending time in outdoor spaces has become more popular than ever, and we sure are grateful for the quality and quantity of outdoor space we have here in Western Montana. It’s paramount, however, that we all do our part to recreate responsibly, whether playing in local parks, on public lands and trails, in Montana’s two […]

Hidden Gem Shopping Spots in Glacier Country

Western Montana is home to more than 75 charming communities, all worth exploring. We often boast about the vibrant downtowns in the hearts of these communities, but you’ll find a treasure trove of quirky, unique and delightful shops tucked into little spots off the beaten path all over the region. Find Montana-made items, one-of-a-kind goods, and […]

Spring in Montana and Glacier National Park

Spring is a time of renewal—a time to refresh, restore and rediscover. The thing about exploring Western Montana this time of year is that spring is our largely undiscovered season. As the region emerges from winter, hiking and biking trails are clearing, and the landscape comes alive with wildflowers, wildlife and rushing rapids and waterfalls. Here’s where […]

20 Instagram Accounts to Follow in Western Montana

Western Montana is home to diverse and unique businesses—luxury resorts, local eats, adventure outfitters and a bison ranch are just a sampling of what you’ll find here. One thing they all share is gratitude for the place we’re lucky enough to call home, and their social media accounts reflect that with posts showcasing Glacier Country […]

23 Things to Do This Spring Under Montana’s Big Blue Sky

I’m just gonna say it: spring in Montana is absolutely gorgeous! Literally, I cannot get enough of our longer daylight hours, bluebird skies, evening rain storms and the fresh, fragrant air that comes with the arrival of this time of year.

8 Ways to Treat Yourself in Western Montana

It’s always important to take time for yourself to relax and rejuvenate, and after the year we’ve all had, you deserve it. We make it easy to treat yourself in Glacier Country. From treatments at top-notch spas to feeding your soul at an art gallery, here are our top eight ways to indulge in Western […]

7 Things to Do During Winter in Montana if You Don’t Ski

Let’s face it: downhill skiing and snowboarding are two of Montana’s favorite winter pastimes. Heck, just in Western Montana’s Glacier Country alone there are six ski areas that have more than 7,000 acres of terrain.

Discover the Natural World of Glacier National Park

Quench your thirst for knowledge on your next visit to Western Montana. Slow down and have a deeper, more intimate trip by planning a class from The Glacier Institute into your itinerary. The Glacier Institute offers a variety of courses on Glacier National Park—one of the most intact ecosystems in the lower 48. Cultivate your […]

Gear Up for Winter Family Fun in Glacier Country

Winter is one of our absolute favorite seasons. That’s because, in a place like Western Montana, winter isn’t in the way, it is the way—the way to adventure. We gear up and get out, and you should too. Glacier Country boasts 300 inches of snow yearly, rendering the landscape a winter wonderland and offering endless […]

Pizza Night in Western Montana

If you’re like us, you scope out the best place for pizza whenever you visit a new place. If that new place for you is Western Montana, or if you’re a local looking to try something new for your next Pizza Night, we’ve done the legwork for you. Glacier Country has a phenomenal culinary scene, […]

New Year, New Businesses and Happenings in Western Montana

The theme for 2021 feels a little “in with the new.” We’re looking for a refresh, and we’ve got new businesses—and new happenings at old businesses we love—that have popped up (or will soon!) throughout the region. Find New Adventures at New Businesses in Western Montana ROAM Beyond You know we’re all about glamping in […]

New Year’s Resolutions: 10 Epic Montana Adventures for 2021

2020 has been a year. With 2021 upon us, hope is in the air and priorities have shifted a bit. Your New Year’s resolutions might look different from years’ past. Are you building in more family time? More space for reflection? More travel? Western Montana has you covered with 10 epic adventures for the new […]

Get to Know the Glacier National Park Conservancy

The beauty and wonder of Glacier National Park is conserved by a strong network of fiercely dedicated nature lovers and stewards of the land doing amazing work to protect and preserve the Crown of the Continent for generations to come. One such organization is the Glacier National Park Conservancy—the official nonprofit fundraising partner of Glacier […]

The Latest From Glacier Country

Western Montana Holiday Gift Guide

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Holiday Festivities in Western Montana

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Western Montana Spotlight: Khen Rinpoche

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Winter in Glacier National Park: What to Expect

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