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Gift Guide: 12 Unique Ideas from Western Montana

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and in Western Montana we are fully embracing the holiday cheer. Our decorations are out, calendars are filled with events, and holiday gift lists are made. Montana artisans are known for their beautiful designs, delicious creations and innovative products. Shop our list to find gifts anyone would […]

November 26, 2022

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2022 Holiday Events & Festivities in Western Montana

We’re one month away from the official start of winter but holiday festivities are already underway here in Western Montana’s Glacier Country. This is a magical time of year and we’ve got the events—and the enchanting wintry landscape—to make it even more festive.   Historic Holiday Happenings + Classic Christmas Events Mark your calendars for […]

November 21, 2022

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19 Fun Facts About Western Montana’s Travel Routes

The wonderful thing about Western Montana’s Glacier Country is that traveling from one place to the next is always scenic and there’s an adventure around every bend. With the region divided into nine travel routes, you’ll find unique Montana experiences no matter where you roam. Here’s a list of fun and noteworthy facts about each […]

November 14, 2022

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6 Ways to Recognize Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month, and here in Glacier Country—the traditional, ancestral territory of the Amskapi Piikani, Kootenai, Séliš, and Ql̓ispé people—we honor the significant contributions, unique traditions and diverse cultures of the tribes and Indigenous people who live here today. Here’s how you can, too.    1. Visit an Indian Reservation Montana is home […]

November 7, 2022

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Montana Made: 10 Distilleries to Visit

Wherever you are in Western Montana, it’s easy to find a locally sourced drink with 10 distilleries in region. Whether buying a bottle or enjoying a perfectly balanced cocktail in a taproom, each distillery creates small-batch, hand-crafted spirits that embody the essence of Montana.   No. 1. Lolo Creek Distillery For stunning Bitterroot Valley views, […]

October 31, 2022

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5 Reasons to Plan a Girlfriend Getaway to Western Montana

By Tamara Gruber While some friend groups dream about girls’ trips spent basking on a beach drinking a steady stream of umbrella drinks, others appreciate the peace and inner joy gained by time spent communing with nature and each other. Some may think Western Montana is an unusual choice for a girlfriend getaway, but, with […]

October 24, 2022

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The Wild Animals of Glacier Country

One of the things we cherish most about Western Montana is our wildlife—the wild animals we share our home with and have nothing but awe and respect for. Our diverse region is one of the most intact ecosystems in the lower 48 states, and it’s likely you’ll spot wildlife while you’re here. While we’d like […]

October 17, 2022

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All Aboard Amtrak’s Empire Builder in Western Montana

Amtrak operates the Empire Builder daily between Seattle/Portland and Chicago through Minneapolis, traveling across the northern half of Montana and stopping in a handful of charming communities in Western Montana’s Glacier Country. This stunningly scenic route also travels along the southern boundary of Glacier National Park. Climb on board and enjoy the view from your […]

October 10, 2022

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7 Things to Do in Western Montana This Fall

You know that feeling 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 most unique times to visit Glacier Country—the landscape is intensely gorgeous, from snowcapped peaks in the […]

October 3, 2022

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Safe and Responsible Hunting Practices in Western Montana

Hunting is a way of life in Montana, backed by a rich history of necessity and tradition. Here in Glacier Country, we have an abundance of wildlife and wild places—our expansive terrain makes this region prime for the hunt. That said, safety is of the utmost importance. Here’s how to play it safe and minimize […]

September 26, 2022

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Fall Events and Harvest Festivals in Western Montana

When the green landscapes of summer begin to fade into fall, an unmatched tapestry of golden hues comes out, complementing our impossibly big blue sky. Autumn is one of our most vibrant seasons here in Glacier Country, and fall brings a few of our favorite things: scarecrows, pumpkins, the autumn harvest, seasonal microbrews and bugling elk. Breathe in the cool mountain air, put on your coziest flannel and join us for some of our best fall events. Western Montana’s golden season also brings lighter traffic and shoulder season prices.

September 19, 2022

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Fall Getaways + Travel Deals in Western Montana

There’s no better way to fall for Montana than to visit in autumn—arguably the best time to be in Glacier Country. It’s quiet, the temps have cooled down and the summer travelers have gone home. Take advantage of the following travel deals and experience the magic of Western Montana’s golden season. Bitterroot Backpacking The Bitterroot […]

September 12, 2022

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Motorcycle Tour: East Glacier Park to Philipsburg

Western Montana sets the stage for unmatched motorcycling with stunning landscapes among scenic byways, open highways and backroads of discovery. Fall foliage only adds to the jaw-dropping beauty of our region, plus cooler temperatures and shoulder-season pricing make it an ideal time to hit the road. You’d be hard-pressed to not take a scenic route […]

September 6, 2022

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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.

How to Cool Off on a Hot Summer Day in Western Montana

Summer days in Glacier Country are pure heaven, but there’s no denying that sometimes you just need a good way to beat the heat. Here’s how to cool off on a hot summer day in Western Montana. Cold Beer Did you know Montana is No. 2 in the nation for breweries per capita? That means […]

“Yellowstone” TV Show Film Locations in Western Montana

Western Montana’s cinematic landscapes have set the stage for famous films and TV shows alike. The world-renowned “Yellowstone” TV show has inspired many fans to visit Montana and get a glimpse of the Montana way of life, working ranches, cowboy culture and small-town vibes. For those who have asked for scene film locations to visit […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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. […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Latest From Glacier Country

Gift Guide: 12 Unique Ideas from Western Montana

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2022 Holiday Events & Festivities in Western Montana

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19 Fun Facts About Western Montana’s Travel Routes

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6 Ways to Recognize Native American Heritage Month

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