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Glacier Country’s Food Truck Scene

A surprising culinary landscape awaits in Western Montana. Here, both local and renowned chefs have embraced a cornerstone of America’s food scene—the food truck—infusing their passion for cooking with innovative twists on beloved classics. Glacier Country’s food truck scene is a testament to this creativity, offering an adventure in flavor that you won’t want to […]

March 4, 2024

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31 of the Best Photo Ops in Western Montana

Western Montana’s Glacier Country is filled to the brim with amazing scenery and picture-perfect backdrops. From the glacier-carved peaks of Glacier National Park in the north to the Old West town of Darby in the south, Montana is chockful of awe-inspiring views. Taking pictures is a key part of vacationing, and to help you snag some of […]

February 26, 2024

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Glacier National Park Vehicle Reservation Summer 2024

To enhance the visitor experience, Glacier National Park has again implemented a vehicle reservation system for the 2024 peak season—May 24 through September 8. This system helps manage congestion within the park, and it applies to the west side of Going-to-the-Sun Road, the North Fork and Many Glacier during peak hours. Each location has unique […]

February 19, 2024

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Perfect Couple’s Winter Trip Through the Bitterroot Valley

By TravelingMel As winter blankets the Bitterroot Valley in a pristine layer of snow, an enchanting world emerges, inviting adventurous couples to embark on a perfect winter getaway. To explore this Montana gem, my husband and I loaded up our Subaru with skis, snowshoes, swimsuits and winter gear —plus some “Montana casual” outfits — ready […]

February 12, 2024

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Celebrated Western Artists and Art Galleries in Montana

Montana’s remarkable natural beauty and rich history have long inspired fine artists, and many of them call Glacier Country home. The small towns scattered throughout the region are arts and culture hot spots where quaint downtowns are lined with galleries and art shops, and where local artists are revered. Visit a local gallery and even take home a treasured piece of Montana art for yourself.

February 5, 2024

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Winter Retreats in Western Montana

Winter in Western Montana is more than just wintry-weather adventures—it’s time for getting cozy, exploring our welcoming mountain towns, or just snuggling up with a warm blanket, a good book and breathtaking views. Here’s where to find the perfect winter retreat in Glacier Country. Double Arrow Lodge – Seeley Lake Adventure is at your doorstep at Double […]

January 29, 2024

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A to Z Winter Indoor Things to Do in Western Montana

Western Montana is known for outdoor recreation, and for good reason—instant access to the outdoors makes this place a world-class destination. That said, sometimes the weather or mood makes you want to hunker, and, if that’s the case, we’ve got you covered. Here’s an A-to-Z list of our favorite indoor activities in Glacier Country—and take […]

January 22, 2024

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Recreate Responsibly This Winter in Western Montana

Glacier Country is a year-round playground, and winter does not disappoint. You can take full advantage of our snowy landscape while keeping in mind that it’s important to play it safe for your own protection, the protection of those around you and the protection of our treasured landscapes and natural resources. Here’s how to recreate […]

January 15, 2024

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Unique Western Montana Winter Events

We have fun year-round here, and a bit of snow on the ground doesn’t keep us from going outside or holding events. In fact, winter brings some of the most unusual, unique and fun events to cure your cabin fever. From renowned film festivals to barstool races and dog-sled races to a half marathon, there’s an adventure […]

January 8, 2024

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What’s New in Western Montana

Hello, new year—hello, new and exciting things in Western Montana! With a fresh year in full swing, we’ve got some new businesses to shine a light on. Make it a point to add one of these Glacier Country spots to your itinerary while you’re out and about exploring the region.   WHAT’S NEW IN MISSOULA […]

January 1, 2024

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Gear Up for Winter Family Fun in Glacier Country

Winter is one of our favorite seasons in Western Montana. We play year-round here, but when the snow falls exploration is exponential—we gear up and get out, and you should too. Glacier Country on average boasts 300 inches of snow yearly, rendering the landscape a winter wonderland and offering endless winter activities for the whole […]

December 25, 2023

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

There’s no question Western Montana is a downhill ski destination. But what makes this place so sought-after is the epic landscape, charming small towns and 300+ inches of snow the region sees every winter, all making it a popular destination even for those who don’t ski. Here are seven ways to play in a Western […]

December 18, 2023

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Winter in Glacier National Park: What to Expect

From wildlife to wild and wintry landscapes, winter is a magical time to experience Glacier National Park. And while it’s perfect for a peaceful, winter wonderland adventure, there are some important things to note while planning your trip to the park this time of year. Please know before you go and plan accordingly to ensure […]

December 11, 2023

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Top 8 Winter Destinations in Western Montana

Western Montana’s Glacier Country offers a treasure trove of enchanting winter landscapes and snow-season adventures. Here’s our guide to the top 8 winter destinations in this incredible place. Whether you seek powdery slopes, festive villages or cozy escapes, each destination promises an unforgettable winter-in-Montana experience. WHITEFISH + WHITEFISH MOUNTAIN RESORT The quintessential mountain town of […]

10 Reasons to Be Thankful in Glacier Country

Where do we begin? There are many—many—things to be thankful for here in Western Montana’s Glacier Country. Without stating the obvious, our natural resources are always top of mind when we’re feeling grateful—our forests, wilderness areas, rivers, lakes and streams, flora and fauna, wide-open spaces and fresh mountain air are all reasons to give thanks.

Glacier Country Holiday Gift Guide: Local Shops and Unique Gifts

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and with the holiday season comes gift giving—a tradition we love. We’ve made it easy for you by compiling a list of some of our favorite local shops and markets in Western Montana, as well as some unique finds. A Montana-made treasure makes the perfect gift, and […]

2023 Holiday Events & Festivities in Western Montana

Before winter officially even begins, holiday festivities are well 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 holiday décor, gingerbread houses, Christmas cookies, hot […]

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 […]

Western Montana Geography: More Than Mountains and Rivers

Western Montana’s Glacier Country is known for its iconic mountain peaks and meandering rivers, but a deeper look into the landscape showcases a diverse and awe-inspiring geography. In addition to the breathtaking Crown of the Continent—Glacier National Park—the region boasts vast and pristine wilderness areas, lush alpine forests, crystal-clear lakes, rugged canyons and sweeping valleys, […]

Hunting Outfitters in Western Montana

Hunting in Montana was once a way of life, fundamental to surviving and feeding our families. Today, hunting holds a special place in the hearts of many Montanans who recall our rich history of tradition and necessity. It is also a vital wildlife management tool, helping to keep nature at a healthy balance with available and supportive habitat. Western Montana boasts an abundance of diverse wildlife and expansive hunting terrain on both public and private lands. Glacier Country is prime for the hunt with elk, moose, deer, mountain lions, bighorn sheep, upland birds and waterfowl; there’s an adventure for nearly every type of hunter. Our hunting outfitters and guides can help you plan a world-class hunting expedition. Learn about wild animals and local outfitters in the region—a treasure trove of wildlife awaits.

Sustainable Travel in Western Montana’s Glacier Country

When planning your next getaway, consider your impact on the environment and choose a destination that prioritizes eco-friendliness. Here are a few notable ways businesses and cities in Western Montana’s Glacier Country are taking steps to ensure that your visit is not only memorable but also environmentally responsible.   WHITEFISH The quintessential mountain town of […]

Western Montana Ghost Tours and Spooky Experiences

Western Montana, with its vast landscapes and storied past, has a shadowy side just waiting to be explored. From spine-tingling tours, haunted mansions and desolate ghost towns to terrifying corn mazes, Glacier Country beckons the brave to uncover its eerie mysteries. Dive deep into this blog to discover the spookiest experiences waiting for you this […]

Showstopping Performing Arts in Western Montana

Nature isn’t the only thing putting on a spectacular show in Western Montana’s Glacier Country. Talented performing artists flock to the region, inspired by the sheer beauty and wide-open landscapes for artistic expression. Long-running theater companies and symphony orchestras have staged captivating performances here for decades. From community plays to Broadway-caliber theater to live concerts, Western Montana boasts a critically acclaimed performing arts scene.

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. When the snow falls, it transforms into an unbeatable winter playground home to seven ski areas that boast affordable lift tickets, ridiculous vertical drops, consistently excellent snowfall and more than 11,723 acres of […]

Road Trip: Sanders County and the Clark Fork Corridor

Welcome to authentic Montana, where the pristine landscapes and vibrant small towns of Sanders County await. Nestled along the Clark Fork River, this hidden gem of the Treasure State offers a road trip to remember. Come explore the Clark Fork Corridor, where adventure, history and breathtaking scenery converge to create an unforgettable Montana experience. Start […]

University of Montana Family Weekend Itinerary

The crisp autumn air, a canopy of fall foliage and the spirited energy of a bustling campus are a few reasons why parents enjoy Family Weekend at the University of Montana in Missoula. From October 27 to 29, 2023, this weekend will offer a perfect blend of bonding, exploration and immersion into Grizzly pride. Whether […]

Harvest Happenings and Fall Events in Western Montana

Autumn is one of the best times of year to visit Western Montana. It’s not only gorgeous—it’s also jam-packed with dozens of not-to-be-missed concerts, harvest festivals, Halloween events and more. Our events calendar is full of fall fun, so come explore Glacier Country as we celebrate our favorite season. We’ve got some exciting events to […]

Glacier Country Tourism: A Few of Our Favorite Things

Take a look behind the scenes and meet the talented women who work for Glacier Country Tourism. Our team is immersed and knowledgeable in all things Western Montana, so we’re sharing some of our favorite things. Read on for insider tips and local knowhow, and find a few reasons why we’re so passionate about our […]

5 Labor Day Weekend Getaways in Western Montana

Long weekends are the perfect time to get away, and Labor Day Weekend is an excellent time of year for an escape to Western Montana. The crowds are beginning to ease, and the landscape is just as gorgeous as ever. Here are five ideas to inspire a holiday weekend getaway in Glacier Country. FLATHEAD RIVER […]

Hidden Gem Golf Courses in Western Montana

With wide-open vistas and room to roam, it should come as no surprise that Western Montana’s Glacier Country is a golfer’s paradise. Our typical golf season begins in early May and lasts through mid-October, so you’ve still got plenty of time to tee up, and come fall, the landscape is pure gold. Take advantage of the combination of stunning scenery, renowned courses and affordability at courses and resorts that range from public to semi-private and leisurely to challenging. Pair that combo with small-town charm, and teeing up in Montana is a real treat. Here’s a list of our scenic travel corridors and our favorite places to golf along the way.

Western Montana Small Town Spotlight: Frenchtown

Just 15 miles northwest of Missoula, Frenchtown offers a quiet place to take a break, stretch your legs and grab a bite along your travels. Situated along the Clark Fork River in a valley called “qua elth” or “state of tranquility” by American Indian inhabitants, Frenchtown is surrounded by natural beauty offering exploration and adventure. […]

Ways to Engage with Blackfeet Culture in Glacier Country

By Valerie Stimac, Valismag.com  Part of why I love to travel is to experience other cultures, but it’s surprising how hard it has been for me to find great opportunities to learn about Native American cultures while exploring the American West. This is changing thanks to both traveler interest and government support for Native American tribes […]

Fishing the Golden Stone Hatch in Western Montana

Montana is known for legendary rivers and epic fly-fishing, the Golden Stone hatch included—though this stonefly tends to fly under the radar. Often in the shadow of Montana’s famous Salmonfly hatch, we’re here to tell you the Golden Stone is not to be overlooked, offering consistently good fly-fishing all summer long. Our advice? Go with […]

The Best Patios in Western Montana

When summer in Glacier Country brings warmer days, 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 […]

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. […]

Things to Do Outside Glacier National Park

While Glacier National Park anchors Western Montana’s Glacier Country, the region offers so much more. The gorgeous landscapes, vibrant small towns and adventures beyond the park are every bit as memorable as the park itself. Here’s a list of things to do outside Glacier National Park that will make for the trip of a lifetime. […]

North American Indian Days and the Blackfeet Nation

The Blackfeet have occupied the Rocky Mountain region for thousands of years and are made up of four bands—North Piegan, South Piegan, Blood and Siksika, though members of the Blackfeet Nation in the U.S. primarily descend from the South Piegan. Every year during the second week in July, the Blackfeet Tribe celebrates North American Indian […]

Summer Fun: Top 7 Kid Friendly Activities

For generations Western Montana’s authentic way of living has drawn families to vacation here, where adventure comes in many forms and simple pleasures such as floating a river, picking cherries off a tree or seeing wildlife on Wild Horse Island are plentiful. Try kayaking on Flathead Lake, learning to ride a horse, or taking a zip-line tour at a ski resort. Summer fun abounds in Glacier Country.

A Piece of History: Ninemile Remount Depot + Ranger Station

Just 30 minutes from Missoula, step back in time at the Ninemile Remount Depot and Ranger Station, located on the Ninemile Ranger District compound in Huson, Montana. Here you’ll get a captivating glimpse of early firefighting days in the rugged and roadless wilderness of the Rocky Mountain West. From 1930 to 1953 the depot supplied […]

Western Montana City Tours

A city tour is one of the best ways to quickly get the “lay of the land” in Western Montana and find our favorite local spots to eat and drink. Our larger, vibrant towns of Missoula, Whitefish and Kalispell have lots to do, including a variety of city tour options. From self-guided historic and art […]

Bison Reintroduction to the Tribal Nations in Western Montana

The American bison has long been one of the most important animals in American Indian cultures. Tribes have relied on the majestic bison for thousands of years, using every part of the animal for survival and welfare, including meat for food, bones and horns for tools, and hide for clothing and shelter, as well as […]

Air Adventures in Glacier Country

Western Montana boasts some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the world. Lush alpine forests, sweeping valleys and mountain meadows full of wildflowers create jaw-dropping views from every angle—but a bird’s-eye view of our spectacular scenery is a view you won’t forget. An aerial tour is a one-of-a-kind adventure, from tranquil hot air balloon rides to the adrenaline rush of skydiving. Take to the skies in Glacier Country. You’ll be glad you did.

Western Montana Summer Events

Summer in Western Montana is altogether exquisite—warm temperatures, long daylight hours, impossibly blue skies and spectacular sunsets are just some of the reasons why. Another reason summer is a fave around here is our events lineup, boasting rodeos, pow wows, concerts, cherry festivals, car shows and more. Here, we’ve rounded up some of our best […]

10 Unique Outdoor Finds in Western Montana

Montana is the fourth largest state by area with a population of just over 1 million people, which makes us one of the least dense states. We actually have more cows than residents, at about a 2.5 to 1 ratio. This is one factor that has shaped our communities and outdoor spaces. In Western Montana, […]

Guided Hikes and Walks in Western Montana

Hiking in Western Montana is just about the easiest way to experience some of our most exquisite landscapes, and guided hikes can make it even easier and more rewarding, especially when you’re setting out on a multiday backpacking adventure. Hiking guides in Western Montana are outdoor lovers through and through and can not only offer […]

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, moving at your own pace, camping at RV camps with stunning views and a friendly gathering of like-minded individuals. Western Montana’s Glacier Country offers the classic road-trip experience complete with world-class outdoor fun. Nine scenic travel corridors lined with vibrant […]

Road and Trail Races in Western Montana

Run for the hills! The gorgeous Western Montana landscape, especially come spring, inspires runners to get out in the fresh mountain air and hit the trails. Throughout the spring and summer seasons, many of our vibrant communities play host to marathons, races and fun runs. Grab your running shoes and set out for the “runcation” […]

A to Z Bars in Western Montana

Good company, good times and good drinks are part of the Montana experience, and that’s why you’ll find a bar not far from wherever you are in Glacier Country. If you’re looking for some post-adventure libations, live music, local vibes and great food, it’s all here in our swanky bars serving up craft cocktails, our […]

9 Unique Stays in Western Montana

Western Montana is unique in many ways, including the landscape, wildlife, friendly locals, and number of breweries per capita. The remarkable and uncommon can also be found among Glacier Country accommodations. An extraordinary stay can be an adventure on its own, making your trip even more memorable. Here’s a roundup of nine incredible, striking and […]

Spring in Western Montana and Glacier National Park

Spring is the time for renewal and rediscovery, and Glacier Country—with unique adventures and room to breathe—is the perfect place to experience it. Hiking and biking trails are clearing from their blanket of snow, and the landscape is livening up with wildflowers, wildlife, rushing rapids and waterfalls. Come find the magic of spring in Western […]

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Glacier Country’s Food Truck Scene

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31 of the Best Photo Ops in Western Montana

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Glacier National Park Vehicle Reservation Summer 2024

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Perfect Couple’s Winter Trip Through the Bitterroot Valley

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