The Official Western Montana Travel & Tourism Blog
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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
UPDATED: June 1, 2020 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 […]
Social Distancing and the Great Outdoors
UPDATED: June 1, 2020 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 […]
Navigating the Uncharted Waters of COVID-19
UPDATED: June 1, 2020 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 […]
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—
Backcountry Bonus: The Sperry Chalet is Back
We’re completely overjoyed to announce that after the devastating damage to Glacier National Park’s beloved Sperry Chalet from wildland fire in 2017, it will reopen in the summer of 2020.
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.
Spread Holiday Cheer With Montana Made Gifts
It’s one of the most wonderful times of the year in Glacier Country. Our landscapes have transformed into winter wonderlands ready for play, and our quaint small towns are decked in holiday merriment. With the holidays just around the corner, our thoughts turn to gift giving. Whether you’re planning a trip here soon, or just left, these Montana made gifts are the perfect remembrance of a trip and a special present for that special person. From American Indian made goods, to leather bags, local artwork and fly-fishing trips, we’ve rounded up our top gifts made in Western Montana that’ll help you cross off all the names on your gift list.
Bookstores and Book Festivals in Western Montana
From Norman Maclean’s novella “A River Runs Through It” to the poetry of Richard Hugo and the writings of authors like Rick Bass, James Welch, Judy Blunt and Ivan Doig, Montana’s literary landscape is vast. If there’s a place as inspiring to the creative mind as Montana, we don’t know it. Our lit game is strong with support for Montana authors, local book shops, and literary events and festivals throughout the region where the written word reigns.
Bite In: Bakeries + Sweet Treats in Glacier Country
Fall in Western Montana brings brisk mornings, cozy sweaters and jaw-dropping golden hues. While the colors lure leaf peepers from across the country, our outdoor recreation, art and music scenes, museums, and authentically Montana adventures keep them here. Between the hustle and bustle of activities and sightseeing, stop by one of our many local bakeries and treat yourself to a warm pastry while reflecting on the day. From award-winning bakeries serving up the classic pastries you crave, to innovative bake shops creating treats “outside the breadbox,” our culinary contributions are unexpectedly phenomenal. The foodie in you will thank us later.
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.
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.
Fall Fun, Frights and Flavors in Western Montana
Halloween means it’s time for pumpkin picking and mixing up the fun with a few frights and some seasonal flavors. Quintessential fall family activities abound this time of year, and haunted happenings are scattered throughout the region as well. Here’s where and how to get spooked, have fun, and savor the season in Western Montana’s Glacier Country.
8 Things Not to be Missed This Fall in Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park is open year-round and every season in the park is stunning. Fall, however, is uniquely magical. The Crown of the Continent’s glacier-carved valleys and mountainsides are painted with the golden hues of autumn, amplifying the already jaw-dropping views. Fewer visitors, abundant birding and wildlife watching, and exclusive biking access on the Going-to-the-Sun Road make it one of the best times to enjoy the park. Here are our top eight reasons why you should visit Glacier in its golden season.
Western Montana Wild West Adventures Part 2
Glacier Country has a number of ranches—both rustic and luxury—offering warm western hospitality, relaxation and recreation opportunities like fly-fishing, hiking, snowshoeing, and, of course, horseback riding under big blue skies. Experience the beauty of Western Montana’s breathtaking landscapes, bask in infinite adventures and get to know our friendly, saddle-savvy locals from a traditionally western vantage point.
Western Montana Wild West Adventures Part 1
Western Montana often conjures up images of cowboys, dude ranches, the Wild West and horseback rides through alpine forests and sweeping mountain valleys. For those looking to take the reins on their own cowboy or cowgirl adventure, Glacier Country can deliver. Our region is chock-full of resorts and ranches that have harnessed Montana’s history and packaged it for your pleasure. Grab your cowboy hat and saddle up in Western Montana.
Road Trip: Explore Western Montana’s Northwest Corridor
Western Montana’s Kootenai Country and the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness are a treasure trove of breathtaking vistas, glistening waters and hidden gems. Some of our wildest and most remote backcountry can be found here in Montana’s northwest corner. The Northwest Corridor offers a scenic travel route that you can easily drive through, with plenty to see and do in some of our quietest country and most charming communities.
The Latest From Glacier Country
8 Ways to Recreate on Western Montana’s Rivers
August 3, 2020
Motorboating Western Montana’s Lakes
July 27, 2020
Hit the Road—Responsibly—for an RV Adventure in Western Montana
July 20, 2020
When We Travel Responsibly, We Can Travel Confidently
July 13, 2020