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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. And for vegans and vegetarians, we’ve got you totally covered. Here’s where you can find some of the tastiest vegan and vegetarian food in Western Montana. […]

April 5, 2021

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Spring Bloom: Wildflowers in Western Montana

Ah, spring. While we love all four seasons in Western Montana, wildflower season is extra special. Glacier Country in full bloom is quite a sight. These miniature miracles of Mother Nature brave cold nights and dramatic spring weather to sprout their way up into Montana’s landscape in a striking display. Mountains, meadows and hillsides speckled […]

March 29, 2021

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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. […]

March 22, 2021

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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 […]

March 15, 2021

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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 […]

March 8, 2021

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Spring in Western 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. […]

March 1, 2021

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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 […]

February 22, 2021

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

Spring is one of Western Montana’s best-kept secrets. It’s the season to get out and explore the region’s emergence from winter, and this year is no exception if we all travel safely and responsibly. Here are nearly two dozen ways to play in Glacier Country this spring. 1. Bike in Glacier National Park The famously […]

February 15, 2021

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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 […]

February 8, 2021

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7 Things to Do in a Western Montana Winter 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 […]

February 1, 2021

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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 […]

January 25, 2021

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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 […]

January 18, 2021

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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 […]

Know Before You Go! Skiing in Montana During a Pandemic

With things a little out of the ordinary this winter, we can all count on one thing—snow! That precious, fluffy white powder makes a Western Montana winter pure magic. We get a lot of it around here—more than 300 inches annually, in fact—and we’ve also got plenty of space to spread out. That means we’re […]

Holiday Gift Guide: Shop Local + Made in Montana

Spread some holiday cheer this year by not only giving your friends and family thoughtful, Made in Montana gifts, but by giving much needed support to our local craftspeople and small businesses while you’re at it. From candles, leather goods, jewelry and pottery, to locally roasted coffee and finely crafted beer and spirits, cross some […]

The Glacier Country Grind: Local Coffee, Tea, Cocoa + Chai

We LOVE our beverages in Montana, and while our local brewery and distillery scene is renowned, beer and whiskey aren’t the only things we’re meticulously crafting in the Treasure State. We take our coffee just as seriously as anything around here. And our tea, hot chocolate and chai, for that matter. Here’s where you can […]

Montana by the Book: Your Local Guides to Glacier Country

To really get to know Montana—and your way around Montana—let a local guidebook be your guide. From exploring Glacier National Park; to hiking, history and hotels; to backroads, byways and off-the-beaten-path adventures, Montana’s authors lead the way.  Glacier National Park Moon Glacier National Park by Becky Lomax (author and former guide for Glacier Guides and […]

Virtual Montana: Online Socials at Dunrovin Ranch

As we’re all doing our part to maintain social distance in light of the pandemic, some increased-risk and older populations are homebound, and virtual events are providing a much-needed outlet for those who find themselves unable to participate in some of the things that once kept them busy and fulfilled. That’s where Dunrovin comes in. […]

Be Grateful and Feast Local This Thanksgiving

Home for the holidays has a whole new meaning this year, and we’re grateful we have so many incredible local businesses to get us through the 2020 festivities when things are a little out of the ordinary. This Thanksgiving, more than ever, is the perfect time to support local eateries and other small businesses in […]

Amazing Glacier Country Photographers to Follow on Instagram

It’s been said that just looking at pictures of nature can lower your stress level, and we’re here to help you out with that. Follow some of Glacier Country’s finest photographers as they capture Montana’s most magical moments and places. Sit back, relax and be inspired. Aedan Arnot Aedan’s exquisite photos of the Montana landscape […]

Blue Moon Over Montana: Get That Glacier Country Glow

There’s a full moon on Halloween this year, and it’s the second full moon of October so it’s technically a blue moon. Cool, right? To say we’re kind of excited about it would be an understatement. Be inspired to spend the night out under that Glacier Country glow. We are! Our dark skies make for […]

Exploring Western Montana’s Bob Marshall Wilderness

There’s getting away, and then there’s getting away from it all. In Montana, when we want to really go remote, we head to a little place we like to call “The Bob.” The Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex isn’t little at all, though. In fact, it’s vast. It’s the third-largest wilderness area in the lower 48 […]

Western Montana: 10 Small Towns You’ve Never Heard Of

Looking for a getaway that truly has you getting away? These lesser-known, small-town gems are some of Western Montana’s best-kept secrets. Big Arm Experience Montana lake life on the “big arm” of Flathead Lake along the scenic Flathead Corridor. Big Arm is your ticket to breathtaking lake views and Wild Horse Island exploration. Recreation abounds […]

Western Montana’s Top 6 Fall Hikes

Hiking is one of the most peaceful ways to discover Western Montana’s landscapes—and fall is an especially stunning season to do so. Explore our sweeping meadows, alpine forests and mountain waterfalls all cast in autumn’s golden hues. To help get you on the trail we’ve put together our top six fall hikes. Don’t forget your […]

Get Away From It All This Fall in Glacier Country

There’s fall fun to be had in Western Montana’s Glacier Country, where getting away from it all is our specialty. Autumn is our golden season, and not only because the hillsides and river banks are awash in vibrant hues of yellow and orange. With crisp autumn air, space to spread out and COVID-sensitive activities aplenty, […]

Glacier Country: Outdoor Fall Family Fun

Fall is here in Western Montana and it’s the ideal time to load up the family and hit the road to explore. Family fun abounds during our most vibrant season. From getting spooked at Garnet Ghost Town, to basking in the cool mountain air at hot springs, to surrounding yourself in a tapestry of golden […]

Western Montana: Respect Our Place, Leave No Trace

It’s fun to explore. It’s good to getaway. It’s life-changing to get up close and personal with a place like Western Montana. But while you’re discovering the wild wonder Glacier Country affords, it’s important to make as minimal an impact on our lands as possible. The most effective way to do this is to follow […]

A to Z: 26 Activities to Do in Western Montana

Recreation abounds in Western Montana, and, no matter the season we’re chock-full of activities. To give you a sampling of the unique adventures you’ll find here, we’ve made it simple and created an A to Z list of activities for your next Glacier Country getaway.  A – Air adventures offer a bird’s-eye view of our […]

What’s New in Western Montana

Local art galleries, restaurants and shops are the heart of our communities in Glacier Country. Thanks to the enthusiasm and support of locals and visitors alike, new businesses have opened their doors in 2020 despite the challenges presented by COVID-19. Our downtowns, cultural scenes and off-the-beaten-path locations remain vibrant. Here’s what’s new in our neck […]

Hidden Gem: Hungry Horse Recreation Area

Just 15 miles from the west entrance of Glacier National Park, Hungry Horse Reservoir provides four-season recreation in many forms: camping, boating, fishing, water skiing, hiking, huckleberry picking, hunting and snowmobiling. Road trippers will love taking the scenic loop, which winds around the reservoir—a trip that is especially spectacular in the fall when the larch […]

Safety Comes First in The Last Best Place

In Montana, we take the responsible route. Right now that means doing our part to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and make sure our residents, visitors, small businesses and essential workers stay safe. Glacier Country is an extraordinary place to live, work and play, and even in this unprecedented time we can experience all […]

New Direct Flights from California to Western Montana

California, we’re coming for you and delivering direct flights to Glacier Country’s wide-open spaces, fresh mountain air and charming small towns. Our year-round recreation paradise is only a few hours away, now that Alaska Airlines offers daily nonstop flights from San Jose (SJC), San Diego (SAN) and San Francisco (SFO) to Missoula International Airport (MSO) […]

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 […]

Western Montana Wildland Fire and Smoke Update

AUGUST 21, 2020: You may have been hearing about an uptick in wildland fire activity in Western Montana. Conditions are hot and dry, so we’ve got potential. Smoke is drifting in and out with most of it coming from other states.

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 […]

The Latest From Glacier Country

Vegan + Vegetarian Culinary Adventures in Glacier Country

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Spring Bloom: Wildflowers in Western Montana

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10 Unique Glacier Country Experiences

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Recreate Responsibly in Western Montana

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