Let’s get one thing straight. I love summer. If it was a tall, dark and handsome man, I’d probably marry it.

But here’s the thing…I also LOVE fall. Autumn in Montana is pretty stellar. A crispness in the air, uncrowded roads, cozy sweaters and boots, football (Go Griz!) and of course, the brilliant golds and yellows of the changing foliage.

And because I love it so much, I want to share it with you. 🙂 Here are a few suggestions for fall travel and activities in Western Montana…

Idea #1: Take a drive. Western Montana has some vibrantly gorgeous scenic loops that are perfect for exploring small towns. Consider taking Highway 200 along the Blackfoot River (keep an eye for moose) and driving through the winding Seeley-Swan Valley.

Idea #2: Explore Glacier National Park. In two words: simply beautiful. The colors of the rivers and lakes, combined with the vibrant leaves, offer a picturesque glimpse at the Crown of the Continent.

Autumn in Glacier National Park. Photo by Donnie Sexton.
Autumn in Glacier National Park. Photo by Donnie Sexton.

Idea #3: Hit the water. Just because it’s September doesn’t mean water season is over. Do some riverboarding on the Alberton Gorge, take a scenic float on the Middle Fork of the Flathead River or try your hand at stand-up paddleboarding on the Clark Fork.

Idea #4: Catch a Griz game! If there’s one thing we know for sure, it’s that Montana loves football. If you’re in Missoula, be sure to catch a game as the Univeristy of Montana boys take the field.

Go Montana!
Go Montana!

Happy fall!
PS: For fall travel deals, click here.

August 27, 2010

Related: Fall Fun, Glacier National Park, Missoula


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