You guys, summer is almost over! Okay fine…I realize that may be a bit dramatic, but this summer has literally flown by so quickly. For example, I have yet to float the river. For a Montana girl, that is a total travesty. But I’m determined to put an end to the sweet days of summer slipping from my grasp right here and now.

To help us all maximize the remaining days of summer, I’ve rounded up the top things to do in Western Montana this August. Here we go…

Drive the 50-mile-long Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park. Can I be honest with you? I have not driven the Going-to-the-Sun Road yet this year. Ooh, that feels good to get off my chest. In other news, I’m fairly certain that if I don’t do it soon I’m going to break out in hives.

My most recent view from the Going-to-the-Sun Road, taken in 2013. Sigh.
My most recent view from the Going-to-the-Sun Road, taken in 2013. Sigh.

Fly with joy on a zip line tour at Whitefish Mountain Resort. The zip lines on Big Mountain are hands-down one of my favorite summer activities. The first time I ever did the zip line course at Whitefish Mountain Resort, my group had one of the cutest guides in the history of zip line guides. His name was Kjell and every single time he would launch a pair of us down the lines he would smile and say, “Fly with joy.”
Side note: I heart Kjell. And I love the whole meaning behind flying with joy. 

Drive around Flathead Lake. One of my best drives in the summer can be found by making a complete loop around Flathead Lake, starting at Polson. Be sure to stop by one of the local fruit stands and pick up perfectly ripe Flathead cherries. PS: Some of my other favorite stops include The Raven in Woods Bay and The Dock’s in Lakeside.

Munching on locally grown cherries.
Munching on locally grown cherries.

Kick up your heels at Missoula’s River City Roots Fest. This annual festival, held every year in August, basically offers the best of Missoula. Live music, eclectic people, local food trucks (yum!) and people cruising around on bikes. As a big music girl, it’s one of my favorite festivals.

Float the Clark Fork River. One of the best things about summer in Missoula is the multitudes of people who hit the Clark Fork River in tubes. It’s one of the easiest and cheapest recreational opportunities in Western Montana. And I totally love it.

That just leaves me with one question: Where should I meet you?


July 29, 2014

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