The end of April is the "shoulder season" in Montana: No crowds, but many restaurants are closed
Of course I never want to say, “Do not visit Montana when…” Montana is always a beautiful place to visit, no matter the time of year, with a variety of activities to offer.
However, there are certain times of the year that are less friendly to tourists, and one of these times is the end of April.
Spring is the “shoulder season” in Montana: a time when the ski lifts shut down, but the mountains still have snow, so the weather is wet and many places are still inaccessible (such as the Going-to-the-Sun Highway in Glacier National Park.) We actually just had a nice little snow storm today, April 21, 2013, so you never know when the snow will fly in Montana.
This means that things are very quiet in Montana, and many of the restaurants (especially in small, touristy towns like Whitefish), shut down for “spring cleaning.” Although I don’t know the details of what takes place during the “spring cleaning,” I think this is a time where they train staff, deep clean the restaurant, and take a break in preparation for the busy summer. Some restaurants close for as long as two weeks!
Although this naturally tends to be the slower time of the year, I would recommend visiting in May, instead of April. That will ensure that the weather will (*hopefully*) be nicer, and places will be open for you to make the most out of your trip to Montana!!
Warmest Wishes from Big Sky Country,
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