January 22, 2018

Things to do in Montana

Not sure if Montana is worth a visit?  Wondering what there is to do in Montana?

Born and raised in Montana, I truly believe this state is a special place that will provide you with the unique vacation you are looking for.  What I love is that most of the things it has to offer include the great outdoors!

The northwest part of the state of Montana has the beautiful Rocky Mountains, beginning with Glacier National Park.  Glacier offers hiking, tours, glaciers, and stunning scenery!  The backdoor to Glacier is the Flathead Valley – full of clear mountain lakes, abundant wildlife, skiing, and wonderful shopping and dining opportunities in Whitefish and Kalispell!  Flathead Lake sparkles to the south of the valley.  Missoula is another part of the northwest that you will want to visit, home to the University of Montana, cute boutiques, and the most beautiful streams and rivers.

Just south of Missoula is the incredible Bitterroot Valley, with its picturesque peaks and charming towns like Hamilton and Darby.

Butte, Montana (or Butte, America, as it is fondly referred to!), offers interesting mining history and is well-known for its local events such as Evil Knievel Days and Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations.  Dillon is a fun little Montana town just south of Butte that will give you more of a local Montana charm!

Of course there is tons of Lewis & Clark history from Helena (the capital), to the Lewis & Clark Caverns  (I have not visited the caverns since I was in the 8th Grade, but will make it there this summer to blog about it!) … and you won’t want to miss the fly fishing opportunities in Ennis, Montana!

A stop in Bozeman for more jagged peaks, wonderful dining and shopping, and a short drive to Big Sky Ski Resort.  The drive from Bozeman to Big Sky along the river is one of my favorite drives in Montana!!  Lots of neat little spots to stop along the river.  From there it is only a short drive down to West Yellowstone, with access to Yellowstone National Park, where you can see bison and geysers until your heart is content.

Continue along past Bozeman and head down to Livingston, and head south to Chico Hot Springs and the wonderful town of Gardiner, the north entrance to Yellowstone.

Red Lodge is a cute town with a ski area and so many outdoor activities available!  Billings is the largest city in the state, where you must visit the Rimrocks!!

Lewistown is the cutest little town in the middle of the state!  And you can swing over to Great Falls and Choteau for more fun!

This is only a short list of things to see and do here!!  The list is so long!  Whether you want to hike, mountain bike, see wildlife, ski, snowboard, go boating, snowshoeing, visit a ghost town, geysers, glaciers, or a dude ranch, Montana has something to offer everyone!!

Mountain Goats

Mountain Goats

Me skiing down Hellroaring Basin at Big Mountain

Me skiing down Hellroaring Basin at Big Mountain


My blog is divided into categories of different areas of Montana that you might visit, what time of year you are visiting, and/or specific activities that you are looking to do while visiting the majestic state.

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Warmest Wishes from Big Sky Country,

Alex Neill

Montana Vacation Blog


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