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Big Sky Country Road Tripping

GETTING TO MONTANA IS EASIER THAN EVER

You may think that the less-than-ideal exchange rate between the loonie and the dollar would make travel south of the Canadian border too expensive. But we’ve got good news. From gas and lodging to a pint of craft beer and a juicy, local steak, a trip through Montana’s small towns will leave visitors richer in authentic adventure (and with thicker wallets) than when they began. Here are six ways to explore the Last Best Place, each chock full of colorful culture, funky festivals and refreshing scenery that won’t break the bank.

 

1.Yellowstone Country

A trip to Montana wouldn’t be complete without visiting the world’s first national park via the All-American Beartooth Highway or winding south through Paradise Valley - an aptly named landscape popular among river rafters, anglers and peak baggers alike. Road Trip Itinerary.

 

Only in Montana:

-The legendary Dan Bailey Fly Shop

-Pig Races at the Bear Creek Saloon

-Home of the Champion Rodeo in Red Lodge

-National Park Centennial Celebration in Gardiner

 

2. Main Street Adventures

Montana’s small towns are welcoming basecamps for visiting hikers, bikers and paddlers. In between a canoe trip down the Wild and Scenic Missouri River and cruising the state capital’s single track, kick up your heels at a local music festival and peruse the shops and galleries along the town’s main drag. Road Trip Itinerary.

Only in Montana:

-C.M. Russell Museum

-Mermaids at the Sip ‘n Dip Lounge

-Red Ants Pants Music Festival

-Pie à La Road

3. Small Towns & Ghost Towns

Fueled by gold, pioneers and vigilantes, southwest Montana’s small towns once flourished with mining activity. Today, visitors to these boom-to-bust Main Streets can experience first-hand the characters and tall tales of the true Wild West. Road Trip Itinerary.

 

Only in Montana:

-Virginia City’s Grand Victorian Ball

-Brewery Follies

-Montana Folk Festival

-Evel Knievel Days

-Butte’s Underground Speakeasy Tour

 

4. Backbone of the Rockies

The wild and rugged adventure in Waterton Lakes National Park doesn’t stop at the border - it extends south into Montana’s Glacier National Park. Here the magic of these majestic landscapes and crystalline waters permeates the surrounding communities where travelers can savor a locally-sourced meal, sip a craft beer or whiskey and refuel for the next day’s Rocky Mountain journey. Road Trip Itinerary.

 

Only in Montana:

-Izaak Walton Inn’s Railcar Lodging

-The Conrad Mansion

-Hockaday Museum of Art

-Museum of the Plains Indian

-Iconic Red Bus Tours along the Going-to-the-Sun Road

5. From Flathead to Philipsburg

Montana is a Mecca for watersports enthusiasts. Whether whitewater rafting through Alberton Gorge, fly fishing the Blackfoot River, surfing Brennan’s Wave or lounging dockside of Flathead Lake, this northwest route is a crowd pleaser. Especially with a stop at one of the 18 craft breweries, fermenting that water into sudsy pints, along the way. Road Trip Details.

 

Only in Montana:

-Philipsburg’s Painted Main Street Facades

-National Bison Range

-Miracle of America Museum

-Sweet Palace Candy Store

-Mining for Sapphires in Philipsburg

 

6. Bighorn and Beyond

Montana’s southeast corner is chock full of Native American history and cowboy culture. Visitors can travel back in time at the Pictograph State Parks and Pompeys Pillar, or fast forward to the spirited grandstands at the annual Miles City Bucking Horse Sale or a reenactment of the Battle of Little Bighorn where General Custer met his match. Road Trip Details.

 

Only in Montana:

-Miles City Bucking Horse Sale

-Calypso Bootlegging Trail

-The Crow Fair

-The Little Bighorn Battlefield

-The Big Horn County Historical Museum

 

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White Cliffs, Missouri River

White Cliffs, Missouri River

Pig Races at the Bear Creek Saloon

Pig Races at the Bear Creek Saloon

Sip-n-Dip, Great Falls

Sip-n-Dip, Great Falls

Virginia City’s Grand Victorian Ball

Virginia City’s Grand Victorian Ball

Iconic Red Bus Tours along the Going-to-the-Sun

Iconic Red Bus Tours along the Going-to-the-Sun

Sweet Palace Candy Store, Philipsburg

Sweet Palace Candy Store, Philipsburg

The Crow Fair

The Crow Fair