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Located just an hour southeast of Missoula, a visit to this small town gem halfway between Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks is a fun excursion for the whole family. Spend a day strolling down Philipsburg's charming main street and soak in the quaint simplicity of this special town. While it's known for its sapphires, locals and visitors alike will testify theres a richness to Philipsburg that extends far beyond these gemstones. 

 

Formerly known as the "Richest Hill on Earth", Butte is home to one of the nation's largest National Historic Districts, second only to New Orleans. This colorful mining town offers plenty to see and do - from underground tours to palate-pleasing adventures, feel the stories come alive as Butte's vibrant history reverberates through the years. 

OLD BUTTE HISTORICAL ADVENTURES

Take the Underground Tour from Old Butte Historical Adventures and learn about some of the most fascinating aspects of the town's history. Along the way you'll gain access to a roaring '20s speakeasy that was sealed for over half a century as well as the jail cell of Evel Knievel. 

OLD BUTTE HISTORICAL ADVENTURES

WORLD MUSEUM OF MINING

The history of mining in Butte is inseparable from the history of Butte itself, so a stop at the World Museum of Mining is a must. Built on the Orphan Girl mine yard, you can see the restored headframe and tour the engine room before gearing up to descend into the mine itself. A guided tour will give you a glimpse of how the city came to be and what miners would have experienced. 

WORLD MUSEUM OF MINING

HEADFRAME SPIRITS

After making in back above ground, head to Headframe Spirits for a delicious cocktail that celebrates the history you just learned about. All the spirits are named after mines or mining claims in Butte. Try the bestseller, Orphan Girl bourbon Cream Liquor, and a portion of every bottle sold goes back to the World Museum of Mining. 

HEADFRAME SPIRITS

GAMER'S CAFE

In yet another nod to the town's rich past, no visit to Butte is complete without sampling a pasty, an easy meal miners could take with them in their lunch pails that remains a go-to favorite to this day. Stop in to Gamer's Cafe and you'll be tempted by more than just the pasty. 

GAMER'S CAFE

FINLEN HOTEL

Located in the heart of Uptown Butte, Finlen Hotel opened its doors in 1924 and was modeled after the famed Hotel Astor in New York City. Walk the halls where notable guests such as Charles Lindberg, Mrs. Herbert Hoover, Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon once tread. Like everything else in Butte, the Finlen Hotel has an incredible story to tell. 

FINLEN HOTEL

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