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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.