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 there's a richness to Philipsburg that extends far beyond these gemstones.
Start the day with a visit to the Sapphire Gallery where you can sift through your own bag of gravel guaranteed to contain a sapphire inside. Consult with the experts- you may even be able to design your own custom piece of jewelry with your findings.
No visit to Philipsburg is complete without a stop at the Sweet Palace, an old-fashioned candy store for both the young and the young at heart. With 3,000 square feet of candy, the Sweet Palace has been dubbed Montana's candy store. Watch homemade candy being made or pick out your favorite retro candies for a blast from the past.
Whether you're just in town for the day or need accommodations for the night, The Broadway Hotel, built in 1890, is worth a visit. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, each room has a different theme.
Jackalope Joe's, located inside Flint Creek Outdoors, is the perfect spot for a coffee break. If you have time for a fishing excursion, you can pick up gear while enjoying an excellent cup of joe.