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.
There's no need to leave the main drag to find accommodations for the night. Check out The Broadway Hotel, built in 1890. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, each room has a different theme. Whether you're staying in Philipsburg or just passing through, a visit to the hotel is definitely worth it.
For coffee or a quick bite, stop into Boheme Coffee Shop. The eclectic interior and yummy treats make it a local favorite.