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Missoula Area Adventures

You keep saying that someday you want to cruise Flathead Lake, cycle Montana's trails, and see Glacier National Park. Make "someday" now. It's all here waiting for you in the Missoula area and surrounding Glacier Country tourism region. When it comes to canyons, rivers and mountains, the Missoula area covers it high and low.
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Around Glacier Country Trip

In 2015, Glacier National Park received its 100 millionth visitor since its establishment in 1910. It’s still every bit as enchanting now as it was back then. Hike a few miles into the backcountry from practically any trailhead and you’ll feel like you have the million-acre wilderness to yourself. The real exploration in these parts, however, takes place beyond park boundaries.
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National Forests Trip

Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks are undeniably awesome, but locals know that the state’s ten national forests are just as much fun to explore. On this western Montana road trip, you can easily access five of them by car, with nearly endless opportunities to fly-fish, horseback ride, whitewater raft, hike, mountain bike, and possibly even surf along the way. Added bonus: The loop also passes the oldest continually operating bar in Montana (est. 1877), the National Bison Range, and the site of the 1877 Battle of the Big Hole.
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Backbone of the Rockies Trip

Rugged, wild, and incredibly scenic, this five-day trip is filled with only-in-Montana experiences. Travel Glacier National Park’s legendary Going-to-the-Sun Road. Take a ranger-led tour to see the park’s namesake glaciers. Raft or fish untamed waters. And chow down on a hearty steak supper or sleep in a restored railroad car.
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Flathead to Philipsburg Trip

This four-day drive is packed with adventure. Learn to river surf and fly fish. See wild bison roam and mine for genuine Montana sapphires. And, if you dare, take the steep and winding portion of MT-38 over 7,257-foot Skalkaho Pass.
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Bitterroot Parkway Trip

Dig deep into Montana’s roots on a four-day drive through the history-rich Bitterroot Valley. The down-and-back route crosses the Nez Perce and Lewis and Clark National Historic Trails, as well as the Continental Divide. Along the way, bunk in a hand-hewn log cabin and camp under the stars. Watch for moose, elk, and deer. Soak in natural hot springs. And, depending on the season, go skiing, skating, hiking, or horseback riding.
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After Dark Trip

There's no denying that Montana is jam-packed with enough to see and do to keep you busy for days on end, but the fun doesn't have to stop when the sun sets. It's one of the better states for observing the night sky as well! Its northern location, clear and clean air, and relative lack of light pollution allow the stars to shine brightly across the state.
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Glacier Hidden Gems Trip

Glacier National Park itself isn't exactly a hidden gem-- its enchanting mountain beauty makes it one of the most popular destinations in Montana. But just because people flock to the park to take in the famously fantastic views (we're looking at you, Going-to-The-Sun Road!) doesn't mean there aren't hidden gems tucked away among the snowy mountain peaks and serene lakes.
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Stunning Flathead Valley Trip

Montana is famed for its stunning natural beauty, but there's more to the state than just majestic mountains, sweeping green valleys, crystal lakes, and lush forests. The quaint towns tucked within these beautiful landscapes are just as worth a visit as the outdoor wonders.
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Everything Awesome Trip

The best piece of advice for planning a road trip through Montana? Be prepared to change up your plans and make unexpected stops, because you never know what you'll stumble across on an adventure through Montana-- it's really full of extraordinary surprises! You might even find yourself exploring the hidden history of one of Montana's quaintest little towns, or solving a mystery about musical rocks.
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Wildest Locales Trip

Looking to take a walk on the wild side? There's no better place to experience some truly untamed wildlife and wilderness than Montana! With large stretches of land set aside to protect endangered species and save natural habitats, Montana is a great place to really get away from it all and experience your own wild side.
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State Parks Trip

Sure, Montana is most famous for being home to Glacier National Park (and for being the Gateway to Yellowstone, too!) but just because you can visit National Parks here doesn't mean the state parks are any less awesome. From unique wildlife and stunning scenery to historic caves and rugged hikes, you'll find that Montana has some really awesome state parks that are unlike anything you've ever experienced.
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Western Montana Ski Trip

Kick off this five-day itinerary with some self-guided exploration of Missoula, Montana’s second largest city. Then gear up to hit the slopes as you make your way from Lost Trail Powder Mountain to Maverick Mountain and finally to Big Sky. For a change of pace, take the final day to explore Yellowstone National Park in all its winter glory.
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Glacier Country Ski Trip

A wide range of winter experiences in Montana can diversify any ski trip, but this itinerary is for the hardcore powder purists – those looking to ski or board without distraction on this five-day expedition. Sign on for this adventure and you’ll discover some truly breathtaking runs in Glacier National Park and at Whitefish, Turner, and Blacktail Mountains.
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Great Divide Bike Route

Bike the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, an off-pavement route that crisscrosses the Continental Divide for 2,768 miles from Banff, Alberta to Antelope Wells, New Mexico. This multi-day ride consists of dirt roads and steep mountain passes that cover over 200,000 feet in elevation gain.
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Ghost Town Route

Step back in time to the frontier days by exploring Montana’s many ghost towns. On this five-day trip from Glacier National Park to Yellowstone National Park, wander through forgotten towns to get a taste of Montana’s rich past.
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Small Towns Route

Montana is full of vibrant, charming towns. Take your time roadtripping from Glacier National Park to Yellowstone National Park by stopping in each town. Fall in love with every main street on this six-day adventure.
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Rocky Mountain Front Route

Starting in Glacier National Park, drive along the Rocky Mountain Front to see stunning views of where the mountains and plains meet. In just four days, discover what makes Montana unique with fossil digs, a stop in the capital city, and a lake created by an earthquake.
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Highway 89 Route

Starting in Glacier National Park, take the historic U.S. 89 that connects some of the most spectacular national parks in the West. On this six-day trip, see sights such as thousands of snow geese at Freezeout Lake, the rock formation of First Peoples Buffalo Jump, Giant Springs State Park, and Paradise Valley south of Livingston.
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Bitterroot to Big Hole Route

From Ice Age Floods to Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery, find history on every bend of this road trip between Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park. Cruise down U.S. 93 along the shore of Flathead Lake and the Bitterroot River. This route has some of the best campgrounds in Montana to enjoy a night under the stars.
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Seeley-Swan Valley Trip

When it gets cold, time freezes in the Seeley Lake-Swan Lake Valley in northwest Montana. At least, that's how it feels when you check into timbered comfort, where you can trade in your telephone and TV for sleigh rides, ice-fishing excursions (just pick a lake—there are 8 big ones) and endless snowmobile adventures.
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Bitterroot Valley Venture

The Bitterroot Valley is storybook Montana—outdoor opportunities, quaint historic towns, craft breweries and burgers of legendary proportions. Catch a chairlift at Lost Trail Powder Mountain, 27km of cross-country trail at Chief Joseph Pass and climbing routes both icy and otherwise (depending on the weather) up Lost Horse Canyon.
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To the Yaak and Back Trip

This is the stuff of a sportsman's dreams ­­­– timbered hunting lodges, endless forests, ample game with just a smidgen of civilization. Welcome to the Yaak, Montana's northwestern-most corner, where the skiing is uncrowded, courtesy of one-chair Turner Mountain (“steep, deep and cheap”), and the rivers run free at unbridled Kootenai Falls.
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Whitefish Winter Trip

The perfect winter getaway awaits you. Located in Northwest Montana, Whitefish is a winter getaway paradise. Downhill skiing or snowboarding? Check. Snowshoe in Glacier National Park? Check. Take a horse-drawn sleigh ride followed by a home-cooked chili dinner? Yummy check! Whatever your adventure style, Whitefish has you covered.
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One Day in Glacier Country Trip

Winter adventures in Glacier Country come in all shapes and sizes. To help make trip planning easier, we’ve rounded up some suggestions for a perfect snowy play day under the Big Sky.
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Two Days in Glacier Country Trip

Winter adventures in Glacier Country come in all shapes and sizes. Have a couple days to spend in Northwest Montana's winter wonderland? Check out this fun, 48-hour adventure.
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Three Days in Glacier Country Trip

Winter in Glacier National Park is a distinct and powerful experience. Spend a few days taking in the frosted splendor and cotton-candy sunsets and the sense of revelry will last beyond the 72 hours you spend there.
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Whitefish Walking Tour

Whether it’s a piece of fine jewelry or a craft beer, Whitefish is full of local artisans. Check them out on a self-guided walking tour along Central Avenue and the Railway district. Take time to wander into all the independently-owned shops and hunt for unique local treasures.
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Whitefish Family Fun Agenda

Children of all ages will find plenty of fun activities in Whitefish all year long.​ Make the most of a family vacation with these suggestions.
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