Montana Attractions

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Old Jail Museum in Thompson Falls

Preserving history in Sanders County, the Old Jail Museum sits in downtown Thompson Falls on the Clark’s Fork of the Columbia River.  Originally used as a jail, sheriff’s office and residence, the building is one of the oldest in continuous use.  The museum is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

When in Thompson Falls, make sure to stop at this preservation of history.  Learn about David Thompson, fur trader, surveyor, and mapmaker.  See displays of the 1910 fire and CCC camps.  Discover how Montana was transformed from wilderness to towns and modern day living.

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St. Ignatius mission

St. Ignatius Mission

Whether staying near St. Ignatius for a few days to enjoy the peaceful surroundings and the beauty of the valley, or if passing through from Missoula to Glacier National Park, it is worth it to take some time to stop at the St. Ignatius mission.  Nestled near the Mission Mountains, the location was originally chosen for its beauty, as well as its access to rich resources such as fertile land, wood, fish and game.

The church structure was built o...

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Havre beneath the streets

Havre Beneath the Streets

This unique depiction of turn-of-the-century life in north central Montana is actually located “beneath the streets”.  When a fire destroyed most of the town of Havre in 1904, the business owners rebuilt in the existing basements. Skylights along the streets allow sunshine to illuminate the underground.

Today tours are available to take you back 100 years when the railroad city of Havre was flourishing.  Get a feel for the diversity of life as Havre was growing and thriving.  Travel the underground passageways from shop to shop.  Imagine the bootlegging during Prohibition,...

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McDonald Creek to Lake

Early Spring in Glacier National Park

It is April and Glacier National Park is waking up to warmer weather, melting ice and snow, and the plowing of the Going to the Sun Road (GTTSR).  This is a special time of year in the park.  Although vehicle access is limited across the park, it is a great time to experience the quiet of nature via foot or bicycle.

Imagine walking in the middle of the GTTSR, casually viewing the tall trees, the sky above, the snow peaked mountain tops, the sprouting of wild flowers along the side of the road.  Catch a trail along side of McDonald Creek that takes you to Dancing Sacred Fall...

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Big Hole National Battlefield

Big Hole National Battlefield, located  southwest of Butte, Montana, is dedicated to the remembrance of the tragic Nez Perce - American battle of August, 1877.  The park commemorates the battle in August of each year.

The Nez Perce who camped on this land were trying to flee to Canada to escape the US government's demands that they move to a reservation.  The battle of Big Hole was the third of four battles that the normally peaceful people fought.

Big Hole National Battlefield is part of the National Park Service...

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Roosevelt Gate Gardiner

Yellowstone awakes in Spring

It is springtime and Yellowstone National Park is waking up.  Animals are emerging from their winter sleep, brand new babies are coming outside for the first time, and our Park’s crew are busy clearing roads so that you can have access to it all.

Yellowstone is one of our most popular National Parks.  In Spring, there are far fewer people in the park.  That means less car traffic, less congestion, and easier viewing of the wildlife.  Be aware of changing weather conditions and be prepared.  Take layers of clothing so that you are comfortable anywhere from a beautiful 70 degree day to...

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Hockaday Museum Kalispell

Hockaday Museum of Art

The scenic beauty of Montana is often captured via painting and art.  What better place to see it than at the Hockaday Museum of Art in downtown Kalispell.

The museum is dedicated to preserving the artistic legacy of Montana and Glacier National Park.  Artists of Montana are featured in the permanent collection.  See famous works by Charles M. Russell, Hugh Hockaday, John Fery, Jeanne Hamilton, and more.  There is an exhibit dedicated to Glacier National Park.  This includes photographs and paintings, as well as Park collectibles.

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Museum of the Rockies

Dinosaurs!  Yes, the Museum of the Rockies has an extensive collection of dinosaur fossils on display. While in Bozeman, take some time to visit MOR, which is part of Montana State University.  Marvel at the T. Rex skeleton (it is HUGE!), take in a show at the Taylor  Planetarium, learn about Montana and the surrounding regions.

The museum is not just for kids.  The exhibits teach not only about dinosaurs, but also about history of the region, the Yellowstone area, and the skies.  Education programs for the whole family are available throughout the year.

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trout fishing Missoula Montana

Trout Fishing in Missoula

Spring is a great time to get the fishing season started.  Missoula, Montana is synonymous with fishing.  Three rivers - the Blackfoot, Bitterroot, and the Clark Fork - provide excellent opportunities for anglers.  Rock Creek is also known for its blue ribbon fishing.  Missoula has been named one of America’s top ten fishing towns by Forbes Magazine.

Visiting Montana and not sure where the best fishing spot is for you?  Ask your local B&B host where to go or for a referral to an outfitter to guide you.  It is not necessary to be a seasoned angler in order to g...

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Cathedral of St. Helen

Towering over the skyline of Helena is the Cathedral of St Helen.  When visiting our state capital for government business, don’t forget to take some time out to see this magnificent church.  The cathedral is majestic and beautiful.  Imagine that you have been transported to one of the glorious cathedrals of Europe.  

The stained glass windows constructed by the F.X. Zettler Firm of Bavaria may just be the cathedral’s crowning glory.  59 windows adorn the church and capture your attention.  Thirty seven...

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