The beauty, mountain mystery and character of Western Montana beckons adventurers, vacationers and authors, each in a quest to find their own Montana experience. Here you’ll find a bevy of story ideas to get the wheels turning as you uncover your piece of Western Montana.
There are some places that speak to your soul. That move you. That are so gorgeous they almost seem otherworldly. Meet Glacier National Park. Located in Western Montana and spanning one million acres, Glacier National Park is home to abundant wildlife, high alpine lakes, historic lodges and chalets, more than 700 miles of trails and stunning glacial-carved terrain. While summer takes center stage in the park, it is open year-round, with unique shoulder season opportunities that include biking the Going-to-the-Sun Road, fishing and backcountry winter adventures.
Cutting a line through the northern part of our state is Amtrak’s Empire Builder. Traveling from Chicago to Seattle, it takes riders through Montana’s Hi-line before windings its way along the southern border of Glacier National Park as travels west to Seattle. Stopping at several Western Montana communities—including Cut Bank, Browning, East Glacier Park, Essex, West Glacier, Whitefish and Libby—the train is an ideal way to experience the diversity of our region.
Western Montana is home to some of the best fly-fishing and craft breweries in the West. With premiere blue-ribbon trout streams, lush valleys and beautiful mountain peaks, Glacier Country is an ideal destination for outdoor recreation, casting a line on a variety of waters and enjoying the taste of Big Sky Country. An added bonus: Montana is ranked second in the nation for breweries per capita (behind Vermont) with many brewers using locally sourced grains to create their beer.
Tucked gently into our pristine Montana landscape are cultural treasures that aren’t necessarily expected in a state known more for its natural beauty than its entertainment. But we think it’s the natural beauty that provides inspiration for the artists, chefs, writers and musicians that create here. Take Whitefish, Montana. This mountain town is home to gourmet dining, wine bars, charming boutiques and Montana’s world-class Equity theatre—the Alpine Theatre Project.
Located in the southern tier of Glacier Country are three luxury ranches that provide incredible and upscale experiences beneath Montana’s big blue skies. The Resort at Paws Up—nestled in the iconic Blackfoot Valley—is situated on 37,000 acres and is home to glamping tents, luxury homes and outdoor recreation. The Ranch at Rock Creek is situated in the rolling foothills of the Pintler Mountains and welcomes guests with lodge rooms, cabins, an on-site spa and fishing on nearby Rock Creek. Offering a different spin on a luxury getaway, Triple Creek is an adults-only Relais & Châteaux located in Montana’s Bitterroot Mountains.
Some say the history of Montana dates back to Lewis & Clark’s voyage, while others say that going back 200 years is merely dusting the surface. Regardless of your view, Montana’s cultural heritage is a rich, colorful tapestry sewn from art, music, dance, storytelling, industry and leisure. And on the Blackfeet and Flathead Indian reservations, Indian culture is shared and experienced against the backdrop of sacred landscapes. Notable American Indian events include Winter Storytelling Series at Travelers’ Rest State Park, the Arlee Celebration and North American Indian Days.