things to do in the summer
We’ve compiled a list of our favorite must-do Western Montana activities, like places to visit on and off the beaten path, can’t-miss attractions and fun things to do in and around Glacier National Park. Heads up…you’re not going to be able to fit all of these into one trip, so plan on coming back again real soon.
Immerse yourself in the pristine waters of Flathead Lake and discover the charming community of Polson, where lake life and small-town hospitality meet at the shore.
Rent a bike in Missoula and explore the city's many biking trails.
Sleep under the big blue sky—and maybe catch a glimpse of the northern lights—at one of Western Montana's many campgrounds.
Visit Missoula's Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and learn about the role the foundation plays in elk conservation.
Pick your own sweet cherries from an orchard in Montana's Flathead Valley.
Ski down the backside of Whitefish Mountain Resort. You'll feel like you have the mountain to yourself. Plus, the views of Glacier National Park are breathtaking.
Try fat biking through the snow in our wintry wonderland.
Marvel in the 58 hand-painted murals adorning the walls and ceiling of the St. Ignatius Mission.
Experience the arts by catching a play at the Bigfork Summer Playhouse.
Cast your line into one of Western Montana's blue-ribbon trout streams.
Experience American Indian culture by spending the night in a tipi.
Admire the spectacular views from Kerr Dam. The dam is a short drive from Polson and is 54 feet higher than Niagara Falls.
Of all the ways to relax in Montana, soaking in a hot spring is at the very top of the list.
Find the perfect souvenir at one of Glacier Country's many antique stores.
Montana is home to many species of wildlife—keep your eyes open and your camera ready.
Rediscover your inner child by sledding down the snowy hills of Glacier Country.
Try stand-up paddleboarding on one of Montana’s pristine lakes.
Visit the Glacier Institute for a hands-on educational adventure.
Plan a rock climbing trip with an experienced guide.
Hike in the Bob (aka the Bob Marshall Wilderness).
Try a bison burger.
Rent wave runners and head to a nearby lake.
Hop aboard a hot air balloon in Kalispell for a once-in-a-lifetime ride and amazing views.
Spend the night in a forest service lookout.
Spend the night in a cozy cabin.
Experience an American Indian pow wow.
Catch a live concert on the banks of the Blackfoot River.
Take your boat and fishing pole to Painted Rocks Reservoir near Darby in the Bitterroot Valley.
Race go carts on Highway 2 in Coram.
Admire our wildflowers: Indian paintbrush, bitterroot and beargrass (to name a few).
Bike through 11 tunnels and over nine steel trestles along the Hiawatha Rail Trail.
Meet a great horned owl at the National Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge, a birder's paradise.
Watch bison and stunning views at the National Bison Range in Moiese.
Take a dip in one of our pristine lakes.
Enjoy a game of folf at a local disc-golfing course.
Take a gondola ride at Whitefish Mountain Resort and enjoy the spectacular surrounding views.
The eclectic shops, funky boutiques, art galleries, book shops, second-hand stores, gift shops and old-fashioned candy stores that line our community main streets are a big part of our small-town charm.
Savor an award-winning Montana beer at one of our local breweries.
Watch the sunrise at Chief Mountain. You'll call it a perfect day even if you see nothing else.
Stop by and say hi to the friendly volunteers at the Ronan Visitor Center. They'll probably give you pie.
Watch an epic wildlife film at the International Wildlife Film Festival.
Stroll a downtown art walk in one of our charming small towns.
Grab a meal lakeside and watch the sun go down in Woods Bay.
Take a look back at the history of Glacial Lake Missoula and the Ice Age floods.
Learn about Glacier National Park from an American Indian perspective with Sun Tours.
Cozy up to your sweetie on a winter sleigh ride.
Fill up on wild huckleberries or morel mushrooms at a local farmers market.
Explore a reminder of the past men and women who made a living working the mountains and streams here.
Participate in North American Indian Days—one of the largest gatherings of United States and Canadian tribes—and celebrate the American Indian Culture.
Pick up some homemade rolls or fresh produce at a local Hutterite colony near Cut Bank.
Stop at the local bakery in Ravalli for one of the best doughnuts in the West.
Kick up your heels and enjoy the nightlife in downtown Whitefish.
Visit the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas in Arlee.
Keep history alive with a stroll through the Tobacco Valley Historical Village in Eureka—a collection of restored buildings and structures from the 1880s to 1920s.
Explore the interpretive trails at Savenac Nursery, a National Historic Site in Haugan.
Drive or cycle the Lake Koocanusa Scenic Byway.
Celebrate Montana's much-loved purple berry at The Huckleberry Festival in Trout Creek.
Taste the spirit of Montana at a local distillery.
Take to the streets for Winterfest in Whitefish.
View a collection of scarecrows at Stevensville's annual Scarecrow Festival.
Do yoga on the shores of Flathead Lake.
Ride Amtrak's Empire Builder from East Glacier to Whitefish.
Plan a girls' getaway and indulge in some Montana-themed spa treatments.
Treat yourself to a uniquely-flavored ice cream at Sweet Peaks.
Stop and pose with a hefty Hereford along Highway 200 at Clearwater Junction.
These protected natural wonders feature glacial-carved terrain, sparkling waters and a unique cultural history, and serve as monuments of our dedication to the preservation of our vast and beautiful wild places.
Live like a local and wander around any of our charming, funky, welcoming downtowns.
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