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.
Sled the best of the West in the unreal landscapes and premier small towns between Glacier and Yellowstone national parks. Plan ahead, play it safe and tread lightly.
Enjoy the scenery from above with an aerial adventure tour.
Visit Missoula's Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and learn about the role the foundation plays in elk conservation.
Pick your own sweet cherries from a U-Pick orchard in Montana's Flathead Valley.
Mush your own team of sled dogs or go along for the ride on an exhilarating dog sledding adventure.
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.
Cast your line into one of Western Montana's blue-ribbon trout streams.
Discover the rich cultural heritage of the Blackfeet, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes by visiting the Museum of the Plains Indian in Browning and Three Chiefs Cultural Center in St. Ignatius.
A short drive from Polson, admire the spectacular views from this dam that's 54 feet higher than Niagara Falls.
Discover the unique habitat and hundreds of species of birds at the Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuge. (followed by a visit to Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana) or spot a great horned owl at the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge.
Of all the ways to relax in Montana, soaking in a natural hot spring is at the very top of the list.
Find the perfect souvenir at one of Glacier Country's many antique stores.
Western Montana is home to many species of wildlife—keep your eyes open and your camera ready at Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge in Stevensville, Lost Trail National Wildlife Refuge near Marion or Pablo Wildlife Refuge in Pablo.
Rediscover your inner child by sledding down the snowy hills of Glacier Country.
Try the increasingly popular watersport of stand-up paddleboarding on one of Montana's pristine lakes or rivers.
Sign up for a class, tour or camp at the Glacier Institute for a hands-on educational adventure.
The Smokejumper Visitor Center in Missoula is the nation's largest smokejumper base. Displays give you a glimpse into the life of Montana's heroes—specially trained, parachuting wildland firefighters.
Hit fresh powder at one of Glacier Country's seven ski areas.
Plan a rock climbing trip with an experienced guide.
Check out the Montana Vortex and House of Mystery along U.S. Highway 2 near Columbia Falls.
Take a hike in the Bob, aka the Bob Marshall Wilderness—the third-largest wilderness area in the lower 48.
Sink your teeth into a bison burger for some real Montana flavor.
Plow through fresh powder on world-class snowmobiling terrain.
Take a self-guided or guided walking tour in Missoula, or, in Kalispell, take a trolley tour or a self-guided historical walking tour.
Hop aboard a hot air balloon for a once-in-a-lifetime ride and amazing views.
Experience a Montana tradition and channel your inner cowboy or cowgirl at a local small-town rodeo.
Spend the night in a rustic Forest Service lookout and experience epic views.
Experience an authentic American Indian pow wow.
Catch a live concert on the banks of the Blackfoot River.
Take a guided hike with a llama and leave the carrying of the gear to these fun and friendly animals.
Swan Mountain Llama Trekking
Go camping and fishing at Painted Rocks Reservoir near Darby in the Bitterroot Valley.
Race go-karts off U.S. Highway 2 in Coram or at The Hub in Missoula.
Admire our mountainsides and meadows awash with wildflowers in the springtime, like Indian paintbrush, bitterroot and beargrass (to name a few).
Bike through 10 tunnels and over seven sky-high trestles along the Route of the Hiawatha Rail Trail.
Spending the night in a teepee is one of the most unique ways to experience a stay in Montana.
Watch bison and other wildlife, and take in stunning Mission Mountain views at the CSKT Bison Range in Moiese.
Take a dip in one of our pristine mountain 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, and Montana has no statewide sales tax.
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.
Watch an epic wildlife film at the International Wildlife Film Festival.
Visit a local art gallery or stroll a downtown art walk in one of our charming small towns.
Get in the holiday spirit at Montana's biggest Christmas Village in Bigfork.
Stop in at the Montana Natural History Center in Missoula to view artifacts and videos of Glacial Lake Missoula and the Ice Age floods.
Walk in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark at Travelers' Rest State Park and other historic sites along the Lewis and Clark Trail.
Fill up on wild huckleberries or grab a stash of coveted morel mushrooms at a local farmers market.
Discover remnants of Montana's gold rush at Garnet Ghost Town.
Participate in North American Indian Days—one of the largest gatherings of United States and Canadian tribes.
Swing your clubs against the backdrop of stunning views at one of our many golf courses.
Take a road trip around Hungry Horse Reservoir.
Embark on a park-to-park adventure between Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks.
Stop at Windmill Village Bakery in Ravalli for one of the best doughnuts in the West.
Kick up your heels and enjoy the nightlife in downtown Whitefish.
Find your Zen at 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 one of Glacier Country's local distilleries.
Attend the Kootenai Country Montana Chainsaw Carving Championship for some authentic western fun.
Take to the streets for Winterfest in Whitefish.
View a collection of scarecrows at Stevensville's annual Scarecrow Festival.
Explore 340,000+ Americana curiosities at the “world-famous” Miracle of America Museum in Polson.
Take a short hike and try to wrap your arms around 1,000-year-old cedar trees that have grown up to 8 feet in diameter at Ross Creek Cedar Grove.
Take an off-road adventure on an all-terrain vehicle.
Ride Amtrak's Empire Builder with stops in Libby, Whitefish, West Glacier, Essex, East Glacier, Browning and Cut Bank.
Plan a relaxing getaway and indulge in some Montana spa treatments.
Treat yourself to a uniquely-flavored ice cream at Big Dipper or Sweet Peaks.
Stop and pose for a pic with the giant cow along State Highway 200 at Clearwater Junction or the giant penguin in Cut Bank.
Visit one of Glacier Country's 24 diverse state parks.
Live like a local and wander around any of our charming, eclectic, welcoming downtowns.
Drive the North Fork dirt road to Polebridge and enjoy some baked goods at the famous mercantile.
Take in the sights, scents and events at Purple Mountain Lavender in the charming town of Lakeside on Flathead Lake.
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