Get Ready for Some Montana Sunshine
It’s Warming up in Our Corner

Western Montana’s warm season is nothing short of idyllic. When we say that you can pack in a full day of outdoor adventure, we really mean it—the sun shines well into the evening hours here. Spring brings rushing rivers and wildflower meadows that give way to heavenly summers, and we really do soak up the sunshine (and the awe-inspiring landscape) all day long. Don’t get us wrong…we play all year in this haven for recreation lovers and outdoor enthusiasts, but summer is when the most hiking, biking, fishing and river riding gets done—and it doesn’t stop there. Glacier Country’s 75+ communities know how to take advantage of the warm season glory by playing host to festivals big and small, outdoor concerts, art walks, brewery tours (we have 20+ brew houses), American Indian pow wows and tribal gatherings, downtown strolls and spontaneous camping trips. Hit up any of our 26 community farmers markets scattered throughout the region, go backpacking into “The Bob” and sleep under the stars, or take a scenic drive through the Tobacco Valley (or anywhere in the region, for that matter). There’s really no end to the magic of Western Montana’s warm season. It’s contagious…and not to be missed.

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Go Beyond the Park

We’ll spend forever telling you why our shoulder seasons are the perfect time to visit Glacier National Park (they’re really quite spectacular), but there’s a reason why summertime is our most popular season. Summer in Montana is heaven on earth, and when you come to see the park, you have access to so much more adventure and exploration beyond park boundaries than one lifetime affords. While lodging in the park is an incredible experience, the charming towns that surround the park offer a glimpse into our authentic Montana lifestyle, complete with our famous western hospitality. Think about locally-owned lodging just outside the park in Essex, East Glacier Park, St. Mary, West Glacier or Columba Falls, or venture even further to towns like Bigfork, Whitefish and Kalispell. Staying among the locals means learning insider tips on where to eat and play, and driving around the region is a total bonus…we’re pretty easy on the eyes.

Water Play, Glacier Style

We’ve got a lot of water for you to make waves in this summer. From rowdy whitewater adventures and scenic floats to stand-up paddleboarding in serene, glacial-fed lakes, our sparkling waters make up some of the best places to play in Western Montana. Try sailing, boating or water skiing on Flathead Lake—the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi. Or, throw an inner tube in the river upstream from one of our thriving community downtowns and hop out for a brew and a bite to eat at a river’s-edge café when you reach town. And if you didn’t think surfing was a thing in Montana, think again. River surfing is quickly becoming the next best way to get wet in Western Montana. The view from the water is one of the most inspiring and unforgettable ways to see Glacier Country, whether by boat, kayak, canoe, raft, board or water ski. And part of the beauty is that there’s something for everyone, no matter your experience and comfort level.