Anaconda, which is located about 24 miles from Butte, got its start as an industrial town filled with early settlers and immigrants who worked hard and built a welcoming community.
You can take a self-guided walking tour and learn more about Anaconda’s historic buildings by grabbing a guidebook from the Visitors’ Center at 306 East Park Avenue.
Check out the Washoe Theater at 305 Main Street, a Nuevo Deco Theater that dates back to 1936 (the opening was delayed due to the Great Depression).
If you're able to go inside, you'll love the Art Deco furnishings and ornate detail. It’s even been voted one of the most beautiful theaters in America.
If you’re there during the week, pay a visit to the Copper Village Museum & Arts Center at 401 East Commercial.
They’re open Tuesday-Friday and have some wonderful exhibits.
The Hearst Free Library on Main Street is a must-see if you’re a reader.
The building is a beautiful example of turn-of-the-century architecture. No expense was spared when it was being built, and the property has been well cared for over the years.
Grab lunch at Peppermint Patty’s at 1212 East Park Avenue…
… and do some shopping at Beyond Necessity Gifts up the street at 301 East Park Avenue.
You’ll find a little bit of everything there.
If the weather permits, head to Lost Creek State Park and check out the fall foliage.
You may also see goats or bighorn sheep.
Stick around for dinner at May Chinese Palace at 1520 East Commercial Avenue.
Chinese food in Anaconda? Yes, indeed. This is the perfect place to enjoy a quick, casual meal before getting back on the road.
If you decide to spend the night, you’ll be close to the Fairmont Hot Springs.
The hot springs are open all night, so you can enjoy an evening soak after you’ve checked into your room.