1. The Gates of the Mountains Boat Tours
You wouldn’t have to look far to find a boat tour in most states―but the Gates of the Mountains is a Montana-only experience. The two hour cruise starts in the marina that lies between Helena and Great Falls, taking visitors through the beautiful limestone canyon.
2. The Royal Tine’s Camp Cook School
This is NOT your typical cooking class. Culinary students fish a mountain stream and then feast on their catches along with baked beans and cornbread cooked over the open fire. You’ll learn how to cook delicious meals using only the bare essentials. Think of it as backcountry cooking.
3. The US Cavalry School’s Custer’s Last Ride Adventure
Custer’s Last Stand was one of the most famous battles in US history. If you take the eight day intensive reenactment course, which is taught by some of the country’s best experts, you can experience it firsthand by tracing Custer’s steps.
4. The Charlie Russell Chew Choo
If you’ve never experienced Central Montana’s dinner train, you’re missing out on a truly unique adventure. You’ll spend several hours riding through mountains and prairies, all while enjoying a full course prime rib meal. And this is no dull dinner train—there could be a hold up when you least expect it.
5. Running Om Retreats
Imagine spending several days running some of Montana’s most beautiful trails under the watchful guidance of a professional, then doing some soothing yoga and meditation. Every September, runner and physical therapist Nikki Kimball hosts such a retreat at the Diamond J Ranch in Ennis. It’s three days of exercise, relaxation, stargazing and enjoying great food.
6. Explore the Dinosaur Trail
Montana’s Dinosaur Trail is like no other. Our paleontological history is fascinating, and the spots on the trail span the majority of our state.
7. Havre Beneath the Streets
Get a glimpse of Havre’s underground city, where locals conducted business after a 1904 fire wiped out most of the buildings.
8. The Miles City Bucking Horse Sale
Montana’s major rodeo and horse auction is, simply put, something you won’t find anywhere else. There are rodeos, and then there is this.
9. Hiking the Highline Loop Trail at Glacier National Park
Our country is full of incredibly beautiful hiking trails. But no other state has Glacier National Park, and no other place on Earth can claim the 11.8 mile Highline Loop around Logan Pass. Its scenery is simply unparalleled.