1. Glacier National Park
Glacier might not be doable for everyone in Montana this summer, but it’s too perfect not to top the list. If you can work a trip into your summer schedule, go fall in love with its unparalleled beauty all over again.
2. Flathead Lake
We’ve got some amazing lakes in Montana, but there’s something truly special about Flathead Lake in the summertime.
3. Havre Beneath the Streets
Have you taken a tour of the remains of the city beneath Havre yet? If not, do yourself the favor of learning more about Montana’s history.
4. Tizer Gardens
Jefferson City’s beautiful botanical gardens are open daily from 10-6, and they host a few fun summer events like High Tea in the Garden and the Celebration of Herbs in August.
5. Makoshika State Park
Our largest state park proves Eastern Montana can hold its own when it comes to natural beauty.
6. Kootenai Falls
Northwestern Montana is its own special kind of beautiful. Summer is the perfect time to visit the Kootenai Falls area.
7. Polson Main Street Flathead Cherry Festival
Montana has dozens of summer festivals, but if you can only experience one, the annual Flathead Cherry Festival is the perfect pick. Hurry and make your plans, because it’s this weekend (July 16-17).
8. MontanaFair in Billings
If you’re going to go to a fair this year, you might as well make it Montana’s largest. This year’s dates are August 12-20.
9. Bannack State Park
Get back to where it all began this summer. Bannack was the site of the state’s first major gold discovery, and now it’s a great spot to visit, hike, picnic and camp.
10. Seeley Lake
Seeley Lake is the quintessential summer vacation spot for many Montanans, and for good reason. It’s beautiful.
11. Whitefish City Beach
Whitefish Lake is another perfect summer pick, especially for those craving a white, sandy beach who don’t have the time to drive to the ocean. The city beach has everything you need: a boat launch, canoe and paddle boat rentals, swimming and picnic areas.
12. Cooke City
If you’re going to Yellowstone this summer, consider stopping in Cooke City for awhile. It’s located just a few miles from the northeast entrance, and it’s a nice, slow-paced town for tourists to relax in on their way to and from the park.
13. The Fort Peck Theatre
The Fort Peck Theatre was built as a temporary structure in 1934. It’s still going strong with a summer season running from June - September.
14. Silver Bow Drive-In in Butte
Spend an evening under the stars enjoying a movie on the big screen. Butte’s drive-in theater has been a summer favorite since 1977.