Montana January 10, 2020
12 Unforgettable Montana Day Trips, One For Each Month Of The Year
New year, new travel bucket list? We certainly hope so. There’s so much to do in Montana, you don’t even have to leave our beautiful state to have an incredible, travel-filled year. And even if all you can spare is a single day, you’ll have time to enjoy some of these wonderful experiences. We found the perfect day trip for each month.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. January: Big Sky Resort
There's never a bad time to visit Big Sky Resort, but January is an especially magical (albeit cold) month here. Obviously, the skiing is fantastic... but even if you don't do snow sports, you can enjoy the shopping, dining, and spa services at Big Sky Mountain Village.
2. February: Whitefish Winter Carnival
This annual event is always a blast, and this year's theme is the roaring '20s. Need we say more? Mark your calendars for February 7-9, because one day might not be enough for this one.
3. March: Butte
We're not saying Butte has the best St. Patrick's Day celebration in the country or anything... but we're not claiming that it doesn't, either. If you've never experienced the fun for yourself, make this the year you go.
4. April: Bozeman
Visit Bozeman before the summer hits and the tourists flock to the city for the Sweet Pea Festival and other fun. While it might be colder and grayer than this photo would indicate, you can still visit your favorite restaurants, shops, and the Museum of the Rockies in peace. And don't forget to go for a spring soak at Bozeman Hot Springs!
5. May: The Garden Of One Thousand Buddhas
Located in Arlee, this public garden is a place for people of all faiths to come enjoy some quiet contemplation. Sounds like a perfect way to spend a spring day.
6. June: Virginia City
When was the last time you visited Montana's most charming ghost town? Celebrate summer's arrival with a day trip if it's feasible. June is when this little ghost town becomes more spirited.
7. July: Livingston
A parade, fireworks, family-friendly fun - oh, and Montana's most famous rodeo. We can't think of a better place to spend the 4th of July.
8. August: Missoula
There's nothing like a beautiful summer day in Missoula. Treat yourself to some huckleberry ice cream from Big Dipper and walk the Riverfront Trail. And if you happen to be there on a Thursday, you can check out the free performances and food trucks at Downtown ToNight at Caras Park.
9. September: Montana Bale Trail (What The Hay)
If you live in central or eastern Montana, head to Hobson anytime after the first Sunday after Labor Day and check out this fascinating hay sculpture contest. This longtime tradition is sure to make you laugh.
10. October: Flathead Valley
Montana's fall foliage is highly underrated. And while a day trip to Glacier National Park may not be possible, you can cruise through the Flathead Valley and see scenes like this.
11. November: Fairmont Hot Springs Resort
While it can snow in Montana anytime, November is when the winter weather starts getting real. Take a break and warm up in these piping hot pools, or spend a day at the hot springs nearest you.
12. December: Bigfork
Bigfork has become well-known as Montana's Christmas Village. The local chamber of commerce and some of the businesses are always hosting events that will help you get into the holiday spirit.
Montana is an amazing place to explore in any season. We hope these day trip suggestions inspire you to enjoy it to the fullest this year.
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