These 10 Beautiful Byways In Montana Are Perfect For A Scenic Drive

It’s no secret that Montanans don’t like to dawdle when they drive — follow a Montana license plate down the freeway and you’ll see what we mean. But on days when we aren’t in a hurry to be somewhere, or when we happen to be near some gorgeous scenery, we don’t mind tapping the brakes and taking it all in. So what if we all just slowed down a little and enjoyed the ride? (The same can really be said about life in general.) We’ve compiled a list of the 10 best scenic drives in Montana, each of which deserves your full attention. Let’s go for a drive!

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We hope you take the time to tackle each and every one of the above best scenic drives in Montana, because they’re all stunning and worth experiencing! And don’t forget to check out these ideas for cruising down Montana country roads while you’re in the mood to road trip through the Treasure State.

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August 17, 2021

What’s the best scenic drive in Montana?

As evidenced in the article above, there are so many beautiful and scenic drives in Montana! In terms of the *best* scenic drives in Montana, however, we are going to have to go with Lemhi Pass. One of the best scenic drives in Montana, this beautiful byway has earned national acclaim. Lemhi Pass lies on the Montana-Idaho border, following the Continental Divide. This historic pass is located in the Salmon-Challis National Forest and the Beaverhead Mountains (in the Bitterroot Range of the Rocky Mountains). The unpaved road is over 7,300 feet above sea level, and it’s absolutely magnificent. Mountains and valleys, fields of wildflowers, striking sunsets — Lemhi Pass truly is a gem of a scenic drive!

What’s the most scenic place in Montana?

If you’re lucky enough to call the Treasure State home, you already know it’s full of gems. There are so many scenic places in Montana, that we simply can’t choose a favorite — we love them all! While it’s impossible to see every scenic corner of Montana, there are certainly some spots in this state that simply shouldn’t be missed. Some scenic superstars? Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park (and *all* of Glacier National Park, for that matter), Gates of the Mountains, Kootenai Falls, Bighorn Canyon, Makoshika State Park, and Flathead Lake.

Does Montana have many scenic overlooks?

In a state as naturally beautiful as Montana, there are a near-endless list of scenic overlooks where adventurers can stop and enjoy the views! The Wild Goose Island Viewpoint is the spot on Going-to-the-Sun Road where you can take a peek at the tiny Wild Goose Island on St. Mary Lake. This view has been published in countless travel articles and books, but every Montanan should see it in person… it’s even better. Going-to-the-Sun Road is located in the heart of Glacier National Park and is the only road that actually traverses through it. The entire scenic drive is full of places you’ll want to stop and gaze upon, so take your time!