There’s a saying that goes, “Montana is just a small town with very long streets.” And sometimes it feels that way, especially when you’re driving down a long, quiet country road. Tucked away in our state’s rural outskirts and nestled off the beaten path in our spectacular mountain ranges, some of the prettiest backroads in Montana are still hidden gems! Dirt, gravel, and everywhere in between, these scenic Montana backroads offer all of the beautiful sights you can only see in the Treasure State, but sans the crowds and traffic.

This is just a fraction of the beautiful remote drives you can take in our gorgeous state! What are your favorite memories driving down Montana’s backroads? Are there any other scenic drives in Montana you’d recommend?

While you’re out road-tripping and exploring all of the state’s most breathtaking corners, set up camp to enjoy the views up close! We’ve got some of the best campgrounds in Montana already picked out for you.

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What are the prettiest scenic overlooks in Montana?

In Big Sky country, there's no shortage of stunning panoramic views and epic high points (both natural and man-made) from which to enjoy them. Craving some mile-high sights? Check out these scenic overlooks, byways, and alpine peaks in Montana:


Which restaurants in Montana have the best views?

Don't just watch those gorgeous sights pass you by... sit back and enjoy them up close! Fortunately, dining with a view comes easy in Big Sky Country. Waterfront restaurants, mountain-top resorts, and even remote restaurants in the heart Montana's wide-open spaces all offer phenomenal sights to go with your locally-sourced meal, whether you enjoy it al fresco or in a cozy, romantic space. These delicious restaurants (and bars) in Montana all offer some of the best views in the state:

  • Amber Bear Inn, Heron
  • Boat Club Restaurant, Whitefish
  • East Shore Smokehouse, Polson
  • Fiesta en Jalisco, Polson
  • Finn, Missoula
  • Flathead Lake Brewing Co., Bigfork
  • Gallatin River Lodge, Bozeman
  • Gallatin Riverhouse BBQ, Big Sky
  • Harbor Grille, Lakeside
  • Iron Horse Bar & Grill, Missoula
  • Lakeside on Hauser Bar, Beach & Marina, Helena
  • Lolo Creek Steakhouse, Lolo
  • Mackenzie River Pizza, Great Falls
  • Montana Sky Restaurant, Billings
  • Raven, Woods Bay
  • Schafer's Restaurant
  • SkyBar at Casey’s, Whitefish
  • Tamarack Brewing Company, Missoula
  • Whitefish Lake Golf Club Restaurant, Whitefish
  • Yellowstone Valley Grill, Livingston