When you don’t have the time or the funds for a weekend getaway, a day trip can provide the perfect change of scenery. But what is there to do in Montana, you might ask? Plenty.

No matter what part of our massive state you call home, you can always drive for a few hours in any direction and spend your day somewhere wonderful. This list includes some of our favorite day trips in Montana. Embark on these adventures on your days off, or use them as inspiration to create your own.


These are definitely some of the best day trips in Montana, but they’re far from your only options. These are just a few of the incredible possibilities you’ll have when you call the Last Best Place home. Check out our list of Montana trips that will change your life.


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What Is There To Do In Montana?

What is there to do on a rainy day in Montana?

Catch a movie in one of our many theaters, like the Washoe Theatre in Anaconda or the Judith in Bozeman. Or, find one of our many bookstores -- Montana has the most bookstores per capita in the country!

What do you do with kids in Montana?

Take your little dinosaur lovers to the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, where they'll see the largest fossilized T.Rex skeleton of their lives. They can dig for fossils themselves at the Two Medicine Dinosaur Center in Bynum or search for sapphires at Gem Mountain Sapphire Mine in Philipsburg. Big Dipper Ice Cream and Sweet Peaks Ice Cream are also loved by kids of all ages. Arcades and fun centers like the Big Sky Arcadia are fantastic as well.

What do you do with kids in Montana without spending money?

There are numerous kid-friendly hikes in Montana that don't cost a thing, like Palisade Falls near Bozeman and the Pictograph State Park Trail in Billings, which also features some fantastic prehistoric pictographs. Nearly every town has a few fantastic parks with playgrounds, and some of our museums, like the Missoula Art Museum, are free. All of these would make for some of the best day trips to take on one tank of gas.

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