Montana January 18, 2016
Here Are The Most Beautiful, Charming Small Towns In Montana
Considering the largest city in Montana has a population of under 167,000 people (Seattle has 652,405 and Boise has 214,200), it’s safe to say that the state has its share of small towns. And while each of them have their own unique appeal, there are certain sparsely populated spots that are especially charming. If you need a quiet getaway, pay one of these places a visit.
Nestled on the shores of Whitefish Lake in Flathead County, Whitefish is an outdoor adventure hub. The 6,649 people who call this small town home can enjoy hiking, fishing, snow sports and numerous festivals throughout the year.
2. Big Timber
This small mountain town, where the Rocky Mountains and the plains meet, sits in between Bozeman and Billings and has a population of 1,653. With hotels dating back to the 1800s and an old-fashioned soda fountain, a visit here is like a trip back in time.
The Front Porch of the Rockies is home to 1,694 people and visited by tourists exploring the Dinosaur Trail. Choteau gained national attention when David Letterman bought a ranch nearby in 1999 and spoke fondly of the town after 9/11.
This small town was the first permanent settlement in the state of Montana, when Jesuit Missionaries arrived at the request of the Bitterroot Salish tribe. Between the friendly population of 1,809, quiet community and views of the Bitterroot and Sapphire Mountains, Stevensville is a wonderful break from loud city life.
This town is called the Heart of Montana because of its central location and gold rush history. 5,902 people call it home as well as the many animals on the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge.
Tucked away in the northwestern corner of Montana close to the Idaho border, this town of 2,691 was once a mecca for mining. These days, tourists and locals alike enjoy the pristine lakes, rivers, numerous campgrounds and abundant skiing options.
7. Columbia Falls
Columbia Falls. The Gateway to Glacier Park is home to 4,796 people and welcomes plenty of visitors every year, most of which are on their way outdoor adventures at Glacier. This little town can hold its own when it comes to tourism, though—between the golf resort, water park and Flathead Lake Winery, there’s plenty to do.
Drive an hour south of Missoula and you’ll see Hamilton, a charming little town with a population of 4,556. Come for the stunning scenery, stay for the antique shopping.
This little town of 1,100 sits near the Canadian border and has a true small town atmosphere. Tourism has come to play a large role in the local economy, with people flocking in to enjoy the beauty of the Tobacco Valley.
Though there’s not much to this tiny town of 315, it had to make the list. Known as the “Last Original Cow Town in the West,” this sleepy little town is the perfect place to visit for anyone who wants a taste of the Old West lifestyle.
Do you live in any of these small towns? What others would you add to the list?