Nature September 13, 2018
Fall Is Coming And These Are The 8 Best Places To See The Changing Leaves In Montana
September 23 is the official first day of autumn, but here in Montana, fall is already in the air. Late September and early October offer some prime leaf viewing options, and we found the best places in the state to see them. Enjoy!
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
1. Glacier National Park
It can be tricky to get to Glacier in the short period of time after summer before the first major snowfall. But if you can make it, check out Going-to-the-Sun Road, U.S. Highway 2 leading to Lake McDonald, and the Bowman Lake area for fantastic fall hues.
2. The Bitterroot Valley
When was the last time you explored the Bitterroot? While it's stunning all year, it's especially vibrant in autumn, especially around the Hamilton area.
3. The Flathead River
The Flathead River winds from Glacier National Park to Flathead Lake. The fall colors all around it are breathtaking, especially in the North Fork area.
4. Great Falls
Great Falls has more than 33,000 trees, and those are just public trees. The easy-to-find River's Edge trail is especially vibrant in the fall.
5. Fort Benton
As if you needed an excuse to visit Fort Benton, our charming historic city is beautiful in the fall. Take it all in by enjoying a nice riverside walk.
Given Bigfork's location, it makes sense that it's full of fall foliage. Go the last week of September or the first week of October for a bright, beautiful experience.
NBC Today listed Whitefish as one of the best places in the country to see fall foliage. Considering it's surrounded by natural beauty (including several kinds of trees), that's not surprising.
8. Sluice Boxes State Park
Sluice Boxes State Park is located near the tiny town of Belt on the Kings Hill Scenic Byway. This entire area really comes alive in the fall, so whether you want to go for a drive or take a hike in the park, you'll see plenty of stunning fall foliage.
Don’t let another autumn go by without taking our
ultimate fall foliage road trip.