You can live your whole life in the great state of Montana and never see it all, though the outdoor-loving types who reside here certainly enjoy trying. So it comes as no surprise that The Treasure State is full of hidden gems that not many people know about. On your next trek through familiar terrain, venture off the beaten path and explore some of these lesser-known hidden gems in Montana:

How many of these hidden gems in Montana have you visited before? Do you know of another hidden gem we should add to the list? Let us know in the comments below!

For more hidden gems around the Treasure State, be sure to check out these 10 scenic spots.

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What are some places in Montana only locals know about?

Montana is the fourth largest state in the country. And while we have plenty of nationally known spots like Flathead Lake and Glacier National Park, the Treasure State is also chock-full of hidden gems. These are a few totally under-the-radar places where you’ll probably only see other Montanans -- that is, if you see anyone else at all.

What's one hidden gem in Montana that didn't make it on this list?

Hidden gems abound in the Treasure State, and there are most definitely some hidden gems in Montana that didn't make it on this list. For instance, we absolutely love Wade Lake, a cerulean-blue body of water in Montana that rivals anything you'd find in the Caribbean. Wade Lake is the centerpiece of the Wade Lake Campground, which is in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest. Surrounded by towering cliffs and boasting vibrant blue waters, the spring-fed lake is a true oasis in Montana, and absolutely worth exploring.

What are some fun day trips in Montana?

Adventures are aplenty here in Montana, and we're always up for a good day trip. In keeping with our theme of hidden gems in Montana, we put together this two-day road trip that ventures to some of the Treasure State’s lesser-known attractions. Some require quite a trek to reach, while others are hiding in plain sight. While you can certainly tackle the entire two-day trip in one fell swoop, if you just have an afternoon to spare, we recommend checking out the destinations and picking one to check out. Day-trip-worthy destinations on this list include the Bleu Horses statues in Three Forks, Grant-Kohrs Ranch in Deer Lodge, Anaconda Smelter Stack in Anaconda, and the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas in Arlee.