Montana June 14, 2017
10 Charming Small Montana Towns The Locals Love
Montana consists of a bunch of small towns with big personalities… in fact, we like to say that it’s a small town with very long streets. But some of the areas that are popular with out-of-state tourists, while beautiful, aren’t necessarily our favorites. These 10 are among our most beloved gems.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
Perhaps it's the secluded location, or maybe it's the close proximity to so much natural beauty. But for whatever reason, people tend to love Troy, the Gateway to Montana. And we can't say we blame them.
It's really no wonder that David Letterman fell in love with this place. This small community of 1,700 people is warm, loving and supportive, and the outdoor opportunities in the area are endless.
Admit it, Montana: we're crushing pretty hard on this charming little mining town. You may not find any sapphires at Gem Mountain, but that doesn't mean you won't love spending time here. If you go during Flint Creek Valley Days at the end of July, you just might end up dancing in the street.
Don't be so quick to write off Glasgow as a place that's too quiet or dull to have any fun. One trip to the Busted Knuckle Brewery (with a Eugene's pizza in hand) after a day spent exploring the nearby Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge will be all it takes to convince you that this little city is underrated.
We love the local history, the St. Mary's Mission, the shops, the restaurants... honestly, there's not much about Stevensville that we don't adore.
6. Fort Benton
There's a lot to love about Fort Benton. From its rich history to the beautiful "Bridge to Nowhere," it's the kind of place you fall in love with at first sight.
Unless you have family there or you live in the northeast corner of the state, you'll most likely never have a reason to go to Plentywood. But those who do stumble across this little gem tend to enjoy their time there. Once used as a trading post for early settlers, life in this town is quiet these days - and that's just the way the locals like it.
8. Deer Lodge
This little city has so much more to offer than the old prison museum (although that's pretty great). The six museums in the area include the Grant-Kohrs Ranch and Yesterday's Playthings, plus you can visit Cottonwood City to learn more about Deer Lodge's early days.
Surrounded by the Madison River on one side and mountain views in every direction, Ennis is the kind of place that gives Big Sky Country its name. If you like to fish, hike or just relax, you'll love it here.
Anaconda is a mere 24 miles from Butte, and its mining history gives it a familiar look. But Anaconda has its own distinct charms, not to mention places like La Casa Toscana and Springwater Cafe.
We know what you’re thinking… and you’re right, this list has some charming places, but there are so many more. Here are some friendly
small Montana towns where everybody knows your name.