Attractions January 22, 2017
12 Small Towns In Rural Montana That Are Downright Delightful
Is there anything better than life in an endearing small town in Montana? Considering our biggest city would be considered mid-sized in most other places, small town living is the way the vast majority of Montanans spend their days. We celebrate our laid back rural towns here, and what these 12 lack in big city amenities they make up for in old-fashioned charm.
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The Gateway to the Rocky Mountain Front is such an inviting place that David Letterman fell in love with it. But long before its late night TV shout-out, Montanans have known how great it is.
This tiny town of 215 people was named after S. S. Hobson, an early-day cowboy and rancher who lived between Hobson and Utica on the Judith River and later became a senator. The quiet community has museums, lots of outdoor recreation and plenty of wildlife, and it's also on the clever Montana Bale Trail.
If you're just passing through this quiet town in Phillips County, you might not think it has much to offer. But a trip through Bohn's Bones Art Gallery and a meal at the Stockman Bar & Steakhouse might change your mind.
4. Deer Lodge
If you're interested in local history, a visit to Deer Lodge is a must. Between the Grant-Kohrs Ranch Historic Site and the Powell County Museum Complex, you'll have plenty to explore.
The 1,051 people who call Scobey home are lucky people indeed. Aside from the special kind of community you can only find in a small town, you'll find just enough amenities here to stay busy and happy.
Brimming with local history and surrounded by gorgeous mountains, Stevensville is a true gem. It's a mere 30 miles from Missoula, but you'll feel lightyears away from the big city.
7. Virginia City
Virginia City is a very tourist-friendly ghost town, but somehow that only adds to its appeal. If you visit in the off season, you'll avoid the crowds and feel like you've gone back in time.
Sheridan is known as the "heart of the Ruby Valley." With a history dating back to the 1850s, it has managed to retain some of its old-fashioned appeal.
Due to its close proximity to the Bob Marshall Wilderness, Conrad sees some tourism now and then. But it's mainly a peaceful farming and ranching community, and the locals like it that way.
Without a doubt, Ennis is one of the most picturesque places in Montana. The blue skies and mountainous background seem to extend infinitely when you're there.
Rolling hills, the Yellowstone River and beautiful badlands make this small town an underrated gem. Life in Terry is lived at a nice, slow pace.
If you've never had a reason to venture out to Glendive, you may assume you're not missing much. But the little city that borders Makoshika State Park has a lot to see and do, and it's actually quite pretty.
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