Montana Just Wouldn't Be The Same Without These 8 Charming Small Towns
Small towns in Montana abound. Today we’ve highlighted eight charming small towns that exhibit qualities making them classic Montana. From old mining camps to lakeside towns, from rural agricultural communities to mountain towns, these Montana spots are what make Montana radiate.
1. Big Timber
Big Timber, MT 59011, USA
Located in south-central Montana, this agricultural area has a strong community feel. Known for outdoor recreation, stunning scenery, and the gateway to the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, Big Timber is quintessential Montana.
Stevensville, MT 59870, USA
Stevensville is a small, historic town in the Bitterroot Valley. Settled by Jesuit Missionaries, the town is recognized as the first permanent settlement of non-indigenous peoples in Montana. Check out a tour of St. Mary's Mission to learn more about the town's history.
Located in north central Montana, about 30 miles south of the Canadian border, this cattle town is known for agriculture and oil. Stop by its historic downtown for shopping, dining, and entertainment.
Nestled along the west shore of Flathead Lake, Lakeside provides great lake access and beautiful scenery. During the summer months, the sailboats dotting the lake make for a lovely vista.
First planned in 1882 during the gold rush, Lewistown is the geographic center of Montana. Originally the territory of Blackfoot Native Americans, the town eventually served as an important railway destination. Visit the historic Judith Theater, which first opened in 1914.
Neihart is a small Montana town surrounded by the Lewis and Clark National Forest. It has about 35 permanent residents. Established in the early 1880s as a mining camp, it now serves as a gateway to amazing recreational opportunities.
Located in the valley near the Musselshell River and close to the Bull Mountains, Roundup has been long-known for its geography, which lends itself to rounding up livestock. The annual Roundup Cattle Drive is one of the town's highlights.
This small, rural town is surrounded by the Kootenai National Forest and on the backside of Glacier National Park. It has great outdoor activities, but also a charming downtown with friendly faces and great restaurant and shopping options.
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