Montana June 07, 2019
Forget The Hotel And Splurge On One Of These 7 Montana Summer Day Trips
Between work, familial obligations, and other commitments, taking a summer vacation isn’t always easy. But if you have a 24 hour day to spare, you can actually pack in a lot of fun here in the Treasure State. For just the cost of a tank of gas and a little fun, you can enjoy one of these wonderful Montana day trips.
If you live within 250 miles of Philipsburg, it makes the perfect day trip. Try your luck at Gem Sapphire Mine, Montana's oldest (and largest) sapphire mine. Enjoy a hearty lunch at UpNSmokN BBQ House on Broadway, check out the shops downtown, and savor a treat at Doe Brothers soda fountain before heading home.
2. Garnet Ghost Town
Located near Drummond, Garnet Ghost Town is a historic mining spot that dates back to 1895. Not only is the town well-kept and fascinating, but you can enjoy a nice, easy hiking trail that takes you around it. Make sure to work a stop at Parker's in Drummond into your day trip itinerary -- the burgers there are thick, hearty, and delicious.
If you live in Western Montana, Stevensville makes an ideal day trip. Spend some time at the historic St. Mary's Mission, shop for antiques at Creamery Antiques Mall, and order a beer flight at Blacksmith Brewing Company. For a seriously scrumptious lunch, split a pizza with your travel companion at Kodiak Jax.
4. Grotto Falls
The Grotto Falls trail is a pleasant 2.4-mile hike in Gallatin County that leads to a breathtaking waterfall. Easy, fun, and family-friendly, it's the perfect adventure for Montanans short of time. Tip: Stop by the Community Food Co-Op in Bozeman and grab a healthy lunch to enjoy on a picnic by the falls.
5. Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park
Montana's first state park is fantastic. Not only is it fascinating to tour the dark, mysterious caverns, but the park itself has some fantastic scenery. Walk the trails and taking in the sweeping views of Jefferson County.
6. Bannack State Park and Dillon
Wake up early and drive to Bannack State Park, one of Montana's most famous ghost towns. Founded in 1862, Bannack is a National Historic Landmark, and the buildings have been very well-preserved. After your history lesson, cruise over to the historic mining town of Dillon, enjoy a nice downtown walk, and grab a late lunch or early dinner at Sparky's Garage.
7. Fort Benton
Summer is the best time to visit the Birthplace of Montana, which is steeped in local history. Take some photos of the Bridge to Nowhere, check out the statue of Old Shep (the most loyal dog in Montana), and dine at the beautiful Grand Union Hotel's restaurant, Union Grille.
Summer is the best time to explore more of our beautiful state. If you can, check out one of our
top five hikes.