Montana January 09, 2017
The 10 Towns You Absolutely Need To Visit In Montana In 2017
Every city and town in the Treasure State has its own special charms, and a year spent exploring them is a good year indeed. In 2016, we called out many of our most charming and fascinating places, and we’re recommending that you visit a few of them this year.
Lewistown made our list of
must-visit historic towns.
Its prime location of the Carroll Trail (the shortest route between Helena and the Missouri River) made it a popular place in Montana’s early days, and there’s still quite a bit to do here, including the incredible Charlie Russell Chew Choo dinner train.
Just over 1,000 people call this quiet little
Eastern Montana Pioneer town
home. The best time to visit is during spring or summer when the Daniels County Museum and Pioneer Town is open.
Last year, we suggested taking an amazing
to Stevensville. Even if you did, we suggest repeating the trip and trying some new restaurants and attractions.
Many of our readers were surprised to learn that the
Havre Beneath the Streets
tour exists. If you’ve never been, make this the year you learn more about the area’s fascinating history.
5. Fort Benton
Even if you’ve been to the
Birthplace of Montana
, it’s always fun to go back and explore. And if you have yet to go, try and make a trip happen in 2017.
It may have seemed like a stretch when we called Philipsburg the
Most Unique Town in the World
last year. But where else can you mine your own sapphires and order a treat at an old school soda fountain in the same day?
We talked about some good reasons to
move to Missoula
last year, which people had some pretty strong opinions on. But even if you have no desire to call it home, you should visit. It has all the amenities of a big city but the charm of a small town.
8. Miles City
Miles City made our 2016 list of
charming river towns
, and they’re best known for the Mile City Bucking Horse Sale. But no matter what time of year you go, you’ll find it’s a great place to relax and enjoy yourself.
Every December (actually, late November if you want to get technical about it) Bigfork transforms into a beautiful
We recommend going anytime—it’s gorgeous—but if you can make it at Christmastime, it’s especially magical.
These might be our top suggestions, but really, there’s no bad place to explore in Montana. Here are a few of our most underrated cities.