Montana August 17, 2019
9 Underrated Places To Go In Montana When You’re Feeling Spontaneous
Montana is a massive state, especially when you take our crown jewel, Glacier National Park, into consideration. Planning a trip to a place like Glacier takes a lot of time, which we don’t always have. Luckily, there are plenty of low-key spots you can visit when you have a free day. These are a few of our favorites.
1. Bridger Canyon
Bridger Canyon is mere minutes away from Bozeman, but it feels like a separate world. A beloved spot for outdoor lovers and wildlife enthusiasts, it's a perfectly peaceful place to enjoy an afternoon.
2. Quake Lake
Considering this lake was created by a 7.5 magnitude earthquake in 1959, its name definitely appropriate. This area is downright serene these days,
3. Giant Springs State Park
Did you know the world's largest freshwater spring and the world's shortest river are located here? Giant Springs State Park in Great Falls was discovered by the Lewis & Clark Expedition in 1805, and when you see it, you'll be just as impressed as they were.
Address: 4803 Giant Springs Road, Great Falls, MT, 59405
4. Gates of the Mountains Wilderness
If you've never taken the Gates of the Mountain tour through this stunning canyon, take a little road trip and experience it for yourself. Tours run from May through September, so you won't be able to be spontaneous with this idea as some of the others. However, it's well worth a try.
5. Two Medicine Rocks State Park
If you live in Eastern Montana, you don't have to leave your side of the state to have an adventure. Two Medicine Rocks State Park is one of many treasures on the East side of the state. Teddy Roosevelt even complimented it once.
Address: 1141 MT-7, Ekalaka, MT, 59324
6. Kootenai Falls
The Kootenai Falls Trail is a wonderful trail for families ad people who are short on time. All you'll really have to do is cross a swinging bridge and listen for the falls.
7. Bannack State Park
When was the last time you spent a day at this perfectly preserved ghost town? Bannack was an essential part of Montana's history, and over 60 structures still remain. And if your car has a Montana license plate, your entry is free.
8. The Daly Mansion
Want to feel like royalty for a day? Get in the car and head to Hamilton, where your castle awaits. The Daly Mansion was once the home of 19th Century American industrialist Marcus Daly, and some even claim that it's haunted.
Address: 251 Eastside Highway, Hamilton, MT, 59840
9. Lolo Hot Springs
Montana's hot springs resorts are second to none, and they all make fantastic destinations. However, there's something especially charming about the laid back Lolo Hot Springs - you almost feel like you're at a private, intimate gathering in the woods.
Address: 38500 Highway 12 W, Lolo, MT, 59847
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