Montana July 22, 2016
10 Unforgettable Tours Everyone In Montana Should Take At Least Once
Why leave the tours to the tourists? From historic town tours to beautiful boat tours, our state is full of ways to bring out your inner explorer. Add these 10 tours in Montana to your bucket list and you’ll learn a lot about our state.
1. Havre Beneath the Streets
Havre Beneath the Streets is a presentation of some of the old buildings and passages of Havre’s earliest residents. When a fire took out most of Havre in 1904, the locals moved their businesses underground. During the summer, daily tours are offered from 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM.
2. A Glacier National Park boat tour
If you’re going to Glacier, you’ve got to explore the park by boat. You’ll have several options, but the Lake McDonald boat tour is the most popular pick. Scenic hour long boat cruises are $17.25 for adults (and free for children 4 and under!), and through September 5 tours are available at 11:00, 1:30, 3:30, 5:30 and 7:00 PM.
3. The Gates of the Mountains Tour
Boat your way through a canyon once explored by the Lewis & Clark Expedition. Located near Helena, the Gates of the Mountains is nestled halfway between Yellowstone and Glacier National Park. Several daily tours are available through September, which you can book online at www.gatesofthemountains.com.
4. Montana Brewery Tours in Missoula
Even if you’re not much of a beer drinker, you won’t regret learning more about Montana’s finest craft brews. Montana Brewery Tours offers a “Hop On” experience, which takes you to three breweries in four hours and gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the brewing process… plus tastes, of course. The cost is $49, and the company recommends that you eat something beforehand since food isn't served.
5. A Montana Capitol Tour
Every Montanan should visit the Capitol Building in Helena. The Montana Historical Society offers one hour guided tours that focus of the history of the building as well as the art found inside. Call 406-444-4789 to schedule a visit.
6. Montana By Air
Feeling adventurous? Montana By Air is exactly what it sounds like: a tour from a plane. They’re based out of Cut Bank International Airport, and Glacier National Park and the Bob Marshall Wilderness are just a short flight away. To book a once-in-a-lifetime experience, email
7. A Billings Trolley Tour
What a fun way to explore Montana’s biggest city! Total Transportation in Billings offers trolley riders a lighthearted, informative tour of local landmarks. Popular choices include downtown Billings tours, the Moss Mansion and downtown Billings restaurant and pub crawls. Call 406-252-1778 to set something up.
8. An Old Butte Historical Tour
Since 2004, Old Butte Historical Adventures has been showing locals and tourists alike around town and explaining Butte’s unique local history. The family-friendly walking tours cover every decade from the 1890s to the 1950s. You’ll be amazed at what once went down in this town. Call the Historic Guide Center at 406-498-3424 to arrange a tour.
9. A Little Bighorn Battlefield Tour
The Battle of the little Bighorn may not have been a pleasant experience, but it’s an important part of our history. To help people better understand what happened on those fateful days, Lee Christensen, a native Montana interpretive guide, will lead you through the facts, stories and research of the famous battle. The interactive tour is available year-round but should be booked at least 48 hours in advance. Call 406-254-7180 for more information.
10. A Tour of the Old Montana Prison Museum in Deer Lodge
Montana’s Old Prison Museum in Deer Lodge is a chilling look into the past—the prison has been remarkably well preserved. Guided and self-guided tours (which can be arranged onsite during business hours) lead you through the chilling Sell House and the black box of Maximum Security.
Each of these tours in Montana will give you a better glimpse into the state we call home. You can also visit some of our
spookiest ghost towns for a look into the past.