Western Montana’s Glacier Country
In Western Montana’s Glacier Country mesmerizing landscapes offer boundless beauty and recreation among some of world’s most charming small towns. Once-in-a-lifetime adventures are found here under impossibly big blue skies. Glacier National Park anchors the region, with 1 million acres of mesmerizing peaks, expansive valleys, 200+ cascading waterfalls and countless glacial lakes, plus one of the most jaw-dropping scenic drives in the country—the Going-to-the-Sun Road.
Beyond the park, explore two American Indian reservations, attend a pow wow and immerse yourself in Montana’s heritage. Set sail on Flathead Lake—the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi—explore the storybook village of Bigfork and visit a roadside fruit stand for fresh Flathead cherries. Get on or in countless rivers and blue-ribbon trout streams for floating, rafting, stand-up paddleboarding and world-class fly-fishing. This year-round wonderland is epic in winter, too, boasting seven downhill ski areas plus Nordic adventures, sleigh rides, fat biking, dog sledding and skijoring events.
Western Montana’s 75+ communities offer authentic local vibes and warm western hospitality and make up the region’s nine scenic travel corridors, gorgeous byways and backroads of discovery. From Glacier Country’s arts and culture hub of Missoula to the quintessential mountain town of Whitefish and the quaint communities in between, adventure is endless. Explore downtown galleries, museums, live theater and music, and some of the West’s best farmers markets. Discover fine dining, food trucks, culinary festivals and coffee shops, plus more than 30 breweries, nine distilleries, nine wineries and four cideries. Channel your inner cowboy at a working guest ranch, live in the lap of luxury at a mountain resort, sleep in a teepee or go rustic in a cabin or tent. Or, soak in the healing mineral waters at a natural hot spring. There’s more to do in Montana than one lifetime affords, and the authentic experiences here are second to none.