Summer has officially arrived, a time when boundless trails open for exploration and Montana’s cities and charming towns host a variety of unique festivals. Between the gates of Glacier and Yellowstone National Park awaits a truly unique adventure for visitors looking to experience beautiful, unspoiled nature and vibrant communities. In fact, a summer day in Montana can take people from a whitewater rafting trip on the Yellowstone River in the morning to the taproom of an award winning brewery in the afternoon.
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Roughing it in Style
There are a wide number of places for visitors to plant their stakes in Montana. For those looking for a camping experience with all the comfort and accommodations of a hotel, these unique locations allow travelers to rough it in style. From luxury glamping just outside the gates of the national parks to dreamy treehouses in the mountains, these are one-of-a-kind camping getaways.
Just Add Water
Summer is the time to get on the water, and with a number of crystal lakes and the sprawling Missouri and Yellowstone Rivers, Montana is the place for a water adventure. Whether it’s rafting whitewater rafting down the Yellowstone River, taking a scenic sailboat ride in the shadow of the mountains, or even riding the waves at an under the radar surfing hotspot, it’s easy to add water to a Montana vacation.
Home on the Range
Ranches are essential to Montana’s rich history and culture. Guest ranches allow visitors to experience the cowboy way without sacrificing the comforts of first-class accommodations, and offer authentic ranching activities. These ranches are perfect for those looking to immerse themselves in the West.
Taste of Montana
With the fourth highest amount of craft breweries in the country and a wealth of local ingredients, Montana is a beer lover’s paradise. This feature highlights six craft beer and food pairings that allow visitors to get a true taste of the state.
Food, Folk, and Festivals
Montana comes to life in the summer with a variety of unforgettable festivals and events. Ranging from eclectic music concerts in the mountains to unique and tasty food festivals, there are many ways to celebrate in Montana this summer.
Take a Hike
Hiking is always better with a view, and in Montana, the scenery is well worth the trip. These six hiking trails offer breathtaking vistas and miles of unspoiled backcountry, from spiraling mountain passing, sprawling forests, and crystal lakes.
Small Town Charm
Everyone seems to know about Montana’s scenic natural landscapes, but the state also has a variety of charming small towns, each providing their own unique appeal. These six towns are just a short drive from Montana’s larger cities, making them perfect a great option for a family-friendly detour or day trip.