Montana is certainly a popular destination during the summer months, with millions of people coming here to see Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks. Plus, we’ve got fly fishing, rafting, and a ton of music festivals, but our state is so much more than that.
While Montana is known for some of its biggest cities and destination towns, there’s still plenty of fun to be had in some of the smaller towns in the state. So even though we’re halfway through summer, there are still great opportunities to get out and have fun here in Montana.
Let’s take a look at 4 of them.
There are several different places across the state that you can visit to see the Montana of yesteryear. The Museum of the Rockies is a great place to visit year-round, but in the summer there are other things to see, including the Living History Farm and Tinsley House. This fantastic exhibit runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day and allows people to step back in time to see Montana in a whole new light.
Of course, there’s Fort Missoula, which has a rich history, and Virginia City. People love to go to Deer Lodge to see the old jail. Additionally, Montana has several ghost towns you can explore.
One of our many lakes
Summer and water go hand in hand, and Montana certainly has some amazing lakes. Everyone knows about the popularity and beauty of Flathead Lake, but there are several others across the state that offer all kinds of fun recreation, including Fort Peck Lake, which happens to be the largest lake in the state and is located in eastern Montana. How big is Fort Peck Lake?
Well, with a coastline of over 1500 miles, that’s pretty wide.
A local farmer’s market
Montana has a ton of local farmers’ markets across the state, and from experience, you’ll find real goodies at all of them. Of course, when it comes to fresh produce, Montana is famous for a few different items. Two of the most popular are Flathead cherries and Dixon melons, and you can find both on sale in the summer.
Many of these markets also feature a ton of local Montana arts and crafts. Going to the Farmer’s Market is something my wife and I both enjoy, and it’s a fantastic way to spend a few hours on the weekend or evening.
Montana Wildlife Preserves
Here’s a great opportunity to not only have fun, but also learn something while you’re at it. We have several wildlife preserves across the state, and every time I’ve been there, I’ve always had a great time. Not only is it awe-inspiring to see all these majestic animals up close, but it also gives us a better appreciation of where we live and the importance of caring for this land we love.
This is just a small sampling of the different things you can do here in Montana during the summer. This great state of ours is sure to be filled with adventure, so get out there and find yours this summer, because before we know it there will be snow on these mountains.
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