The best towns and places to visit in Montana are off the beaten path. The most popular things to do are great. But when you're looking for cool stuff to do in Montana that isn't on every single 'visit Montana' list, we've got you covered.

Montana is certainly one of the most beautiful states, but there are so many places to visit and enjoy that have nothing to do with mountains, rivers, or Yellowstone. Montana is one of the biggest states in the U.S. and has incredibly rich history.

You certainly already know about Glacier National Park, the Lewis and Clark Caverns, Flathead Lake, Bozeman, Missoula, and Yellowstone National Park. These (and many more) are popular destinations in Montana, and rightfully so. Want to camp in Yellowstone? There are rules and permits for camping in Yellowstone.

But when you want to see interesting places across Montana that aren't in every single guidebook, these are some great landmarks to see and things to do. Getting off the beaten path in Montana is easy. Some hidden treasures are in the middle of nowhere, and others are smack in the middle of a major town.


There are small but gorgeous state parks. You can mine your own gemstones. Explore some of the oldest, continuously running restaurants and bars in the country. Find the funkiest truck stops with amazing ice cream. See the Lewis and Clark landmarks that nobody talks about. Play with the kids at the best public pools and splash parks.

Those are the kinds of things to do around Montana that we will address here. If you're an expert on cool stuff to do and see across the state, feel free to let us know so we can add to the list.

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