15 Best Small Towns to Visit in Montana

Home to world-famous Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park, Montana is a state worthy only for those with a strong sense of adventure. Most of Montana untamed, with the land existing in the way nature intended. There’s still strong ties to the wild west, with modern-day cowboys and ranchers. It truly is one of the last places in the world where you can be completely wild and free.

Outdoors-loving travelers will have the time of their lives horseback riding, skiing, fishing, camping, climbing, hiking, cycling, kayaking, and more. If you can dream it, you can do it in Montana.

And if archeology and paleontology are your interests, Montana is one of the best places in the world to try your hand at a dig. Many unassuming small towns in the state host some of the world’s most impressive dinosaur fossils and artifacts. You can even visit a few of these small towns by traveling along the impressive Dinosaur Trail.

In Montana, you’ll find mountains in place of sky scrapers, ride horses instead of cars, and breath fresh, clean air instead of city smog. The best way to see the state is by visiting the small towns peppered throughout – all of which have their own unique atmosphere and appeal.

Here are the 15 best small towns in Montana:

1. Whitefish


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No matter what time of the year you visit, Whitefish is a small town that is the perfect base for all of your outdoor adventures. It’s located near Glacier National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site that was beloved by the explorers Lewis and Clark.

In the winter, Whitefish is a prime skiing and snowboarding destination, with lifts and runs for snowbunnies of all abilities. Visit during the Whitefish Winter Carnival to watch ski joring (skiing behind horses), admire snow sculptures, listen to live music performances, and more.

Summer is a great time to visit as well – the small town is near plenty of places to go alpine hiking, climbing, mountain biking, backpacking, and horseback riding.

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15 Best Small Towns to Visit in Montana:

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  • Whitefish:  Pierdelune / Shutterstock.com
  • Flathead Lake: Shutterstock
  • Hamilton: flickr
  • World Museum Of Mining: Shutterstock
  • Choteau: flickr
  • Big Timber: flickr
  • Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge: flickr
  • Anaconda: flickr
  • Old Montana Prison Complex: Shutterstock
  • Upper Missouri River: flickr
  • Livingston: Shutterstock
  • Columbia Falls: Shutterstock
  • Rodeo: Martin Vincent / Shutterstock.com
  • Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex: flickr
  • Yellowstone River: Shutterstock