The Most Beautiful Towns in Montana

Downtown Whitefish, Montana © Kris McGuire/Flickr
Downtown Whitefish, Montana © Kris McGuire/Flickr
Montana is one of America’s most naturally beautiful states. Its stunning mountainous scenery accentuates the rustic charm of the small towns, like Whitefish and Hamilton, that nestle below. We check out the most beautiful urban spots in Montana.

Bozeman

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Main Street in downtown Bozeman, Montana, USA
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Bozeman is located in the southwestern part of Montana and is a great place for those seeking clean, fresh air and a relaxing environment. While Bozeman may be one of the larger towns in the state, it retains a small-town feel. National forests and trails are easily accessible, making it a great place for outdoor recreation. There are also many shops, parks, arts opportunities and museums in Bozeman, and this college town is always buzzing with activity. If you want to stay in the heart of Bozeman, this Urban Cowboy Cottage is perfect. Housing up to four guests, it’s a spacious and stylish living space, with quirky furnishings and a great back garden, fit with a hammock, for relaxing in the evenings.
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Whitefish

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Downtown Whitefish, Montana
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Located in the northwestern part of the state, near Glacier National Park, Whitefish is a popular ski destination. Visitors will be enchanted not only by the snowy mountains, but by the town’s tight-knit community and laid-back atmosphere. The welcoming smiles of the local residents make this a great place to visit at any time of year. In the winter, visitors can enjoy the celebrations of the Whitefish Winter Carnival, which includes skijoring races, snow sculptures and non-stop parties. Stream fishing, alpine hiking and animal watching await those visiting in the summer months. This stunning six-person penthouse suite is not the kind of accommodation you’d expect to find in the middle of unassuming Whitefish. Big-city business meets a Rocky Mountain aesthetic in this modern apartment, which stands out thanks to its huge rooftop patio fit with a barbecue and hot tub and offering great views of the surrounding leafy town.

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Hamilton

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The small city of Hamilton can be found in the western part of Montana, nestled in between two mountain ranges in the Bitterroot Valley. While it still has a small population, it is the fastest growing city in Montana. This creates a perfect combination of small-town charm with the amenities of a bigger city. Hamilton offers easy access to mountains and millions of acres of public forested land, making it a great place for outdoor recreation of all kinds. Founded in 1890, Hamilton has a number of beautiful, historic buildings including the Daly Mansion, Old Ravalli County Courthouse and the City Hall. Couples should take a look at this romantic one-bed cabin just a few miles out of Hamilton. Set on a piece of land shared only by the hosts and two other log cabins, this cosy spot is privacy personified, with amazing vistas of the surrounding natural beauty.

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Polson

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Polson lies on the southern shore of Flathead Lake in northwestern Montana, on the Flathead Indian Reservation. Located in one of the best farming areas of Montana, Polson has vast cherry orchards, which it celebrates every year with a Cherry Festival. Polson is bordered to the south by the Mission Mountains, providing a jaw-dropping backdrop to this charming town. Animal enthusiasts will be delighted to find that the National Bison Range is not far from Polson, and there are also bird refuges nearby. Polson offers a wide variety of attractions, including several interesting museums, a golf course and a popular car show. Take advantage of Polson’s proximity to water by staying in this four-person beach condo. Watch the sunset over Flathead Lake from every single room in this homely apartment, located near ample boat parking options, for those fortunate enough to be towing a second vehicle into town.

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Lewistown

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Located in the very center of Montana, Lewistown is where the mountains and the plains meet. Lewistown first became a popular destination for visitors during the 1880s gold rush and when the gold supply ran out, many decided to settle in Lewistown permanently. The ‘Heart of Montana’ is an outdoor recreation paradise. Hunting, fishing, skiing, hiking and biking are just a few of the endless possibilities for those who enjoy the great outdoors. Lewistown is surrounded by five mountain ranges and embraces its traditional Western heritage. This small, quiet town has a strong sense of community and offers many events in which everyone can get involved. Nestled in the Foot Hills of the Snowy Mountains, this five-person hillside cabin is a short drive out from Lewistown, providing all the privacy you could want. Surrounded by a range of outdoor activities, from hiking to fishing and hunting, this one is ideal for the outdoorsy traveller.

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West Yellowstone

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Strasse in West Yellowstone Montana USA
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The town of West Yellowstone is adjacent to Yellowstone National Park and is a popular spot to stay for those planning to visit one of America’s greatest treasures. West Yellowstone itself also has tons to offer, no matter the season. Outdoor enthusiasts will be delighted with the range of activities available, such as ATV trails, biking, birdwatching, fishing, boating, golf, swimming, hunting, kayaking, horse riding, skiing and snowmobiling. West Yellowstone also offers many opportunities to visit local museums and learn more about the area’s Native American heritage. Sitting right next to Yellowstone National Park, this two-bed condo is the perfect place to relax after a day of outdoor fun. With an indoor swimming pool, indoor hot tubs, a game room and recreation center, this complex is designed to keep you as entertained inside as you will be out in the wilderness.

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Anaconda

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Located in the southwestern part of the state, Anaconda is surrounded by mountains, lakes and densely timbered forests. Founded as a copper mining town, Anaconda is now a popular destination for those visiting Montana. The beautiful Washoe Theater on Anaconda’s main street is a must-see for those interested in architecture. There are also a lot of sporting opportunities available in the area: hunting, fishing, skiing, golf, hiking and darts are all popular activities in Anaconda. This quaint craftsman house is full of history from Anaconda’s mining days and has kept all that old-fashioned charm despite being fully renovated. Placed perfectly to enjoy everything the town has to offer, while remaining close to a wealth of out-of-town activities including fishing, hiking, boating, golfing and lots more, this six-person home helps visitors get the full Anaconda experience.

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Butte

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Butte is full of rich history, small-town charm, vintage architecture and friendly hospitality, which attracts visitors from all over. Like many other towns in Montana, Butte was a mining town that experienced an economic boom during the gold rush and became one of the largest copper boomtowns. What sets it apart from other mining towns, however, is its sense of individualism and architectural diversity. Butte saw a large variety of immigrants during this time, who have all left a cultural impact. The availability of Cornish pasties, povitica (a sweet bread) and huckleberry products are reminders of Butte’s colorful past, as is the popular Montana Folk Festival. Large groups can play king of the hill in this large Victorian house from 1890. It houses up to 12 people, and the views from this historic home are amongst the best in Butte, thanks to its raised position on a hill overlooking the town.
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Stevensville

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Catholic Church at St Mary's Mission, Stevensville, Bitterroot River Valley, Montana, USA
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As the officially recognized first permanent settlement in Montana, Stevensville has a long and interesting history. The town was founded when Jesuit missionaries came at the request of the local Native Americans who were interested in learning about Christianity. Today, the quaint town is a quiet community set with the stunning Bitterroot and Sapphire mountains in the distance. Stevensville’s charming downtown is great for a relaxing stroll and offers many opportunities to experience the friendly hospitality of the locals. The nearby Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge is a main attraction in this area, and is home to various types of wildlife. Wannabe cowboys can live the dream and even bring their own horses to this gorgeous ranch on the outskirts of Stevensville. Up to eight guests can enjoy the spacious living space, equipped with pool table, barbecue patio and an outdoor hot tub, while the horses will enjoy their four-stall stable and fully fenced pasture all to themselves.

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Choteau

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Choteau is affectionately known as the ‘Front Porch of the Rockies’. This charming small town made headlines in 1999 when famous late-night talk show host David Letterman purchased a vacation home nearby. Choteau is also home to one of the most important paleontology finds in the world. The maiasaura-type fossil, discovered in the nearby Egg Mountain, can be viewed in a 3D display at Choteau’s Old Trail Museum. This fossil draws dinosaur enthusiasts from all over the world to Choteau. A number of charming locally owned shops are to be found in the quaint downtown and several wilderness trails are easily accessible from here, making it a place with something for everyone. Children under two stay for free in this five-bed B&B outside of Choteau. Located on a family farm and ranch, one of the main reasons to stay here is its incredible host, Deanna. A consummate host, Deanna will give you genuine insight into the history of your surroundings, cook you delicious food and provide the warmest hospitality in Montana.
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