Montana is one of America’s most naturally beautiful states. Its stunning mountain scenery accentuates the rustic charm of small towns that sit within it, such as Whitefish and Hamilton. We check out some of the coolest urban spots.
Whitefish, in the northwest, near Glacier National Park, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.