Road tripping through Montana soon? Or thinking about it? I sure am after reading about the cute small towns that dot this expansive state out West. I love the idea of taking my time, making my way through the mountainous state, stopping not only to admire all of its natural beauty, but also to check out some of its quirky and charming small towns.
I’ve long known of Boulder, Colorado, but I’m not as familiar with Boulder, Montana. This small enclave (pop. 1200) 45 minutes from Butte sure sounds like a great base camp for exploring Elkhorn State Park, which is actually a ghost town featuring mining buildings that have been preserved from the 1880s. There’s also nearby historic Boulder Hot Springs, with its geothermal pools for soaking and swimming (my fave!).
Then there’s Red Lodge — also new to me — an hour from Billings. Just a short drive from the northeast entrance to Yellowstone National Park, Red Lodge is also the gateway to Beartooth Pass, which sounds like an incredibly scenic drive past snowcapped mountain peaks, alpine lakes, and massive glaciers.
Here’s a glimpse into another sweet (you’ll get the pun in a minute) town named Philipsburg. This truly tiny hamlet (pop. 820) is home to The Sweet Palace, a 3,000-foot candy store featuring homemade taffy, caramels and much more, as well as the Sapphire Gallery, where you can pan for your own sapphires. Check it out:
For help planning your next trip to Montana, peruse the pages at VisitMT.com, a site chock full of information and inspiration that can help you plan your exploration of this expansive state filled with natural beauty, outdoor adventure, rugged history, and a whole lot of charm.
This post is sponsored by the Montana Office of Tourism.