Montana is one of the best places to go if one enjoys the big outdoors. And this popularity is a good thing because Montana covers a large area of outdoor fun. But great nature activities aren’t the only thing Big Sky Country has to offer. We’ll take readers through some of our favorite yet venues and things to do both indoors and out when traveling through Montana.
Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park is practically a living encyclopedia of fun facts. There’s a staggering amount of biking and hiking trails to check out—over seven hundred miles in total. Then there’s the famous Logan Pass, over seven thousand feet high and with views just as breathtaking as the heights. Reynolds’ Peak is even higher that the pass at nearly ten thousand feet in elevation. Did we mention that there are over one hundred different lakes in the region? Any of them will provide a great vista while sightseers take a breather from their most recent hike or enjoy a packed lunch. There’s also park areas full of wildlife for bird and animal watchers to enjoy.
Flathead happens to be the largest natural lake in the Western United States. The lake features a body of water over two hundred square miles in size and a nearly equal amount of shoreline. It’s practically a destination vacation area for fishermen or any type of water enthusiast. There’s a special festival surrounding the lake if anyone is coming through the area during the Memorial Day weekend. And for those who aren’t interested in the festival, there’s a large park on an island in the middle of the lake, accessible only by boat.
Ox pasture only opened earlier this year, but it’s already one of the most popular stops for great food among tourists and locals alike. Chris Lockhart, along with investments from Alexia and David Leuschen has turned the restaurant into a place that offers cuisine and service one would expect from a high-end restaurant in a large city, much less a town of about two-thousand residents. This merging of high-value food and service with small-town charm makes Ox Pasture practically a must-eat on the way through Montana.
If travelers are looking for some cool souvenirs to bring back, there’s no better place than Top of the World Gift Shop. It provides not only a wide variety of trinkets and gifts, but includes its own camp areas, a motel, and equipment for fishing if anyone is so inclined. It’s a great place to stock up or spend a pleasant evening camping, and the owners are locals that can offer passersby all the insider advice they could want to make the most of a trip through the area.