8 Stops on the Way from Missoula, Montana to Glacier National Park - My Yellowstone Park

Pull over at these great sights lining the road on the 140-mile trip from Missoula to Glacier National Park including smokejumpers and a bison habitat.

1. Kettlehouse Amphitheater

Kettlehouse Ampitheater outside of Missoula

Kettlehouse Ampitheater on the edge of Missoula

Why Go: Built in 2017, this 4,000-person amphitheater along the Blackfoot River is Montana's version of Hollywood Bowl and Colorado's Red Rocks. 

Access: Located just outside of Missoula, this new music venue is in Bonner. In downtown Missoula, visit The Wilma, a music venue.

2. Hike the M in Missoula

View from the M in Missoula. Photo courtesy of Destination Missoula

View from the M in Missoula. Photo courtesy of Destination Missoula

Why go: Join the locals and hike the M trail, which takes you on 10-plus switchbacks and 620 feet above the valley floor in three quarters of a mile. Go a mile farther to reach the top of Mt. Sentinel.

Access: The trailhead is on the University of Montana campus. 

3. Smokejumper Visitor Center in Missoula

Why go: Learn more about this daring group of professionals who parachute into forests to fight wildfires. It's the only place in the country where you can take a tour of a smokejumper training facility.

Access: 5765 W. Broadway St. in Missoula 

4. Black Coffee Roasting Co. in Missoula

Maple latte at Black Coffee Roasting Company in Missoula

Maple latte at Black Coffee Roasting Company in Missoula

Why go: This local favorite serves organic coffee that is ethically traded, sustainably packaged and tastes great.

Access: Head to 525 E. Spruce St. in Missoula. 

5. Hockaday Museum

Hockaday Museum

Hockaday Museum

Why go: Discover the stories of Glacier National Park through the artists and authors and vintage maps.

Access: It's located at 302 2nd Ave. E. in Kalispell, Mont. 

6. The Whiskey Barn

Sample Glacier Distilling's whiskey in the barn

Sample Glacier Distilling's whiskey in the barn

Why go: Glacier water never tasted as good as it does in Glacier Distilling's small-batch whiskey. Stop at this tasting room to sample this locally made drink and other spirits.

Access: Just 7 miles from the West Entrance of Glacier National Park, it's on 10237 Hwy. 2 E. in Coram, Mont.

7. National Bison Range

Bison Cow and Calf at the National Bison Range in Montana.

Bison Cow and Calf at the National Bison Range in Montana.

Why go: Look for some of the 350 bison that inhabit the National Bison Range. President Teddy Roosevelt established the range in 1908 to provide a permanent home for bison.

Access: From the south, take Hwy. 93 north to Ravalli, turning west on Hwy. 200 to Hwy. 212. Travel north on Hwy. 212 for 5 miles to the entrance.

8. Two Sisters Cafe

Why go: The huckleberry pie here keeps locals coming back.

Access: It's located in Babb, Mont., past Glacier National Park's East Entrance. 

For more information

Destination Missoula
(800) 526-3465
destinationmissoula.org/YJ

Glacier Country
glaciermt.com

More: 102 Things to Do in Glacier Country
www.glaciermt.com/102-things-to-do.php

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