There’s a sign in front of The Hawthorn Bottle Shop & Tasting Room in Helena that reads “Innocent grapes died for you” with a red arrow pointing to the shop’s entrance.
It’s a subtle window into this vibrant capital city, which celebrates its rich Gold Rush history but is just as eager to swing its lasso at trends sweeping across the nation. Catering to mountain bikers is one of those things. It has more than 75 miles of hiking and biking trails that leave from the downtown area. During the summer months, Helena offers a free shuttle to trailheads, so you can go on a killer ride and drop into downtown on your bike.
Get an open-air tour of Helena’s top sights on the Last Chance Tour Train that will bring you past the mansion district, the Cathedral of St. Helena, restored miners’ cabins and Last Chance Gulch. Buy tickets at the Montana Historical Society at the corner of 6th and Roberts where the train departs.
Afterwards, return to the sites you want to explore. For those looking for a glimpse into the city’s Wild West past, stroll down Last Chance Gulch, a historic area of town filled with shops, restaurants and breweries.
Last Chance Stampede
Get ready to wrangle some fun at the Last Chance Stampede and Fair the last week of July. Held July 26-29, 2017, this longtime Helena, Mont., tradition ropes in top-notch talent, including 2017 headliner Billy Currington, for its four-day, family-oriented rodeo festival. Read more: 9 Best Rodeos in Yellowstone Country
For more information:
Helena Convention & Visitors Bureau
25 Cruse Ave., Helena, MT