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, a historic area with shops, restaurants and breweries. Buy tickets at the Montana Historical Society at the corner of 6th and Roberts where the train departs.
Afterwards, head south to the six-acre Tizer Botanic Garden & Arboretum filled with meditation, begonias and butterfly gardens in Jefferson City, Mont.
Last Chance Stampede at the Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds
Get ready to wrangle some fun at the Last Chance Stampede and Fair the last week of July. Held July 25-28, 2018, this longtime Helena, Mont., tradition ropes in top-notch talent, including 2018 headliner Dustin Lynch with special guest Tyler Rich, for its four-day, family-oriented rodeo festival.
Explaining what's happening during the nightly rodeos is PRCA Rodeo award-winning announcer Wayne Brooks. And when you want something to eat, follow this insider's tip. Head to the Kiwanis Club tent where you'll find the locals ordering the regionally famous Kiwanis Steak Sandwich.
Read more: 9 Best Rodeos in Yellowstone Country
For more information:
Helena Convention & Visitors Bureau
25 Cruse Ave., Helena, MT
Last Chance Stampede and Fair