Montana – Stops on the Way

The northern edge of Yellowstone is in Montana, and you roam the western side of the state in a trip to Glacier National Park. Along the way find ghost towns, big skies and hot springs.

Star Bakery in Virginia City, a ghost town in Montana

10 True Montana Gems between Yellowstone and Glacier National Park

You'll find everything from spirits and sapphires to ghost towns and river canyons. Here are our top picks for places to stop in southwest Montana.

National Bison Range

13 Stops on the Way from Missoula to Glacier National Park

Pull over at these great sites lining the road from Missoula to Glacier National Park including the best food, where to jump in the water and places to watch wildlife.

Overlooking Billings at Swords Rimrock Park

7 Places to Find Food and Lore in Billings, Montana

Northeast of Yellowstone, find a brewery district, gluten-free pancakes and Old West charm in Billings, Mont., A city of 110,000.

A girl sticks her feet into Lake Hebgen near West Yellowstone, Montana

7 Sights in West Yellowstone

The town of West Yellowstone sits right at the West Entrance to Yellowstone. Here are the top 7 ways to avoid the park’s crowds and see the best of the area.

Lone Mountain Ranch horseback ride with a view of Lone Peak in Big Sky

Big Sky

Born next to a ski area, the town of Big Sky offers music, food and tons of trails under its piece of the enormous Montana sky.

The "richest hill on earth"

Butte, Montana, the Richest Hill on Earth

Visit a pit mine, a giant statue, and a distillery, then dance at a signature event at this melting pot of friendly people between Yellowstone and Glacier national parks.

Museum visitors view a painting by C.M. Russell in Great Falls, Montana

C.M. Russell's Vibrant Art inspired by Montana

Visit Great Falls, Mont., to see C.M. Russell's gorgeous paintings and his log-cabin studio just north of Yellowstone.

Downtown Ennis, Montana

Ennis is Montana’s Drinking Town With a Fishing Problem

Halfway between Yellowstone and Glacier national parks, this colorful town holds on to its western roots.

Night sky in Medicine Rocks State Park in Southeast Montana

Go Big in Southeast Montana

Big skies and big culture meet in these authentic Montana cowboy towns on the way to Yellowstone

Mountain biking on a wildflower strewn trail near Helena, Montana

Helena, Mont., Where Mountain Bikes and Mansions Reign

This vibrant capital city, 3 hours north of Yellowstone, caters to mountain bikers and wine tasters.

The Calvert Hotel in Lewistown, Montana

History and Modern Luxury Meet at the Calvert Hotel

Between Yellowstone and Glacier National Park, stay at this historic hotel beautifully remodeled to retain the classic design of the past.

Montana elk grazing in early summer

Lewistown, The Heart of Montana

From big game hunting to fishing, camping, biking, hiking and skiing, take advantage of the outdoor recreation opportunities in the beautiful Judith Basin.

Livingston, Montana

Livingston, Montana, the Northern Gateway to Yellowstone

This quaint town has attracted cowboys, ranchers, the rich and famous and artists enamored by the scenery for more than 100 years. Stop at these 4 places.

Rafting the Missouri River in Great Falls, Montana

Navigating Water and Vibrant Art in Great Falls, Montana

You’ll find one of the West’s most vibrant storytellers in Great Falls, Mont. and Lewis & Clark rivers to raft or walk.

Downtown Philipsburg, Montana

Philipsburg, Montana's Big Rock Candy Mountain

You’ll find sapphires and a palace of sorts tucked into the gentle folding hillsides and valleys of this swath of southwestern Montana.

Missoula bike trails and river access for kayaking

Top 10 Things to Do in Missoula, Montana

Unique, cool, hip, and serene, Missoula has the unparalleled natural beauty and cultural vibrancy to make your experience unforgettable.