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A visit to Southwest Montana is more than just a trip—it’s a chance to explore the state’s robust history and vibrant landscape. Here are five things you absolutely shouldn’t miss in the extraordinary space between Yellowstone and Glacier national parks, where the Old West lives on.

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  1. Visit Ghost Towns like Bannack, Virginia City and Nevada City

Home to an untold number of ghost towns, visitors can explore some of the most authentic and well-preserved abandoned mining towns in the West. Enjoy panning for gold, stagecoach rides and living history reenactments.

  1. Play in the Great Outdoors

Almost a dozen state parks dot the region, as well as wilderness areas, wildlife refuges, and winding rivers, all offering world-class outdoor fun.

  1. Follow in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark

Embark on a canyon tour of one of the most scenic stretches of the Missouri River in the U.S. at Gates of the Mountains. This 105-minute boat tour features fascinating historical commentary and excellent wildlife watching.

  1. Explore Grant-Kohrs Ranch & Big Hole National Battlefield

History comes to life at the region’s two National Park Service sites. Experience Montana’s frontier cattle history at the 1880’s working Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site and visit the Big Hole National Battlefield and Nez Perce Camp.

  1. Relax at a Hot Springs Resort

After a day of adventure, unwind in the soothing mineral waters of a hot spring. Choose from six developed hot springs destinations, all fed from natural geothermal features.

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