Montana Off the Beaten Path

Montana off the beaten path is a bit of a cliche. After all, the Treasure State is full of wide-open spaces where the big blue sky seemingly melts into breathtaking landscape.

But there are less-visited destinations far beyond Glacier or Yellowstone. As Montana residents, we can take you there.

There are so many incredible places to visit in Montana, but exploring those out-of-the-way places is what Montana travel is all about. From ghost towns to western heritage, you’re sure to find a favorite new Montana adventure.

Take a look at a few of our favorite adventures below. When it’s time to begin planning your trip, head on over to our Montana Travel Planner.

Come back often as we continue to publish new Montana off-the-beaten-path travel ideas on this page. Subscribe to the My Itchy Travel Feet Weekly Broadcast to be the first to know!

Medicine Lodge Valley on the Big Sheep Backcountry Byway in Montana

Going Off-the-Beaten-Path in Montana on the Big Sheep Back Country Byway

Are you looking for a scenic drive to experience Montana’s empty spaces and big skies? Alan and I recommend adding the Big Sheep Back Country Byway to your Montana road trip itinerary. Located in the far southwestern corner of Montana near the Idaho border, this 50-mile scenic dirt road, administered by the Bureau of Land Management, […]

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Stevensville's Annual Creamery Picnic Parade

Discovering Small Town America at the Creamery Picnic Parade

Slow Travel. Authentic Experiences. In my reading on the Internet, these buzzwords appear in almost every article that dissects boomer travel habits. Where do you find these authentic adventures? Throughout the spring, summer and fall (and sometimes winter), there’s a festival or celebration happening across small town America. How do you find them? Before Alan […]

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Hotel Meade at Bannack Ghost Town in Montana.

Bannack Ghost Town is a Step Back in Time

On a visit to Bannack, Montana travelers will discover gold mining history in one of the most well-preserved ghost towns in the West. Alan and I arrived at Bannack State Park, home to Bannack Ghost Town, the scenic way on the Big Sheep Backcountry Byway. If you’re arriving via I-15, exit west on Highway 278 […]

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Donna Hull at Coolidge Ghost Town, Montana

Exploring Coolidge Ghost Town in Southwest Montana

Do you enjoy ghost town hunting during boomer travel adventures? If you said, yes, then plan a road trip to Montana. Like much of the Rocky Mountains, The Treasure State is filled with ghost towns waiting to be explored. So far, Alan and I have visited two Montana ghost towns. We enjoyed the restored ghost […]

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Picnic at Bowman Lake in Glacier National Park

How to Visit Polebridge, Montana: Going off-the-beaten-path in Glacier National Park

Would you like to visit a corner of Glacier National Park that’s not quite so crowded with tourists but has the same beautiful scenery? And wouldn’t it be fun if there was a bakery where locals and tourists compared Montana adventures over bear claws, huckleberry macaroons or gooey cinnamon rolls? You can do that in Polebridge, […]

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Discover off-the-beaten-path Twin Lakes

Twin Lakes: Off-the-beaten-path in Montana’s Bitterroot Mountains

If you’re looking for off-the-beaten-path fun in Montana, Twin Lakes in the Bitterroot National Forest certainly qualifies. Twin Lakes sits at 7,200 ft. with fishing, canoeing—no motorized boats allowed—and hiking available, making this a fun day trip or overnight camping getaway. Since Alan and I aren’t backpackers, we appreciate the opportunity to experience day hikes […]

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Painted Rocks Reservoir near Darby, Montana

Painted Rocks Reservoir

On a drive up the West Fork of the Bitterroot River in our Montana backyard, Alan and I arrived for a first visit to Painted Rocks Reservoir State Park at just the right time. It was about 10:00 a.m., not a cloud in the sky and the reflections in the water took our breath away. […]

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Skalkaho Falls

Exploring in our Montana backyard

Alan and I include exploring in our own backyard when planning boomer travel adventures. We think it’s important to know and appreciate the beauty that surrounds us. Plus, a short day trip is a great mood booster. Getting away from the desk, and other household duties, fuels our creativity. I can’t tell you how many […]

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Stevensville Boy Scouts

Small town living at the Western Heritage Days Parade

Do you  include small town festivals and parades on your boomer travel itinerary? With the 4th of July just around the corner, they’re sure on my mind. And I’m lucky because in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana (where Alan and I now live fulltime), there’s practically a parade or community event every weekend. I thought […]

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Stillwater River near Nye, Montana

Searching for Paradise in Montana

Have you searched for paradise on your boomer travels? Did you find it? Alan and I went looking for paradise a couple of weeks ago on a boomer trip to Montana, because of a photo in a new car brochure. That’s right, a photo. It all started in 2005 with the purchase of a Jeep […]

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Montana state capital

Discovering at the Montana State Capitol Building

Is there a secret hidden in Driving the Golden Spike that hangs in the western arch of the rotunda in Montana’s State Capitol Building? According to Rock Ringling, one of our hosts at The Sanders Bed and Breakfast, there are a few missing items in the painting. Rock told us that the painter, Amédéé Joullin was […]

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Painted Rocks Montana

Off-the-Beaten-Path Western Montana Lakes for Boomer Travel Fun

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is sponsoring this look at Montana waterways and how you can protect them. When I say “Western Montana,” what comes to mind? Do you picture the rugged mountains of the Northern Rockies or the glaciated peaks of Glacier National Park? The sight of my beloved Bitterroot Mountains certainly causes my […]

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