The Most Epic Montana Destinations for a Family Trip
Take a family vacation to Montana and introduce your kids to the beauty of the outdoors with epic mountain scenery and unforgettable activities that come with the geography.
Whether you’re planning a Montana family road trip or you’re planning to stick around one area, we’ve compiled some of the best places that you’ll want to visit if you’re considering a family trip to the state of Montana.
Keep reading to discover some of the best Montana family vacations you can take with your brood.
Glacier National Park
One of the most beautiful places in Montana, hands-down, can be found in Glacier National Park. Every which way you look, there is a stunning panorama too perfect not to be captured – so bring that extra camera battery! The Rocky Mountains hug the shoreline of the enchanting Glacier Lake, creating a masterpiece of earth and water.
Try to venture out on the Going to the Sun Road, a 2-hour scenic mountain road where you’ll witness waterfalls and countless breath-taking mountain views, and which can take much longer than two hours to drive depending on how often you stop.
The park has whitewater rafting, boating, swimming and fishing among other popular activities to do. There are also more than 700 miles of hiking trails through this Glacier National Park.
Whitefish is a resort town that leads you to Glacier National Park and boasts some of the best skiing slopes in the world. You may want to plan your stay at the Whitefish Mountain Resort, located at Big Mountain.
Depending on when you visit, Whitefish Mountain Resort has both summertime and winter activities that your family will enjoy. Skiing is the number one sport during the winter there, while dirt biking, ziplining, hiking, and alpine slides are popular during the summer.
Yellowstone National Park
You can enter Yellowstone National Park through Montana, on the North Entrance Road that runs through Gardiner, Montana, or at the Northeast Entrance via the Beartooth Highway route from Billings.
Yellowstone is America’s first declared National Park and it has a number of neat features you won’t want to miss on your family vacation to Montana.
Old Faithful, Grand Prismatic Spring, Mammoth Hot Springs, and Tower Fall are just to name a few. You can learn more about these Yellowstone National Park attractions here.
Your family can enjoy wildlife viewing at both the Lamar Valley and Hayden Valley. We recommend you visit in the early morning and just before dusk to see the most activity for the wildlife – which works perfect around nap schedules if traveling in Montana with little ones!
Big Sky Montana
Is your family big into winter activities, like skiing? Then Big Sky, Montana is quietly calling your name. Even if you’re not into skiing and snowboarding, there is something at Big Sky for everyone. For example, what would your kids say to exploring Big Sky Country by dog sled? Probably a resounding heck yeah!
There are also snowmobile tours, snow coach tours, sleigh rides, and cross country skiing trails. Big Sky also has a number of cute hotels, resorts, and lodging that is surrounded by awesome mountain views in your backyard.
Missoula, Montana is a charming city that resides in the western part of the state. The nearby Bitterroot River is an exceptional spot for fishing and fly-fishing while the Montana Snowbowl is an alpine ski area about 12 miles north of Missoula in the Lolo National Forest.
You will come across a number of winter sports and rentals up in the Snowbowl that are ideal for a family.
The Mount Sentinel M Trail is a fun hiking trail that will take you up “Mount Woody,” just east of the University of Montana – my siblings and I did it when we were kids and I still remember how cool it felt to get up to the giant “M”!
The Carousel for Missoula and its adjacent park are also super fun for families to visit and have some fun.
Read More: 10 Best Things to Do in Missoula
If you’re looking for a relaxing Montana family vacation with majestic mountain views, take a gander at Paradise Valley, Montana. You will want to take the scenic 62-mile loop through Paradise Valley with the Absaroka Range to the east and the Gallatin Range to the west.
If your family is into hiking, Paradise Valley also has a number of hiking trails of varying difficulty.
The cute little city of Livingston also has a wild west past and is great for a stop to eat or to walk around.
Read More: Top Things to Do in Livingston
Montana has hundreds of “Dude Ranches” that offer a unique family vacation experience with western hospitality. Depending on where you visit, your family can enjoy unlimited horseback riding, hiking, panning for gold, fishing, and you can even head out on a cattle drive just like a real Montana cowboy. You can choose to stay at a lodge or ranch, where you can enjoy a country dinner just before sundown.
Vacationing with your family in Bozeman, Montana is also a great destination to check out.
Located in southern Montana, Bozeman has the Museum of the Rockies, along with a planetarium on the campus of Montana State University. There you will find a huge complex of dinosaur fossils and extensive research that’s still done even today.
The Spanish Peaks near Bozeman not only is beautiful to behold, but they also have horseback riding, golfing, skiing, camping, and many scenic hiking trails to explore.
Check out Pine Creek Lake Trail outside of Bozeman, that’s rated difficult, but has epic views.
If you love your Food Channel shows, then we also recommend you try out the Sidewinders American Grill, which has a sister location in Jackson, that Guy Fieri visited during one of his episodes on the Food Network Channel.
Read More: Best Things to Do in Bozeman
Which of these Montana Family Vacations Sound Best to You?
There can be no doubt that the state of Montana is a gorgeous place to visit. While the state can be a beast to travel through, there are a number of destinations that would make for the perfect family getaway. Which one would you most like to visit?