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Southwest Montana has what seems to be an unlimited number of things to see and do. There is a little something for just about everyone. This part of the country is just begging to be explored and you’ll be surprised what you might find.
• Butte – Anaconda Historic District is a National Historic Landmark – The largest Historic district in the US. Relics of a bygone era of heavy industry are juxtaposed with a wide variety of beautiful residential and business structures.
• World Museum of Mining – Located inside the Butte Historic District, this museum is an opportunity to see up close the vestiges of the underground mining industry.
• Phillipsburg – Another gem in the history of mining. This small town nearby Georgetown lake and Discovery Ski area is well preserved and has plenty of interesting stories to tell.
• Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site – A fine example of the western cattle industry of the 1800.
• Old Montana Prison – Located in Deer Lodge, this old territorial prison is now home to five museums including the Montana Auto Museum.
• Our Lady of the Rockies – A 90 ft. statue of the blessed virgin Mary situated on top of the Continental Divide. Dedicated to all women.
• Granite Mountain/Speculator Mine Memorial – A tribute to the deadliest underground mining disaster in American history.
• Lewis and Clark Caverns – This complex system of elaborate natural caves is a spectacle all by itself. Located just east of Butte about 30 minutes, it makes for a great day trip.
• Churches of all types are spread out across Butte. Many are historic and quite opulent making them a treat to visit.
• Historic Trolley Tours – This two hour tour will give you a great overview of the significance of what happened on the “Richest Hill on Earth”.
• Montana Folk Festival – Features multiple stages with continuous live performances by some of the best traditional performers from around the globe. Three days of music, ethnic and festival foods, folklife demonstrations and workshops, and vendors. Largest in Montana with over 150,000 attendees!
• Evel Knievel Days – An extreme sports festival in the heart of uptown Butte (Evel’s hometown). Plenty of spectacles and stunts to keep you on the edge of your seat.
• An Ri Ra Irish festival – A festival centered around the heavy Irish heritage of the miners in the early days of Butte.
• St. Patricks day – One of the largest celebrations of St. Patrick’s day in the US.
• 4th of July Celebration – Butte is home to Montana’s biggest fireworks display launched from “The Big M” on the North end of town. An impressive show that can be seen from all over town.
• Four local breweries and a local micro-distillery provide a variety of brews and cocktails to quench your thirst.
• Nearly 100 restaurants serving up everything from greasy spoon to fine dining. Many local establishments that all have something special to offer.
• Many local pubs, bars, and clubs to choose from. You are almost guaranteed to find one to call your favorite.
• Historic Motherlode Theater – A 1200 seat historic theater that is a popular venue for local, regional and national productions.
• Washoe Theater – A short distance from Butte is this ornate historic theater in Anaconda. Very affordable movies and live shows.
• A wide variety of shopping opportunities including local clothing boutiques and specialty shops, sporting goods stores, a plethora of antique shops, western supply stores, larger box stores, and many more. Even more variety available in nearby Bozeman and Helena.