Some of The Best Places in Montana to Visit

Anyone that knows Black Mountain Software knows we are pretty darn proud of where we come from! Heck, even our name was inspired by our Montana surroundings!

With an office in Polson and handfuls of clients who also share this great state, we thought we’d take a moment to talk about some of our favorite places in Montana. So, if you are lucky enough to live here, maybe we will spark an idea for an adventure. If not, maybe we’ll give you a reason to come visit. And if you do, don’t hesitate to stop by our “mansion on the hill” in Polson; a local landmark in itself.

Flathead Lake

Home of whitewater rafting and “Nessie, the Flathead Monster,” whose tale has captivated visitors for more than 100 years, Flathead Lake is the largest natural lake in the Western United States (200 square miles of water). Situated in the heart of the Flathead Reservation, visitors need to purchase a tribal recreation permit before recreating on the lake; however once there, recreational opportunities abound.

Glacier National Park

One of the most popular tourist destinations in Montana, this awe-inspiring park features over 1 million acres, two mountain ranges, and 130 lakes, often referred to as the “Crown of the Continent Ecosystem.” You can hike, bike or climb through the mountains, lakes and forests of this gorgeous and diverse national park.


Known as the “Heartbeat of Montana”, Helena is a city filled with such a diverse mix of community, spirit, festivals, theater, museums, and rodeos that just about anyone could feel at home here. Once a roaring mining town, Helena is rich in history yet firmly rooted in the present, boasting of the famous “Westside Mansion District,” a downtown pedestrian walking mall, restored pioneer dwellings, and a charming Victorian feel.


Though many roll through Missoula on their way to Yellowstone, those who stop to take notice find themselves quite entertained. With three rivers in the area and some of the best fishing in the country, Missoula is a recreational paradise. If the water is not your thing, there are also miles of trails, local breweries, distilleries, and even ghost towns.

West Yellowstone

Start your Montana adventure in the cozy town of West Yellowstone. Considered the gateway to recreation, visitors can take part in ice fishing, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing in the winter, or simply take in the breathtaking views and spontaneous visits from native wolves, grizzly bears, and raptors.

Big Sky

If skiing is your thing, then the 5,800 acres of ski terrain and 4,350 ft elevation of the “Biggest Skiing in America” is your place! Lined with rustic log cabins and B&Bs, Big Sky is quaint, relaxing, and full of awe.

With so many glorious recreational and tourist destinations in Montana, it’s no wonder why we are so proud of our state! But these experiences barely scratch the surface and we will continue to actively explore our state until we’ve seen it all!

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