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The Best Places to Visit in Montana in Fall 2022

Montana offers a wonderful blend of exhilarating experiences, natural beauty and western charm.

And when the air turns crisp and the fall colors come into play, it’s even more enchanting.

Experience the magic with this roundup of The Best Places to Visit in Montana in Fall 2022.

The Best Places to Visit in Montana in the Fall

1. Fall flavors and festivals

Between every Montana adventure, you’ll find world-class cuisine.

The state has a surprising amount of four-star dining options that showcase local culinary flavors and incorporate the bounty of the fall harvest season.

Locals and visitors from all over the world are drawn to these popular restaurants:

Walker’s in Billings has reinvented the Montana dining scene. Guests experience a culinary adventure filled with locally grown ingredients in a funky space.

Lucca’s in Helena combines high quality Italian cuisine with impeccable service for an unforgettable culinary event. The menu changes seasonally, but the Shrimp Fra Diavolo is so popular it’s available year-round.

Scotty’s Table, located in the heart of Missoula, is committed to providing sustainable and environmentally friendly ingredients. Guests will be treated to a delicious meal in a modern environment. Unwind after a busy day with a beer at one of over 90 breweries operating across the state.

Head to the Billings Brew Trail to find Montana’s only walkable brewery trail. The self-guided tour in the heart of downtown includes six breweries, two distilleries, and a cider house, all within walking distance. Take this 1.5 mile brewery route and enjoy historic sites and beautiful fall scenery along the way. While you’re on the trail, be sure to stop by the Angry Hank Microbrewery and enjoy the flavors of fall with an ice-cold mug of Oktoberfest beer. Billings is also a great place to celebrate the bounty of Montana’s fall harvest.

HarvestFest, held on October 8, 2022, is a community festival that marks the end of the summer farmer’s market and is packed with produce, pumpkins, baked goods and food truck dishes. It also features live music, an Oktoberfest beer garden and mug-holding contest, an interactive kids’ area, face painting, and more.

2. Immerse yourself in native culture

Learn more about the Indigenous Peoples of the Great Plains on the Indigenous Peoples Tour.

Stop at any of the 15 sites on the tour to hear stories about Native life with the Fort Belknap Indian Community, Fort Peck Assiniboine, Sioux Tribes, and Chippewa Cree Rocky Boy Tribes.

Honor Native American Heritage Month in November by visiting the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument on the Crow Reservation in southeastern Montana.

The site commemorates the Battle of Little Bighorn, which took place on June 25-26, 1876, between the Sioux and Cheyenne and the Seventh United States Cavalry Regiment led by Lt. Col.

George Armstrong Custer. Little Bighorn includes a visitor center, museum and walking tour with interpretive markers.

3. Be spooky

For those looking to up the spook factor this fall, Montana is full of haunted attractions that will send shivers down your spine.

With a number of well-preserved ghost towns and historically haunted hotspots, history buffs and families are sure to get into the Halloween spirit.

For visitors who really dare to be scared, Old Montana Jail at Deer Lodge offers eerie ghost tours throughout October.

For a deeper dive into history, visit the living ghost towns of Montana, Virginia City and Nevada City.

These towns mark the site of the richest placer gold discovery in the Rocky Mountains.

Visitors can pan for gold, ride the rails, see historical re-enactments, and explore two of the state’s most historic towns.

4. Bike through the fall colors

There’s no better way to enjoy the beauty of fall colors than by biking through Montana’s unparalleled trails and undiscovered country.

Mountain bikers of all skill levels should check out Legacy Bike Park at Lakeside, which opened in 2021.

The park offers 13 mountain bike trails including singletracks, jumps, and berms that will keep even the best mountain bikers scrambling all day.

Don’t miss the Legacy Liftoff on September 23-24, 2022, which will feature a bike competition for four different categories of riders (from pro to 14 and under), music, food and camping.

Or head to Butte and ride the South Continental Divide to Black Tail Ridge mountain bike trail.

This moderate trail is 11.8 miles long and offers a bit of everything to give you thrills, including different ascents and descents, switchbacks, and natural rock formations.

Once you start to reach the top of the southern part of the trail, you can expect spectacular views from all directions.

5. Throw Lines in Heaven

Fly fishing is the ideal outdoor activity to disconnect, relax and enjoy the surrounding beauty.

And there’s no better place to pitch than Montana.

The state has some of the best fly fishing rivers in the United States including the Blackfoot River, the Yellowstone River and many more.

What some don’t realize is that Montana offers year-round fly fishing.

Fly fishing in fall – and even winter – offers a unique experience highlighted by beautiful scenery and solitude.

Casting lines and floating the steady flow of the river under the endless blue sky will make you feel like you’ve found paradise again.

The weather in Montana in the fall can be unpredictable, so having the right gear and an expert guide is essential.

The Montana Angling Company can lead anglers and women to waterways like the Gallatin River, the creeks of Paradise Valley Springs, the Madison River, and the Missouri River and help them have an unforgettable fly fishing excursion.

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