Summer is abuzz in Montana, when tourists visit Glacier National Park, check
into its dude ranches and enjoy its ample outdoor pursuits.
In Helena, according to Heidi O’Brien, executive director at Visit Helena
Montana, planners should check out the lively summer calendar of events,
including the popular Alive Five, a free Wednesday evening concert series.
“It’s a local favorite because of the great music and the variety of food vendors, from award-winning barbecue by Bad Betty’s to the best taco salads in
the whole world by Chili O’Brien’s,” she said.
Summer events, including festivals, farmer’s markets and outdoor street
parties, are a staple in downtown Billings as well, according to Stefan Cattarin,
sales manager for Visit Billings, who also encourages groups to visit Swords
Situated between the Yellowstone River and sandstone cliffs, the park
features the northern Rimrock section of the 26-mile Billings Heritage Trail/
Marathon Loop Trail that overlooks most of the city.
“Guests can walk, jog, run, bike or even Segway along this beautiful trail,
which is where the newly renovated Yellowstone Kelly Interpretive Site will
open this summer,” Cattarin said.
A scenic outing for groups in Whitefish entails hiking the short East Rim
Loop that leads to the mountaintop Summit House at Whitefish Mountain Resort, which accommodates group lunches and dinners for up to 200, according
to Jessica Downing, marketing and sales coordinator for the Whitefish CVB.
“Another great summer group activity is riding the scenic lift to the summit
of Whitefish Mountain Resort, providing sweeping views of Glacier National
Park and the Flathead Valley,” she said.
Debbie Picard, tourism sales manager for Western Montana’s Glacier
Country, added that groups might also plan teambuilding time at Whitefish
Mountain Resort’s Aerial Adventure Park, an obstacle course among the trees.
According to Carol Beck-Edgar, executive director for the Flathead CVB,
The Treasure State offers myriad group opportunities to enliven a meeting year- round, whether it’s brewery-hopping or hiking a scenic trail during spring,
swooshing down the slopes or otherwise enjoying
the snow during winter, horseback riding or
golfing during autumn, or visiting the majestic
Glacier National Park during summer.
Montana is a year-round outdoor mecca for groups
FLY-FISHING, BIG SKY
RIVER SURFER, BRENNAN’S
BY CAROLYN BLACKBURN