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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
National Park
“Glacier National Park was created by President Taft on May 10, 1910. Serviced by the Great Northern Railway at East Glacier and West Glacier, tourism quickly grew even before roads were carved into the landscape. Historically traversed on horseback and by wooden boat, the early visitors enjoyed rustic lodgings erected by Louis Hill and appropriately spaced a day’s ride apart. Today’s visitors still enjoy the historic lodgings at the Belton Chalet, Lake McDonald Lodge, Glacier Park Lodge, Many Glacier Hotel and Prince of Whales Hotel in Waterton. Two backcountry chalets continue to cling to the craggy heights of Glacier’s mountains at Granite Park Chalet and Sperry Chalet, serving guests when the snows recede enough to grant access. Mountain top fire lookouts are still staffed with lone watchmen, and the grizzly bears still roam free eating huckleberries and ruling their ecosystem. As the rail line made progress towards the Pacific Ocean in the 1890’s, towns sprang up along the way. Columbia Falls was, and is still, a timber town with a pioneering history where the mighty Flathead emerges from Bad Rock Canyon and flows south to Flathead Lake. The communities of Hungry Horse and Martin City boomed during the Great Depression era with the construction of the Hungry Horse Dam. Coram was a rail stop with a lumber mill, and Essex got its start with a lodge for rail workers at the Izaak Walton Inn. Polebridge was, and always will be, a remote off-grid outpost with a historic mercantile. West Glacier and Apgar retain their historic character today, even with millions of visitors passing through each summer.”
  • 164 locals recommend
Theme Park
“Silverwood is much larger than Triple Play but is also a Theme Park. They have everything a them park can offer. It isn't Disneyland, but is still a blast. Please note the park does close over the winter. ”
  • 66 locals recommend
Trail
“This is a perfect hike that you can knock out in an hour or 2. It has amazing views of the lake the entire time and is a very easy trail to hike. We also love it because it is dog-friendly. You are supposed to keep the pups on a leash, but you can use your own discretion. We let them off if it's not super busy. ”
  • 84 locals recommend
Science Museum
“Montana is home to some of the most beautiful dinosaur discoveries. Spend the day exploring the museum”
  • 87 locals recommend
Ski Area
“Whitefish Mountain Resort is open summer and Winter and has many amenities and features in addition to being a fantastic ski hill. ”
  • 73 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Check out the Boise Art Museum for some wonderful exhibits great for the family. ”
  • 47 locals recommend
Beach
“Can not beat Flathead Lake. Cool water, surrounded by gorgeous mountains. Polson, 45 minutes north of Arlee, is the southernmost town on the lake. There are restaurants and a public swimming beach and playground there.”
  • 63 locals recommend
Nature
“Summer hiking for when it’s too hot in town. Amazing skiing - only a 45 minute drive. Oh and they have a mountain roller coaster.”
  • 63 locals recommend
Park
“Head to Camel's Back Park for some great hiking trails! There is also a great playground for the kids to let out their energy. ”
  • 69 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“The perfect gathering place for friends and family, The Village at Meridian features upscale apparel and specialty retail, fine restaurants and cafes, Village Cinemas, and luxury office space. Movies, concerts, arcades, local entertainment and much more, The Village at Meridian provides a wide selection of activities to keep families and friends coming back again and again.”
  • 63 locals recommend
Capitol Building
“Green capital heated by geothermal water, new wings underground to preserve the classic look. Stone harvested from Table Rock by prisoners.”
  • 39 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Table Rock is a local favorite trail that many hit on the weekends either for leisure with a view of the whole Treasure Valley, or for exercise.”
  • 63 locals recommend
Zoo
“Zoo Boise is a wonderful city zoo with all the various animals you will love. Right next to the Boise River Greenbelt and Julia Davis Park.”
  • 34 locals recommend
Rock Club
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“The Top Hat is definitely our favorite dinner option in town. They feature dishes such as Montana beef burgers, house-made pasta dishes, and chef-inspired flatbreads. The Top Hat Restaurant and Bar is dedicated to providing unique, house-made dishes that are crafted using local ingredients. Through a collection of Montana partners like the Mannix Family Ranch and Le Petit Bakery, our kitchen creates scratch made eats, prepared fresh every day”
  • 55 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“These days, the foodie and restaurant world is abuzz with buzzwords. “Local,” “sustainable,” and “hand-crafted” get tossed around more than a good salad. Well, it is one thing to say it and another thing to live it. So when, after 23 years of starting and running restaurants, my wife Amanda and I first started playing with the idea of Fork, we knew it would take a lot of effort to make these words mean something. And that’s what we’re trying to do, by making the ideas—the big ideas—behind these words not just marketing slogans, but at the core of how we spend our day.”
  • 52 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
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“Some of the best Thai food you can get outside of Thailand! Great ambiance in Downtown Driggs, Idaho.”
  • 42 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Rock Club
“The Top Hat is definitely our favorite dinner option in town. They feature dishes such as Montana beef burgers, house-made pasta dishes, and chef-inspired flatbreads. The Top Hat Restaurant and Bar is dedicated to providing unique, house-made dishes that are crafted using local ingredients. Through a collection of Montana partners like the Mannix Family Ranch and Le Petit Bakery, our kitchen creates scratch made eats, prepared fresh every day”
  • 55 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“These days, the foodie and restaurant world is abuzz with buzzwords. “Local,” “sustainable,” and “hand-crafted” get tossed around more than a good salad. Well, it is one thing to say it and another thing to live it. So when, after 23 years of starting and running restaurants, my wife Amanda and I first started playing with the idea of Fork, we knew it would take a lot of effort to make these words mean something. And that’s what we’re trying to do, by making the ideas—the big ideas—behind these words not just marketing slogans, but at the core of how we spend our day.”
  • 52 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
“Some of the best Thai food you can get outside of Thailand! Great ambiance in Downtown Driggs, Idaho.”
  • 42 locals recommend
Latin American Restaurant
“Barbacoa’s culinary delights are a tribute to the rancher and cowboy of the Pacific Northwest. Basically, “Barbacoa” as a restaurant celebrates the influence of: The Vaqueros of Spain The Gaucho of Argentina The Llanero of the Brazilian Plains The Charro of Mexico”
  • 59 locals recommend
Gastropub
“dynamic/lively: a genuinely original approach toward making magnificent food - your life is not complete without the hot pretzel -- I MEAN IT!!! ”
  • 41 locals recommend
Sushi Restaurant
“I know I know, eating sushi in Coeur d'Alene doesn't sound ideal buuuuuuut check this place out!!! I eat sushi every time I travel and this place continues to be my favorite. Note: they are closed Sunday-Monday”
  • 30 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The Knotty Pine has been the original place to eat since I can remember. If your looking for some real Teton Valley ambiance along with a big steak or a juicy burger, this is it. Grab your cowboy hat, pull up a chair and enjoy this local institution and all its western wonder. ”
  • 38 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“comfy/pub: chicken caesar or southwest taco wraps are sensational! If the Barbequed Chicken quesadilla is available, don't leave town without trying it ”
  • 36 locals recommend

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