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You’ve been planning for years to get off I-90 or I-15 and take the back roads around Butte or Helena. There’s no excuse not to get off now. Southwest Montana is the cradle of mining and agricultural history with many off-the-beaten-path architectural gems beckoning intrepid travelers to sites that recall Montana’s territorial and early statehood days.
What to Expect: Montana’s Gold West Country is home to five of six of our largest cities, but also within minutes of absolutely rural communities with intriguing historic sites. The area boasts a wealth of ghost towns, "almost" ghost towns, and pristine ranching communities that still embody the flavor of the Old West.