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The 8 Best Things to do in Glasgow, Montana

In the County Seat of Valley County, Glasgow may be a small town, but it boasts several museums, excellent shopping, and even a regional airport and an Amtrak stop. What Glasgow may lack in size, it certainly makes up for in history.

Originally founded in 1887 as a railroad town, Glasgow has grown from its humble roots to become what it is today, particularly after the construction of the nearby Fort Peck Dam.

Much of this history is still visible, and be it inside one of Glasgow’s museums or within the stories of a longtime local, there’s a lot to explore in Glasgow that uncovers something universal about the settlers who swarmed the American West.

8 Best Things To Do In Glasgow, Montana

1. Valley County Pioneer Museum

 

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This non-profit museum has been aiming to preserve the cultural heritage of the region since 1970 and does so with a vast and eclectic collection. Housing everything from vintage farm equipment to pieces of taxidermy, the items at Valley County Museum combine to weave a rich tapestry of the history of the area.

2. Visit a Classic Montana Bar

Busted Knuckle Brewery

This brewery and taproom are pretty new relative to some of the bars that are still around from the Gold Rush, but what it lacks in age it makes up for in delicious beer, excellent service, and a commitment to consistency in the craft of brewing quality beers.

Montana Bar

Originally opened all the way back in 1899, the Montana bar is exactly that: the quintessential regional tavern. With a history spanning well over a hundred years literally displayed within, the Montana Bar isn’t just an iconic bar in Glasgow, it’s iconic to the entirety of the American West. They are very particular about upholding the traditions of the region, so you can expect excellent hospitality, with absolutely zero pretenses.

Read more: The best breweries in Montana.

3. Sleeping Buffalo Hot Springs

About an hour west of Glasgow is one of the jewels of recreation in the region: the Sleeping Buffalo Hot Springs. You can certainly come to visit for just the day, but just in case you’re interested, there are also camping spots for tents and RVs, as well as some incredibly well-appointed cabins and more traditional hotel rooms.

The pools here are filled with naturally heated and mineralized water that is drained and replaced every day. They monitor the facility for optimum temperature and cleanliness so you can be assured to have a comfortable visit.

Read more about hot springs in Montana.

4. Children’s Museum of NE Montana


Featuring several immersive exhibits designed specifically for children, the Children’s Museum of Northeast Montana is a non-profit organization that’s been operating since 2005. Kids can enjoy presentations and activities that explore biology, music, and other cultural and scientific pursuits.

5. Shop for Local Goods

Thistle and Thread Boutique

Owners and operators Ashley and Briana created the Thistle and Thread to accommodate women of all shapes and sizes while maintaining affordable prices. They demand that pieces they carry in the store be durable and stylish, so you can be assured that you’ll be purchasing high-quality items.

D&G Sports & Western Wear

If you’re ready to embrace your inner cowboy, you can go directly to D&G Sports and Western Wear to pick up your new wardrobe. With a plethora of clothing and gear for men, women, and kids, they got you covered.

Mary’s Mercantile

Part cafe, part antique store, Mary’s Mercantile may seem to have eclectic offerings, but her store is truly beloved in the Glasgow community. With such a wide variety of offerings, it’s hard to say what the highlights are, but most visitors rave about the cold brew coffee and the hundreds of pairs of incredibly reasonably priced pre-owned cowboy boots (most are between $30 and $60!)

3 Free Things To Do In Glasgow, Montana

1. Charles M. Russell Wildlife Refuge


Along the banks of the Missouri River and encompassing the Fort Peck Reservoir is the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge. Though its southern end is about an hour and a half away from Glasgow, this is still the major entry point to reach the site.

The refuge started its life as a game range, so it has certainly evolved considerably. Today, it hosts thousands of visitors a year to enjoy the numerous beavers, white-tail deer, and the largest community of Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep in the world that live outside of the Rockies.

2. Fort Peck Interpretive Center

 

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A half an hour south of Glasgow on the shores of Fort Peck Lake is the Fort Peck Interpretive Center. Part of the Northern end of the Charles M. Russell Wildlife Refuge, inside you’ll find a full-sized replica of a T-Rex, as well as plenty of information about the history and geology of the area. There’s also an extensive display that covers the construction of the Fort Peck Dam.

3. Sleeping Buffalo Rock

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45 minutes west of Glasgow is an interesting monument: the Sleeping Buffalo Rock. Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1996, it actually currently sits in a different place than it did when it was revered by the indigenous peoples of the region having been moved by white settlers. Nonetheless, it still exists, at least, for future generations to enjoy.