How Many Of These Sweet Montana Tourist Traps Have You Seen?
Travelling Montana can be a fun adventure for the family. The amazing views, the history and the tourist traps. That's right, tourist traps. I don't feel that they're actual TRAPS, but they aren't the stops on all of the "Vacation in Montana" websites. Sometimes, one of these stops could be the most memorable part of the day.
For me, one of the best parts of road tripping are stopping at all the fun little stands, shops and sights along the way. Lucky for me, my parents were those people, so I've seen a lot of the sights I feature in this article. However, I may have to take a roadtrip or two. How many of these can you check off your list? I made the list from personal experience, and Roadside America.
Berkeley Pit, Butte, Montana
"The Pit Of Death" was once America's biggest truck-operated pit copper mine. Now, it's a dangerous lake that's 1,800 feet deep and a mile across.
World Famous 50,000 Silver Dollar Bar, Haugen, Montana
A bar, restaurant and gift shop with, they say, over 70,000 silver dollars in the building. This is a place I stop every time and I don't really know why.
Paul Bunyan's Frying Pan, Libby, Montana
That Paul Bunyan sure gets around. I've also seen him in the Redwoods. However, looks like he left his pan at the Heritage Museum in Libby.
Miracle of America Museum, Polson, Montana
I have never been here, but it looks cool. You can check out this youtube video and see why this needs to be a stop on your next trip.
Montana Vortex and House of Mystery, Columbia Falls, Montana
When visiting this gem, leave the science in the car and just enjoy the wonder of the House of Mystery. It was one of my favorite Kalispell area stops of my childhood. There's a great go-cart track right around there, as well.
Home of Steer Montana, Baker, Montana
Steer Montana, born in 1923, was The World's Largest Steer. After his death, he was preserved, and you can now see him at the O'Fallon Historical Museum in Baker.
Penguin Colossus, Cutbank, Montana
This 27 foot penguin greets you as you enter Cutbank, the coldest place on Earth back in the day.
Virginia City, Virginia City, Montana
I don't really consider this a tourist trap, except for the reason that Roadside America says you should visit. They have Clubfoot George's Clubfoot in a jar. Yeah, of all the reasons to visit Virginia City, that's not one of them.
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To make sure you know what to look for, here's a gallery.
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