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Western Montana’s Small Towns Offer Great Meeting Destinations

Meeting trends call for larger city and urban settings to be set on the back burner for now, and it’s allowing for smaller towns to get the attention they deserve. Here in Western Montana’s Glacier Country we think it’s a great time to look ahead at smaller cities for your next meeting. The sense of […]

July 21, 2020

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RVing + Western Montana = Incredible Memories

RVing and Western Montana’s Glacier Country are a match made in heaven. Road trips—especially RVing road trips—are in demand more so now than ever before. Whether you are an international visitor wanting to take more time to explore the region, or you’re a group tour operator organizing an RV travel group, or you own an […]

July 9, 2020

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Add Soft Adventure E-biking in Glacier National Park to Your Itinerary

Western Montana’ Glacier Country has so many outdoor adventures—and, in this day and age, adventures that fit social distancing guidelines—it’s hard to choose a favorite from hiking, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, fly-fishing, biking and so many more. One truly unique adventure is cycling in Glacier National Park. Prior to the seasonal opening of the Going-to-the-Sun […]

June 24, 2020

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Guest Post: 6 Insider Tips for a Glacier Country Getaway at Weatherwood Homestead

Miles and miles of trails and winding rivers among acres and acres of pristine landscapes and glacial-carved terrain—including the Crown of the Continent, Glacier National Park—make Western Montana’s Glacier Country a premier travel destination for international visitors, adventure enthusiasts and group tour explorers. Our friends at Weatherwood Homestead in Columbia Falls have detailed how clients […]

June 15, 2020

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Montana is Open to Out-of-State Visitors – Travel Responsibly

As Montana moves into Phase 2 of reopening the state and welcomes out-of-state visitors back to Montana and specifically to Western Montana’s Glacier Country, we all want to do our part to keep everyone—both Montana residents and travelers—healthy and safe. Montana residents have taken the guidelines to flatten the COVID-19 curve put in place by […]

June 2, 2020

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The Time is Right to Visit Western Montana’s Rural Corridors

As we look to slowly reopen the United States to travel, tour operators and inbound operators are contemplating traveler comfort levels and what safety measures will be required to make them feel safe to resume travel. Most travel experts feel that domestic travel will return first and that rural and open spaces will be the […]

Travel Virtually by Making Western Montana Your Zoom Background

While we all long for the days to travel the world again, Western Montana’s Glacier Country has been busy creating a way for you to come to Montana, virtually. Are you using Zoom to connect? If you feel like keeping your personal space under wraps or just want to channel some Western Montana beauty, download […]

Virtual Armchair Tours Through Western Montana

What is the best way to travel right now? From the comfort of your own home! Travelers around the world are looking for travel inspiration from their living rooms. As providers of destination inspiration, tour ideas and itineraries for visitors domestically and internationally for Western Montana’s Glacier Country, we’ve rounded up a list of virtual […]

Preparing for the Tourism Recovery

As we navigate these uncharted waters of COVID-19, we have all had to adapt to a new reality. Our travel, tourism and hospitality industries were hit hard, and we know many are left wondering, what do we do now? Here in Western Montana at Glacier Country Tourism, we’ve put a great deal of thought and […]

A Love Letter to Montana Visitors

In Montana, it’s always been easy to get some space. To disconnect in order to connect. But right now, we’re focused on a different kind of space. Our perspective has shifted, and today we’re loving Montana from the inside out.   Love now. Support now. Reflect now. Shelter now. Hope now. We’re supporting each other and […]

How Western Montana is Social Distancing Safely Outdoors

What a time in our lives. Who would have thought we would be blogging about social distancing, staying at home and not traveling? But here we are. And the one thing we are reminded of over and over is that we are in this together, worldwide. Usually, this blog focuses on the amazing attractions, activities, […]

Navigating the Unchartered Waters of COVID-19

As we all face the unique challenge of navigating the COVID-19 outbreak, we may encounter feelings of uncertainty and understandable anxiety. But we also find ourselves in a time of coming together—yes, even with social distancing and isolation—to focus on what we can do to support the travel industry efforts that will eventually bring us […]

5 Ways to Incorporate Health and Wellness Into Meetings in Western Montana’s Glacier Country

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION When you think about holding your meeting in Western Montana’s Glacier Country, you can almost smell that fresh Rocky Mountain air that will greet your attendees. An inspiring location, and possibly one your attendees have never experienced, is prime for attendance building. We’ve all received that registration notice for a unique and […]

Guest Post: 5 Reasons Grouse Mountain Lodge Is Your Next Conference Destination in Western Montana

It’s time! You’ve got a group looking to get away. You want to focus, grow and feel inspired—to recharge and reset. But you don’t want to do so just anywhere. You need a special place! Whitefish, Montana, is one of the finest conference destinations in North America. Nestled at the edge of a picturesque lake, […]

2020 Brings New Tourism Products in Western Montana

Happy New Year from Western Montana’s Glacier Country. Ringing in the new year in Montana makes us appreciate all the new tourism products we have to offer to our meeting planners, group tour operators, wedding planners and FIT visitors. Here is just a sampling of what’s been rolled out recently and what’s coming up in […]

Reflecting on 2019 in Western Montana’s Glacier Country

As a new year approaches, it’s always fun to look back and reflect on the past year in Western Montana’s Glacier Country. We have had a wonderful year working with the travel trade and meeting planner professionals from around the world. It’s been a pleasure to help develop suggested itineraries for motorcoach tour operators wanting […]

Tribal Nations in Western Montana

Located in Western Montana are two Tribal Nations, the Blackfeet Nation of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Indian Reservation. Tribal history and culture can be added to any existing itinerary incorporating a Tribal Nations experience into your time spent in Glacier County. If you have a motorcoach tour, please be […]

Llama Trekking Is One of the Most Unique Hiking Trips You Will Ever Take

In September, Glacier Country Tourism hosted several travel bloggers and digital influencers on a press trip through Western Montana’s Glacier Country. One of the activities on the itinerary was a llama trek with Swan Mountain Outfitters. At Glacier Country Tourism we usually do some previewing, or what we call “product verification,” before taking folks out […]

Top 3 Reasons Visitors Love Fall in Western Montana

One of the most frequently asked questions by tour operators and travel agents is, “When is the best time for my clients to visit Western Montana’s Glacier Country?” Without hesitation, I always answer, “The fall.” While every season in Montana is notable and offers its own distinct offerings, there’s something special about fall in Glacier Country, […]

Meet With Montana at IMEX America 2019

For the sixth year in a row, Montana will be attending and exhibiting at IMEX America this September in Las Vegas, Nevada. This year, the Montana booth will be bigger and better than ever as we welcome meeting planners to stop in at the MONTANA booth and learn more about Montana as a meeting destination. Whether you […]

Guest Post: Top 4 Reasons to Meet in Missoula’s Newest Hotel

1) Location In Western Montana’s Glacier Country, flowing out from the lush green edge of the Rocky Mountains is the serene Clark Fork River carving its way through the middle of historic downtown Missoula. Here you’ll find architecture from the 1800s, more parks than parking lots, modern-day troubadours filling your ears with sweet melodies, and […]

5 Towns in the Bitterroot Valley to Add to Your Montana Itinerary

One of our hidden gems and relatively undiscovered destinations in Western Montana’s Glacier Country, is the beautiful Bitterroot Valley. A visit to this scenic valley will find the Sapphire Mountain range to the east and the Bitterroot Mountain range to the west with the Bitterroot River flowing through the middle of the valley. If your clients are […]

Meet in Montana – A Meeting Planner FAM Trip

We all know that the best—and quite frankly the only—way to really know if a destination is right for your next meeting, conference or corporate retreat is to experience it firsthand. With that in mind, the third week of June Western Montana’s Glacier Country Tourism invited four professional meeting planners from around the U.S. to […]

Be Inspired in Montana: Say Hello to Kalispell and Whitefish

Planning your next board retreat, association meeting, corporate event or group tour just got even easier. Beginning today, American Airlines is offering nonstop flights from Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), Los Angeles (LAX), and Chicago (ORD) to Glacier Park International Airport (FCA) in Kalispell, in addition to nonstop flights from nine other cities throughout the U.S.  Access to […]

Top 7 Meeting Planner Questions About Western Montana

Meeting planners are looking for new destinations that offer experiential components to drive attendance, engagement and leave a lasting impression. Hello, Montana! I’ve gathered the top seven most frequently asked questions by meeting planners who have never been to Montana, about meeting in Montana, and why choosing Western Montana as a meetings destination is the right decision. […]

The Best Guided Tours In Western Montana

How many of you would rather see or experience a destination with a guide? Visitors usually say they get more out of a destination with a local expert. In Western Montana’s Glacier Country, we also know—especially for the international traveler—Montana can be a little intimidating as a destination. You’ve seen pictures of the expansive landscapes […]

Top 9 Tour Operator Questions About Western Montana

As the Glacier Country tourism sales manager, I travel to trade shows all over the U.S. fielding questions about what to see and do in Western Montana from tour operators. While most product developers have been to Montana to put itineraries together, there are many tour operators who put tours together based on suggested itineraries […]

11 Amazing Hidden Gems in Western Montana’s Glacier Country

The fact of the matter is this: Montana is a big place. It’s roughly the geographic size of Germany, with still only one million people that call this massive—fourth largest in the U.S.—state home. What does that mean for groups and international travelers coming to visit? Be ready to experience wide-open prairies, snowcapped mountain peaks, […]

5 Western Montana Convention Hotels for Your Next Meeting in Montana

Western Montana’s Glacier Country has been gaining momentum with meeting planners looking for that unique destination experience to hold their next association meeting or convention. Our Montana-style warm western hospitality welcomes meeting planners and attendees with authentic experiences outside of the meeting rooms and customized options for inside the convention spaces. Some planners might be […]

Guest Post: 5 Hidden Gems At The Historical Museum At Fort Missoula

Located in Western Montana’s Glacier Country and just a few miles from downtown Missoula, the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula welcomes nearly 50,000 visitors annually. It’s a spacious site with stunning views of the Montana landscape, great educational exhibits, and community-centered special events. In addition, the museum has many features that make it unique. Below […]

The 5 1/2 Free Things You’ll Receive When You Meet in Western Montana

Everyone loves the word FREE, but we’ve all been conditioned to assume it’s “too good to be true.” If you’re choosing to hold your meeting or convention in Western Montana’s Glacier Country, let us show you how we do FREE and how it can help the bottom line for both meeting planners and conference attendees. 1. […]

Reflecting on 2018 in Western Montana’s Glacier Country

As a new year approaches, it’s always fun to look back and reflect on the past year in Western Montana’s Glacier Country. We have had a wonderful year working with professional businesses from around the globe. It’s been a pleasure to help develop suggested itineraries for motorcoach tours wanting to showcase the history and early […]

Yellowstone To Glacier National Park Itinerary

As the Tourism Sales Manager for Western Montana’s Glacier Country, I spend a significant amount of time traveling around the U.S. attending trade shows to promote the western region of Montana to domestic group tour operators, international tour operators and travel agents. One question that often comes up, “What’s the best route to take between […]

Adding Tour Options to Your Glacier National Park Itinerary

As tour operators plan for their next warm-weather tour into Western Montana’s Glacier Country, we’ve highlighted a few tour options that tend to fly under the radar. When visiting Western Montana, we know that Glacier National Park is a bucket list destination, and most visitors coming to Glacier Country have at least a couple days […]

Colorful Autumn Road Trips in Western Montana

Western Montana’s Glacier Country offers up four very distinct seasons. While each has its own special place in our hearts, we have to admit that we are smitten with autumn. The season brings crisp mountain air at night while days are still warm enough for adventuring. The colors of the changing leaves are vibrant with […]

Top 10 Places to Visit This Fall in Western Montana

Many visitors to Western Montana’s Glacier Country arrive in July and August, but I’d like to let you in on a little secret that you can share with your FIT/Group clients: fall is one of the best times to visit Montana. The changing colors of vibrant red and orange hues are breathtaking. The weather can […]

Meet With Montana at Imex America 2018

For the fifth year in a row, Montana will be attending and exhibiting at IMEX America October 9 – 11, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. This year, the Montana booth will be bigger and better than ever as we welcome meeting planners to stop in at the MONTANA booth get your photo taken with a […]

Meet in Montana – A Meeting Planner FAM Trip

We all know that the best—and quite frankly the only way—to really know if a destination is right for your next meeting, conference or corporate retreat is to experience it firsthand. With that in mind, the first week of June, Western Montana’s Glacier Country invited four professional meeting planners from around the U.S. to Montana […]

Motorcyle Touring in Western Montana’s Glacier Country

Motorcycle touring around the Western United States is becoming increasingly popular. Home to uncrowded byways, back-roads galore and more scenic beauty than you can imagine, Western Montana’s Glacier Country is prime motorcycle riding country. Traveling along our open roads gives bikers the experience to see untouched beauty, breathe in fresh mountain air and explore our […]

Inspiration Is Only Three Hours Away: Dallas, Meet Montana

Planning your next board retreat, association meeting, corporate event or group tour just got easier, Texas. American Airlines now offers nonstop flights from Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) to Missoula International Airport (MSO) located in Western Montana’s Glacier Country. Here are five reasons why you and your attendees or clients should leave the humidity behind and head […]

Guest Post: 5 Great Places to Explore Montana by Bicycle

Western Montana’s Glacier Country has seen an increase in unique and niche markets that love the open roads, stunning scenery and local hospitality. Cycling is definitely one of them. If you are a tour operator offering cycling adventures we’ve asked the experts and our friends from Adventure Cycling Association, located right here in Missoula Montana, […]

Guest Post: Montana’s Not-So-Off Season

5 Reasons to Schedule Your Next Meeting in Western Montana’s Glacier Country Ah, the spring melt! One day the snow drifts are so high we are unsure if spring will ever arrive, and the next day we are sad to see it melting so fast, and we’re left wanting for more turns on the ski […]

Guest Post: A Few Reasons to Visit ABC acres in Western Montana

Amid towering mountain panoramas, alpine lakes and endless wilderness, ABC acres—a vacation farmstead in Western Montana’s Glacier Country—has been named a Top 6 Place to Take the Kids for a Farm Stay by the Travel Channel, and is honored to be part of the Great American Farm Tour 2017 hosted by Justin Rhodes of Abundant […]

15 Nonstop Flights to Western Montana’s Glacier Country

Updated 7/27/2020: We have had several announcements over the last few months from the airlines that service Western Montana. Beginning in March 2021, Alaska Airlines will offer three new daily nonstop flights to Missoula Montana from San Diego (SAN), San Francisco (SFA) and San Jose (SJC) California. These additions join its daily nonstop from Los […]

Guest Post: Destination Adventure With Whitefish Bike Retreat

Located in beautiful Glacier Country with access to Western Montana’s wilderness right outside our door, Whitefish Bike Retreat offers adventure like no other. Here, our focus is on the bike and the adventure traveler, whether you’re visiting as part of a larger U.S. biking itinerary or you’re on an international tour. Our proximity to Glacier […]

One Day in Glacier National Park

As the Tourism Sales Manager for Western Montana’s Glacier Country, one of the questions that I get asked quite often is “I only have one day to spend in Glacier National Park, how should I spend the day?” While I highly recommend visitors take at least two or three days to really see the park, […]

Top 5 Reasons to Choose Western Montana for Your Mountain Meeting

Meeting planners know that inspiring destinations generate inspired ideas. Whether it’s the fresh mountain air, the outdoor activities or the soaring altitude, planners often say meetings held in the mountains are the most productive meetings. With that in mind, I would like to introduce our venues here in Western Montana’s Glacier Country that offer spectacular […]

Western Montana’s Glacier Country Downhill Ski Areas

Do you have clients looking for an adventurous winter experience? Look no further. With over 300+ inches of fresh powder each year, six well-rounded, full-service downhill ski areas and unparalleled views, Western Montana’s Glacier Country is the perfect place to plan a winter getaway. Bonus: getting here is easier than you think. Skiing in Montana […]

Explore Glacier National Park’s Winter Wonderland

Meeting in Montana is an unforgettable experience, and while most destination meetings take place during the spring and fall seasons, our secret season of splendor is actually winter. If your group is headed to the area for a meeting or retreat during this magical time, then adding in a spectacular off-site outing is just the […]

Winter Fun in Western Montana With Glacier Adventure Guides

Western Montana’s high season for visitors is summer, and our most recent brought record-breaking numbers to Glacier National Park and the surrounding region. We get it—summer splendor in Western Montana’s Glacier Country is an unmatched and unforgettable experience. We do, however, have a little secret to share with you: Winter here is spectacular. If your […]

Agritourism Offerings In Western Montana

Niche markets are embraced here in Western Montana’s Glacier Country, and we welcome visitors looking for new and fresh authentic experiences. We know that clients appreciate when tour operators have options that fit client interests. Agritourism is a niche market made for Montana. It takes the top two industries in the state—agriculture and tourism—and combines […]

Western Montana Talks Meetings at Imex America

Western Montana’s Glacier Country along with our partners from Missoula, Kalispell and Whitefish just returned from exhibiting at IMEX America—the largest trade show in the U.S. for meetings, corporate incentive travel, conventions and events—in Las Vegas, Nevada. We spent three days talking with meeting planners from around the world about opportunities to meet in Montana. Conversations spanned […]

Top 6 Best Fall Hikes in Western Montana’s Glacier Country

Autumn has arrived in Western Montana and one of our favorite things to do during this magical time is hike. Home to thousands of miles of hiking trails that take visitors through more scenic beauty than imaginable, Western Montana’s Glacier Country is prime hiking country. Our hiking trails range from easy day hikes to multi-day backcountry […]

Guest Post: 4 Ways to Celebrate Fall at Triple Creek Ranch

Located right here in Western Montana’s Glacier Country sits Triple Creek Ranch an all-inclusive guest ranch voted as the Best Hotel in the World by readers of Travel & Leisure, 2014. Fall is the perfect time to visit Triple Creek Ranch, where we offer some exciting complimentary programs that extend the value of our all-inclusive rates. […]

Guest Post: 6 Authentic “Wild West” Adventures With Swan Mountain Outfitters

There you go again, daydreaming about sending your clients on their next getaway to Western Montana’s Glacier Country. How about adding a bucket-list adventure to their itinerary in the great outdoors, plus a little pampering? Swan Mountain Outfitters serves up just that. We’re a full-service, year-round guided outdoor activity company offering a variety of must-try […]

Meet With Montana at IMEX America

For the fourth year in a row, Montana will be attending and exhibiting at IMEX America October 10 – 12, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. This year, the Montana booth will be bigger and better than ever as we welcome meeting planners to stop in booth #A1310 and learn more about Montana as a meeting […]

Canadian Rockies and American Rockies Two Nation Vacation Loop Tour

This year, Montana’s Glacier Country would like to congratulate our neighbors to the north in Canada as they celebrate their 150th birthday. Parks Canada is inviting visitors and locals to celebrate with them by offering free admission to all of their national parks and historic sites with a Discovery Pass for 2017. We’ve put together a […]

Guest Post: Top 3 Reasons Bear Creek Lodge Should Be Your Next Retreat Destination

INSPIRATION, INTEGRATION, INNOVATION 1) Distinctive Mountain Venue Bear Creek Lodge is situated on 155 acres of pristine nature in Victor, Montana, just an hour’s drive from Missoula at the edge of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness in Western Montana’s Glacier Country. A mountain hideaway nestled in a blanket of pine trees, Bear Creek Lodge provides a civilized […]

5 Unexpected Spring Experiences in Western Montana’s Bitterroot Valley

It’s that time of year we love: spring in Montana. One of our favorite seasons, spring offers FIT/Group clients an exceptional Western Montana experience. The days start to lengthen, the skies erupt with beautiful blue hues and visitation is lighter than in our busier summer months. Spring is one of the best, most underrated times to […]

Top 5 Summer Highlights at Whitefish Mountain Resort

One of the best offerings summer in Western Montana’s Glacier Country affords is the variety of ways to get your group into the great outdoors. Often the biggest challenge for group travel is finding one locale to satisfy the desires of each member of the group. When it comes to mountain experiences that speak to […]

5 Perfect Honeymoon Destinations in Western Montana

Trends come and go with honeymoon destinations, but the fact remains that honeymooners want time together to experience authentic adventures and exceptional photo opportunities. Western Montana’s Glacier Country offers everything newlyweds are looking for, whether it’s 5-star luxury at an all-inclusive ranch or a beautiful, off-the-grid campsite under our star-filled big Montana sky. We’ve rounded […]

Guest Post: Top 6 Reasons Meeting Planners Love Whitefish Montana

Venue choice is one of the most important factors for the success of a meeting. Having hosted hundreds of meetings at The Lodge at Whitefish Lake in Western Montana’s Glacier Country over the past 10 years has shown us that while each event has its unique needs, certain aspects of Whitefish are universally gratifying for […]

Top 10 Spring Experiences in Western Montana

Many of our visitors to Western Montana’s Glacier Country arrive in July and August, but I’d like to let you in on a little secret that you can share with your FIT/Group clients: spring is one of the best times to visit Montana. Baby animals emerge, dotting the pastures, and wildflowers pop up, blanketing the […]

Guest Post: Top 4 Shoulder Season Adventures With Glacier Guides and Montana Raft

Travel is all about the experience. Forget collecting silver-plated spoons from each state—travelers these days are out in the world to create intangible experiences and memories that will last a lifetime, especially in America’s national parks—Glacier National Park in particular. As tour operators, you are challenged by the ever-growing popularity of the parks, and seek […]

How Group Tour Operators Can Utilize Social Media

In today’s world, social media plays a significant roll all-around us and there are some amazing benefits that come along with utilizing this type of marketing. FACT: your target audience is using social media and most likely using it on a daily basis. It’s also a fact that social media influences consumers when trying to decide […]

7 Must-Visit Bed-And-Breakfasts in Western Montana

Most people venture to Montana in search of spectacular scenery, breathtaking experiences and western hospitality. We also offer up some of the most unique lodging in the West. Here in Western Montana’s Glacier Country, that consists of a variety of mountainside lodges, family inns, working and luxury guest ranches and some of the most charming […]

RVing Western Montana – Who, What, When, Where and Why

For travelers who love to road trip and camp, RV camping (aka RVing) may be the perfect way to hit the road in Western Montana’s Glacier Country. Our warm season is just right for an RV holiday—be it a long weekend or the entire summer—you’re sure to find the perfect adventure. Travel light or load up […]

3 Not-to-Be-Missed Spring Destinations in Western Montana

Spring is always a welcome sight in Western Montana’s Glacier Country. Don’t get me wrong, we are winter-loving snow enthusiasts, but when the powder starts melting and the birds start singing, well, WE LOVE THAT. Spring in Montana has a flair for the dramatic, with bright blue skies dotted with billowing clouds. Mountainsides filled with […]

The Free Perks of Meeting in Montana

Everyone loves the word FREE, but we’ve all been conditioned to assume it’s “too good to be true.” If you’re choosing to hold your meeting or convention in Western Montana’s Glacier Country, let me show you how we do FREE and how it can help the bottom line for both meeting planners and attendees. Let’s begin […]

Guest Post: 5 Reasons Guest Ranches Are Perfect for Corporate Travel

One of the most common responses I get when talking to meeting planners and companies about hosting their meetings, retreats or incentive trips at Flathead Lake Lodge is ‘Huh…never thought about a guest ranch’. In an industry where success is based on the perception of the experience by leadership and the company, new can seem risky. So, […]

Transportation: Getting to Montana Is Easier Than You Think

Montana: when you think of this beautiful place, chances are majestic mountains, big blue skies, wildflower-filled meadows, miles of hiking trails and crystal clear rivers and streams come to mind. But you’re also probably wondering, “Is it easy to travel to Montana?” The answer: yes this heavenly place is closer than you think. Located in […]

See Glacier National Park on a Blackfeet Cultural Tour With Sun Tours

Many international and group tour visitors arrive in Western Montana’s Glacier Country and are excited to visit the iconic Glacier National Park. While driving the 50-mile-long Going-to-the-Sun Road is permitted in your personal vehicle or rental car, the best way to experience Glacier National Park is with a guided tour. Sun Tours is your unique tour option […]

Montana Talks Meetings At IMEX America

In October, Western Montana’s Glacier Country along with our partners from Missoula, Kalispell and Whitefish had the privilege to exhibit at IMEX America—the largest trade show in the U.S. for meetings, corporate incentive travel, conventions and events—in Las Vegas, Nevada. We spent three days talking with meeting planners from around the world about opportunities to meet […]

Top Benefits of Using Social Media for Tour Operators and Travel Agents

It’s no secret that social media has had an impact on today’s marketing landscape, causing all of us to embrace this “new” way of marketing or risk being left in the past.  Glacier Country Tourism was an early adopter of social media in Montana. As one of the first DMOs in Montana to utilize social media […]

6 Historic Inns and Lodges in Western Montana’s Glacier Country

When I talk to tour operators from around the U.S. and Canada, I often get the same request for authentic Montana experiences for their clients. Besides the notable activities like horseback riding, red bus touring, fly-fishing excursions and whitewater rafting, we often talk about how choosing the right type of lodging options can strongly contribute […]

Guest Post: Winter in Montana – Board Room to Bucket List

Throughout my career, I have had the pleasure of producing hundreds of meetings and events in some of the world’s greatest destinations. While the purpose, scope and locations of these gatherings have varied, all of them were designed to inspire excellence, trust and community while nurturing new thinking about business relationships and value creation. More […]

Top 5 Winter Experiences in Western Montana

Located in the northern Rocky Mountains, it’s no wonder Western Montana’s Glacier Country is known as a winter destination with great recreation activities. Among Montana’s snow-covered landscapes, your FIT clients can have a different adventure every day of the week as they enjoy 300+ inches (7.6 meters) of snow that fall on our mountain ranges and […]

A Meeting Planner FAM Trip Through Western Montana

We all know that the best—and quite frankly the only way—to really know if a destination is right for your next meeting, conference or corporate retreat is to experience it firsthand. With that in mind, last month Western Montana’s Glacier Country invited four professional meeting planners from around the U.S. to Montana for a familiarization […]

Experience Western Montana by Rail

Traveling by train has been a popular mode of transportation for years in Europe and Canada and is gaining in popularity in the U.S. That’s great news to us here in Western Montana’s Glacier Country, especially as one of the most scenic segments of Amtrak’s Empire Builder travels through the northwestern corner of Montana. Tour operators […]

5 Must-See Places: The Best of Montana’s Highway 2

There are certain places in Western Montana’s Glacier Country that are made for FIT travelers. One such place: U.S. Highway 2. Running through Montana’s northern tier, Highway 2 travels along some of the most scenic places in Glacier Country and introduces its passengers to off-the-beaten-path and well-known attractions. If you’re a tour operator planning an itinerary or […]

Meet With Montana at IMEX America

For the third year in a row, Montana will be attending and exhibiting at IMEX America October 18 – 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. This year, the Montana booth will be bigger and better than ever as we welcome meeting planners to stop in booth 812 and learn more about Montana as a meeting destination. […]

6 Reasons for Tour Operators to Join #RealAmericaChat on Twitter

Truth time: social media has changed today’s marketing landscape. Instead of doing what we’ve always done, we’ve all had to find ways to be more creative, to deliver real-time information that’s helpful and to help spread the word about what it is we do, whether that be a DMO marketer (like Western Montana’s Glacier Country) […]

8 Places to Discover Montana History

For many of our FIT and group tours, discovering Montana’s diverse and centuries-old history is part of the reason they come to Big Sky Country. With a history and heritage that extends many millennia—beginning with the American Indians, Montana’s First Nations—to the Lewis and Clark Expedition in 1803, Western Montana’s Glacier Country has a rich and […]

Stay and Play in Western Montana’s Bitterroot Valley

As the Tourism Sales Manager for Western Montana’s Glacier Country, I am often asked about our hidden gems or the undiscovered places in the region. Without hesitation, I think of one of my favorite places, the Bitterroot Valley. If your clients are looking for that perfect balance of outdoor recreation, culture and history—not to mention […]

Foodie Fun in Western Montana – Food Trucks, Bakeries and Ice Cream

Authentic and delicious food is becoming more and more prevalent in people’s minds when they think about Montana. With a diverse range of culinary offerings and experiences, it’s easier than ever to find locally sourced, homemade, gluten-free and vegetarian cuisine. To help you plan a unique and perfectly-catered FIT itinerary for your clientele, here are […]

Guest Post: A New Dining Experience for Groups in West Glacier, Montana

For large tours groups who are looking for dining destinations when visiting Montana’s Glacier National Park, it can sometimes be difficult to find a location that can seat a large group. That’s where one of West Glacier’s newest group dining and meeting venues comes in. Meet the Park View Pavilion. Conveniently located on the doorstep […]

Unique Lodging Accommodations and Options in Western Montana

People travel to Western Montana’s Glacier Country from all over the world looking for an authentic Montana adventure. Perhaps they’ve researched the many sightseeing options in Glacier National Park or water activities on Flathead Lake. Maybe they’ve mapped out their hikes in the Bitterroot National Forest or whitewater and fishing adventures on the Clark Fork […]

Guest Post: Top Unexpected Offerings at Montana State Parks

Montana is home to 55 state parks that offer visitors to the region plentiful options for swimming, boating, hiking, camping and fishing. And here in Big Sky Country, 21 state parks are found in Western Montana’s Glacier Country and offer travelers, especially FIT visitors, distinct experiences in Montana’s wide-open spaces. To help ensure your clients […]

May In Montana – An International FAM Tour

In early May, Glacier Country Tourism will join the Real America Region in welcoming a few of our international tour operator colleagues from France, Germany, Italy and Australia for Roundup, an annual conference that brings tour operators to explore the #RealAmericaUSA—a region made up of Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. After Roundup, we’ll set […]

Guest Post: Best of the West; Insider Tips for Visiting Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming

Seeing the states of Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming by motorcycle, rental car, or motorhome is the most popular and practical way to go. I’m often envious of the people I’ve talked to over the years, who are able to take two – three weeks for a holiday to the Rocky Mountain West. Having […]

Adding The Ultimate Outdoor Adventure to a Meeting in Montana

Meeting planners often contemplate how to boost attendance at their next association meeting or add an element of intrigue to an upcoming corporate retreat, while attendees look forward to visiting a destination that they’ve never been to or taking part in an exciting outdoor experience or activity that is part of the conference program. The […]

Montana’s Glacier National Park in Spring: The Perfect Group Tour or FIT Destination

There are areas in Montana’s Glacier Country that are best explored during certain times of the year. One such place: Glacier National Park. While Glacier National Park is open year-round, most of the park’s visitors come during July and August. But we’ve got a big Montana secret…spring is one of the best times to visit Glacier National Park. If […]

3 Ways to Watch Montana Wildlife

Western Montana’s Glacier Country is comprised of millions of acres of public land that is home to 83 species of mammals and 393 species of birds. For nature photographers, bird watchers or for those who simply enjoy watching wildlife in their natural environment, our scenic and beautiful region will not disappoint group travel tours and foreign independent […]

Guest Post: Top 5 Off-Site Activities for Meetings in Whitefish, Montana

As a meeting planner, you know that the most memorable and productive part of any meeting can take place outside of the meeting room. Here in Whitefish, Montana, our specialty is distinctive meeting locations for small groups and corporate retreats, as well as plentiful off-site  opportunities for team bonding and team building that are guaranteed […]

4 Ways to Experience Western Montana’s Breweries

While Montana is known for its stunning scenery, it’s also becoming a popular craft beer destination. More than 20 breweries in Glacier Country are serving up Montana-inspired beer by the names of Cold Smoke ®, Yaak Attack, Dry Fly, Face Plant, Moose Drool and Clothing Optional, visitors to our region are certain to discover plenty of […]

Guest Post: Unplug Your Meeting in Western Montana

Meetings are meetings: typically you spend a significant amount of time inside a hotel convention center with run-of-the-mill meals and not a lot of activity. Well, not anymore. Meet Montana’s most undiscovered and off-the-grid meeting location: Glacier Park Lodge.  Built in 1912, Glacier Park Lodge is located in East Glacier Park, Montana, just outside Glacier National Park. […]

Guest Post: Top 5 Reasons to Host a Meeting in Kalispell

With Glacier National Park and Flathead Lake as its backyard, Kalispell, Montana is most well-known for easy access to vast spectacular unspoiled nature. But as the anchor of the Flathead Valley, Kalispell is more than that. Meeting and conference planners are pleasantly surprised at Kalispell’s level of services and amenities, quality of meeting facilities and welcoming […]

Montana Guest Ranches Make the Perfect Corporate Incentive Vacation

Over the last few years, the trend of companies investing again in incentive travel programs for their top producing associates has been on the rise. In most cases, companies are looking for the one-of-a-kind experience that will engage and encourage year-long motivation. When it comes to selecting the next destination for your corporate incentive program, […]

Guest Post: 10 Reasons to Visit the American Rockies

There are a few destinations that are known around the world. One of them: the American Rockies. Spanning across six states—Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico—the Rocky Mountains offer distinct experiences for every type of visitor. When putting together an American Rockies itinerary, there are numerous destinations, areas, activity options, experiences and attractions […]

Easy Ways to Add a Montana Theme to Your Meeting

You’re planning a meeting in Montana. And chances are, the location is one of the primary reasons you selected Montana for your meeting destination. Your primary goal: to have a well-attended, educational, productive event. Your secondary goal: to make it a fantastic meeting that attendees will remember. One way to make your meeting stand out is to […]

Top Winter Meeting Retreats in Western Montana’s Glacier Country

Awe, winter: the time of year when Western Montana’s Glacier Country offers crisp refreshing air and the opportunity for great winter recreation. Why not combine that with some amazing corporate retreat locations and meeting venues that provide warmth and relaxation, along with some inspiration in the colder months? Pack up your best sweaters, throw in […]

Winter in Montana’s Glacier National Park = A Snowy Paradise

Winter in Western Montana’s Glacier Country is an extraordinary time in a very special place. Like many areas throughout the great Rocky Mountains, we are surrounded by public lands that are abundant in recreational opportunities. In Montana, we have something no one else has–Glacier National Park. Contrary to popular belief, Montana’s Glacier National Park is open year-round and […]

Selecting the Perfect Off-Site Venue for Your Montana Meeting

We all know that conferences and meetings are attended for many reasons: continuing education, training, sales and networking. And for most meetings, great convention centers or hotel meeting rooms are the right environment for hosting a well-organized meeting. However, a great off-site venue can shake things up a bit, add excitement to a meeting and […]

Top 5 FIT Attractions – Montana’s U.S. Highway 93

Driving through Western Montana’s Glacier Country is one of my favorite activities. Montana’s Rocky Mountains, green rolling valleys, rivers and lakes, coupled with our charming small towns, make every turn in the road an experience to remember. In fact, the scenery here is so beautiful that driving for pleasure is the second most desired activity for […]

Guest Post: Creating Campfire Communities

Do you want to know how to use social media to grow your meeting attendance? It’s simple. Stop using it to advertise your meeting or conference. Instead, leverage the power of social conversations to grow affinity for your brand, conference or meeting. Create little campfires via Twitter Chats, private video-chats, Facebook or LinkedIn Groups and any […]

A Meeting Planner’s Perspective on Western Montana

We all know that the best—and quite frankly the only way—to really know if a destination is right for your next meeting, conference or corporate retreat is to experience it firsthand.  Last May, Western Montana’s Glacier Country invited a select group of meeting planners from around the U.S. to come to Montana and see for […]

Top 3 Reasons to Visit Western Montana’s Glacier Country in the Fall

As the Tourism Sales Manager for Glacier Country Tourism I am often asked by tour operators and travel agents who specialize in domestic group travel or individual fly/drive tours, when the best time is to visit Western Montana’s Glacier Country.  Without hesitation, I answer fall. While every season in Montana is notable and offers its […]

A Taste of Western Montana’s Glacier Country

As you drive through Western Montana’s wide open spaces you will see elk and deer along with cattle and bison herds roaming the landscape. Along with these ranches, Western Montanan’s Glacier Country has an amazing growing culture producing some of the finest crops such as sweet cherries, sugar beets, morel mushrooms and wild huckleberries, and […]

Motorcycles Were Made for Montana’s Open Roads

When it comes to riding the open roads of Montana on a motorcycle, Western Montana’s Glacier Country has the most miles of well-maintained roads in the Treasure State. And that’s not just us bragging—it’s what we hear from motorcycle enthusiasts who have explored our neck of the woods and told us that Western Montana was […]

Guest Post: Top 5 Reasons to Have a Meeting in Missoula

As the Sales Manager for Destination Missoula, part of my job is to sell Missoula, Montana as a meeting destination. In my travels I meet with various meeting planners who have a diverse range of needs, from assistance with site selection to the creation of custom itineraries and everything in-between. For me, it’s important that […]

RVing – A Scenic Way to Explore Western Montana

Summer and fall in Western Montana’s Glacier Country are wonderful seasons to experience a warm weather adventure – specifically in Montana’s great outdoors. RVing is a popular pastime in the United States and as an RV traveler myself who spends plenty of time traveling Montana in my Class C RV, it’s a mode of travel I highly recommend. […]

A Meeting Planner FAM Tour in Montana’s Glacier Country

Part of my job as the Tourism Sales Manager for Glacier Country Tourism is to introduce Western Montana as a destination for meetings and conventions. I try to describe the beauty of Montana and the various meeting options planners will find here. But for a place as beautiful as this, the best way to showcase […]

Top 5 FIT Scenic Drive Attractions on Montana’s Highway 200 in Western Montana

Montana is known for its spectacular unspoiled nature and western hospitality, making it an ideal destination for foreign independent travelers (FIT). Leisurely scenic drives combined with a few stops in our charming small towns are a great way to experience both. Whether traveling by car, motorcycle or RV, our scenic byways provide the perfect route for […]

20 Great Group Tour Activities for Spring in Montana

Spring has arrived in Western Montana’s Glacier Country, which means Mother Nature has decided to stretch and wave her wand to wake up the country-side. As spring is one of Montana’s shoulder seasons, it means fewer people and lower prices for rooms and activities, while still offering many options for group travel during April and […]

Destination Fly-Fishing in Western Montana

Montana’s Glacier Country is home to some of the best fly-fishing rivers in the U.S. and with the warming temperatures of spring, the fishing is exceptional. Whether you are planning a tour through our region with a focus on fly-fishing or you want to offer it as a day’s excursion, Western Montana has outfitters and guides to accommodate […]

10 Reasons to Have Your Meeting at the University of Montana

It’s no secret that Missoula is a special place. Located at the convergence of five valleys and with three blue-ribbon trout streams nearby, the Missoula Valley has been a gathering place for groups of people for years. It’s also home to one of the best locations for meetings in Western Montana — the University of Montana. […]

Great Sightseeing Tours to Complement Your Montana Meeting

Here is the scenario: you’ve selected that perfect city to host your next Montana meeting or corporate retreat. Your attendees are registered and excited, materials are in order and now it’s time to plan the fun part, the sightseeing tour. We know the meeting is the most important part of the event, but don’t forget that attendees […]

Western Montana’s Glacier Country + Your Business = Happy Clients

Living and working in Western Montana’s Glacier Country is a deeply satisfying and unique way of life and it’s a lifestyle that we love sharing with leisure groups and meeting planners who do business here. A typical day in the life of a Montanan includes heading out the door, coffee in hand and making our scenic commute […]

Meet Me in Montana

First, a big Montana welcome and thanks for your interest in our new business-to-business blog. We are glad you are here and look forward to giving you some great insight as you explore planning your next meeting, convention, retreat or group tour to Big Sky Country. Now, let’s get down to business. We are talking […]

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