With the majestic Rocky Mountains to the west and a sea of shimmering prairie grass on the east, the vast state of Montana offers diverse cities and towns ideal for a babymoon getaway. Look forward to admiring rugged towering peaks, emerald forests, sapphire lakes, and rushing rivers. Near many Montana vacation rentals are seemingly endless opportunities to embark on sightseeing tours, visit relaxing spas, and experience unforgettable dining establishments. Here are the most popular babymoon getaway destinations in Montana.

1. Missoula

The beautiful city of Missoula, known as the Garden City, lies in the northern Rocky Mountains at the convergence of three rivers and five valleys. Take a relaxing stroll along the riverfront walking trail on the banks of the Clark Fork River in downtown Missoula. On the way, you pass several scenic locations such as John H. Toole Park, Caras Park, and McCormick Park. The buildings and indoor galleries at the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula provide insight into Montana history, and the exhibits at the Montana Natural History Center offer a fascinating look at Montana’s geology and ecology. Nearby Garnet Ghost Town, the most well-preserved ghost town in Montana, is a monument to the gold mining community that used to inhabit the Garnet Mountains. For an abundance of shopping and entertainment options, check out the Southgate Mall. Take in a concert at the Top Hat Lounge to discover why Missoula is at the cutting edge of the Montana music scene. To feast on prime rib, steak, seafood, and other delicacies in a hospitable atmosphere, try Jakers Bar and Grill.

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2. Great Falls

Located along the scenic Missouri River in central Montana, the city of Great Falls gets its name from a series of five spectacular waterfalls just northeast of town. The River’s Edge Trail is a lovely walking and cycling path that connects you to the historic downtown area, city parks, and numerous scenic vistas. Along the river is Giant Springs State Park, site of one of the largest freshwater springs in the country, which is a great spot for relaxing picnicking. The fascinating Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center has exhibits commemorating the famous expedition that passed the area as it crossed the continent. The History Museum focuses on the absorbing history of the city of Great Falls. Take a tour of all the main city landmarks on the Great Falls Historic Trolley. Stop in for some pastry and brew at Crooked Tree Coffee and Cakes, renowned as the best coffee shop in Montana.

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3. Helena

Helena, the state capital, is in west-central Montana amidst the hills, valleys, and lakes of the eastern Rocky Mountains. Hauser Lake has warm water and great beaches perfect for swimming and sunbathing. Rent a boat at Kim’s Marina on Canyon Ferry Reservoir and explore the lake shore. Take a ride on the Last Chance Tour Train for a guided look at historic Helena. Enjoy a romantic stroll through the colorful foliage and flowers at Tizer Botanic Gardens and Arboretum, or head to Broadway Hot Springs fo a relaxing soak in natural hot springs mineral water. For a unique dining experience, join Last Chance Ranch Wagon Ride Dinners for a comfortable horse-drawn wagon journey to a mountain meadow where you feast on prime rib, homemade rolls, fresh salad and vegetables, and huckleberry cheesecake.

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4. Butte

Located at an elevation of 6,000 feet on the crest of the Continental Divide in southwestern Montana, the city of Butte is full of natural areas with extensive trail systems, including the Silver Bow Creek Greenway Trails and the Butte Heritage Park Trails. Visit nearby Crystal Park in the Pioneer Mountains, have a picnic, and look for the lovely six-sided quartz crystals that are scattered throughout the area. In its heyday, Butte was one of the largest copper mining boomtowns in the West, and the World Museum of Mining, located on an actual mine site, offers fascinating insight into the era. The Butte Copper Company sells gold, silver, copper, and turquoise jewelry as well as other souvenirs. For more shopping fun, head for the Copper Kettle Chocolates and Gem Gallery, where you can find beautiful gemstones while you sample fresh fudge made with real butter and cream. Enjoy fine dining along with Old West hospitality at the Uptown Cafe.

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5. Bozeman

Located in the midst of several mountain ranges east of the Continental Divide in southwest Montana, Bozeman is a short distance from the lakes, forests, geysers, wildlife, and other attractions of Yellowstone National Park. The city is home to over 40 parks and 50 miles of walking trails ideal for romantic strolls. The Museum of the Rockies at Montana State University offers dinosaur displays, an exhibit on the natural history aspects of the Lewis and Clark expedition, and an impressive planetarium. For a panoramic bird’s eye view of the landscapes around Bozeman, take a hot air balloon flight with Endeavor Ballooning. Bozeman Hot Springs Spa and Fitness gives you the opportunity to relax in natural hot mineral water. For an amazing fine dining experience, try a sumptuous bison steak at Ted’s Montana Grill.

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6. Billings

The city of Billings, surrounded by beautiful mountains and bordered by the Yellowstone River, is in south-central Montana. Don’t miss a visit to the Western Heritage Center, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institute, which highlights the history of the Yellowstone River Valley. The Buffalo Bill Historical Center is a vast complex that houses five fascinating museums, including the Plains Indians Museum and the Whitney Gallery of Western Art. ZooMontana and Botanical Gardens has an extensive collection of animals from all over the world. For relaxing couple’s or prenatal massages, try Central Wellness. To savor a delicious meal in a restaurant voted the most romantic in Billings, head for Juliano’s Restaurant.

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