Montana Travel Itineraries and Day Trips:
Dillon To Philipsburg

Mileage: Approximately 205 miles.

On Interstate Highway 15 North travel to Dillon and visit the Beaverhead County Museum to see an authentic homesteader’s cabin, the first flush toilet outhouse in Dillon, mining and agriculture equipment and enjoy a picnic in our pavilion. Shop for outdoor gear and clothing at the Patagonia Outlet. Stop for pastries and coffee at the Montana-owned Great Harvest Bakery.

West of Dillon on Highway 278 stop and walk the deserted streets of Bannack, and discover for yourself the way the West really was. Bannack is one of the best preserved of all of Montana’s ghost towns.

Continue westward and stop for a soak at Jackson Hot Springs. Head to Wisdom and turn on Highway 43 for a visit to the Big Hole Battlefield National Historic Site. Learn about the Nez Perce War of 1877 and Chief Joseph’s tragic flight to freedom.

Go back to Wisdom and stop for a delicious lunch at The Crossing Bar and Grill. Go north on Highway 43, and take the scenic Mill Creek Road, Route 569, to Anaconda.

Drive the Pintler Veterans Memorial Scenic Highway (Highway 1) to Anaconda, then on to Philipsburg, a National Historic Business District with quaint shops, auto or walking tours, and guides. Dig for sapphires at Gem Mountain, Opal Mountain Gems, or Sapphire Gallery, and treat yourself to candy, fudge, and chocolate truffles at the famous Sweet Palace.

Continue northward to Drummond and Interstate Highway 90 West and travel on to Missoula and Glacier National Park.

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