Good to Great Falls Weekend

Cowboy culture clashes right into 1960s kitsch to create the singular appeal of Great Falls. By day, you're in full John Wayne mode, absorbing frontier artifacts and Wild West artwork at the CM Russell Museum and reliving Native American history at the First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park. By night, you're sliding into a cracked red vinyl booth at Eddie's Supper Club to feast on Campfire steaks. And the colorful atmosphere doesn't stop there: last-of-the-true-tiki-bars The Sip N' Dip features live swimming mermaids.

Good thing you can atone for last night’s red meat and rum with a stroll, jog, bike or hike on Great Falls’ River’s Edge Trail, which winds along the waterfalls of the Missouri and shows off railroad history, local skateboard talent, and wide open spaces along the way. Or, just track down a little hair of the dog: along the drive, you'll find tiny Belt, Montana, proud home to the Harvest Moon Brewing Company.

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Clark & Lewie's Grill

Stop by Clark & Lewie's (located in the O'Haire - kind of your one stop shop kind of motel) for breakfast. No disappointments here - it's a locals favorite and despite the casual atmosphere, the kitchen and menu are run ...

17 7th Street South
Great Falls, MT
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Cm Russell Museum

This museum provides a fascinating tribute to Old West painter Charlie Russell (the exhibit even includes his house, along with rooms full of paintings, drawings and letters!). It's not all Charlie, though—check out the galleries packed with Native ...

400 13th Street North
Great Falls, MT
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Eddie's Supper Club

A step back to the 1960s with campfire steaks, dueling pianos, and an interior to match. Enjoy a steak the size of your plate then retire to the lounge and listen to live music complete with jazz drummer.

3725 2nd Avenue North
Great Falls, MT
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First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park (Ulm Pishkun)

A sacred place. When you are here you can almost feel the presence of the generations who used this cliff as a bison slaughtering grounds. The interpretive center and trail transforms the place from a pretty cliff with a view ...

342 Ulm Vaughn Rd
Ulm, MT
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Harvest Moon Brewing Company

If you call ahead, you can tour for this brewery in Belt, MT, about twenty minutes from Great Falls. They use pure water tapped from the Madison Formation and barley from the surrounding fields to make tasty beer. Famous statewide ...

14-22 5th St N
Belt, MT
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O'Haire Motor Inn

Stay at the O'Haire Motor Inn for an authentic retro twist on the common small town motel stay (make sure to ask about the lighting system outside each room indicating occupied, vacant, etc.)

17 7th Street South
Great Falls, MT
Places to Stay

Rivers Edge Trail

Probably the best thing about Great Falls. I have at some point rollerbladed, biked, hiked, mountain biked, jogged, longboarded, and strolled this trail along its 40 miles. (All I need now is a pogo stick.) It’s got single-track branching ...

River's Edge Trail
Great Falls, MT
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Showdown Montana Ski Area

Montana's oldest ski resort gets pounded when it snows! For the most untracked, come on Wednesdays (since the hill is closed Monday and Tuesday.) It's a little family run operation, refreshingly low-key and cheap!

2850 US Highway 89 S
White Sulphur Springs, MT
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Silver Crest Trail

7 miles south of Niehart, cross-country haven! We skied one of the loops on a perfectly still winter's day. Rolling terrain and a few life-affirming steep pitches. Pack a hot toddy for the warming huts.

Snow Creek
Monarch-Neihart, MT
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Sip-N-Dip

Located on the second floor of the O'Haire Motor Inn, it's a Great Falls must see. Whether you're staying at the O'Haire or not, all are welcome. The interior is like a tiki bar/ship wreck ...

17 7th Street South
Great Falls, MT
Places to Eat

The Barn Vintage Treasures

There are several antique shops and antique malls but one in particular that stands out is Barn Vintage Treasures. The first thing to take note of are the vintage washing machines painted like cows at the entrance of the parking ...

816 15th St
Great Falls, MT
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