Montana Ghost Towns: A Trip Through The Area's Storied Past

To get to know Montana, take a road trip to its old mining camps and ghost towns, places that tell the story of its Wild West gold, silver, and copper past, along with their booms and busts. Start with a visit to Virginia City, where miners flocked in 1863, searching for a big-time payday. Today, a walk along a wooden boardwalk shows partially restored historic buildings. Next up, we visit Bannack State Park, where you will find one of America’s best-preserved ghost towns. Bannack was the state’s first capital (until it moved to Virginia City after gold was discovered here), and in 1862 became the first place gold was discovered. Today, the town is preserved as it was during the gold-rush era with more than 100 log buildings, some with decorative facades. The town was home to hotels, bakeries, blacksmith shops, stables, a grocery store, a brewery, and saloons during its peak.

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My passion for travel was unlocked when I spent some years living across Europe and South America. I've never been one to shy away from a new adventure, be it swimming with pigs in the Bahamas, bird watching in the Galapagos or Heli-Hiking in British Columbia. And while I used to mostly travel solo, I now like to hit the road with my 4-year-old son, 1-year-old-daughter and husband in tow. The best part of travel to me now is getting to see the world through their eyes. Whether they are petting goats during an Oregon farm stay or making their very own pizza in Idaho, their enthusiasm and joy never fails to remind me of why I love travel.

Denver, CO

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