Butte, Montana: My Favorite Forgotten Montana Boom-Gone-Bust Town

Evel Knieval's childhood playground, Butte Montana, is a rough and tumble Wild West frontier city through and through. Located in the Silver Bow Creek, the city was put on the map as a mining boomtown in the late 19th century and lays claim to be the "Richest Hill On Earth" thanks to the profitable minerals extracted underground. Butte grew into a thriving city during its heyday and is now home to the second largest national historic district after New Orleans. On a visit, you don't want to miss an Underground Walking Tour. A highlight stop is the Roaring 20's Rookwood Speakeasy in the basement of the former Rockwood Hotel. With such an extensive mining history, a trip to Butte should also include a trip to the World Museum of Mining, built on an actual mine yard: The Orphan Girl. At Headframe Sprits, owned by Butte-raised John McKee and his wife Courtney, you will find everything from gin and whiskey to vodka and bourbon.

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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.

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