Hamilton, MT, USA

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Hamilton, MT, USA

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Pack the quadrant and telescope for your Hamilton expedition

When Lewis and Clark passed through this area in 1805, they noted how friendly the locals were, and in an ever-changing world, it's reassuring to know that some things have stayed the same. Hamilton is a cheerful city, with a lovely, small-town feel about its tree-lined streets. Surrounded by forests and mountains, the wilderness is never far away, and the locals are just as much into the outdoors as the visitors. If you want to find the best hunting, fishing, or hiking locations during your Hamilton vacation rental, chances are your host probably has a few secret spots they're willing to share.

The adventurer's compass always points to Hamilton

There's no two ways about it: outdoor enthusiasts will be in paradise here in the Bitterroot Valley. From Hamilton, the plains, forests, wildernesses, and national parks stretch right up into the mountains, making a Hamilton vacation rental the perfect place to indulge a love of hunting, fishing, and backcountry hiking or skiing. And Hamilton embraces the more adrenaline-fuelled sports too, with a downhill ski resort just nearby, and miles upon miles of mountain biking trails. Down by the Bitterroot River, you can take a stroll on more family-friendly trails, or take to the water with rafting or kayaking trips.

Cultural explorations in the Bitterroot Valley

A good adventurer like Lewis or Clark knows that orientation is all-important, and a Hamilton vacation rental is no different. Ravalli County Museum is a good place to get a sense of your surroundings, with displays on local history, natural history, and art (along with perennial favorite, the rodeo gallery). When you're done there, the looming Daly Mansion is worth a visit. Set on 46 acres, it was once the home of local copper magnate. An enthusiastic team of local volunteers run tours, plus a full program of events including concerts, parties, and murder mystery nights.

Welcome to big sky country

Muffle up, because it can get seriously cold round here. Temperatures are generally below freezing from October until the beginning of April, and the regular dumps of snow mean winter sports lovers are onto a sure thing with a Hamilton vacation rental. On the other side of the coin are the long, sunny days of summer. Rainfall is so low in the heart of summer that there's barely a cloud in those big Montana skies, while the fresh mountain air means it never gets too humid. Hamilton's a leafy city too, so turn up in September or October for gorgeous fall colors.

Hungry like the wolf for wilderness wonders

Hamilton is in the Bitterroot Valley, and much of the surrounding country is that rarest of things, genuine wilderness. Bitterroot National Forest, a massive area of forest and grassland that reaches right up into the mountains, is home to an amazing array of creatures including moose, black bear, elk, and cougar. Much of the forest is made up of designated wilderness areas (with no roads or infrastructure), so you'll need to be an intrepid Lewis or Clark to get in, but the potential rewards are rich, including some of the last remaining timber wolf and wolverine populations in the States.