A summer weekend in Libby, Montana

If you’ve been checking into my blog recently, you’ve probably noticed that I’ve been writing about Montana a lot recently. What can I say? I feel in love with it during my visit this summer. It was my first time ever visiting Montana and it did not disappoint! There’s so much to see and write about, and I’m excited to share it with you all!

Libby, Montana, is a small town located in northwestern Montana, about an hour from the Canada-U.S. border. It’s a few hours drive from some of the more well-known spots in Montana, like Glacier National Park and the northern Montana mountain ranges. It has mostly local stores and motels – there’s one Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and McDonald’s – and the mountain vibes are incredible. It’s almost like stepping back in time.

Riverfront Park

Now, you may be wondering, “If the town’s so small, what’s there to do?” Well, there’s actually a few things! Enough to keep us busy for a weekend and many things that we didn’t get to.

If you explore “downtown,” there is the old school Dome Theater, Kootenai Merchantile (my family and I looked at the books here), a few antique/thrift stores, beauty salons, breweries, casinos, and the Riverfront Park. The Riverfront Park was really pretty, and apparently, they have festivals there, but there wasn’t any during our visit, unfortunately.

Taken at Riverfront Park

There’s also Libby Dam, about 20 minute drive north of Libby on the Kootenai River. It’s called the Koocanusa Reservoir – “koo” as in Kootenai; “can” as in Canada; “usa” as in United States. Creative, right?

From LibbyMontana.com: “Libby Dam was completed in 1972 as a joint project between the United States and Canada in an effort to provide flood protection and to generate hydroelectric power.” The dam is huge; much bigger than I was expecting. It’s 422-feet-tall and holds back 90 miles of water in Lake Koocanusa. There’s a visitor center where you can actually tour inside the dam, but my family and I visited after hours so we couldn’t see inside.

My family and I stayed at the Country Inn, which was a cute motel in town. Clean and the staff was friendly, so I would recommend it if you happen to stay in Libby. A yummy and fairly cheap breakfast spot is at the Venture Inn restaurant; dinner at Rositas Mexican Food was good, by Montana standards, and if you’re an ice cream fanatic like me, a delicious ice cream parlor is “Billy Goat Ice Cream” (that’s seriously the name).

The main draw to Libby is the hiking, of course. Located about 10-15 minutes drive from central Libby is Kootenai Falls, which I wrote about a few blog posts ago.

Kootenai Falls

About an hour drive is Ross Creek Cedars, which I also wrote about recently. Both of these spots are very popular for tourists and locals, and I 100% recommend visiting. Hikes that I really wanted to take but didn’t get to do are Leigh Lake Trail #132 and Granite Lake Trail. Those two go deep into the mountains to see alpine lakes.

I genuinely enjoyed my weekend retreat to the mountains. I live in Florida so I don’t get to see them very often, and not many places can do mountains and trees like Montana!

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Thank you for reading! Have you ever visited Libby, Montana? Or, anywhere in Montana? Let me know in the comments below and like this post if you want more like it!

Xoxo’s

Emmalee

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