Enjoy creating memories with your friends, families, and colleagues with experiences you can only find in Great Falls | Montana’s Basecamp for Art & Adventure. This year, rather than buying another tie, fruitcake, or other gifts that will go unused, give your friends, family, and colleagues something they’ll love even more; an experience in Great Falls that will stay with them long after the eggnog is gone.
You can give the gift of art in many ways. The CM Russell Museum is a premiere museum in Montana, and annual membership begins at just $30 for educators, students, and seniors. Hosted by the CM Russell, the Russell is the premiere event during Western Art Week. The art lover in your life will enjoy a unique opportunity to view Western Art and bid on their favorite piece(s). The Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art offers membership beginning at just $35 and provides the perfect opportunity for your loved one to experience some of the best modern art in the region. The Square hosts a variety of art education classes that are perfect for the budding artist-in-training, or someone that wants to learn a new skill.
The Great Falls Symphony hosts seven concert symphony series, a chamber music series, and complimenting the Symphony are the Cascade String Quartet and the Chinook Winds Quintet. Great Falls Symphony season ticket holders can enjoy concerts and other events across Central Montana with reciprocal pricing, ensuring your gift goes further! Season tickets holders pay a reduced rate to see performances at the Lewistown Art Center, the Fort Benton Auditorium, and other venues in Central Montana, making it easy to give the gift of culture. Broadway in Great Falls hosts touring companies of Broadway show and for just $260 per person, you can purchase an entire season of shows for that special someone. Single tickets for Rent and Dirty Dancing are on sale, and tickets for the 2018-19 season will go on sale soon.
The Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center has America’s largest collection of information, artifacts, and history on the Lewis & Clark expedition and museum membership begins at just $35. Presenting history with personality, the History Museum celebrates the heritage, culture, and history of Cascade County and offers membership beginning at just $35. The Montana Museum of Railroad History offers membership beginning at just $35 for the model train enthusiast on your list.
If your loved on is an adventurous outsdoorsperson, they may be difficult to shop for. Great Falls offers a variety of outdoor experiences that can’t be beat. The Montana Wilderness Association offers guided hikes for all skill levels, and membership begins at just $40. If you want to give an outdoorsman the experience of a journey to a majestic summit or you know someone that prefers a leisurely stroll, Great Falls has it all! The Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex, Belt Mountains, Glacier National Park, Highwood Mountains, and the River’s Edge Trail offer diverse beauty to renew your soul. Premiere hiking opportunities are found on the Chinese Wall, Grinnell Glacier Trail, and Memorial Falls. Trail maps are available through Lewis and Clark National Forest and Montana FWP.
Great Falls is an ideal city to enjoy a bike ride, be it a casual cruise along the Boulevard District to a hard-core ride along steep terrain, opportunities abound to shift your gears. The River’s Edge Trail runs along the Missouri River providing the perfect backdrop for your ride. Bike rentals are available. The Trail connects several parks including Giant Springs State Park and other points of interest including the 5 falls and the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. Serious bikers flock to Mayhem, a maze of technical and expert trails created by local bike enthusiasts. Between Whitmore Ravine and Cochrane Dam are 300 acres of open space with expert trails. The single-track sections have earned a national reputation as a premiere place to hike and bike, and the beauty of the rugged river canyon is unrivaled in Montana.
Montana is famous for pristine mountains, lake, and rivers, and the great outdoors. As Montana’s Basecamp for Adventure, opportunities abound in Great Falls to give an experience of a lifetime, a backpacking trip in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Once of the best places to hike in the Bob is Moose Lake Trail, a moderately trafficked out and back trail that features a pristine Glacial lake. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. In the Lewis and Clark National Forest, the Crystal Lake-West Peak trail leads in a long loop to the top of the Snowy Mountains, connecting with several side trails that lead to spectacular views. For an even better adventure, two cave entrances along the trail allow spelunkers to light up and explore.
In Great Falls, rugged terrain gives way to dramatic scenery atop mountains and peaks while you rock climb. Several premiere spots around Great Falls offer the adventure of a pulse-pounding climb. Head to Blackleaf Canyon, less than an hour from Great Falls, Blackleaf Canyon features awesome limestone climbing. The Fox Hole is the most popular section of this scenic spot of Central Montana. Memorial Falls is home to one of Montana’s best locations for rock climbing. With over 19 routes to choose from, you will find a climb that rejuvenates your soul and lifts your spirit. Indoor climbing is available at Hi-Line Climbing Center as well. The Hi-line climbing center offers a unique indoor climbing experience. Un-roped climbing walls pack a lot of punch into a small space. Pebble wrestlin at the Hi-line will get your blood pumping.
Great Falls is a short drive from Showdown Ski Area, and for the planker on your list, a season pass to Showdown Ski Area will be much appreciated! Season passes are on sale now, and lift tickets can be purchased for individual days for ski bums that love to experience different slopes. Showdown offers an authentic Montana Ski experience as opposed to an overpriced resort with long lines. Eagle Falls Golf Course allow cross-country skiers and snow-shoers to enjoy their favorite outdoor hobby on their course. The Silver Crest Trails boast ample groomed Nordic ski trails and separate ungroomed snowshoe trails. From November through February, winter golfing is available at Eagle Falls and Anaconda Hills golf courses. Bundle up, tee off, and enjoy the course in reverse order.
Great Falls provides kayak enthusiasts and beginners an opportunity to experience a great outdoor adventure on the Missouri and Sun Rivers. Winding through Great Falls, the Missouri River is an ideal location to drop a kayak in the water, soak up the sun, and relax. For a more extensive trip, the Upper Missouri National Wild and Scenic River offer an incredible journey into an unspoiled land. With access points along the Sun and quick access to the Missouri from Broadwater Bay, Oddfellows Park, West Bank Park or Wadsworth Park, you can use your own equipment to explore or rent equipment from several Great Falls outfitters! Stand up paddleboarding is easy to enjoy in Great Falls with several access points that make it easy to enjoy a gorgeous day.
Scenic Drives and Photography
Great Falls has 6 scenic drives that take you along rivers, through mountains, and along the Rocky Mountain Front. One of the funnest and most scenic drives in Montana takes you into Fort Benton, through the Highwood Mountains, into Belt, and back to Great Falls. Another drive takes you through Judith Basin Gap along a wind farm, through Harlowtown, and back to Great Falls. If you’re following the Montana Dinosaur trail, drive to Bynum to experience a real dinosaur dig. Whichever drive you choose, you will be back in time to enjoy dinner, live music, and more. Bring your camera to capture the amazing wildlife, landscape, and beauty you will see.
Great Falls Shopping
Great Falls has several shopping corridors, and with Black Friday coming up, you will find great gifts for those on your list. Enjoy Small Business Saturday in Great Falls in Downtown Great Falls, along 10th Avenue South, Northwest Bypass, and Marketplace. The annual Christmas Stroll is a great opportunity to find unique Great Falls gifts for everyone on your list. We look forward to seeing you in Great Falls this holiday season, and all year, to help you create one-of-a-kind memories.