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Visit Cut Bank: Find "True Montana" Near Glacier National Park

Updated: Feb 2

I'm a lifelong Montanan. A ranch girl who went to school in the only town in Powder River County. While I was growing up there, and during my 20+ years in Glacier County, I have often heard, "There's nothing to do here." Rural Montana towns may have a few more empty storefronts than they used to have, but you don't have to look very far to find a plethora of opportunities. Cut Bank is no exception, even in the winter.

Are you an active person? Here in Cut Bank we still have a thriving bowling alley, an indoor golf facility (Tee to Green), and a large fitness center (Joe Meagher Civic Center) with cardio, weights, dance classes, a basketball court, and racquetball courts. Do you have pups? We have the City Bark Park. Do you like walking? Check out the Cut Bank Trails System. Do you want an activity that is a little more chill? Find OM Yoga at 14 East Main.

How about a little pampering? Cut Bank bosts a full service manicure and pedicure salon (Top Nails) and a licensed massage therapist (Strictly Business Massage and Aesthetics). We have Montana's only bean to bar chocolatier (Joy Chocolates), three great coffee stops, and a place to pick up a bouquet (Rose Petal).

How about a craft beer? Visit Cut Bank Creek Brewery. Hankering for a movie night? Glacier Cinemas has first run movies and theater treats at crazy good prices.

Are you a history nerd? Check out the Glacier Couny Historical Museum and take the time to read the captions on all the photo murals around town. Study the beautiful brick architecture of our downtown buildings. Experience area history on our downtown's painted murals.

How about art? Cut Bank has its own art gallery located in the Marketplace on Main building, and an art school will be opening in that location this Spring. You can sign up for a variety of local classes through the First Friday art program. Find it on Facebook: Cut Bank First Fridays.

Are you a foodie? Check out Charlie's Pizza, Messy Apron Pizza, Simple Eats, R'Snack Shop, Garden of Eat In, Folklore and Fresh Kitchen, The Big Sky Cafe, Water to Wine Steakhouse, or the Village Dining. The third Saturday of each month, find Local Fare at Marketplace on Main for food items from our area.

Do you like to shop? Cut Bank has you covered there, too. Norman's Western Wear and Outdoor Sports is a must stop. Curiously Artistic on Main Street can create beautiful, personalized, laser-cut pieces for you. Hardware, appliances, furniture? Check out either Billman's location. Lumber? Go to Oilfield Lulmber. Antiques and Collectibles? Recoup Consignment. Ladies' Clothing? VK Clothes and More, The Crazy Heifer, Farmhouse Rags...

And of course, you MUST visit Marketplace on Main for Montana meat, fabric, gifts, art, home goods, books... The list goes on.

Come and visit us in Cut Bank. You'll find plenty to do, and some of the friendliest people around will show you True Montana. (If businesses I've mentioned above aren't included in the links below, I just couldn't find a webpage for them. Please look for them on Facebook.)

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