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Explore the history, sites and recreation offered in Southwest Montana

There are many vacation opportunities available in Southwest Montana. Whether travelers are looking for great recreational opportunities, to explore a piece of history or to enjoy a night out on the town, there is something for everyone to enjoy. In Butte, visitors can visit or stay overnight in the historic Copper King Mansion. Built for William A. Clark, a principle developer of copper mining, the mansion was constructed in the late 1800s. The Victorian structure boasts more than 30 rooms and many of the rooms are a tribute to the Elizabethan era. Rodeos are featured throughout the region, including this coming weekend’s Northwest Rodeo Association finals. Enthusiasts looking to watch the cowboys and cowgirls annually can enjoy rodeo action throughout the spring, summer and fall months. In Helena is the famous Cathedral of St. Helena, constructed at the turn of the 20th century; the historic Barrister Bed & Breakfast, built in 1874 and numerous other historic destinations. For an entertaining stop during a fall vacation, visitors can make a stop in Virginia City. Throughout the month of October community members dress as though they are living in the Old West for that city’s All Hallows Eve Living History program. The program teaches about American heritage, archaeology and folklore. History buffs, too, can visit the Alder Gulch Legends Living History program in Virginia City, rediscovering myths, legends and facts about the early settlements in Montana. For those seeking to venture outdoors, there are many opportunities to camp, fish, golf, hike or go for a horseback ride. Southwest Montana is an adventure waiting to be had. To plan a trip, visit southwestmt.com.

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Copper King Mansion in Butte is a historic Elizabethan era structure popular among tourists wanting to explore the history of the city or wishing to stay in one of its elegant rooms.

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Rodeo enthusiasts visiting Montana have several opportunities to enjoy the action. Here, a bronc rider competes in the East Helena Rodeo.

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Visitors are urged to relive the adventure of the gold rush days in Nevada City, Mont. With its sister city, Virginia City, Nevada City formed the core of the Alder Gulch diggings, the richest gold placer deposits ever discovered.

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Visitors to Southwest Montana can be on the lookout for cattle drives like this one near York.

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Boulder Hot Springs is one of many historic destinations enjoyed by visitors to Southwest Montana each year. This inn is made famous because of its geothermal waters used for soaking and swimming.

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During the winter months recreationalists can enjoy the outdoors throughout Southwest Montana. Ice sailing can be enjoyed on Canyon Ferry Lake near Helena.

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