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USA, Montana – Phillipsburg

Published: 14.3.2023
Today we will take you to the mountainous state of Montana, specifically to Philipsburg, which is located in the southwestern part of the state. This mountain town has a relatively interesting history, and is located on the Pintler Veteran's Memorial Scenic Highway, also known as Highway 1. This route is, by the way, an alternative to the more popular Interstate-90 for traveling between Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks.

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Highway 1 is your only way to get to Philipsburg. The road then continues to the city of Anaconda. One of the best natural attractions along the way is Georgetown Lake. This massive mountain lake is a made tourist magnet. You can go boating, fishing or hiking along the lake shore.


Montana is nicknamed the state of treasures. There are sapphire deposits and the concentration of these colored gems is particularly high in Phillipsburg. Just the opportunity to find your sapphire or buy one processed in a local shop makes it a great tourist destination. One of the most popular sapphire sites in Phillipsburg is Gem Mountain, about 30 kilometers west of the city.


Another place associated with sapphires is Montana Gems of Philipsburg. This shop also offers the possibility to search for your own sapphires, in addition, you can buy various valuables decorated with sapphires - rings, necklaces or earrings. The Sapphire Gallery is also waiting for you in the city, where you can even try making your own jewelry.


You will definitely get a taste for something good during your trip. That's why we have a great tip for you in the form of The Sweet Place, a shop that attracts tens of thousands of visitors every year. Here, their eyes are on the local offer of sweets.

Granite Ghost Town

If you want to eat well in Philipsburg, then we recommend exploring the area around Broadway Street, where you will find various interesting restaurants. One of the most popular is the Doe Brothers Restaurant, sweet desserts can be enjoyed at Philipsburg Creamery, where they also serve the famous homemade ice cream. Sherry's Homestyle Bakery specializes in a variety of cakes and pastries.   Granite Ghost Town (1895)

Less than ten kilometers from Philipsburg you will find an interesting location. Ghost Town Granite Ghost Town. The ruins of this city are a reminder of the mining past of the area. It was first established as a campsite in the 1970s under the name Montana's Silver Queen. According to the conditions of the region, about 3,000 inhabitants prospered and soon lived here. After mining activity subsided, people gradually began to leave it. Most of the buildings in Granite Ghost Town are just ruins, but there are still interesting places to see, such as hospitals.


GPS: 46°19'54.1"N 113°17'40.6"W

Text: Maxim Kucer

Photos: Wikipedia.org: Martina Nolte, Paul de Anguera, Geologyguy, Autor neznámý, Mark Holloway

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