TV show features lesser-known Montana attractions


With over one million residents and nearly 94 million acres, it’s no surprise that Montana is home to many unique experiences, attractions, and businesses.

With so much to explore, a new TV show, aptly called “Montana’s Best,” creates weekly episodes to help locals and visitors discover all the hidden gems under the big sky.

“Montana’s Best” began in the summer of 2020 when the Montana Film Office awarded JMac Productions the Montana Big Sky Film Grant. This spring, the first episode was released, and the studio behind the series said it received overwhelmingly positive responses from viewers.

Julie Mac, a graduate of Whitefish High School, is the host and producer of “Montana’s Best” and owner of JMac Productions.

“I’m passionate about small business,” she says. “We are committed to educating locals and providing a great resource for people who visit.”

“Montana’s Best” shed light on lesser-known areas of the state and released episodes highlighting experiences such as dinosaur digging, museums, the Montana Zoo, hot springs and train tours.

Mac is well versed in media production having worked with Discovery, A&E, NBC, MTV, VH1, FOX, ESPN, HGTV and has been involved with events such as Billboard Awards, IheartRadio Music Festival and Sundance.

Mac hopes to use the platform to amplify the voices and businesses of Montana and inspire people to experience all there is to do and see in the state.

“You’re going to learn something new and you’re going to be entertained, but you’ll also be motivated to get up and go and experience something new in Montana,” she said.

The TV show aims to cover as many regions and cities as possible in a fun and responsible way.

“We want to educate viewers about Montana’s history and what made Montana what it is today,” Mac said.

A recently released episode features Big Sky Waterpark in Columbia Falls as it marks its 40th anniversary.

To watch the show or learn more, visit

Reporter Summer Zalesky can be reached at [email protected]



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