Hamilton sits in the heart of the Bitterroot Valley near the Idaho border. Because of its location between the Bitterroot Range and the Sapphire Mountains, the climate in this corner of the state is more moderate than the rest of Montana and the beautiful town is characterized by hundreds of small farms, ranches and orchards.
The town is decorated by the Daly Mansion that was built in the late 1800s for Marcus Daly, one of Montana's colorful "Copper Kings," who established Anaconda with his smelter and Hamilton with his lumber industry. He built his family's summer home in Hamilton. The mansion occupies 24,000 square feet on three floors with 24 bedrooms, 15 bathrooms and seven fireplaces. After Mrs. Daly's death in 1941, the mansion was closed until 1987, when it was reopened to the public. It is situated along the banks of the scenic Bitterroot River and is nestled at the base of the spectacular peaks of the Bitterroot Range that run more than 60 miles along the entire length of the valley.