The most spectacular site in Butte is Our Lady of the Rockies. This 90-foot statue sits on top of the Continental Divide, created by numerous volunteers more than several years. This breathtaking statue sits 3,500 feet above the city, and is lit up at night so residents can admire its beauty any time. Down deep into the Earth’s surface is the Berkeley Pit, a former copper mine filled with mineral-rich acidic water. Visitors to the Pit can see the abyss from a viewing platform, where it feels like you are gazing down into the middle of the world.
Charming and cozy restaurants are just around the corner in Butte. Only the freshest organic food is what you find at the Hummingbird Cafe. Start your day off here with a tofu scramble and smooth hot coffee. For lunch, head to Pork Chop John’s for their unbelievably good pork chop sandwich, and the best-seasoned fries you will find in the city. Dinnertime is a good time to relax at Uptown Cafe. The decor is elegant, but friendly, and the staff is always welcoming. Juicy Beef Wellington and creamy chocolate mousse are house specialties.
Minerals and Mining
With a history steeped in minerals, it is only natural that Butte is home to the Mineral Museum. Geology lovers will delight in this homage to the rocks of the world, with more than 1,300 samples to study. There are also seismology exhibits and active earthquake recordings. For a look into Asian history in Butte, make a visit to the Mai Wah Museum. It chronicles what life was like for the thousands of Chinese settlers who immigrated to Butte during the mining boom through artifacts and exhibits. During the Chinese New Year, the museum hosts a spectacular parade that draws in thousands of enthusiastic participants.