Thirty five years ago my husband and I traded our two week Florida timeshare vacation for one that was located in Great Falls Montana. From the moment we arrived, we knew we'd never leave. Montana is a wonderful state and Great Falls, the best city. Sixty thousand people live in Great Falls, and it's the third largest Montana city after Billings and Missoula. Locals refer to Great Falls as the "electric city" for its many dams and power plants. The central area is indicative of any cookie cutter, rural locality, but a mile or two in any direction ensures you'll forget the bustle of the metropolitan district and become enamored by the surrounding beauty. Great Falls holds considerable historical significance dating back to the Lewis and Clark expedition. It sits on the Missouri River, is surrounded by mountains on three sides, and vast prairie land to the north.
Even as residents, we never tire of the many things to see and do in Great Falls. The hiking trails and State Parks rank among some of the greatest in the country. The city has a year-round indoor heated pool and two outdoor pools with adjacent parks. Great Falls has Eagle Falls golf course that caters to pros and beginners alike. Indoor recreation includes the Mansfield Center for the Performing Arts for theater and shows. The city is also home to nine museums and the Made in Montana Market Place.
One of the greatest aspects of living in great Falls is the friendliness of the people. The only deterrent is the weather. Winters are very cold and snowy, often reaching sub zero temperatures. Great Falls has a dry climate with most of its precipitation occurring from summer-time thunderstorms. Summers are warm with highs of 90 °F, but dropping considerably at night.
You can't find a more generic town than Great Falls Montana. This comment is meant as neither good or bad.
The life blood of this city is the multitude of small agricultural towns that surround Great Falls and of course the Malmstrom Air Force Base.
Great Falls has the usual amenities of the major national chains of stores & restaurants. While spread out a bit, Great Falls is very easy to navigate and I find you have to actually try hard to get lost in the city as the streets are well organized and numbered logically.
There really is nothing overly good or bad about Great Falls. I compare it to a generic store brand product. Nothing fancy but it gets the job done.