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Television show features lesser-known attractions of Montana

by SUMMER ZALESKY Daily Inter Lake
| August 28, 2022 12:00 AM

With over 1 million people and almost 94 million acres, it is no surprise that Montana is home to many unique experiences, attractions, and businesses.

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

“Montana’s Best” commenced 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 show says it received overwhelmingly positive responses from viewers.

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

“I’m passionate about small business,” she said. “We have a heart to educate locals, as well as, provide a great resource to the people who are visiting.”

“Montana’s Best” has shone a light on lesser-known areas of the state and released episodes highlighting experiences such as dinosaur digging, museums, Zoo Montana, 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 been involved with events such as Billboard Awards, IheartRadio Music Festival, and Sundance.

Mac hopes to use the platform to amplify Montana voices and businesses and inspire people to discover 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 check out something new in Montana,” she said.

The television show aims to cover as many regions and towns as possible in a fun and responsible manner.

“We want to educate viewers on the history of Montana of what has made Montana what it is today,” said Mac.

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

To watch the show or find out more, visit

Reporter Summer Zalesky may be reached at


The television show “Montana’s Best" visited Nevada City, Montana. (Photo courtesy of “Montana’s Best”)


Julie Mac ATVing during filming a shoot in Glendive for “Montana’s Best.” (Photo courtesy of “Montana’s Best”)

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