Montana

Travel Guide
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The Treasure State is a treasure indeed, a land of rugged, glacial beauty with mountainous peaks, thrilling wildlife and rolling prairies that are rich with history.

Everything is big in the Big Sky Country of Montana. Vast landscapes dominated by the Rocky Mountains stretch endlessly. Wide, open skies cover treeless plains with never-ending horizons, while farms and ranches extend for miles. Disappear into sparsely populated wilderness and discover America’s nature at its biggest and best.

Drive across fertile landscapes once the home of Native Americans who lived off the land’s riches. Europeans arrived here in the early 1800s as fur traders and prospectors seeking gold in the hills.

Head straight to the great outdoors and marvel at majestic views in every direction. Glacier National Park is one of the nation’s most impressive natural wonders. Over 700 miles (1,100 kilometers) of hiking trails promise days of adventure with constant panoramic views.

Trek into the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness to spot Montana’s fearsome wildlife. Watch the ridges and slopes for sightings of elk and grizzly bears.

See the geothermal activity of Yellowstone National Park, which crosses the border with Wyoming in the southern part of the state. Ride horses or rafts to explore the park from different perspectives.

Revisit Montana in winter to enjoy mountain snow sports. The slopes of Whitefish Mountain and Big Sky Resort are popular with skiers and snowboarders. Enjoy other thrilling activities such as dog sledding and ice climbing in the winter wonderlands.

Don’t let the myriad outdoor activities distract you from Montana’s charming cities and towns. Billings is located near the Little Big Horn Battlefield National Monument and features attractions such as the Yellowstone County Museum and ZooMontana. Explore Bozeman and stop at Montana State University and the Museum of the Rockies.

Choose a season that suits your trip to Montana. Come in winter for thick snowfall, summer for hiking or spring and fall for quieter days in nature. One of the best ways to reach Montana is to drive here, taking stunning scenic byways that wind through the spectacular Rocky Mountains.

Where to stay in Montana

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Downtown Bozeman

5/5(98 area reviews)

Downtown Bozeman is noteworthy for its coffeehouses, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Andesite Mountain and Emerson Centre for the Arts and Culture.

Downtown Bozeman
Big Sky Resort which includes interior views and a hotel

Big Sky Mountain Village

If you're spending some time in Big Sky Mountain Village, Big Sky Resort and Explorer Ski Lift are top sights worth seeing.

Big Sky Mountain Village
Missoula showing an administrative buidling, heritage architecture and a park

Heart of Missoula

4/5(399 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Heart of Missoula, Missoula County Courthouse and Wilma Theatr