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MontanaUnited States of America

Montana which includes snow, mountains and a sunset

The big skies welcome visitors for year-round outdoor activities: spring rafting, summer camping, fall hiking and winter skiing.

Montana is one of the largest states in the U.S. but it has one of the lowest population densities. Enjoy wide open spaces and big skies across the state while participating in thrilling adventures or peaceful outdoor activities.

Near the Canadian border, Glacier National Park features 740 miles (1,191 kilometers) of trails. Drive along the 50-mile (80-kilometer) Going-to-the-Sun Road for some of the park’s best scenery. Spy mountain goats and bighorn sheep near Logan Pass. At Jackson Glacier Overlook, look down upon the slow-moving mass of melting ice. Check the website for seasonal road closures and schedules of ranger-led activities.

Find some of the country’s best skiing on Montana’s powdery slopes. Try Big Sky or Whitefish Mountain for comprehensive resort experiences including fine dining, shopping and spa experiences. Visit Teton Pass or Great Divide for affordable family ski days.

Not far from skiing and glacial views, head to the hot springs near Bozeman and the northern parts of Yellowstone National Park. Relax in the geothermally heated waters and look for geysers bubbling up from the surface. Yellowstone Park has over 10,000 hydrothermal features and 300 geysers, many around Old Faithful, just south in Wyoming.

The state’s hiking offers peaceful scenery, spectacular views and wildlife encounters. Visit Gallatin National Forest near Pray to see grizzly bears, gray wolves and bald eagles. Enjoy spring wildflowers and autumn leaves before snow-covered mountains.

For historical appreciation, go to the Little Bighorn Battlefield Monument near Billings where General George Custer made has last stand, defeated by Lakota and Cheyenne warriors defending their way of life.

Montana’s cowboy heritage has spawned a tourist opportunity. Visit a dude ranch for horseback riding, stock wrangling and watching rodeo events. Many resorts also offer fly-fishing lessons, whitewater rafting and hiking.

Visit Missoula for its outdoor attractions as well as museums, art galleries and the hand-carved Carousel for Missoula. During the annual beer festival sample local Montana craft beers with names as unusual as their taste: Moose Drool and Trout Slayer.

Popular cities in Montana

Whitefish featuring snow, mountains and landscape views
Known for Skiing, Scenery and Seafood
Leave the noise of the city and the stress of your job behind, and experience an inviting oasis located in Whitefish, Montana.

Reasons to visit

  • Glacier National Park
  • Flathead Lake
  • Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort
Helena which includes a garden, an administrative buidling and heritage architecture
Known for Seafood, Shopping and Family-Friendly
Take a walking tour, visit museums or ride a historic trolley to learn about the fascinating heritage and thriving local culture of Montana’s state capital.

Reasons to visit

  • Montana State Capitol
  • Cathedral of St. Helena
  • Gates of the Mountains Marina
Missoula showing an administrative buidling, heritage architecture and a park
Known for Seafood, Shopping and Universities
This university town and cultural hub retains a rugged, northwestern charm, with hiking, climbing, fishing and rafting all within minutes of the town center. 

Reasons to visit

  • Clearwater National Forest
  • Missoula County Courthouse
Bozeman which includes a small town or village
Known for Seafood, Skiing and Universities
A city of tree-lined streets and wild deer that grants access to the natural beauty and picturesque scenery of Montana’s Gallatin mountain range.

Reasons to visit

  • Gallatin National Forest
  • Yellowstone River
Known for Seafood, Shopping and Family-Friendly
This city in Montana provides a convenient base from which to view ancient rock paintings, explore a striking desert landscape and visit Yellowstone National Park.

Reasons to visit

  • Yellowstone River
Great Falls
Great Falls
Known for Seafood, Shopping and Family-Friendly
See some of the largest springs in the country, enjoy spectacular views of the Missouri River and discover a fascinating history when you visit Great Falls.