Many Montana businesses and other organizations offer services to tourists. These services are described on websites. With Montana websites you can find things to do, attractions, lodging, guest ranches, restaurants, parks, museums, and much more. Many Montana websites also offer beautiful art, western wear, and special gifts.
iYaak™ was launched as a search engine (based on Goggle Custom search) for finding these websites. Note, national chain businesses are generally not included in this database, so searching other sources may be helpful too.
Local Montana Search for Tourists
Search iYaak. To find top eateries in Bozeman, for example, enter: Bozeman restaurants; or to find special lodging, enter: vacation rentals.
Visitor centers provide lots of information on things to do and see in Montana. The Billings Visitor Information Center is at 815 South 27th Street; The Bozeman Convention and Visitors Bureau is at 2000 Commerce Way; The Helena Convention and Visitors Bureau is at 225 North Cruse Avenue; the Missoula Convention and Visitors Bureau is at 101 East Main Street; the Kalispell Convention and Visitors Bureau is at 15 Depot Park; and the Great Falls Convention an Visitors Bureau is at 15 Overlook Drive. Many smaller cities also have visitor centers.
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A vacation Planning Kit is available free from The Montana Office of Tourism, P.O. Box 200553, Helena, MT 59620. Or call 800-847-4868
Travel tip: Montana is in the Mountain time zone. When entering Montana from the east, one’s watch should be set back one hour. When entering Montana from the west, one’s watch should be set ahead one hour. Don’t forget to call 800-847-4868 to get a free map of Montana.
Travel tip: Visits to Montana peak during the summer months (June, July, August). About 50% of annual visits to the state occur during these three months. If you visit Montana in July you are as likely to see a non-resident as often as a resident who lives in the state year-round. In July 2016, Montana welcomed 2,448,000 visitors, this in a state that has a population of about 1,042,520. If personal schedules allow, the months of May, September, and October are great times to visit Montana too.
During the summer, things can get busy, on highways, at hotels, and in restaurants. Expect “competition” for recreational space on golf courses, at dude ranches, and on fly-fishing rivers. Plan ahead, the earlier the better!
Travel tip: Montana has a single area code for the entire state: 406. When using search engines, combining the area code as a search term with a city name and a business name or more generally, any keyword(s), is a good strategy for finding the phone number of a travel-related business in Montana.
Travel tip: Travel tip: Google maps are a traveler’s best friend. When navigating city streets, searching highway routes, or locating hotels and other businesses, you can depend on Google maps. Be sure to download the app for Google Maps and place the icon for Google maps on the first screen of your smartphone home screen.
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