Travel Planning

Many Montana businesses and 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.  Montana websites also offer beautiful art, western wear, and special gifts.

iYaak™ was launched as a search engine for finding these local websites. iYaak is designed to find travel-related Montana websites only, without the clutter found in general Bing and Google searches. Note, national chain businesses are generally not included in this database, so searching other sources may be helpful too.

iYaak local Montana Search for Tourists

To find top eateries in Bozeman, for example, enter:  Bozeman restaurants; or to find cabins and other special lodging anywhere in the state, enter: vacation rentals.


  Visitor Centers

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.

Travel Planning

Planning travel for a vacation is half the fun of being there.  This Web site  is packed with information about things to do, attractions, lodging and much more.

Population of Major Cities and Towns

Major cities: •Billings, pop. 110,323 •Missoula, pop. 72,364 •Bozeman, pop. 45,250 •Helena, pop. 31,169 •Great Falls, pop. 59,178 •Butte, pop. 34,553

•Glendive, pop. 5,332 •Kalispell, pop. 22,761 •Miles City, pop. 8,647 •Lewistown, pop. 5,870  •Havre, pop. 9.846 •Dillon, pop. 4,257

Travel Regions

Montana map of regions
All Montana travel regions offer wonderful activities and attractions for visitors.

Travel regions shown here are based on geographical, historical, and cultural characteristics common to various areas of the state.

 Yellowstone Country

The southeast and south-central region is Yellowstone Country.   Visitors to this region enjoy vast prairies and, in the western section, towering mountains.  Some cities are Billings, Glendive, Miles City, Forsyth, Red Lodge, and Livingston.  Billings (pop. 110,323) is the chief city along I-90 and the upper Yellowstone Valley.  Billings is a trade, medical, and entertainment center for a vast area including the Bighorn Basin in Wyoming.  Billings is a good base from which to make forays to major attractions in the region. Yellowstone National Park, the Little Big Horn Battlefield National Monument, and Cody, Wyoming are not far from Billings  Yellowstone Country


It’s easy to say that the southwest region is Wonderland.  Tourists flock to this region for outdoor activities, cultural events, and more.  Fun is everywhere.  Some cities are Bozeman, Dillon, Hamilton, Butte, and Missoula.  Bozeman and Missoula are the major cities in Wonderland.  Bozeman (pop. 45,250) is located in the Gallatin Valley, surrounded by magnificent mountain ranges.  The Gallatin Range and the Madison Range, south of Bozeman, rise more than 10,000 feet and have peaks covered with snow much of the year.  Missoula (pop. 72,364) is home to the University of Montana and the mighty Grizzlies.  Wonderland


The central region is Ranchland.   Rural landscapes here are exceptionally beautiful.  Some cities are Lewistown, Roundup, Townsend, and Helena.  Helena (pop. 31,169) is a friendly town with lots to offer visitors.   An early day gold mining camp, it’s now the state capital and a major tourist center. The main part of town lies at the foot of the mountains and overlooks the beautiful Helena Valley. The entire Helena Valley is rimmed by mountains on all sides. Ranchland


The northeast and north-central region is Discoveryland.  Early-day explorers in this region followed the mighty Missouri River.   Some cities are Culbertson, Glasgow, Havre, Shelby, and Great Falls.  Great Falls (pop. 59,178) is the largest city. Many people who live in Discoveryland go shopping in Great Falls.   Holiday Village, the main mall in Great Falls, with over 80 stores, is located south of the downtown area on 10th Avenue South. Barnes & Noble bookstore is in the same area of town.  Discoveryland 

The Wilderness

The northwest region is The Wilderness, an area of wild and pristine landscape.  If one imagines what a wilderness is like, this is the place.  Some cities are Whitefish, Columbia Falls, Kalispell, Polson, and Ronan.   Kalispell (pop. 22,761) is the largest city in the Flathead Valley.  Glacier National Park is the huge attraction in this region. In Glacier, visitors see some of the most spectacular landscape in North America.  The Wilderness.

Travel Information

A digital map shows highways, cities, and waterways.   Use two fingers to navigate on map.  OR hold down control key and scroll.  View map, terrain or satellite images.


 When traveling, you may want to check on road conditions.  For information about road conditions, road closures and more dial 511 on your phone.  Another choice is to simply call 800-226-7623.

“Montana’s curvy, mountainous roads and weather—which can change quickly even during summer months—require drivers to be alert to conditions at all times and to adjust speeds accordingly,” warns the the DOJ Web site. Great advice!

Motoring is FUN! The speed limit is posted on the DOJ Web site.  Traffic is light on many highways,  so there’s plenty of opportunity to see and enjoy the spectacular scenery very common in every travel region.

Some folks may choose to fly.  Modern airports are found in major cities.  Billings (BIL), Bozeman (BZN), Missoula (MSO), Helena (HLN), Kalispell (FCA), Butte (BTM), and Great Falls (GTF) airports are especially nice and all are served by major airlines and conveniently located near downtown areas. Booking flights on Expedia or other travel Web site is easy. Bus transportation is available for many cities. Check out Greyhound.   Another choice, travel by train on AMTRAK’S Empire Builder.

For more information, the state Office of Tourism can be reached at P.O. Box 200553, Helena, MT 59620, or call 800-847-4868.  

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