Things to Enjoy in Montana

In Montana – Don’t Miss the Experience

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Montana is a land of vast prairies and magnificent mountains. The scenery is spectacular. Locals and visitors alike enjoy boundless outdoor activities. Cultural and community events keep everyone entertained year-round. Illustration courtesy Sandy Archives.

In Montana – Visitors Enjoy:

  • stunning scenic landscapes
  • fly-fishing in wild, trout-filled rivers
  • camping and hiking in wilderness areas
  • abundant cultural and historical  attractions
  • magnificent mountain ranges
  • elk, mountain goats, and grizzly bears
  • boundless and beautiful plains
  •  wonderful state and national parks
  • quaint and interesting small towns
  • wonderful guest ranches
  • exciting events in every season
  • fantastic ski resorts
  • well-preserved ghost towns
  • pristine lakes and rivers
  • uncrowded places in the cities and countryside
  • experience the “old west”
  • friendly people who live in Montana
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infographic informed by data collected by ITTR, UM. Infographic courtesy Sandy Archives.

Highlights for visitors:

  • Scenic Area:  Gates of the Mountains near Helena
  • Scenic Mountain Routes:  Beartooth Highway (U.S. Highway 212) near Red Lodge; Going-to-the-Sun Road (near Kalispell in Glacier National Park)
  • Natural Site:  Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River in Yellowstone National Park
  • Lakes & rivers:  Flathead Lake near Kalispell; Fort Peck Lake near Glasgow; Madison River near Ennis; Yellowstone River in southeast Montana
  • Museums:  Montana Historical Society Museum in Helena; Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyo.; Headwaters Heritage Museum in town of Three Forks.
  • Restaurant:  Bistecca at the Granary in Billings; Blackbird Kitchen in Bozeman; On Broadway in Helena; The Pearl Café in Missoula; Dante’s Creative Cuisine in Great Falls; Uptown Café in Butte
  • Western Store:  Hoglund’s Work and Western Wear in Great Falls; Western Outdoor in Kalispell
  • Sports Store:  Scheels sports store in Billings
  • Scenic Drives:  I-15, Helena to Great Falls; Montana Route 540 (near Livingston); Montana State Highway 78, Columbus to Red Lodge
  • Small Towns:  Bigfork; Red Lodge; Livingston; Lewistown
  • Historical Site:  Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument near Hardin
  • National Parks:  Yellowstone National Park; Glacier National Park
  • State Parks: Lewis and Clark Caverns; Bannack (a ghost town); Wayfarers/Flathead Lake; Giant Springs
  • Nightlife:  Missoula
  • Mountains:  Absaroka Mountains, drive from Belfry, Mont. to Cody, Wyo., along Montana State Highway 72 and continuing south on Wyoming State Highway 120; Bitterroot Mountains, drive south from Missoula to Hamilton, along U.S. Highway 93; Crazy Mountains, view from Big Timber along IH-90
Copyrighted photo Crazy Mountains.
View of the spectacular Crazy Mountains, looking west from Big Timber, Mont. Photo courtesy Crazy Mountain Museum, Big Timber, Mont.
  • Wildlife: Grizzly bears in captivity in town of West Yellowstone and at sanctuary near Bozeman; buffalo in Hayden Valley, Yellowstone National Park
  • Lodging:  Grand Union Hotel in Fort Benton; Sage Lodge near Livingston
  • Ski Areas:  Red Lodge Mountain; Whitefish Mountain Resort
  • Events:  Montana State Fair in Great Falls; Home of Champions Rodeo in Red Lodge; Fourth of July Parade in Bigfork
  • Outdoor Sport:  Fly-Fishing Madison River near Ennis; hiking in Glacier National Park; a stroll in Swords Park on the Rimrocks in Billings; a guided boat tour on Flathead Lake near Kalispell

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One thought on “Things to Enjoy in Montana”

  1. U.S. government lands in Montana offer an abundance of recreation opportunities. Montana State Parks are also nice to visit for a wide range of activities.

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