Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park. America’s most scenic highway. Photo courtesy U.S. Department of the Interior.
On a horseback ride in the wilds of Montana, Photo courtesy Summer Star Ranch, Helena, MT.
A small Pika lives in Glacier National Park. Photo courtesy of U.S. National Park Service.
Lower Falls of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River, Yellowstone National Park. Photo courtesy U.S. National Park Service.
Bozeman, Montana Downtown. Photo courtesy of Bozeman Convention and Visitors Bureau. From Comprehensive Plan Logan Simpson.
Hotel Arvon, a historic hotel in downtown Great Falls, Montana. Great location. The Celtic Cowboy restaurant adjoins the hotel. Courtesy Sandy Archives.
Oktoberfest celebration, Whitefish, Montana. Photo courtesy of Whitefish Chamber of Commerce.
Carbon County Steakhouse, Red Lodge, Montana. Photo courtesy of Sandy Archives.
Grizzly bear and cub. Photo by Frank van Manen. Courtesy U.S. Geological Survey.
Theatre at Bigfork Center for the Performing Arts, Bigfork, Montana. Photo courtesy Sandy Archives.
Montana Historical Society Museum, Helena, Mont. The top cultural attraction in the state. Don’t miss this one. Photo courtesy Montana Historical Society.
Public Library, Dillon, Montana. A historical treasure (a Carnegie Library 1902). Photo courtesy Dillon Public Library.
Lewistown, Montana. Photo courtesy of Lewistown Chamber of Commerce.
The ultimate in lodging. Mission Lookout Cabin, Flathead National Forest. Cabin is 40 feet above ground with gorgeous 360 views. Photo courtesy National Forest Service.
Artist’s representation of mythical Absaroka Snow Cat from the Ice Ages. The Absaroka Snow Cat is still believed to inhabit high snow-covered mountain peaks in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness of south-central Montana. Illustration courtesy Sandy Archives.
City Vineyard, Billings, Montana. Photo courtesy Sandy Archives.
Fly casting for beginners, Bighorn River. Photo courtesy National Park Service.
Northern Pike weighing 33.8 pounds caught in Canyon Ferry Lake near Helena, Mont. Photo courtesy Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks.
Guided canoe trips and more. Family fun. Photos courtesy Missouri River Outfitters.
Westslope Cutthroat Trout. Montana’s state fish. Photo courtesy U.S. Geological Survey.
Swords Park on the Rimrocks, Billings, Montana. Photo Courtesy of Visit Billings.
Great Northern Craft Brewery, Whitefish, Montana. Photo courtesy Sandy Archives.
Bratwurst, rotkohl, und spätzle dinner. Oktoberfest German Restaurant, Billings, Montana. Photo courtesy Sandy Archives.
Macarons. Baked fresh daily by Ephemera Confection on Main Street in Kalispell, Mont. $3 each. YUM! Make this your first stop in Kalispell. Photo courtesy Flathead Beacon.
Special yummies on Eddie’s menu, summer 2021. Masthead and descriptions from menu.
Chocolates. Yummy. Photo courtesy thetasteofmontana dot com.
Historic Grand Hotel, Fort Benton. Photo courtesy Fort Benton Hotel.
Home of Champions Rodeo in Red Lodge is a premier event in the state annually, three days 4th of July week. Young woman competes in barrel racing event at a rodeo. Photo courtesy Carol M. Highsmith’s America, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.
In the foreground, 27-hole championship golf course at Bigfork, Mont. Photo courtesy Eagle Bend Golf Club.
Indian Paintbrush flowers adorn mountains in northern Rockies. Photo courtesy National Park Service.
Bear-grass, a flowering plant, growing on a mountain slope in the Flathead National Forest, northwest Montana. Photo courtesy U.S. Forest Service.
Historic pioneer era catholic church in rural western Montana. Photo courtesy Sandy Archives.
Great Falls, Montana. Photo courtesy of Visit Great Falls.
The Prairie Rattlesnake is common throughout the state. A dangerous venomous beast. Photo courtesy National Park Service (NPS).
Many Glacier Hotel, Glacier National Park. Photo courtesy National Park Service.
Prairie landscape, eastern Montana. Photo courtesy U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
Exotic lodging for you at Whitetail Yurt, Kootenai National Forest. Near the small village of Yaak. Photo courtesy U.S. Forest Service.
Holland Lake Campground. Photo courtesy U.S. National Forest Service.
Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument near the town of Hardin in south-central Montana. Foreground soldier monuments; background, Little Bighorn Valley and Little Bighorn River. Photo Courtesy National Park Service.
Chinese Wall in the Bob Marshall Wilderness, western Montana. Photo courtesy of U.S. Forest Service.
Shopping in Virginia City, Montana. Photo courtesy Sandy Archives.
Elkhorn ghost town near Helena, Mont. Photo by Tech Sgt. Chad Thompson, courtesy U.S. Air Force, Great Falls.
Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming, southwest of Billings near Yellowstone. Photo Courtesy Buffalo Bill Center of the West.
Missoula, Montana. Photo courtesy of Missoula Parks and Recreation, City of Missoula.
Dining at Marli’s in Pollard Hotel, Red Lodge, Mont. Plate image from Pollard Hotel. Courtesy Sandy Archives.
Historic hotel at the front door of Yellowstone National Park in south-central Montana.
Swinging Bridge across the Kootenai River near Libby, Mont. Photo courtesy Maggie Craig, LibbyMT dot com.
Old Faithful Geyser, Yellowstone National Park. Photo courtesy Sandy Garrison, sandygarrisonphotograpy dot com.
U.S. Highway 12 enters the Little Belt Mountains west of Harlowton, Montana, winter 1975. Photo courtesy Sandy Archives.
Welcome to Montana. Suffolk sheep are happy to see you. Photo courtesy Montana Sheep Growers Association.
Salish tribal language on sign along U.S. highway 93, Flathead Reservation, northwest Montana. Montana promotes Native American culture. Photo courtesy Montana DOT.
A summer day of fun on Last Chance Gulch, downtown Helena, Montana. Photo courtesy Helena Chamber of Commerce.
Cover on the menu of Three Forks Café, Three Forks, Montana. Photo courtesy Sandy Archives.
River float trip in Kootenai National Forest. Fun. Photo courtesy U.S. Forest Service.
Wild horses roam the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range south of Billings. Photo courtesy U.S. Bureau of Land Management.
Wild Buffalo roam the wilderness at the National Bison Range near Charlo, northwest of Missoula, Mont. Photo courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Life on northern plains in mid-19th century, Louisiana Territory, before current state of Montana formed. Painting “Dog with Travois” by artist Karl Bodmer, 1844. Painting shows an Assiniboine (Native American) camp on Upper Missouri River. Today many members of this tribe live on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation near Glasgow, Mont.
Leaders of the Blackfeet Nation from North-Central Montana meet with the head of the U.S. Department of the Interior early in the 20th century. Photo courtesy DOI.
Abandoned log home of early homesteader, circa 1906, on the plains of south-central Montana. Only rattlesnakes and mule deer live here today. Photo (1974) courtesy Sandy Archives.
The Wilderness northwest Montana. Image captured from a live GNP Webcam near Apgar, Glacier National Park, early morning, September 26, 2020.
Distinctive nummernschild. Courtesy Sandy Archives.
Infographic courtesy Sandy Archives.
Many visitors in Montana are attracted by the wildlife and scenic landscapes found in Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park. About four million visitors tour Yellowstone each year, and more than three million visitors go to Glacier. But the state has much more to offer those who take time to explore and experience lesser know wonders.
Savvy visitors seek out and enjoy the state’s many interesting historical places and landmarks. They find many wonderful museums in cities, big and small. In the great outdoors, fishing, hiking, camping, boating, skiing, and horseback riding are popular activities. Cultural events galore appeal to visitors, too. It’s an ideal and fun place to vacation.
Visitors can stay at historic hotels and local bed & breakfasts and get a special feel of life in The Treasure State. Many campgrounds are found in cities and rural areas, if that’s your choice. Abundant, excellent locally-owned restaurants offer a special taste of Montana. And, during the summer season, farmers’ markets offer great variety.
Absaroka Mountain, Mont.
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