Glacier National Park, northwest Montana. Photo courtesy U.S. Geological Survey.
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.
Oktoberfest celebration, Whitefish, Montana. Photo courtesy of Whitefish Chamber of Commerce.
Carbon County Steakhouse, Red Lodge, Montana. Photo courtesy of Sandy Archives.
Grizzly bear in Glacier National Park. Photo courtesy of Sandy Garrison. sandygarrisonphotography dot com.
Theatre at Bigfork Center for the Performing Arts, Bigfork, Montana. Photo courtesy Sandy Archives.
Lewistown, Montana. Photo courtesy of Lewistown Chamber of Commerce.
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-fishing, Gallatin River, Montana. Stock photo.
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.
Historic Grand Union Hotel, Fort Benton, Montana. Photo courtesy Grand Union Hotel.
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).
Prairie land in eastern Montana. Stock photo.
Exotic lodging for you at Whitetail Yurt, Kootenai National Forest. Near the small village of Yaak. Photo courtesy U.S. 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.
Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming, southwest of Billings near Yellowstone. Photo Courtesy Center of the West.
Missoula, Montana. Photo courtesy of Missoula Parks and Recreation, City of Missoula.
Huckleberry ice cream, Montana’s best kept secret. Photo courtesy Completelydelicious dot com.
Swigging Bridge across the Kootenai River near Libby, Montana. Photo courtesy Maggie Craig, for 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.
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.
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