Travel Planning Montana

Travel planning is half the fun of being there. This Web site is packed with information to get you started.

Southwest Montana
A pristine and wild landscape is the hallmark of Montana. Photo taken in Southwest Montana. Courtesy Silver Bow Club, a family owned guest ranch, Divide, Montana.

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

Outline map showing states of the United States of America. Montana is in the far northwest part of the country.


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!

General Map of Montana
General Map of Montana showing major cities and towns and Interstate Highway System. From base map FHWA, U.S. Department of Transportation. Extra towns were added to the base map.


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.

Travel tip: How far is Missoula? Montana is a very big state and distances between major cities can be as much as 100 miles or more. Plan ahead with the DOT’s distance calculator.

Montana map
Map of Montana showing mountainous areas in green and plains in beige. Courtesy Google Maps.


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 Lines

Bus transportation is available for many cities. Check out Greyhound or Jefferson Lines.  Another choice, travel by train on AMTRAK’S Empire Builder.

Try MTsearch

Many Montana businesses and organizations showcase their services and products on Web sites. MTsearch was launched to help find these local Web sites. MTsearch covers things to do, attractions, lodging, guest ranches, restaurants, parks, museums, and more. Some local Web sites also offer beautiful art, western wear, and special gifts. MTsearch uncovers Web sites not easily found in regular Bing and Google searches. Note, national chain businesses are generally not included in this database, so searching other sources may be helpful too.

To find top eateries in Helena, for example, enter: Helena restaurants; or to find special lodging, enter: cabins


Consider Special Montana Places to Stay


Bed and Breakfasts



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.

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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