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You might picture the Rocky Mountains when you think of Montana. And you should — they’re incredible. But with 147,040 square miles, the fourth-largest state in the USA has much more to see than snowy peaks. So come for the mountains, but stick around and explore what the rest of state has to offer.

Whether you’re interested in sunrise bird watching, hiking, or sampling locally crafted whiskey made with handpicked sweetcorn, it’s all here. Then there are the powwows, the horseback adventures, and the scenic drives that will have you slowing to a crawl to take in the nonstop views.

There are a lot of great ways to experience Montana — so let’s get started.

This guide is proudly produced in partnership with the Montana Office of Tourism and Brand USA. All photos provided by the Montana Office of Tourism, except where noted.
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The National Parks

Montana is home to Glacier National Park and is a gateway to Yellowstone National Park, both among the finest parks in America. Take on a challenging hike or sip a drink in a historic hotel while looking out over a glacial lake — whatever your travel style, you need to experience the protected wilds of Montana.

On foot

Whether you’re in Glacier or Yellowstone, there are hundreds of miles of hiking trails…

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By boat

Boat tours are a great way to experience some of the country’s most scenic glacial lakes…

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By bike

Glacier’s Going-to-the-Sun Road makes for a stunning drive, but is perhaps even more impressive on two wheels…

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From the window of your historic hotel

The Great Northern Railway built several grand hotels and lodges…

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From your car

Scenic drives on the Going-to-the-Sun Road and US-2 in Glacier National Park…

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Road Trip Musts

With its famously “big” skies and roads reaching to the horizon, Montana is perfect for road trips. Some of these routes will take you up and over dizzying mountain passes; others meander through meadows of wildflowers. All will have you pulling over and reaching for your camera.
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The Going-to-the-Sun Road

The Going-to-the-Sun Road is an absolute must for anyone visiting Montana in summer…

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The Pintler Scenic Highway

Drive the road less traveled, and skip Interstate 90…

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Old Highway 89

Why stop at one national park when you can see two?

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Flathead Lake

The massive Flathead Lake in northwestern Montana has a whopping 185 miles of shoreline…

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The Beartooth Highway

This 68-mile drive will let you explore some of the best of Montana…

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History & Culture

Indigenous peoples have lived in this part of the USA for thousands of years — and they still do; Montana has seven reservations and 12 different tribes. Add to that the more recent cowboy traditions, historic battles, and the countless tales of boom-and-bust life on the plains, and you have no shortage of history and culture to explore in Montana.

Cultural centers

The Museum of the Plains Indian and the People’s Center are both great places to get to know the rich indigenous history of Montana…

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Powwows

Powwows are one of the main highlights of summer in Montana…

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Horseback riding

If you want to feel like you’re living in the Old West, find a horseback riding experience…

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Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument

Go on a self-guided tour or have a ranger show you around this monument…

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Ghost towns

Montana’s history is full of booms and busts, evidenced by the ghost towns that dot the state…

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Wildlife

Montana has a greater variety of wildlife than anywhere else in the continental US, so keep your eyes peeled. All you need is a bit of patience and a few good tips to plan your own wildlife-viewing adventure. Those over-eager people who leave the hotel at 5am with their binoculars? They’re on the right track.

Mountain goat hotspots

This sure-footed alpine climber can be hard to spot in most areas, but not so in Glacier National Park…

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National Bison Range

The National Bison Range near Moiese is home to hundreds of North America’s largest land mammal…

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Guaranteed sightings

Sometimes spotting wildlife is possible only with a stroke of luck or hours of dedication…

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Wildlife refuges

Wildlife refuges offer a great opportunity to see wildlife up close in a natural setting…

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Food & drink destinations

Want to grab a quick burger with the locals? No problem. How about an elegant, organic farm-to-table meal with ingredients so locally sourced you probably drove past them on your way to the restaurant? You can find that here, too. Montana has long been known for its farming heritage, so it’s no surprise that it also has a delicious dining scene.

Missoula Farmers Market

Open mid-May through mid-October, the outdoor Missoula Farmers Market is the perfect place to get a taste of Montana…

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Montana Brewers Trail

Enjoying a local beer is something of a tradition after a long day exploring the wilds of Montana…

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Craft distilleries

Craft distilleries are thriving in the state, many using local flavors for a distinct Montana twist…

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Huckleberry treats

Perhaps one of the most iconic local Montana foods isn’t from a farm at all…

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This guide is proudly produced in partnership with the Montana Office of Tourism and Brand USA. All photos provided by the Montana Office of Tourism, except where noted.
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