Montana is the fourth largest state in the U.S. at just over 147,000 square miles, yet its home to only slightly more than a million people. Coupled with its low-density population and diverse, stunning landscapes from the breathtaking Rocky Mountains, tranquil lakes and roaring rivers to lush prairies and some of the country’s most stunning national parks, it’s no surprise that it makes for an amazing vacation destination. If you’re one of the fortunate who’ll be traveling to Montana, consider some of these very best places during your visit.
Glacier National Park
Visitors will enjoy an extremely breathtaking view of the most beautiful forests, rugged mountains and green meadows. If you are a photography enthusiast you will have the time of your life taking snapping away with your camera.If you love the outdoors you are going to love hiking, climbing through the glaciers. If you are searching for peace, quiet and solitude you will enjoy basking in the magnificent view from one of the cozy chalets and cottages in the area.
Museum of Rockies
The Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman is a must-visit while in Montana. Along with its planetarium, the museum – part of the Smithsonian Institution – is renowned for its excellent displays of dinosaurs and dinosaur eggs, including skeletons and realistic models of the numerous species found in the state. The museum’s dinosaur collection is in fact the largest in the US and includes the world’s biggest Tyrannosaurus skull, a T-Rex thighbone with soft-tissue remains, as well as “Big Mike,” a T-Rex skeleton at the museum entrance.
Flat head lake
The largest natural lake in the Western US is Flathead. It has 200 square miles of water and 185 miles of shore. Thanks to the Swan and Flathead rivers, fishermen and water enthusiasts have made the lake a Montana destination spot. Part of the lake is on tribal reservation land and visitors must purchase a pass to visit this gorgeous stretch of the lake. If you’re arriving during Memorial Day, you can catch the annual Bigfork Whitewater Festival. In the middle of the lake is Wildhorse Island.
Big Sky Resort
One of the most popular winter sports destinations in the US – and certainly one of the largest – Big Sky Montana is an always-bustling ski resort about an hour’s drive from Bozeman. The resort’s slopes are well known for their abundance of snow and their claims to possessing some of “the biggest skiing in America” (snowfall averages 400 inches per year) and boasts 5,750 skiable acres along with an impressive 4,350 feet of vertical terrain suitable for all levels.