Montana, or ” Big Sky Country” as – it’s lovingly referred to – one of the best US states there is! (Well we certainly think so!) Montana offers any outdoor enthusiast tons of beautiful landscapes, vistas, and unique features to explore and delight in. From soaring mountain ranges, to stunning crystal blue lakes and streams, Montana is one of the few places left on the planet that still holds true to it’s original rugged beauty. There are some places in Montana you just have to visit if you ever get a chance to head this way, here a just a few of our favorites.
Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park (GNP) is one of the shiniest jewels of Montana, and must be included on a list of top spots to see. With over 1 million acres to explore, you’ll never run out of things to see and do on a trip lasting a lifetime. GNP offers over 700 miles of trails for mountain biking and hiking, rugged peaks and rock formations for mountain climbing and a plethora of fantastic flora and fauna for any avid animal lover or those who love wildlife watching. There’s also the famous Going-To-The-Sun-Road that winds 50 miles into the interior of the park, and offers some of the most breathtaking views you’ll find anywhere. If you come to Montana and get to pick only one thing to do, you won’t choose wrong if you only went to Glacier National Park.
This beautiful lake is the largest freshwater of it’s kind west of the mighty Mississippi. Flathead Lake is over 200 sq miles and offers 185miles of shoreline to explore. There are ample boating areas, prime fishing, camping, swimming, hiking, an activity for everyone in your crew to enjoy. There’s also Wildhorse Island, a 2,165-acre state park only accessible by boat that’s perfect for a day trip or a picnic afternoon. Visiting in late July or August will mean you can pick your own Flathead Cherries from the nearby orchards.
The Big Sky region of Montana is as the name describes, vast and gorgeous with wide open skies and views for days. This region straddles two counties in southwest Montana – Gallatin and Madison – but is not considered a town. Here you can check out Gallatin Canyon or drive through parts of Yellowstone National Park. There are also popular ski resorts in Big Sky, so if you’re a ski bunny or snowboard enthusiast you’ll love it during the winter season. There’s an abundance of local wildlife here including moose and elk, and also cascading waterfalls to enjoy. And, if you’re an avid fisherman, you’ve reached heaven.
Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument
The battle of Little Bighorn is one of the most famous in American history, and the monument there serves as a memorial to the fighting that took place so long ago. The US Army’s 7th Calvary was led by General Custer and the Sioux and Cheyenne under the leadership of Sitting Bull. This famous battle is often referred to as “Custer’s Last Stand.” The Custer National Cemetery is also located here, where soldiers who fell in battle were laid to rest. You can explore the battlefield and view check out historic photos from the archives from the museum that is located here.
Ross Creek Cedar Grove
This 100acre scenic area is located in northwest Montana, and is home to a grove of stunning ancient western red cedar trees. Some of these behemoths can grow up to 12 feet in diameter! There’s the Ross Creek Nature Trail, that’s lined with red cedars some up to 1,000 years old. This area of Montana features rain forest conditions and tons of unique species of plants and animals make their homes here. In winter, cross country skiers enjoy this area as they get heavy amounts of snow. Cedar forests used to dominate many canyon areas of Montana, but with logging and forest fires many are now gone. Visiting this beautiful grove gives you a chance to see what the environment could have looked like long ago.
Montana has something to offer for any outdoorswoman or outdoorsman, avid angler, birdwatcher or just a general lover of the outdoors and wide open spaces. These spots to visit are a sure bet if you find yourself rummaging around on Travelocity.com booking your tickets to Big Sky Country.