"I have always had an obsession with wild places. Places that still revolve around what is natural, places where you can walk for miles and miles and not see another soul. places that make you feel small but so large at the same time. I want to be surrounded by vibrant natural colors and fresh air that when you breath in you feel your soul smile. I want to see sunsets so beautiful they take me away to my loved ones. This is how i envision montana."
What comes to mind when you think of Montana?
MONTANA represents the untamed, the wild, the natural. Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks are starting points. Between the parks lie mountains that don't have names yet, in ranges you've never heard of. Scattered in their valleys, you'll find small towns full of friendly locals sharing the unexpected and even maybe their huckleberry pie. We invite you to explore the parks and all the places in between. - quoted from the official state of Montana vacation website.
...Heaven on Earth...
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...Things to Do in Big Sky Country...
Montana is divided into six tourism regions
*Missouri River Country
So make sure you do your research on the location of what you want to do and how far it is to your next destination.
1. Lets state the obvious first:
Yellowstone National Park-The Original National Park
I will admit it, when I try to think of things to do in Yellowstone I become a bit intimidated. Where do I start? What time frame do I need? Is there travel time to consider? Where will I stay? What time of year is the best to go? What parts are in Montana and which are in Wyoming? Can we do it on a budget?
For answers to all the questions above check out these two websites:
Old Faithful Geyser
Mammoth Hot Springs
Grand Canyon of Yellowstone
2. Glacier National Park - The Crown of the Continent
Glacier National Park is the center of one of the largest and most intact ecosystems in North America. It offers over one million acres of turquoise alpine lakes, mountain goats and grizzly bears, craggy mountain peaks and of course glaciers. It also is home to the Continental Divide which is sometimes called America's Backbone or America's Spine and runs from the Arctic Ocean all the way to the tip of South America.
You can view the whole park from your car by traveling along the Going-To-The-Sun Road but there really is no better way to see the park than on foot.
Going To The Sun Road
St. Mary Lake
Iceberg Lake Trail
Garden Wall's Highline Trail
3. Explore Montana's Cities and Towns
*Glacier Country - Missoula
Montana's second largest city boast over 400 acres of parklands, 22 miles of trails, and nearly 5,000 acres of open space conservation land. It is also home to University of Montana.
*Central Montana - Great Falls
Great Falls gets it name from the five watefalls in the area that are along the upper Missouri River basin and also the Lewis and Clark Expedition had to navigate around in a 31 day, back breaking adventure to continue.
*Missouri River Country - Glasgow
Not much to say about Glasgow but you can experience some killer storms, aka tornados, and see the Northern Lights :)
*Southeast Montana - Billings
Billings is the largest city in the state of Montana!
For a whole background and things to do list visit their tourism website here.
*Yellowstone Country - Big Timber
This is where Montana gets its scenic nickname, Big Sky Country. Big Timber is the gateway to the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness and offers some of the best blue ribbon trout fishing in the state. Also, book a stay at a dude ranch and explore the land via horse back! This is the epitome of Montana...
*Southwest Montana - Bozeman
It is known as "the most livable place" in Montana and 22nd most livable in the country. All because it is the most drivable, most walkable, most bicycle friendly. It placed high on the list because of its high scores in health care, social and civic capital, and education. Also, it is a college town home to Montana State University.
4. Winters in Montana
All I have to say is skiing!
Go to these to websites to learn more there is way to much to cover in one blog!
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