Planning your first trip to Montana?

We are so excited for you!

We hope you love our home state as much as we do. It’s hard not to fall in love with the beauty of Montana.

Here’s a quick look at Montana by the numbers to give you a quick idea of just how much there is to see and do in Montana.

Montana By the Numbers Infographic

From the fields of green and gold that provide an understated loveliness on the eastern side of Montana, to the massive mountain peaks and teal glacial lakes in western Montana, and along the rushing rivers running throughout the state, Montana is a special place we think you will fall in love with, too.

But with so much to see across so much geography (Montana is the fourth largest state in the USA!), it can be hard to plan out an itinerary.

We are here to help.


The First Timer’s Guide to Montana
Travel Guidebook

This 139-page eGuidebook will help you plan your perfect Montana vacation. You will learn:

  • How to create your perfect Montana vacation itinerary. We even include itineraries for every region in Montana that you can use and customize.
  • What you need to know before you book your trip.
  • The cities and towns that should be at the top of your must-visit list if it’s your first time in Montana, or your first time to a particular region of Montana. Plus, what to do and see while in each destination.
  • Tips for getting to Montana and traveling around the state.
  • Insider tips sprinkled throughout the book.
  • What to pack and tips for recreating responsibly while visiting.
  • Why narrowing down your Montana must-see list will be a game-changer for your trip.
  • Recommendations for where to stay, where to eat and drink, and what attractions to visit all over the state.
  • Activity guides for winter recreation, river adventures, and lake fun.
  • And so much more!

Here’s a preview of some of the destination-focused pages in The First Timer’s Guide to Montana:

This guidebook is written by a team of locals who know just what you need to know in order to plan a first trip to Montana that has adventure, small town charm, cowboy country fun, and plenty of time to see all those natural sights that Montana is famous for.

And we’ll teach you how to plan it without feeling overwhelmed or cramming so much into your vacation that you can’t stop and truly just enjoy the peaceful wonder of Montana. All in a convenient PDF eBook form so you can effortlessly bring the information with you all around Montana!

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Stop the Planning Stress and Overwhelm!

Does This Sound Familiar?

You may know that Montana is becoming wildly popular and booking up months in advance (and if not…now you do! It’s a hot travel spot right now!), but do you keep putting off planning and booking your Montana vacation because you just don’t know where to even start with the planning process?

Is the stress and overwhelm of planning the perfect trip to a new destination starting to put a damper on the actual trip?

Maybe you’ve looked up the top things to see in Montana, but when you put them into a map you realize they’re hours and hours apart from each other.

Or you had the perfect place to stay in mind…but it’s already booked up.

Or you know where you want to go in Montana, but you’re looking for the inside scoop on how to make your trip even more special and memorable?

If that sounds like you, the Montana for First Timers guidebook will help you make sense of Montana vacation planning.

This guidebook has extensive, insider info on the places that are worth your time in every region of Montana. These include:

—> Which cities and towns to add to your itinerary in every part of the state.

—> What each region of Montana is known for — and why you should pick just one or two to visit during your trip. (And how to choose!)

—> Why Montana is so much more than just its national parks.

—> The hidden gems to seek out when you need a break from the crowds milling about at “bucket list” spots.

—> What to know about car rentals BEFORE you even book your flight.

And many more insider expert tips!

Our step by step itineraries are gold and will help you easily put together your dream Montana trip. We also list out some of the coolest hotels, resorts, lodges (and even tipis and treehouses!) to stay at in Montana.

This guidebook has mini guides on the best cities and towns that are worth your time in every region of Montana. These include:

  • Missoula
  • Bozeman
  • Whitefish
  • Billings
  • Kalispell
  • Helena

Plus smaller towns and cities, many of which are hidden gems, including:

  • Darby
  • Hamilton
  • Choteau
  • Red Lodge
  • Glendive
  • Bigfork
  • Shelby
  • and many more!

What About the National Parks?

Oh, don’t worry! We still cover Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park. We give you insight into each entrance town, what to see and do, and where to sleep. We also provide itineraries you can use whether you have one day, a weekend, or even longer to spend in the park.

Here’s a sample of the National Park pages:

What Else Does the Guidebook Cover?

Here’s a breakdown of the main things you’ll find in each section.

Section 1: Montana Overview

  • Regions
  • Weather & Seasons
  • Rodeos & Festivals
  • Getting to and Around Montana
  • Culture

Section 2: National Parks

  • Yellowstone Insider Tips with Itinerary Tips
  • Glacier Insider Tips
  • Going-to-the-Sun Road Stops
  • 1,2 & 3-Day Glacier Itinerary Guides

Section 3: Best Cities & Towns for Visitors

  • Cities and Towns Overview
  • 8 City Guides
  • 20 Town Guides

Section 4: Lakes, Valleys, and Rivers

  • Best Montana Lakes
  • Lake Activities
  • Montana’s River Valleys
  • River Activities

Section 5: Winter Activities

  • Must-Pack Winter Gear
  • Ski Resorts Guide
  • More Winter Activities

Section 6: Unique Places to Stay

  • Dude Ranches
  • Hot Springs Resorts
  • More Special Places to Stay

Section 7: Recreate Responsibly & Safely

  • Leave No Trace
  • 10 Essentials
  • Weather Safety
  • Animal Safety

Section 8: Itineraries

  • 9-Day Yellowstone Country Itinerary
  • 9-Day Glacier Country Itinerary
  • 7-Day Central & Southwest Montana Itinerary
  • 10-Day Billings, Dinosaurs & Natural Wonders Itinerary
  • 4-Day Missouri River Country Itinerary

Who Are We?

Curious who’s behind this book?

We are fourth and fifth generation Montanans: three daughters and their mother, and we all are in love with Montana!

Travel Montana Now Team

Meet the First Timers Guide to Montana Team

More About Us:

This book is predominately written by Gina Douglas, the oldest daughter. She is Montana-born, but now lives in Seattle. This makes her the perfect author for this book: someone who is able to straddle the line between tourist and local whenever she’s in Montana.

While writing this guidebook, Gina endlessly consulted with her sisters: 

Jackie, the middle daughter who lives in Bozeman, and loves snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, boating, hiking, rock climbing, reading Montana authors, and visiting the family farm in Southeast Montana.

Angela, the youngest daughter who lives in Billings. She enjoys skiing, family getaways to the mountains with her four young children, taking her kids to the climbing gym, family hikes, and weekend getaways to hot spring resorts with her husband.

And this guidebook would never have come to fruition without our mom, Nancy, and all her Montana expertise! The First Timers Guide to Montana was extensively edited and perfected by Nancy, who was raised on a rural farm in southeast Montana. She is now happily retired and divides her time between Billings and her cabin on the Boulder River, where she loves to fly fish and walk the mountain trails.

We know planning a trip to Montana can seem daunting and stressful – it’s so big and there is so much to see and do!

And we often see people jet through our beloved state without really touching the essence of what makes Montana so special. We don’t want that to happen to you!

So we created this guidebook – for those who want to see the big sites but also experience the hidden gems of Montana without having an overstuffed itinerary.

Flathead Lake on a cloudy Montana day

Plus, TWO Bonuses!

To make your trip planning even easier, we’re throwing in two bonuses with this guidebook: our Montana Trip Planning printable and Montana Packing Checklist printable.

Don’t put your trip planning off for another day! You can have the answers you need for your trip planning now by purchasing the First Timer’s Guide to Montana.

I’m a numbers person. Break it down for me.

Ok, you got it:

Value of the Bonuses and Guidebook

$12 Value for the Packing List
$18 Value for the Planner Printable
$34 Value for the Guidebook
Total Value: $64

—> Your Price: $27 <—

AND! For a limited time, get 25% off with code 25Off.

Get the First Timer’s Guide to Montana today and and start researching and planning asap — before your perfect accommodation is booked up in a destination you never even knew you needed to see before reading this book!


How Do I Receive the Guidebook?

It will be delivered in PDF format via a download link to your email inbox immediately after payment. Simply click on the download link in the email and you’ll be taken to a page where you can download the ebook plus all your bonus printables.

Do You Offer a Print Version of this Guidebook?

Unfortunately, not at this time. I love printed books, too, but most travelers these days prefer the ease of digital travel guidebooks so they can pull the content up on their phone or other device. I haven’t completely ruled out a print version in the future, though, so let me know if that’s something you’d be interested in!

Can’t I Find All This Information Online?

You can find pretty much everything on the Internet these days! But what you won’t find is expert-written Montana information all in one place with an easy to decipher table of contents and quick scrolling functionality to exactly what you need to plan your perfect Montana vacation. That’s just what you’ll find in The First Timer’s Guide to Montana!

The level of detail in the itineraries is also invaluable. You can swipe the itineraries as-is for easy planning or customize them using all our tips (or combining the itineraries!) for YOUR perfect Montana trip itinerary.

Plus, we include insider tips you won’t even find on our blog! Also, many parts of Montana don’t have reliable cell service, so a PDF guidebook is something you can save in your phone library and access it for information even when out of service.

Is This Guidebook Refundable?

No, due to the digital nature of this product, we do not offer returns or exchanges. But if you have any issues or questions after purchasing, please don’t hesitate to contact us at

Can I Resell This Guidebook?

No, commercial use is prohibited. This guidebook is for personal use only. You are not allowed to sell or redistribute The First Timer’s Guide to Montana.

Remind Me How to Buy This Awesome Guidebook?

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