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 the Big Sky State.
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 hope you 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.
First off, a quick look at Montana by the numbers:
So yeah…there’s a lot to do in Montana!
Beautiful Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks
Let’s start by taking a look at the National Parks since they are what usually first draws people to Montana.
Ready to find out more about these national parks? Here are our top resources:
Beyond the National Parks…More Things to Do in Montana
We love Yellowstone and Glacier! But Montana is so much more than just its entrances to those national parks.
If you’re wondering what else there is to do in Montana, start by reading these articles:
There are also many places to stay in Montana that are destinations unto themselves, like the resorts, lodges, and ranches we discuss here:
You might have noticed there are some winter articles listed up there. That’s right, Montana is wonderful even in winter! In fact, one of the main questions we get asked is:
When is the best time to visit Montana?
And the answer is that it really depends, based on your interests and schedule. We break it down in our in-depth article on the subject:
We also have season-specific and month-specific guides you can check out:
Skiing & Other Winter Activities in Montana
Of course, if skiing is at the top of your Montana to-do list, then you’ll most definitely want to go in winter. Montana is an amazing place to ski. If that’s on your agenda, start with these articles that talk about skiing and more winter fun in Montana:
In summer, the lakes of Montana are where it’s at. Here are some of our favorite water destinations in Montana to get away to:
Montana City and Town Life
No matter what season you’re visiting, you’ll want to check out some of Montana’s gorgeous towns and cities. Montana isn’t known for having a cosmopolitan city vibe (the biggest city in the state is Billings, which only has a population of 110,000), but what you will find is friendly locals, delicious farm-to-table restaurants, stellar breweries, and historic buildings from the gold rush and early locomotive eras.
In Glacier County, we love the cute and artsy downtown areas of Whitefish and Bigfork. The historic walk in Kalispell is also interesting to do. A drive down to the university city of Missoula is also beautiful and takes you to one of Montana’s more liberal cities.
To explore some history, head to Central Montana and visit the old mining town of Butte with its lovely Victorian homes and the capital city of Helena with its stately capitol surrounded by mountain peaks.
In Yellowstone Country, don’t miss exploring Bozeman and Livingston. (And for you fans of the Yellowstone TV show, this is the area where it takes place and some of the filming takes place there. Filming also was done in the town of Darby, located in Southwest Montana’s Bitterroot Valley.)
Hope this helps you navigate Travel Montana Now better — and the state of Montana itself!
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