Experience the best Montana has to offer
Travelers looking for unbeatable outdoors adventure should pack their bags and head to Montana. This western state is home to two of the best national parks in the U.S. - Glacier and Yellowstone— as well as a variety of other natural sites throughout the land.
Montana, also known as "Big Sky Country" and "The Treasure State," has a fascinating history and friendly residents who'll be happy to share their stories. If you're hoping to spend some time in nature, you can fly into Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport or Kalispell - Glacier Park International Airport, and once you get settled in you can begin exploring.
The Missoula International Airport is where you'll land when visiting this city. From here, grab your rental car and hit the road. Take in a movie or event at the historic Louis XIV-style Wilma Theatre, which was originally built in 1921. Enjoy the city's natural scenery at Rattlesnake National Recreation Area, where there are more than 723 miles of trails that are also great for horseback riding, mountain biking and cross country skiing.
If you're here in the winter, and want to hit the slopes, Big Sky Resort in Bozeman offers tons of trails for skiers and snowboarders as well as terrain parks and tubing runs. There's plenty to do when the weather is warm, including:
- Zip lining
- Ropes courses
- Rock climbing
Technology fans will appreciate the American Computer Museum where you can learn about the history of computing.
After arriving at Great Falls, you can take a look at the native wildlife at the Benton lake National Wildlife Refuge including:
Another must-see here is the C.M. Russell Complex, which an art museum dedicated to displaying the work of "cowboy artist" Charles Marion Russell.
Families visiting Kalispell will enjoy a trip to the Zone Family Fun Center with an 18-foot inflatable slide, laser tag, and an arcade with more than 40 games, bowling and more. You can learn about town's founder, Charles Conrad, with a trip to the Conrad Mansion where you'll tour the 26 restored rooms with original furnishings.
In the south-central part of Montana is the city of Billings. If this is where your trip begins, grab your bags from and start planning your itinerary.
Peruse collections of contemporary art at the Yellowstone Art Museum, which has a focus on works from the Rocky Mountains and northern Plains regions. You can also tour the Moss Mansion Historic House Museum to see original fixtures and furniture in the home built in 1903.