Big Adventures Are Closer Than You Think
Not everything is bigger in Texas. While the Lone Star State and Treasure State both boast big-hearted locals, spirited towns and miles of landscape fit for adventure, it all feels bigger under Montana’s blue sky. Home to just a million people (less than the population of Dallas), the Big Sky State serves up scenic mountain-top vistas, two national parks and 3.5 million acres of wilderness to explore, without the crowds, traffic or suburbs to navigate. And thanks to American Airlines’ new non-stop flights from Dallas/Fort Worth to Bozeman*, the Last Best Place is now layover free.
*Flights run seven days a week from June 2, 2016 - October 5, 2016, and pick back up again December 12, 2016 – April 2, 2017.
Texas and Montana are closer than you think. Here are a few ideas to share with your readers.
Nestled in the Rocky Mountains, five blue ribbon rivers are a stone’s throw away from Bozeman. Whether on a guided trip floating down the Yellowstone River through Paradise Valley or wading the shallows in Gallatin Canyon, “the one–“ that giant rainbow trout you’ve been dreaming about – is within your rod’s reach.
Take a trip to the nation’s first national park, home to bison and elk and otherworldly thermal features like geysers and bubbling mudpots. Drive the Lamar Valley, nicknamed the “Serengeti of North America,” with camera at the ready or explore the Lower Geyser Basin boardwalks, visiting a few of the park’s 10,000 thermal features and its ever punctual Old Faithful geyser. Yellowstone’s north and west entrances are both just a 90-minute drive from Bozeman.
Flights leaving Dallas at 10:15 a.m. arrive in Bozeman just in time for the lunch bell. Post up at one of Montana’s small-town eateries, sampling big taste and local flavor. Whether you fancy a steak the size of … well Texas, or a mound of locally sourced greens, Bozeman’s diverse foodie scene will please all palates. Wash it all down with a pint at one of the state’s 50+ craft breweries.
Montanans, like Texans, are proud of their landscapes and the culture that shaped them. One of the best ways to explore Montana is by car, connecting small towns along dusty backroads. Venture off-the-beaten path, kick up your heels at an offbeat festival or cheer on the cowboys from the rodeo grandstands. And don’t forget to share your story with the welcoming locals who call The Last Best Place “home.”
Montana’s 15 ski areas serve up an average of 23 acres per skier and rider. From top-shelf, amenity-stocked resorts like Big Sky (an hour’s drive from Bozeman) to our many down-home, mom-and-pop areas like Bridger Bowl (20 minutes east of Bozeman), the snowsports enthusiast will find a wide assortment of extra-affordable skiing, without the lift lines. It's never to early to plan your next ski trip.
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