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Unforgettable Road Trips

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Montana Delivers on its nickname

Vast overhead expanses give Montana it's nickname: the Big Sky State. Horizons frame the dramatic landscapes, including two spectacular national parks—Yellowstone and Glacier. To help you explore this epic state, Visit Montana and Travel+Leisure have partnered to spotlight unforgettable journeys that deliver like-no-other experiences and the best of the American West.

Here, you’ll ply sparkling glacial lakes and climb rocky mountain faces. Walk where dinosaurs once roamed and legendary battles were waged. Watch cowboys kick up clouds of dust. Lift glistening trout from teeming streams. Raft down mighty rivers. And gaze upon night skies that suggest the entire universe is within reach.

On the following pages, find nine itineraries plus a winter guide to help you make your own Montana moments—the kind that linger long after the trip is over.

road trip overview
Lake Josephine

Route 1

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 Lake Josephine
Lake Koocanusa

Route 2

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 Lake Koocanusa
Big Sky Brewing

Route 3

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 Big Sky Brewing
Big Sky Resort

Route 4

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 Big Sky Resort
Giant Springs State Park

Route 5

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 Giant Springs State Park
Beartooth Highway

Route 6

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 Beartooth Highway
Great Plains Dinosaur Museum

Route 7

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 Great Plains Dinosaur Museum
Four Dances Recreation Area

Route 8

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 Four Dances Recreation Area
Fort Peck Lake

Route 9

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 Fort Peck Lake
Big Sky Resort

Winter

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 Big Sky Resort
Missouri River Country

Trip Ideas

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 Missouri River Country
Holland Lake Lodge

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 Holland Lake Lodge