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.
Heart of Montana Discoveries
Central Montana promises adventures both above ground and below. Straddling the line between the Rocky Mountain Front and the Central Plains, this culturally important region offers a compelling look into Montana's past, from ancient Native American buffalo jumps to Prohibition speakeasies.
Home on the Plains
The Great Plains road trip travels near the Missouri River's badlands, where palenotologiests have discovered a wealth of dinosaur fossils. There's also human history to explore at one of Montana's oldest settlements, along the quiet backwaters of the Upper Missouri River, in Havre's underground city and throughout the Hi-Line's horizon of undulating prairie.
Echoes of History
The frontier spirit thrives in Southeastern Montana's high plains. Hardworking Billings is the region's cosmopolitan center, but in the east, turn back the clock as you tour Little Bighorn Battlefield, visit badlands filled with dinosaur bones and wander the streets of rodeo-wranging Miles City.
Land of Lakes and Mountains
The vast expanse of Flathead Lake, cradled by sky-high peaks, is one of northwest Montana's most iconic features. Families dot the beaches and boaters skim the water. On this roadtrip, join the watery fun or stay dry and savor Bigfork's well-helled culture, then cruise through rugged Clark Fork Valley to the rushing waters of Kootenai Falls.
Town and Country
Travel from Missoula, western Montana's forward-thinking college town filled with book stores, museums and global cuisine, to deserted mining enclaves, the Bitterroot Valley's open rangeland and history-rich hamlets. Finish your trip with a relaxing soak in natural hot springs.
Big Sky Exploration
Consider this route a Montana sampler. Stay in one of the state's fastest-growing cities, learn about geology, go ziplining or flyfishing, check out ghost towns and see Yellowstone National Park's geothermal marvels.
Wonders of Yellowstone Country
The Beartooth Highway, winding from Red Lodge to Cooke City, offers so much rugged grandeur that you won't be in a rush to reach Yellowstone National Park. But once you enter the park's northeast gate, geothermal features, bolsterous waterfalls and abundant wildlife notch up the awe factor.