While it might not be on the global bucket list of many a traveler, it’s important not to overlook the great sights and experiences closer to home, and when it comes to gorgeous and bountiful natural beauty, with a healthy helping of culture to go along with it, you had better not overlook Montana. Here are a few of the gems you’ll find in the Treasure State.
Missoula, the biggest the state has to offer
With an ever-thriving commercial and nightlight scene thanks to its college-age population, a historic downtown area that’s a delight to explore, and plenty of entertainment, be it through the many art galleries in town or the gorgeous Wilma Theater, Missoula is definitely worth at least a short stop on your way through the state.
The rising star that is Bozeman
There’s another city that’s definitely worth spending some time in, and it’s Bozeman, a place that’s becoming known for its artistic side, thanks to a gorgeous helping of street art, as well as the many sculptures of its public park. As well as a bustling boutique shopping scene, the food is one of the major highlights of the town, whether you’re looking for its many bakeries and breakfast places, or you want the best chicken in Bozeman with a side of craft beer. There’s always something to get up to in the second city of the state.
Some of the country’s finest peaks
Of course, by sticking to the cities you’re not even seeing half of the story. Montana has some of the best and most diverse natural beauty to offer in the entire country and there’s nowhere better to start than Glacier National Park, named after the icy peaks of its mountains and the gorgeous blue waters of the valleys created by those same peaks. Fantastic camping, backpacking, and cycling, with highly photogenic spots like Hidden Lake.
One of the biggest and boldest national parks
Yellowstone is among the top ten biggest national parks in the entire United States, and it is a true national treasure, from the most famous geyser in the world, in the form of Old Faithful, as well as a truly thriving population of wildlife, including bears, wolves, bison, bighorn sheep, elk and much more. If you want to truly see nature at some of its most dramatic on the continent, then you will find it here.
Hitting the deep end
If you’re looking to spend a little less time in the great outdoors, then the Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park is here to take you deep underground, with over 600 steps’ worth of depth, leading to fascinating structures of limestone, making all manner of beautiful columns, stalagmites, and stalactites. These caverns are typically open only in the summer, however, so you want to time your visit well.
As diverse as its terrain can be and for as many hotspots for city breaks as it offers, you want to make sure that you don’t overlook Montana. These are just a few examples of the places most worth seeing.