Montana January 23, 2016
15 Places In Montana You Must See Before You Die
Montana is vast, and its beauty has no limits. From the stunning scenery of the national parks to its snowcapped mountain ranges, this state is worth exploring fully. But if you’re unable to make it everywhere, at least do yourself the favor of exploring as many of these 15 places as you can.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area
The northern part of this national park is located in southern Montana. The scenery is just as beautiful as the other parks in the state, and if you’re feeling adventurous, you can take a guided kayak trip through it.
2. The Missouri River
The longest river in North America officially starts in Western Montana.
3. The Kerr Dam
Located near Polson, this dam stands 54 feet higher than Niagara Falls. Thanks to a 1,000-foot boardwalk, you can get up close and personal with the dam and see some beautiful views.
4. Glacier National Park
No Montana must-see list would be complete without a mention of Glacier, nature’s raw and untamed beauty at its finest.
5. Virginia City and Nevada City
Watch the past come to life in these two historic towns, which offer an Old West experience unlike any other. Catch a show, pan for gold, and don’t miss the museum.
6. The Berkeley Pit
You’ll find this former open pit copper mine in Butte. The water is highly acidic and far too dangerous to swim in, but the colorful land around it makes for an interesting sight.
7. Giant Springs State Park
Giant Springs was discovered by the Lewis and Clark Expedition in 1805. Today it is a gorgeous state park in Great Falls. The world’s shortest river, the Roe River, is also here.
8. The Museum of the Rockies, Bozeman
This prominent stop on Montana’s Dinosaur Trail has the largest dinosaur collection in the country. Between the T-Rex skeletons and the planetarium, it’s a Montana must.
9. The Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
This wildlife sanctuary in West Yellowstone gives you the opportunity to see bears and wolves up close without having the misfortune of running into them in the wild.
10. Little Bighorn Battlefield
The monument memorializes the U.S. Army’s 7th Cavalry and the Sioux and the Cheyenne and is an important part of Montana’s history.
11. The geothermal areas of Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone is home to thousands of thermal spots including hot springs, geysers and mud pots. Check out one of the hot spots that make it so famous.
12. Lolo National Forest
Need to get away from it all? The Lolo National Forest spans two million acres. There’s plenty of recreation available, or you can simply camp under the stars.
13. Daniels County Museum and Pioneer Town
If you can, head to this spot just west of Scobey for Pioneer Days, held the last weekend in June. Between the 35 restored historic buildings and the variety shows, you’ll feel like you’re living in the early 1900s.
14. Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park
Montana’s best known state park is home to one of the most decorated limestone caverns in the country.
15. Flathead Lake
The water in this northwest Montana lake is so clear, it often looks shallow—but at its deepest point, it’s about 370 feet deep.
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