Referred to as “The Treasure State,” Montana is well known for its wide-open land, sky-scraping towers, and all the outdoor activities you could ever think of, truly a treasure in nature! Although it is the fourth largest state in the nation, it holds only the 44th spot as the largest population. Montana is filled with what residents and visitors call “out worldly beauty” and is a great stop for all the outdoor enthusiasts on our site. So let’s take a trip around Montana and see all the “treasure” it has to offer!
Glacier National Park is known as the “Crown of the Continent” and for good reasons! Glacier National Park covers over one million acres of land. The park is 1,583 square miles and has plenty of activities for the entire family. When you first arrive, make a quick stop at the visitor center to pick up a brochure and see all the options you have to choose from. There are over 700 miles of hiking trails around the park, so no matter your expertise level, there is a trail for you! The Trail of the Cedars is wheelchair/stroller accessible and is one of the shorter trails, that leads to a beautiful waterfall, so everyone can enjoy it. There are over 700 lakes within Glacier National Park, but only 130 of them are named, and while you won’t get to all of them during your visit, you can still take a dip in one (or two) of them, so don’t forget to pack a swimsuit. If you’re looking for a quiet area to take a quick swim, head over to Lake Five, it has a few docks for easy access to the water, but won’t be overcrowded!
Before you leave the area, take the scenic way out. Going-to-the-Sun Road is a striking 52 mile long highway through Glacier National Park. The two lane road was completed in 1932 and crosses the Continental Divide at 6,646 feet high, just imagine those views! The road takes you through the park, passing some of the most amazing views with everything from glacier lakes and cedar forests. The entire drive is picturesque, so at any point you can stop the car for a frame-worthy moment!
While hiking is great for the warmer months, if you find yourself in Montana during the colder months, head to Big Sky, one of the largest and most popular ski resorts in the United States. With over 5,800 acres of skiing and 38 slopes for all ages and skill levels all on one peak, you are sure to enjoy your time here. Big Sky gets pretty crowded, especially during the busy season of the winter, but there is surely enough room! Even if you are visiting during the warmer months, Big Sky offers summer activities as well such as golfing, mountain biking, and even expeditions around the mountain.
Montana’s capital, Helena, gives visitors the full past and present experience of the state with all of the attractions the town has to offer. For all the history lovers, you will see buildings, artifacts, and other attractions that have been preserved by the state. The Montana Historical Society Museum is where you will find most of the artifacts through all phases of Montana’s history, especially during the post gold rush era, as well as paintings, sculptures, and letters by artist Charles M. Russell.
We hope you enjoyed your trip around the beautiful state of Montana. If stop by any of the attractions we have mentioned, dont forget to send us your “treasured” photos, we would love to see them!
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