So, you are settling in for a spell in Montana, a state rich in mineral reserves and plenty of mountains and great plains, all which fill the state with plenty of postcard-worthy scenery. That is great news, for you! The state features plenty of mountains to scale and things to do and see in ‘Big Sky Country’.
The origin of the state name is Spanish for ‘mountainous’. It is the fourth-largest state in America and has over 28 million acres of public lands. In fact, the state is 30% acreage, which includes seven state forests, 53 state parks and 100 species of mammals, like elk, bobcats and caribou. The state also houses the north entrance to Yellowstone Park, which includes the Yellowstone River, the longest free-flowing river in the contiguous United States.
All that said, we have you covered with things to do and see there. Refer to the below Top 10 list:
The resort, which is the largest in the U.S., spans over 6,000 acres, includes seven terrain parks with varying skill-level slopes and features plenty of snow, whether you enjoy snowboarding or prefer to ski. Though it is well-known as a winter destination, Big Sky also has a multitude of summer events as well, like mountain biking, zipline and paintball courses and horseback riding.
This non-profit organization educates the public about gray wolves and grizzly bears. The grounds serve as a naturalized environment for the ambassador animals, which includes waterfalls and pools as well. The discovery center not only has an observation area to see the animals, but also an education museum that has a theater, literature and facts.
The park extends over 700 miles of trails, mountains, meadows and forests. Within its boundaries, the park even has 250 lakes! In addition to being a national park, Glacier also includes a biosphere reserve and serves as a world heritage site. There are also places to stay, with numerous lodges and bed-and-breakfasts to stay in, as well as historic chalets.
Whitefish Mountain is a full-service resort that includes skiing and snowboarding lessons, trails, tours and guided dog-sledding journeys. Like most resorts in the state, summer activities include a wide range of outdoors fun, like hiking and spa treatments. The land, itself, measures across 3,000 acres with on-site hotels, houses and condos.
The museum is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institute. It is known for its paleontological collection. It features ‘Tufts-Love Rex’, which is not only one of only 15 intact Tyrannosaurus Rex skeletons ever found, but has the largest skull ever discovered. In addition, you can see history of the mountainous region, which spans over 500 million years!
This Buddhist temple and spiritual site, found within the Flathead Indian Reservation, is a garden of 1,000 statues, across 10 acres of land. It is open year-round and is a destination for worshipping tourists of many different faiths. Leading up to the monument is a pine grove valley which includes Buddhist proverbs along the way. It’s nondenominational temple often serves as an event spot for gatherings, events, concerts and speeches.
Located in Billings, this tourist spot is considered the best-kept-secret. This massive botanical garden and horticultural display includes perennials, irises and hibiscuses native to the climate of Montana. Many of the displays are incorporated into the landscapes, making the presentation a sight to behold. The pride of the establishment is its memorial rose garden, where visitors can purchase roses and plant them, in memory of loved ones.
This resort and day spa is located at the foothills of the Absaroka Mountain, in Paradise Valley. It accommodates patrons with an ultimate fine-dining menu, spa treatments and plenty of outdoor adventure. The mineral springs are both open-air and offer plenty of opportunities to swim or relax. Visitors can also embark on river rafting and horseback riding, among many other trail expeditions.
This memorial was the site of the famed 1876 Battle of the Little Bighorn. There are two area-specific monuments, one for the 7th Calvary and the other for the Native Americans. The ¼-mile trail, referred to as the Deep Ravine, guides visitors along with an accompanying video history and facts of the two-day war. The Reno-Bentsen Battlefield is also nearby.
This craft brewery produces a handcrafted, never pasteurized selection of beer on tap. The size of the interconnecting buildings also sets the stage for events, concerts and other live events. There is also a giftshop with branded items, clothing and other souvenirs.
For even more to see while you’re in ‘The Treasure State’, check out All Places in Montana, courtesy of Atlas Obscura, The 12 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Montana, via Planetware, and Trip Advisor’s comprehensive activities list of Things to Do in Montana.
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