Montana is the fourth largest state in the United States located in the North West, bordering Canada. The state has many monikers but one that describes it best is “The Land of the Shining Mountains”. The states name is derived from the Spanish Word ‘Montana’, meaning the ‘Mountain’.
Western and central Montana’s landscape is comprised of numerous spectacular mountain ranges and plains, making it a very scenic place and tourist haven. It is one of the most preferred tourist destinations in winter as Montana offers some of the most amazing snow covered ranges, vast grasslands; attractive forests make Montana a hot tourist destination for those who prefer to enjoy adventure, excitement and nature’s beauty.
Montana State is divided into six regions, Glacier Country, Russell Country, Missouri River Country, Custer Country, Yellow Stone Country and Gold West Country. The landscape is much diversified with majestic mountains in the west and endless grasslands, plains in the east.
There are numerous tourist attractions in Montana suiting to every taste. Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, Billings, Bozeman, Glacier National Park, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, Missoula, Whitefish and Yellow Stone National Park are few of the major tourist places in Montana.
The Bighorn Canyon NRA is comprised of land and water and spreads across 70,000 acres. The Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area was consecrated in the year of1966, once the Yellowtail Dam was completed. Apart from harnessing the Bighorn River waters, the Yellowtail Dam shapes the Bighorn Lake by flooding the deep canyon that it had sculpted between the Prior and Bighorn mountain ranges. This serene beautiful lake stretches through 60 miles, out of which approximately 50 miles are contained within the amazing Bighorn Canyon.
Visitors are smitten with the beautiful landscape of this canyon and it is said that it is the treasure that is waiting to be discovered. The place features many recreational options such as hiking, trekking, camping, boating and river rafting. For those who are interested in the flora and fauna, the Bighorn canyon offers spectacular sceneries and numerous varieties of wildlife.
As most of the area that borders the Bighorn Canyon NRA is part of Crow Indian Reservation is restricted, Tourists who wish to visit Bighorn Canyon NRA have to put some additional effort to reach there. It is also not easily accessible by road as visitors have to drive several hundred miles to travel around the canyon and Crow Reservation lands to reach the canyon. The best way to reach there is to take a boat ride down the canyon. Visitors who are willing to put this little extra effort and run that extra mile will surely be rewarded with access to a land that offers unparalleled solitude, serenity, and beauty.
|Bighorn Canyon Bighorn Canyon Location||Big Horn and Carbon counties, Montana & Big Horn County, Wyoming, USA|
|Bighorn Canyon Nearest City||Billings, MTNearest city: Billings, MT|
|Bighorn Canyon Coordinates||45°11′40″N 108°7′50″W|
|Bighorn Canyon Area||120,296 acres (487 km²)|
|Bighorn Canyon Established||October 15, 1966 Established: October 15, 1966|
|Bighorn Canyon Visitors||203,747 (in 2007)|
|Bighorn Canyon Governing Body||National Park Service|
With an approximate population of 130,000, Billing is the biggest city in Montana. Popularly referred as the ‘Magic City’, Billing is situated in the eye of the Yellowstone valley and serves as a business center for east Montana and adjoining neighboring states Wyoming and Western Dakota.
There are many attractive recreational opportunities in and around Billing. Visitors can stay in Billing and visit different places.
Billing is well connected and easily accessible by road and air. One could follow I-90 to reach by road. Logan Field Airport is the biggest in Montana and has many flights that cover variety of cities across the US.
One can enjoy the unique mountain town feel, when one visits Bozeman. With a population of 28,000, Bozeman is one of the larger towns in the state of Montana. It is nicely placed between the mountain ranges of Bridger, Gallatin and Judith Basin. Bozeman offers some of the spectacular outdoor recreational opportunities in the state. Bozeman is rooted with culture and history and is home to Montana State University. Bozeman is a sure stop on any travel plan covering Montana.
Bozeman can be easily reached by road from east and west by taking I-90. Bozeman offers a variety of night life, after the sunset, including a wide range of bar options from cosmopolitan nightclubs to country saloons.
|Bozeman Coordinates: 45°40′40″N 111°2′50″W|
|Bozeman Country||United States|
|- Mayor||Jeff Krauss|
|- Total||20.3 sq mi (32.6 km2)|
|- Land||20.3 sq mi (32.6 km2)|
|- Water||0.0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Bozeman Elevation||4,820 ft (1,461 m)|
|Bozeman Population (2009)|
|- Density||1,358/sq mi (843.8/km2)|
|Bozeman Time Zone||MST (UTC-7)|
|- Summer (DST)||MDT (UTC-6)|
|Bozeman ZIP Codes||59715, 59717-59719, 59771-59772|
|Bozeman Area Code(s)||406|
|Bozeman FIPS Code||30-08950|
|GNIS Feature ID||0769173|
Glacier National Park, recognized as a world heritage site in 1995, comprises of more than 1,000,000 acres of land that constitutes of rivers, lakes, forests and alpine meadows. Popularly called as the ‘Crown of the Continent’, Glacier NP offers visually breathtaking towering peaks that zoom upwards of 10,000 feet. These spectacular mountains serve as the border and demarcates between the US and Canada. Tourists from all over thronged this place from 1800 and this early significance in the place resulted with six National Historical Landmarks and over 350 historic sites.
Glacier offers diversified wild life from rainforest to tundra regions. More than 70 different species of mammals and over 270 varieties of birds inhabit the vast Glacier NP region. There are over 700 miles of well maintained trails that head deep into one of the largest intact ecosystems in the US. With its beautiful landscapes, spectacular sceneries, flora and fauna Glacier National Park is sure to leave an impression on the visitors and will remain vivid in their memories for ever.
|Glacier National Park Location||Flathead County & Glacier County, Montana, United States|
|Glacier National Park Nearest City||KalispellNearest city: Kalispell|
|Glacier National Park Coordinates||48°41′47.72″N 113°43′5.91″W|
|Glacier National Park Area||1,013,322 acres (4,101 km2)|
|Glacier National Park Established||May 11, 1910 Established: May 11, 1910|
|Glacier National Park Visitors||2,031,348 (in 2009)|
|Glacier National Park Governing Body||National Park Service|
|Montana Featured Attraction Name||Address|
|Custer's Last Stand||Crow Agency, Montana|
|Steer Montana||Baker, Montana|
|Statues for the Proletariat||Crow Agency, Montana|
|Gas! Food! Gambling!||Montana|
|Northwest Jitters Hypertour||Montana|