Spotlight: Montana


Montana is untamed, wild and natural; a blend of spectacular scenery, intriguing history and recreation. To the north is Glacier National Park, to the south is Yellowstone. In between you'll find ranches, cattle drives, rodeos, old mining towns and Little Bighorn Battlefield where General Custer met his last stand. Exhilarating adventures abound or simply enjoy a scenic drive or stroll along one of the charming main streets. The 'Big Sky State' is a rare place, where a person can slow down and enjoy the grandeur of nature and the American West. With just one million residents spread out over more than 38-million hectares (an area larger than Germany), it is one of America's greatest unspoiled treasures of scenic lands and wildlife. And a mix of modern and traditional cultures make it the ideal place to experience the history of the frontier and authentic small-town American life.


At-A-Glance

Nickname:
The Treasure State

Major airports:
Denver International Airport (DEN)
Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP)
Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC)
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)

Weather:
Spring: -5°C to 5°C
Summer: 15°C to 25°C
Autumn: 5°C to 20°C
Winter: -7°C to 0°C

Timezone:
Mountain Daylight Time
(-6 hours GMT)

Region:
West

Getting around

Montana is a big state, so remember to allow plenty of time to get around. Drive or fly in, then use interstates and scenic highways to explore, or try Amtrak's Empire Builder rail system for a scenic ride across the northern part of the state.

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With the fourth highest amount of craft breweries in the country and a wealth of local ingredients, Montana is a thriving hotspot for beer lovers. Kick back with a brew after a day of adventure in the great outdoors, and don't forget a growler of beer makes a great souvenir.

Discover unique camping experiences in Montana that are one-of-a-kind where you can rough it in style. Stay in a converted caboose at Izaak Walton Inn, a family-owned resort near Glacier National Park or spend overnight under the stars in a traditional Native American tipi on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.

Swan Mountain Outfitters in West Glacier offers moped rentals from one to eight hours, or several days from the Crown on Continent Discovery Center, just one and a half miles from the West Entrance to Glacier. See the Park with open-air, unobstructed views that you don't get from a car.

Fun fact: From The Revenant to Robert Redford's A River Runs Through It, Montana has long been a popular choice for movies set against the backdrop of big sky landscapes.

Must see

Glacier National Park, Flathead County & Glacier County: Take a ride on an iconic open top 'jammer' bus dating back to 1938 and tour the Going-to-the-Sun road. With wildlife everywhere, it's known as the world's largest natural zoo - if you're lucky, you might see bobcat, cougars, coyotes, elk, bighorn sheep and black bear.

Crow Fair Celebrates 100 Years in 2018: Held in mid-August each year, this celebration of Indian culture and tradition is the largest Native American event in Montana and one of the largest powwows in the country. See festive parades, a rodeo and about 1500 tipis camped along the Little Big Horn River.

Active Adventure amidst Big Sky Country: From cycling and white-water rafting to dog-sledding and skiing, Montana is the perfect place to get off the beaten track. Don't miss Big Sky Resort and Whitefish for ski adventures. Brave the Swinging Bridge near Kootenai Falls.

Yellowstone National Park, Gallatin County & Park County: Visit the USA's first National Park featuring the world's only land-based volcano and more than 2,000 thermal springs, geysers and bubbling mud pots. A great gateway to the park, three percent of the park sits in Montana and the state is home to three of the park's five entrances.

Truly Embrace the Ranching Lifestyle: Experience the adventure of a lifetime and enjoy a stay steeped in luxury at a guest ranch such as The Resort at Paws Up. Everyone from beginner to expert riders are welcome to experience the unique atmosphere of ranch life.

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USA Discovery Program, visit:
www.USADiscoveryProgram.co.uk

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Montana, visit:
www.VisitMT.com

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Brand USA, visit:
www.TheBrandUSA.com
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