The Ultimate Montana Travel Guide

The Ultimate Montana Travel Guide

Montana Travel Guide

Montana: Pristine and serene nature, that is how I would describe Montana! Waterfalls, scenic drives, crystal clear lakes, and breathtaking views, Montana is really gorgeous! Here is my Montana travel guide outlining major Montana attractions! 

To make it easy for you to navigate the content, I have organized my Montana travel guide into two sections. (1) A brief introduction to Montana, a little history, some geography, commute, and weather. (2) Major Montana attractions, if you wish, you can skip the introduction and move on to the next section, Montana Attractions

History: Montana is the fourth largest US state by area, much of the Montana region was acquired by the US from France as part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803 and was officially admitted as a state on November 8, 1889. The name Montana is derived from the Spanish word montaña, which means mountainous. Montana’s early history was concerned with mining copper, lead, zinc, silver, coal, and oil as main products. Montana got its nickname “The Treasure State” due to its abundant mineral reserves. 

Geography: Montana is bordered by Canada on the north and by Idaho and Wyoming on the south. On the east, Montana is bordered by North and South Dakota, and on west Montana is bordered by Idaho. The diverse region ranging from the Rocky Mountains to the Great Plains represents Montana.

Getting There

Flight: Billings Logan International Airport (BIL), Missoula (MSO), and Glacier Park (FCA) are the primary airport in Montana. If you’re going to Glacier National Park, which is the main attraction in Montana, MSO and FCA are your best options. It might be a little expensive to fly directly into these airports,  but it’s worth the time you save in driving.

Drive: If you live in any of the neighboring states, you could drive to Montana.

Train: Amtrak offers one rail service, Empire Builder, connecting: Chicago, St. Paul/Minneapolis, Spokane, and Portland/Seattle.

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Climate: Temperatures in Montana vary widely across four seasons, with moderate to warm Summer, with average high temperatures between 75°F to 88°F. Winters are brutally cold with heavy snowfall. Check current weather conditions in Montana.

Time zone: Mountain Daylight Time UTC-6

Getting around: I would recommend renting a car as Montana offers minimal train (Amtrak) and bus (Greyhound) services. However, you would find a lot of shuttle services offered from Whitefish, Columbia Falls and Kalispell to the Glacier National Park.

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Best Places To Visit in Montana

Glacier National Park

Located on the border of Canada–United States, in northwestern Montana, liest the gorgeous Glacier National Park. Glacier National Park is gigantic, encompassing an area over 1 million acres.

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Going-to-the-Sun Road

Is a scenic mountain drive in Glacier National Park in Montana and a must-do. The road passes through glacial lakes, waterfalls, forests, with vista points & parking along the road.

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Logan Pass Highline Trail

Logan Pass is the highest point in Glacier National Park, Montana. Logan Pass is one of the most popular vista points, offers some great views and the starting point of the Highline Trail.

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