Montana’s Iconic Destinations

Montana’s vast, unspoiled landscape is waiting for you to explore! Home to Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks and 55 State Parks, Montana’s natural beauty and western culture offer endless year-round outdoor activities and unique attractions.

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Glacier National Park is known as the Crown of the Continent because its streams flow to the Pacific Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and Hudson Bay. The Going to the Sun Road traverses the park and offers spectacular views of glacier-carved valleys, snow-topped mountain peaks, pristine waterfalls and lakes, and several glaciers. Take a tour on a historic red bus and discover hidden secrets of the Park. Hike one of Glacier’s many breathtaking trails or take a scenic boat ride on one if its pristine lakes. Later, relax in one of the Park’ historic lodges or by the fire at your campsite. Seventy-one species of mammals live in Glacier and it’s easy to spot them on the trails or alongside the roadway. Glacier is home to one of the largest remaining grizzly bear populations in the lower 48 states. Rocky Mountain goats, Bighorn sheep, and bald eagles can be spotted throughout this diverse habitat.

Montana’s 55 state parks give visitors a variety of distinct recreation and education opportunities to explore. From dinosaurs to Native tribes to pristine lakes, discover some of Montana’s best natural and historic treasures in our state parks.

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Lewis & Clark Caverns is Montana’s first State Park and is one of the most decorated limestone caverns in the Northwest. It is located halfway between Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks. The caves are lined with stalactites and other impressive limestone formations that you can access through summer guided tours. Outside there are scenic nature trails, campgrounds, picnic sites, a visitor center, and gift shop.

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Montana’s largest State Park is Makoshika in the eastern part of the state. It features badlands formations and the fossil remains of several dinosaur species. Hiking trails and campsites throughout the park let you explore the other-worldly sandstone formations found throughout. The Visitor Center houses a Triceratops skull and other interpretive displays relating to the significant dinosaur discoveries that continue to be found in Montana.

Whichever season you choose to visit, Big Sky Country offers a variety of activities and attractions that satisfies all ages and interests. Once you see how easy it is to explore Montana’s stunning beauty and wide-open spaces, you’ll understand why it is America’s Last Best Place.

Montana Office of Tourism & Business Development
301 South Park
Helena, MT 59620 USA