What makes tourists consider Montana the most popular
destination to? One photo alone would answer the question,
but it still wouldn't be enough to show the beauty and
grandeur of the state. With unmissable national parks, the
destination is the right bet for those who like to know
surreal scenarios that seem to have come out of a picture.
One of these places is the Glacier National Park, where
tourists are faced with blue water lakes and mountains with
snow-capped tops, forming the perfect setting for great
photographs. In addition, the park is rich in lakes,
waterfalls and trails, containing peaks over 3,000 meters
Although Montana is mostly known for its great natural
landscapes, there are of course people who live in normal,
modern cities. With 100,000 inhabitants, Billings is the
largest city in Montana and the only one with an
Helena is the capital where political, administrative and
financial power is concentrated. Overall, however, there is
more landscape and nature in this state than cities. Only a
few are of significant size and are known nationally. In
addition to Helena and Billings, these include Missoula,
Great Falls, Bozeman, Butte and Kalispell.
Barley, maize and wheat are grown in the north-east and
in the center of the country, and numerous small
breweries benefit from their harvest. Cattle breeders and
winegrowers have settled in the south. Due to the large
forest deposits, the north mainly lives from the timber
Many of the former farms have been converted into holiday
properties and hotels, which is particularly important for
the tourism sector. Outdoor fans will get their money's
worth in this extensive natural landscape, because here you
can practice pretty much any popular sport: golf, skiing,
rafting, canoeing and rowing, mountain biking, hiking,
hunting, climbing and fishing.
The shortest river in the world is located in the middle
of the endless natural expanses : the only 61 meter long Roe
River. In Montana, the clocks tick differently and everyone
who comes here quickly leaves the stress of the fast-moving
and digitized world behind.
Montana combines tradition with modernity and the history
of the Wild West with romantic small town charm.
Climate in Montana - moderately warm to very cold
Although Montana is in the extreme northwest of the
United States on the border with Canada, the climate is
moderately warm in summer. The highest temperatures of 13 to
22 degrees are reached in the summer months of July and
From November to April it is quite cold with daily
maximum temperatures of up to 7 degrees and a lot of
precipitation. The thermometer often hovers around the zero
degree mark, even temperatures of - 9 degrees with rapid
fall are not uncommon.
Population and residents - it's pretty lonely in Montana
You really have to look for the inhabitants, because the
vast expanse of Montana is home to just over a million
people, most of whom concentrate on the urban areas.
Even with the beginning of the gold discoveries and the
founding of the first cities in the middle of the 19th
century, there were only a few inhabitants compared to the
other states, which had a similar fate.
In 1870 there were a little more than 20,000 inhabitants
for the first time. Since then the population has been
growing continuously. Montana experienced the greatest
population growth in 1890 with 265 percent. Nevertheless,
only 143,000 people lived here at that time. The population
grew steadily until 2010, when for the first time the number
fell just short of one million.
Since the 1980s, well-off retirees and nature lovers
have settled here. The population is quite homogeneous,
because it consists of 90 percent white Americans. Latin
Americans make up just over three percent of the population.
Native Americans are well represented compared to other
states with more than six percent. They are largely spread
over the seven Indian reservations.
Places in Montana that should not be missing in any
This high plateau is an attraction in itself, because
outdoor fans will find pure adventure vacations here. The
Gallatin River winds through the mountain valley to Lone
Peak, a 3,400 meter high mountain that stretches like a
tower to the sky. This recreation area is a year-round
travel destination. In winter it is considered one of the
best ski areas in the USA and in summer it is an ideal place
for hiking, mountain biking and climbing.
White water rafting on the Gallatin River is fun for the
whole family. However, the endless panorama is
incomparable. The Historic Crail Ranch enables a trip into
regional history, because it goes back to one of the first
settler families to settle in Montana.
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park is just an hour away from Big
Sky. This extensive park is fascinating not only because of
its varied landscape and biodiversity. The center of
attraction are the bubbling geysers, whose water fountains
rise with might into the sky. The Grand Prismatic Spring
thermal spring has a geometric temperature of 237 degrees
Celsius and glows in all rainbow colors.
The Gibbon Falls plunge 26 meters into an extinct
volcano. Fishing and hiking fans will get their
money's worth along the diverse routes of the Firehole
River and Madison River. Along the panoramic road Firehole
Canyon Drive there are numerous lava flows over a length of
244 meters. A popular summer swimming pool is Firehole
Glacier National Park
The Glacier National Park is also called the jewel of the
continent, because this picturesque mountain world is one of
the few intact ecosystems in the temperate climate
zones. 1,100 kilometers of hiking trails through absolute
silence and loneliness ensure deceleration.
On the panoramic road Going-to-the-Sund-Road, motorists
can experience spectacular panoramic images over a length of
80 kilometers, which they will surely not soon
forget. Mountains, rivers, lakes, streams, canyons and
animals that can only be seen in the zoo provide experiences
that are comparable to an adventure film.
Glacier National Park is not to be confused with Glacier
Bay National Park in Alaska.
First Peoples Buffalo Jump Park
This strange name for visitors goes back to a tradition
of the indigenous people of Montana. These lived largely
from the buffaloes, which were here in large numbers.
It is a rocky landscape with sandstone cliffs with many
narrow winding paths through which the Indians drove their
buffalo. Nowadays, this national park is an open-air
museum that was created in honor of these large animals to
bring the way of life of the Indians closer to the
people. Nature trails, a museum and an amphitheater make
this national park an impressive experience.
Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument
This destination is reminiscent of the Battle of Little
Bighorn between General Custer with his U.S. cavalry and the
Indians living here in 1876. It is one of the most famous
battles between these two parties, but the U.S. cavalry was
General Custer fell as did many of his soldiers. Visitors
can explore Reno-Benteen and Custer Battlefield
independently. The visitor center provides further
Montana has numerous lakes, but one of the most beautiful
is the mirror-like Fleathead Lake, embedded in mountains,
deciduous and coniferous forests. The flat and calm fresh
water tank is ideal for boat trips. There are cherry
plantations around the lake where you can pick the sweet
World Museum of Mining
At first glance, this area in the middle of grassy hills
does not seem spectacular. 20 meters underground, however,
visitors can expect a vast cave world with elevator, which
allows a look into Montana's mining past. A mining
settlement and a room with stones and minerals bring
visitors closer to this profitable historical branch of
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Eight bears and three wolf packs live here. The Discovery
Center is all about these two large animal species. Visitors
learn everything about behavior and lifestyle and much
more. Interactive exhibitions, including those with birds of
prey, complete the offer.
Montana has only a few larger cities, but there
are numerous charming small towns, where the clocks tick
very differently than in the rest of the world. These small
towns and villages date back to the first settlements in the
Western atmosphere, festivals and rodeos bring visitors
closer to the original life in Montana. Cities with 40,000
inhabitants are rare and are therefore already among the
largest cities in the state. Around these towns and villages
there is a beautiful natural backdrop of mirror-clear lakes,
mountains, rivers and green valleys.