Vacation Spots in Montana

Vacation Spots in Montana #1:

West Yellowstone is the closest town to the Yellowstone National Park which is a famous tourist attraction. The main attraction is "Old Faithful", which is the most famous of a cluster of geysers and hot springs in the area just east of West Yellowstone. There is much to see and the animals all run free so the safest and best way to see these beautiful natural phenomenon is via a guided tour which you can engage in West Yellowstone.

This lovely little town has some excellent lodges for an overnight stay. As you would expect, the summer conditions at Yellowstone are uniquely different from the winter.

The summer includes such activities as hiking, swimming, a photo safari and taking a dip in a hot spring or even in a thermally heated river. The fishing is also great during the warmer months.

Winter at Yellowstone involves wildlife bus tours, guided ski and snowshoe tours, guided snowmobile tours and hot coffee around the fire place at the lodge. Remember, at Yellowstone there is beauty all around you regardless of the weather.

Vacation Spots in Montana #2:

Missoula is often called "The Garden City" due to it lush green setting in the northern Rockies in North West, Montana. The summertime brings wonderful hiking, swimming, mountain climbing and fishing. The town loves music which shows in their International Concert Choir Series in Mid-July. Missoula is definitely a tourist stop.

For outdoor adventures, Missoula is one of the best vacation spots in Montana. The rivers near Missoula are perfect for rafting or kayaking adventures. You can take a half day float (no white water) or you can take an all-day white water trip.

There are two locations involved: the Blackfoot River and the Clark Fork River. Be sure to check out the Alberton Gorge - It’s only for the experienced. The name of one of these rafting companies is 10,000 Waves Raft & Kayak Adventures.

The Montana Natural History Center in Missoula has a goal of teaching adults, students and children how to appreciate the God given nature all around us. They accomplish this via lectures, Science Day Camps, Elder Hostel for seniors, birding and nature trail and many community programs. Surrounded by some of nature's best creations this looks like an excellent place to send your children during vacation time.

Vacation Spots in Montana #3:

Add Helena, Montana to your list of vacation ideas. It’s the state capital and the town was born out of the 1862 gold rush. The gold boom history can be seen by visiting the capital building, the original governor’s mansion, the Holster Museum of Art, St. Helena’s Cathedral, Reeder’s Alley and Last Chance Gulch.

The nearby Gates of the Mountains Wilderness Area can be explored by a cruise boat on the Missouri River.

The ExplorationWorks interactive museum in Helena, Montana is a great addition to their educational program. This new type of museum is so interesting to both children and their parents, that you just might decide to include a stop in Helena on your next Montana vacation. The unique thing about ExplorationWorks is that it supports the concept of families learning together.

The Montana Military Museum in Helena was built by volunteers to honor Montana’s rich military history. The exhibits include equipment, uniforms and other paraphernalia used by fighting men for more than a century. You military buffs will enjoy a visit to this interesting museum, located in a beautiful part of the USA.

The Last Chance Tour Company has some very attractive tours in and around beautiful Helena. There are tours by train, trolley or bus. The places you’ll see include the governor’s home, the luxurious mansion district and a restored miner’s village.

Helena also has some excellent horseback riding tours and adventures arranged by Wild West Adventures and Hidden Hollow Hideaway Cattle & Guest Ranch. Remember, you see so much more from horseback.

Vacation Spots in Montana #4:

Are you looking for the Rocky Mountain high that they sing about?

You can combine that "high" with a wonderful camping trip at the Rocky Mountain Hi Campground in Kalispell, MT. Kalispell and this camping location are located near Glacier National Park and Flathead Lake in the Rocky Mountains.

Your equipment can be tents or RV and the views all have the same beauty and clean fresh air. Other similar campgrounds are Spruce Park on the River and Greenwood Village Campground.

The skiing season draws a goodly number of tourists to the Kalipell area. Skiing locations in or near Kalispell include Blacktail Mountain Ski Area in Lakeside MT. and Whitefish Mountain Resort in Whitefish MT. There are several good Cross Country Ski trails in and around Kalispell and there are several ski clubs where you can meet for fellowship.

Kalipell seems to have strongly embraced the adoption of gambling in Montana. A few of the businesses that classify themselves as Casinos include the following: the Kalispell Casino, the Silverado Casino, the Loose Change Nickel Casino and Lucky Lil’s Casino. The Cattlemen’s Poker Room at the Staxx Card Club is a through-back from the old days and it very popular.

Vacation Spots in Montana #5:

The town of Fort Peck in northeastern Montana is very engaged in Paleontology which makes it an interesting vacation idea. There is a Field Station of the University of Montana located in Fort Peck where they study fossils and dinosaurs.

They are experienced in fossil preparation plus the casting and molding of fossils. They recently prepared two complete skeletons of Peck’s Rex t-rex for science centers. Contact Fort Peck Field Station of Paleontology in Fort Peck, Montana for information regarding tours.

Fort Peck and nearby towns have a plethora of winter and summer fun waiting for you. The following is a list of some of the summer activities: biking, fishing, boating, picnicking, hiking, backpacking, scenic driving, horseback riding, hunting, water sports, camping, wildlife viewing, caving, off highway vehicles and mountain climbing. Some of the winter sports in the Fort Peck area are downhill skiing, cross country skiing and snowmobiling.

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