Montana Travel Guide

Browse 104 travel reviews, 76 travel blogs and 3,042 travel photos from real travelers to Montana.

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One of the most rugged states in the nation, nicknamed Big Sky Country for its wide open views of the sky, Montana is a state of great natural beauty, from the flatlands in the eastern regions of the state, to the peaks of the Rocky Mountains in the west. It is one the last refuges for the true cowboy, and hosts some of the largest private ranches in the entire United States. It is home to Yellowstone National Park, which is quite possibly the most famous national park in the entire world. The Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail passes through the state, and Montana is also home to Glacier National Park, as well as Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area.

Montana is largely in outdoors enthusiast’s destination, especially with regards to the national parks and the mountains. And although towns such as Bozeman and Missoula give off a modern vibe that is common throughout the United States, many of the cities and regions have a decidedly Western feel to them. One of the other nicknames for the state is The Last Best Place, and that could very well be true because Montana has a lot to offer, and it really is the last of the Western frontier states.

The official website for the state breaks Montana down into six regions, due to the largeness of the territory. Glacier Country is the northwestern region of the state, home to Glacier National Park, while Old West Country is the southwestern region. Russell Country is north central, and Yellowstone Country is south central. Missouri River Country is the far northeast region, and Custer Country is far southeast. Each region of the state refers to one of the major sights within that region, so depending on what you want to experience in Montana will dictate which part of the state go to. Bring your sense of adventure along with you, because it will most certainly find you at any given moment while visiting.

Missoula #1 most popular location
Missoula is a rapidly growing city of about 70,000 (up 22% since 2000) located at the intersection of Interstate 90, U.S. Highways 12 and 93, and Montana Highways 200 and 474 in Missoula Coun…
73travelers 9reviews 3blogs
Billings #2 most popular location
Billings is the most populace city in Montana with a population of almost 110,000 (up 21% since 2000) located near the Intersection of Interstates 90 and 94, U. S. Highway 87 and multiple Mon…
40travelers 8reviews 3blogs
West Yellowstone #3 most popular location
West Yellowstone is a small western town nestled in the spectacular Rocky Mountains. It is known as the western gateway to Yellowstone National Park, and has been offering accomodations to th…
7travelers 10reviews 13blogs
Bozeman #4 most popular location
Bozeman is a fast growing town of about 43,000 (up 51% since 2000) located at the intersection of U. S. Highway 191 and Interstate 90 in Gallatin County in Southeast Montana not too far from …
69travelers 3reviews 12blogs
Great Falls #5 most popular location
Great Falls is a small city of about 59,000 (up 4% since 200; but really pretty consistent over the last few decades) located at the intersection of Interstate 15 and U. S. Highway 87 in Casc…
35travelers 6reviews 2blogs
Helena #6 most popular location
Helena is the state capital of Montana and is a city of about 30,000 (up 16% since 2000) located at the intersection of Interstate 15 and U. S. Highway 12 in Lewis and Clark County in West Ce…
25travelers 5reviews 4blogs
Big Sky #7 most popular location
Located high in the Northern Rockies, Big Sky has something to offer everyone: magnificent mountains for skiing and hiking, streams and rivers full of trout, great dining, and a variety of sh…
12travelers 1reviews 1blogs
Whitefish #8 most popular location
Small town in Montana. It has a cute little town center. Great location for hiking, close to Glacier national park
17travelers 5reviews 3blogs
Kalispell #9 most popular location
Kalispell is a booming town of about 22,000 (up 51% since 2000) located at the intersection of U. S. Highways 2 and 93, and Montana Highway 424 in Flathead County in Northwest Montana near Fl…
34travelers 5reviews 2blogs
Butte #10 most popular location
Butte is a small city of about 33,000 (pretty steady since 2000) located at the intersection of Interstates 15 and 90 in Silver Bow County in Southwest Montana, about 50 miles southwest of He…
6travelers 2reviews 1blogs
Gardiner #11 most popular location
Gardiner is a town in Park County, Montana. The population was 851 at the 2000 census. Gardiner was officially founded in 1880 by Johnson Gardiner, a trapper, but the area has served as a …
1travelers 5reviews 4blogs
Livingston #12 most popular location
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Red Lodge #13 most popular location
Red Lodge is a beautiful town of about 2200 (up 2% since 2000) located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 212 and Montana Highway 78 in Carbon County in Southern Montana near the border with…
5travelers 2reviews 2blogs
Hamilton #14 most popular location
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Dillon #15 most popular location
Dillon is a town of about 4300 (up 13% since 2000) located at the intersection of Interstate 15 (exits 62 and 63) and Montana Highways 71 and 91 in Beaverhead County in Southwest Montana not …
2travelers 1reviews
Polson #16 most popular location
A nice, scenic, rural town in Montana, along Flathead Lake. Great place to watch the sunrise over the water! Seems like a cherry stand on every corner, at least in August! A friendly town n…
5travelers 1reviews
Columbia Falls #17 most popular location
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Bigfork #18 most popular location
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Saint Mary #19 most popular location
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Big Timber #20 most popular location
Big Timber got its name in 1806 from a railroad official who read the journals of William Clark. In his writings, Clark mentioned the giant cottonwood trees that grew near the area called "Ri…
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Shelby #21 most popular location
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Glendive #22 most popular location
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Hardin #23 most popular location
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Belgrade #24 most popular location
Belgrade is a fast growing town of about 7800 (up 36% since 2000) located at the intersection of Interstate 90 (Exit 298) and Montana Highway 85 in Gallatin County in Southwest Montana. Belg…
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Darby #25 most popular location
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West Glacier #26 most popular location
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Glasgow #27 most popular location
Glasgow is a small town of about 3400 (up 4% since 2000) located at the intersection of U. S. Highway 2 (the Hi-line) and Montana Highways 24 and 42 in Valley County in Northeast Montana near…
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Virginia City #28 most popular location
Virginia City is a small, historic, town of about 200 that is on the rebound (up 52% since 2000) located along Montana Highway 287 in Madison County in Southwest Montana. The entire town, an…
1reviews 1blogs
East Glacier Park #29 most popular location
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Lewistown #30 most popular location
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Deer Lodge #31 most popular location
Deer Lodge is a town of about 3000 (down 12% since 2000) located along Interstate 90 (exits 184 and 187) in Powell County in Western Montana. The valley where Deer Lodge is located was occup…
1travelers 1reviews
Three Forks #32 most popular location
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Hungry Horse #33 most popular location
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Lolo #34 most popular location
2travelers 1reviews
Fort Benton #35 most popular location
I enjoyed my trip to Montana very much and Fort Benton was one of my favorite places. Fort Benton is a very pretty and historic town of around 1500 (down 7% since 2000 for some reason) locate…
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Cooke City #36 most popular location
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Columbus #37 most popular location
Columbus is located in Stillwater County. It is about 40 minutes from Billings (Montana's largest city) The estimated population of Columbus in 2006 was almost 2,000.
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Crow Agency #38 most popular location
Crow Agency in Montana is close to the Little Bighorn Battlefield, site of Custer's Last Stand. Just off the highway, amongst rolling hills and not too many trees, there are the grave marker…
2travelers 2blogs
Culbertson #39 most popular location
Culbertson is a small town of just under 800 (up 11% since 2000) located at the intersection of U. S. Highway 2 (AKA "The High Line") and Montana Highway 16 in Roosevelt County in Northeast M…
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Boulder #40 most popular location
Boulder is a nice little town of about 1200 (down 8% since 2000) located along Interstate 15 (Exit 164) at the intersection with Montana Highway 69 in Jefferson County in Southwest Montana. B…
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Yaak #41 most popular location
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Anaconda #42 most popular location
Anaconda is a decent sized town of about 7600 (little changed since 2000) located along beautiful Montana Highway 1 just west of Interstate 90 in Deer Lodge County in Southwestern Montana. Th…
2travelers 1blogs
Malta #43 most popular location
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Bynum #44 most popular location
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Stanford #45 most popular location
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Dagmar #46 most popular location
Dagmar is a tiny shrinking town of under 200 located along County Highway 258 a short distance off Montana Highway 16 in Sheridan County in Northeast Montana, very near the borders with North…
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Ismay #47 most popular location
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Ekalaka #48 most popular location
Ekalaka is a shrinking, tiny town of about 340 (down 17% since 2000) located at the intersection of Montana Highways 7 and 323 in Carter County in the Southeast corner of Montana not far from…
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Grass Range #49 most popular location
Grass Range is a town of about 100 (down 28%% since 2000) located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 87 and Montana Highways 19 and 200 in Fergus County in Central Montana. Cattlemen followe…
1reviews
Medicine Lake #50 most popular location
Medicine Lake is a tiny town of about 240 (down 9% since 2000) located along Montana Highway 16 in Sheridan County in Northeast Montana, between Culbertson and Plentywood. Nearby is the Medic…
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