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Montana is nicknamed Big Sky Country, and it’s easy to see why. Its boundless horizons go on for kilometers.
This northwestern state borders Canada and is the fourth largest U.S. state in total area, following Alaska, Texas and California. But it is among the country’s least densely populated states. In fact, there are three times more cattle than people in Montana. The state’s largest city, Billings, has just 107,000 people. Its capital, Helena, has 29,000.
Glacier National Park
The name Montana is based on the Latin or Spanish word for “mountainous,” based on the Rocky Mountains in the western part of the state and Glacier National Park, home to numerous ice-covered peaks and 1,100 kilometers of trails.
A highlight of Glacier National Park is a drive on the Going-to-the-Sun Road. This 80-kilometer road winds around mountainsides, providing some of the best sights in northwest Montana.
Enjoy the lakes and geysers
The state is known for incredible scenery, including lakes and geysers, which are hot springs in which water intermittently boils, sending water and steam into the air. One of the most famous, and most predicable, geysers is at Yellowstone National Park, the country’s first national park. The park is largely in the state of Wyoming, but its north and northeast entrances are in Montana.
Hit the slopes
Downhill skiing is among the winter activities enjoyed throughout Montana. Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling also are popular at resorts such as Big Sky Resort, Whitefish Mountain and Red Lodge Mountain.
Experience the old (and new) West
Montana offers plenty of opportunity to ride horses, drive cattle or even learn the training techniques made famous by the movie The Horse Whisperer, which was filmed in Montana.
Dance in the street after running with the sheep
Every September, hundreds of Montana-bred sheep charge down the six blocks of Main Street in Reed Point, an hour’s drive from Billings. The event is Montana’s version of the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain. The day ends with an evening street dance, with live music and perhaps a drink at the Waterhole Saloon, an authentic old Wild West saloon complete with a watering trough and hitching posts for horses.