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Montana’s numerous mountain ranges, including the iconic Rockies, its vast and beautiful national parks, and protected Native American lands are just some of the reasons millions of people fly to Montana every year. The state offers a huge variety of things to do in the great outdoors and with its eclectic cultural scene there really is something for everyone.
Summer temperatures hit the mid-80s F, but the winters are long, cold (with temperatures between freezing and 7F. Montana is hugely popular for skiing, with slopes open from October, and other winter sports such as snowmobiles and sledding. Alongside the 15 developed ski runs and snowmobile trails, there are plenty of cross-country options too. Many visitors come to enjoy Yellowstone National Park and its seasonal attractions. It is busiest in summer and in winter much access is restricted – the off-peak spring and fall seasons can be the best time to visit.
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Montana has 16 airports, of which half are considered major and the other eight offer minor commercial flights.
Bozeman Yellowstone is Montana’s biggest and busiest airport, with some 800,000 passengers annually. Situated eight miles north of Bozeman, it is the nearest major airport in Montana to Yellowstone National Park’s north entrance, a 90-minute drive south.
Billings Logan is the second largest airport in Montana, with around 400,000 passengers yearly, and situated just two miles from the city of Billings. As well as nonstop connections to other U.S. states, the Cape Air local service has a hub serving five cities in Montana.
Yellowstone Airport is a small, local airport just outside West Yellowstone, next to the west entrance of Yellowstone park. Services are seasonal.
Allow plenty of time to get around the vastness of Montana, which is the U.S.A.’s fourth largest state. Driving is the easiest option, with five interstate highways and 11 U.S. national routes. The state shares a border with Canada and there are 13 international road crossing points.
Amtrak runs Montana’s limited rail network, with 12 stations. A better option for state-wide public transportation is intercity buses. Greyhound connects Montana’s biggest cities, with intercity services offered up to five times daily depending on your destination. Within the main cities you can find high frequency local bus networks aimed at commuters, but also excellent for visitors. Missoula, for example, has 14 bus routes.
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone is the home of the Old Faithful geyser, which draws millions of visitors every year. The geothermal activity in this huge park, which spans 3,500 sq m, is just one attraction. Yellowstone has huge forests, alpine plains, bears and a vast array of flora and fauna, much of it unique. You can hike, camp, go fishing, visit the heritage center exhibitions or try one of the many official guided tours.
The Beartooth Highway
The Beartooth Highway is part of U.S. Route 212, running along the border with Wyoming and passing through the northeast entrance to Yellowstone National Park. The route, famous for its multiple steep bends, rises to 8,000 ft above sea level and affords breathtaking views of its dramatic landscapes. It is shut for most of Montana’s harsh winters and even in summer there may be storms and snow, but weather permitting it’s a thrilling trip.
Montana’s biggest natural lake, in the north-west corner of the state, was once glacial and is situated by the Flathead Indian Reservation. Twice a year it hosts the ‘Mack Days’ trout fishing competitions.
Big Sky Resort
An hour south of Bozeman, the Big Sky Resort is the U.S.A.’s second biggest ski resort and has Montana’s best snow facilities. As well as winter sports it’s a popular destination for ziplining, paintballing, tennis, and horseback riding. The aerial Lone Peak tramway runs to the summit of Lone Mountain, where visitors can enjoy awe-inspiring views.
Winters in Montana are harsh, with snow and ice on the ground from October to as late as May. Fit snow chains to your vehicle, carry plenty of food, water and survival kit, and check the status of roads before you travel.
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