Are you planning a trip to Montana? Along with a history rife with adventure, the big sky country of Montana is packed with geographical wonders as well.
Despite its small population and lack of bustling cities, there are still plenty of things to do in Montana.
We’ll look at three must-visit destinations in this vast state of the American West.
1. Museum of the Rockies
If you loved Jurassic Park – or even if you didn’t – you won’t want to miss the Museum of the Rockies. This amazing museum that’s part of Montana State University in Bozeman has what’s considered the largest collection of dinosaur bones in the country.
Not only will you get a chance to see a Tyrannosaurus skull, but you can also take a gander at the thigh bone of a Tyrannosaurus rex with some fossilized meat still on it.
More than just displays of dinosaur bones, the museum also houses an impressive planetarium.
It’s also an acclaimed history and research museum that offers a comprehensive view of the Rocky Mountains and the animals and people that have lived there for the last 500 million years.
For example, the History of the Northern Rocky Mountain Region exhibit is about the frontier days in the region and the Native Americans, gold seekers, fur traders, and white settlers that populated it.
There’s also a Living History Farm exhibit that teaches visitors about the life of a farming family during the turn-of-the-century in the Rockies.
2. Lone Pine State and Woodland Parks
Though not as large as Bozeman, there is no lack of cool things to do in Kalispell, Montana. Lone Pine State and Woodland Parks both offer a wide array of activities to satisfy any outdoor enthusiast.
At Lone Pine State Park, there are trails for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, and snowshoeing. There’s also a gift shop, visitor center, and an archery range. This park overlooks the city of Kalispell and is an active part of the community. Be sure to check out the nature workshops, guided hikes, and even holiday-themed programs.
Meanwhile, Woodland Park offers two miles of walking trails, a pond, picnic shelters, and gardens. But the main attraction is the Woodland Water Park which has water slides, a lazy river, and a play area for younger children.
3. McGinnis Meadows Cattle and Guest Ranch
If you’re looking to get a taste of the ranching life, this is the place for you. This working cattle ranch offers horsemanship lessons to both beginners and experienced riders. There is also a daily horsemanship clinic and opportunities to participate in cattle working and cattle drives.
In addition to horseback riding, the ranch also offers chances to hike, go mountain biking, and even fish from a private deck. And at the end of the day, guests settle into their rustic but cozy accommodations decorated in true Western-style.
Ready to Try Some of the Amazing Things to Do in Montana?
The above list is far from exhaustive and there are so many great things to do in Montana. So get out there and create an adventure of your own,
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