Montana may have a cure for cramped city life: wide open spaces. Nicknamed Big Sky Country, Montana inspires with the giant peaks of Glacier National Park and the rich wildlife of Yellowstone National Park. Cities like Billings, Butte and Bozeman boast personality, amenities and proximity to natural beauty. Groups can enjoy culture, cuisine and all the fresh air they desire on a tour of Montana.
Glacier National Park
Jagged mountains jut upward to form a gorgeous mountain range so imposing that Native Americans in the area referred to it as the “backbone of the world.” Its famous Going-to-the-Sun Road travels up the peaks for sweeping views of alpine meadows and crystal-clear mountain lakes. The park features several historic grand hotels so groups can properly soak in the landscape.
Museum of the Rockies
Groups can learn about the prehistoric dinosaurs that once roamed across the state at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman. The Smithsonian Affiliate displays one of the country’s largest collections of dinosaur remains, including a mounted T. rex skeleton. Exhibits also include the area’s Native Americans, frontier days and a living-history farm where costumed interpreters demonstrate life in an early-20th-century home.
Yellowstone National Park
Gardiner, Montana, is the only year-round entrance to the world’s first national park: Yellowstone. The charming Western town offers friendly locals, Wild West attractions and proximity to Mammoth Hot Springs, a trademark geothermal area of the park.
Up and Coming
Big Sky Resort
A $13 million renovation and expansion to Big Sky Resort’s Mountain Village was announced in 2019. Due to open in time for the 2020 ski season, the expansion will include a new food hall and more amenities for skiers. Big Sky Resort in Big Sky is one of the nation’s most popular ski destinations with 5,850 acres for skiing, 34 chairlifts and the Lone Peak Tram to elevation 11,166 feet.
Visitors can now explore Montana’s largest city, Billings, by Segway with Montana Segway Tours. From the economic hub, excursions such as the Black Otter Trail tour explore nearby natural attractions. The tours also follow the Yellowstone River, a wetlands reclamation area and the Alkali Creek.
Clarion Inn Copper King Hotel and Convention Center
In 2017, the Clarion Inn Copper King Hotel and Convention Center cut the ribbon after a major renovation of the Butte hotel. The hotel now offers 92 rooms, event space and a restaurant.
Whitefish Mountain Resort
A full-service alpine village, Whitefish Mountain Resort in Whitefish opens its slopes to skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and guided snowmobile rentals in the winter. In the summer, the resort welcomes the warm weather with zip line tours, an alpine slide, downhill mountain biking and scenic lift rides. The hotel also makes a convenient base camp for visits to nearby Glacier National Park.
Double Arrow Lodge
Located in the serene mountain valley of Seeley Lake, Double Arrow Lodge captures a blend of European design and Western comfort. A massive stone fireplace invites guests to relax after a day spent exploring nature. The hotel offers several recreational options, such as tennis, golf, trails and easy access to other outdoor adventures.
Finn at DoubleTree by Hilton Missoula
For a riverside view and a savory menu, Finn at DoubleTree by Hilton Missoula welcomes groups. The restaurant specializes in seafood, steaks, pork chops and cocktails. Diners can admire Mount Sentinel and the Clark Fork River from the restaurant’s outdoor deck.
Montana Ale Works
In Bozeman’s historic downtown, the Montana Ale Works is a former railroad warehouse that was transformed into an eclectic restaurant with upscale Montana cuisine and farm-to-fork offerings. Groups can enjoy signature dishes like buffalo pot stickers and other seasonal specialties.