Big Sky Country
Glacier National Park
Bannack Historic District
Site of Montana's first major gold discovery in 1862, and served as the capital of Montana Territory briefly.
Butte Historic District
Deer Lodge and Silver Bow, Montana
One of the largest and most notorious copper boomtowns in the American West; the district includes more than 6,000 contributing properties.
Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument
Little Bighorn was the site of the final struggle of the Cheyenne, Sioux and the US 7th Cavalry on June 25, 1876. Led by George Custer, he and 263 soldiers died in the battle, along with many of the Sioux and Cheyenne fighters. Park visitors can watch the park film and listen to a ranger talk on the battle. Bus tours with an American-Indian guide are offered through Apsaalooke Tours. In summer, from June to August, self-guided tours can be taken through the site and cemetery. A five-mile driving tour enables visitors to see key battlefield sites.
Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail
Montana features one of the many historic stops on the trail Lewis and Clark took between 1804 and 1806. The trail can be accessed by bicycle, car, or boat. Rectangular-shaped signs designating routes parallel the trail. There are also trail access points for bicyclists and boat launching. The trail as a whole runs 3,700 hundred miles through 11 different states, with various stops of historical significance. These stops can feature living history, visitor information stations, and historical markers.
Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site
Visitors here can see an actual, working ranch that was originally part of the 10-million-acre Grant-Kohrs ranch; 1,600 acres of the original ranch are preserved and can be traversed through a series of walking trails. The park has artifacts from the period, more than 80 historic dwellings, and living history to bring the past to the present. Children can even take part in various activities such as walking on stilts, wearing cowboy clothes, and participating in the Junior Ranger program.
Montana's areas of interest
Yellowstone National Park
The world's first National Park, Yellowstone is situated over three states -- southern Montana, eastern Idaho and northern Wyoming -- and can be accessed through entrances near Bozeman, Cook City, Livingston and West Yellowstone. The park features 3,472 square miles of wilderness that include 290 waterfalls and more than 300 geysers, including the famous Old Faithful, which erupts roughly once per hour. The park features more than 950 miles of hiking trails and 60-plus species of wildlife. Yellowstone is open year-round and offers different experience during summer and winter seasons.
Lewis & Clark Caverns
The Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park is in the southwestern portion of the state near the city of Whitehall. Montana's first state park, Lewis & Clark Caverns features spectacular caves lined with stalactites, stalagmites, columns and helictites. Two-hour guided tours of the caverns are offered from May 1 through September 30, and nearby campgrounds offer a visitor center, amphitheater, picnic areas and cabin rentals.
While Bozeman is a small town, it also is one of the more diverse and eclectic ones you'll find in the region. While the city definitely has an Old West flavor Bozeman also is home to Montana State University, which gives the town an alternative college-town feel as well. Add in influence by artists and outdoor enthusiasts, and Bozeman has something for everyone. The city is home to the Museum of the Rockies and a variety of ski resorts within driving distance.