In Montana, the clocks are ticking a little slower. Here you can enjoy the breathtaking nature in the west of the USA. Montana has only one million inhabitants on an area of 38 million hectares. The largely untouched area (which is larger than all of Germany, by the way!) is one of the greatest treasures of the USA. A mixture of modern and traditional culture makes this place ideal for experiencing the history of the Wild West and authentic small-town charm.
The Glacier National Park in northwestern Montana is also known as the “jewel of the continent”. It is one of the most intact ecosystems in the temperate zone. You can see grizzly and black bears, moose, bighorn sheep, deer, mountain lions and other wildlife on more than 1,100 kilometers of hiking trails and on an 80-kilometer long Going-to-the-Sun Road, a spectacular panoramic road along the continental watershed.
The Yellowstone National Park, which can be reached by car via three different entrances in the south of Montana, is the largest active volcano in the world. In the middle of mountains, rivers, canyons, and prairies, where the last wild buffalo herds of the USA and two wolf species live in the wild, you can experience geysers, hot springs and other geothermal activities.
But it is not only the national parks that offer an extraordinarily beautiful nature. Throughout the Federal State, visitors who move off the beaten track are rewarded with 24 mountain ranges, millions of hectares of public land and nature reserves, mountain lakes, wide plains, natural hot springs and rivers popular with fly-fishing enthusiasts. After an eventful day in nature, visitors to Montana experience the warm hospitality in the charming small towns in the evening.
The state has some pretty small towns whose picturesque surroundings have attracted adventurers, artists, writers, musicians and nature lovers for decades. Along the highways that lead through the mountains and valleys, you will find numerous small western villages that have hardly changed over the years. Rodeos or festivals may make you feel like you’re in a different time. Whether you visit a village of 400 inhabitants or a city of 40,000 inhabitants (a big city in Montana!) – you are guaranteed to meet warm people who know how to enjoy life. Enjoy delicious food, hospitality, and great nature.
In ancient ghost towns like Virginia City and rural rodeos like Wolf Point Wild Horse Stampede, Montana’s mining past and cowboy culture come to life every day. The seven Indian tribes and many indigenous communities throughout the state are committed to preserving their ancient history through events such as the historic reenactments at the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument.
Montana stands for natural beauty, small-town charm, friendly people and leisureliness – a unique region full of surprises