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Montana Travel Guide
Fast Facts
ACTIVITIES
Paleo & Archeo
Wildlife
Snowmobiling
Skiing & Snowboarding
Walking
Camping
Historic Interest
Cycling
X-Country Skiing
Rafting
Birding
Fishing
 
 
 
 

Child looking through binoculars, Beartooth Highway

 

Photo by Alfredo De Simone

Big Sky Country, The Treasure State, Land of the Shining Mountains, The Last Best Place: However you to call to mind the U.S. state of Montana, it’s an untamed, wild and natural place. It boasts craggy mountains, rugged badlands, stunning glaciers, crystal clear lakes, and wide open spaces. It claims the greatest variety of wildlife in the lower 48 states. It’s one of the richest areas in the world for dinosaur fossils. It’s marked by legends of hidden treasures and road agents. It was first detailed by Lewis and Clark. It's the site of Custer’s Last Stand, one of the most famous battles in American history. It’s home to two national parks - Glacier and Yellowstone - and seven great Indian Nations - Assiniboine, Blackfeet, Crow, Gros Ventre, Kootenai, Salish, Sioux and Shoshoni. It has ghost towns, museums, mines and ranches. Adventure abounds in its great outdoors - fishing, camping, rafting, biking, hiking, downhill and cross-country skiing.
Lewis & Clark
Meriwether Lewis and William Clark are two of America’s most famous explorers. They were commissioned by President Thomas Jefferson to explore the land west of the Mississippi River and find a water route across the northwest territory. They led an expedition called the Corps of Discovery that journeyed some 8000 miles across the western United States. The co-captains of the journey departed from St. Louis, Missouri on May 14, 1804 with a team of thirty-one men and a black Newfoundland named Seaman. They traveled up the Missouri River and across the Great Plains. They traversed the Rocky Mountains and navigated the Columbia River to the shores of the Pacific Ocean. They found 300 species - 178 plants and 122 animals - unknown to science. They encountered nearly 50 Indian tribes and hired two interpreters, Toussaint Charbonneau, a French-Canadian fur trader, and his Indian wife, Sacagawea. They were the first Americans to accurately map the region. They returned St. Louis on September 23, 1806, 2 years, 4 months and 10 days after their departure.
Travel Trivia
The first settlers in Patagonia were:
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