9 Beautiful Discoveries You'll Make in Montana's Big Sky Country

There is much to marvel at in Montana. Pack the hiking boots and a good camera -- you're not going to want to miss this!

1. Yellowstone River

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Wild and untamed like the Old West, Montana's Yellowstone River is one of the few undammed rivers in the continental United States. The river has many faces. There are stretches of the Yellowstone River that are lined with rocky canyon walls and filled with boulders and turbulent waters. Closer to the border with North Dakota, the river widens and slows its pace to match the bucolic scenery.

2. Seeley Lake

Seeley Lake is a good stop if you're driving between Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park. Or make it your destination! Lake Seeley has more than 350 miles of groomed snowmobile trails in the winter and an extensive Nordic ski trail. In the summer you'll enjoy even more outdoor adventures with plenty of opportunities for camping, mountain biking, horseback riding, and more.

3. Glacier National Park

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This place is heaven on Earth for hikers. Glacier National Park offers challenging rugged mountain trails for the serious backpacker. Beginners can experience incredible views of mountains, alpine meadows, and sparkling lakes on more accessible routes.

4. Whitefish

Luxury meets natural beauty in Whitefish, Montana. It's home to great golf courses and indescribable skiing. It is a premier destination for winter sports and a beautiful entrance to Glacier National Park in warmer months.

5. Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument

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Because of its remote location, the landscape of the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument remains mostly unchanged from centuries ago. Visitors can revel in the ancient beauty of incredible rock formations and witness a variety of wildlife and ecological wonders.

6. Livingston

This charming town proves there's more to Montana than its wide wilderness. There is much to explore: music and film festivals, rodeos, art walks. After a day of hiking -- or shopping -- Livingston's top restaurants are sure to fill the bill. Bring your appetite!

7. Indian Nations

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Montana's Indian tribes have a rich history and heritage. Plan a visit to one or more of the seven Indian Nation Reservations to learn more about the cultures. The Blackfeet Reservation, which sits along the Canadian border near Glacier National Park, has a historical museum and offers full- and half-day tours of the reservation.

8. Gallatin River

Adventure seekers, take note: The Gallatin River is the place to ride the rapids on a white-water rafting trek or zip-line across the fast-flowing waters. For a more relaxed experience, try your hand at fly-fishing for trout. At the end of the day, embrace the gorgeous scenery with a room at a riverfront lodge and watch the water pass by.

9. Dude Ranches

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City slickers can embrace the real cowboy experience at an activity-packed dude ranch, such as the Elkhorn Ranch or Mountain Sky. This is also a great family-friendly option, as most ranches offer specialized programing for kids. Horseback riding, roasting marshmallows over a campfire -- staying at a dude ranch offers the perfect opportunity to unplug from a busy world and connect with friends and family.

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