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Explore Big Sky Country

Summer days seem longer under Montana’s trademark big, blue sky. That’s good, because there’s so much to do here in the warmer months that you’ll need the extra hours of daylight to fit it all in. Take a scenic drive along Glacier National Park’s epic Going-to-the-Sun Road. Go white-water rafting and fly-fishing on the Gallatin River. Follow the Montana Dinosaur Trail. Retrace the path of Lewis and Clark. Sample an only-in-Montana, action-packed rodeo or powwow. Hike or bike a mountain trail. Picnic in a wildflower meadow. Explore mile upon mile of open prairies, badlands, and buttes. When it comes to summer, Montana packs a full slate of activities into one place. And what a place it is. The air is crisp and clear. There are two national parks, vast wilderness areas, and countless small towns where no one’s a stranger. Wherever you visit, the welcoming locals are willing to steer you toward the best bike trail, craft brewery, or fishing hole. Whether you bunk at a dude ranch, stay in a historic bed and breakfast or hotel, or pitch a tent by an alpine lake, spending a week or more in Montana is like being at the ultimate summer camp. Only this time, there aren’t any schedules or rules. You decide where the day will take you. Montana will do the rest.

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