Picture of the Missouri River, Montana

Castle Rock commands a rise above the flow of the Missouri along the White Cliffs, a procession of eroded bluffs, most of them christened by explorers, fur traders, and steamboat captains.

Photograph by William Albert Allard, National Geographic

Exploring Montana's Past in Summer

Relive the adventures of Nat Geo's Digital Nomad (@WheresAndrew), who traveled through Montana and followed in the footsteps of the great American explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. Along the way, Andrew canoed the Missouri River; listened to locals compete in a world-class fiddling contest; adventured into the prehistoric past to uncover dinosaur bones; hiked through Glacier National Park, which ended in an icy mountain swim in Two Medicine Lake; experienced the traditions of real-life cowboys and American Indians at the Montana State Fair Rodeo and the Rocky Boy Pow Wow; and observed a traditional Cree tribe naming ceremony.

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