Temperatures are finally hitting highs in Montana, and the snow is virtually gone (except at high elevations). If your summer is flying by and you want to plan a last-minute, low-stress vacation, we have some great Montana destinations for you.

Our state is full of beautiful places. Montana is a huge state that offers a wide variety of breathtaking landscapes; western Montana is full of rugged mountains and lush forests, while eastern Montana is flatter, dryer, and more wide-open.

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With high gas prices, many Montana residents are opting to vacation in-state. The good news is, there's definitely not a shortage of awesome places to see. From Pompey's Pillar, where William Clark of the Lewis and Clark Expedition signed his name in 1806, to the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas, Montana has a lot of interesting landmarks and places to see, and ones you may not think of off the top of your head.

Fair warning: Montana is a popular destination for tourists and many places can get extremely crowded during the summer months. That's something to keep in mind when you're making plans for your summer road trip.

We put together a list of some of the most breathtaking places to check out this summer. Some may be off of the beaten path, but they're definitely worth the drive.

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