When visiting Montana, there are certain places people want to see. The state is filled with all kinds of outdoor beauty, and while most folks visit in the summer, Montana is open all year round.

Of course, the two most popular places to see are Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks.  The two locations bring in millions of visitors each year, but what if you don't want to deal with the crowds or National Parks aren't your thing? What do you do then?

Luckily, we have a few options here in Montana.

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Recently named by Time Magazine as one of the most beautiful places on earth, the Bozeman area has a lot to offer.  If you fancy yourself an outdoors person and would like to spend time fishing, floating, or hiking, you will certainly find several opportunities in the area. Or, if you just enjoy fantastic cuisine, cool museums, and great shopping you will find all of that in Bozeman.

Aerial View of Downtown Bozeman, Montana in Summer
Jacob Boomsma

Flathead Lake

One of the most popular summer destinations in the Treasure State is Flathead Lake.  The lake, which is the biggest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi River is frequented by not only tourists but locals as well. Whether it's boating, skiing, fishing, or swimming, Flathead Lake is a great place to spend some time while in Montana.

Flathead Lake, Montana, USA taken in the summer of 2018
Kayla Goss


Known as the Garden City, Missoula has a whole lot to offer those coming to Big Sky Country.  Not only is there much to do and see throughout the Bitterroot Valley, but Missoula has a vibrant downtown area with great restaurants and several different breweries.  Plus, just outside of the city is the Kettlehouse Amphitheater which not only offers stunning views, but some of the biggest names in music.

Ashley Warren
Ashley Warren

Virginia City

For those who enjoy history, Virginia City is a must.  Considered by many to be the oldest town in the state, Virginia City is a wonderful place to spend time with or without your family. Whether you are looking to pose for an "old fashioned" photo, do a little panning for gold, or visit the restored Nevada City village just down the road, you are sure to enjoy yourself.  Not to mention there are some fantastic places to grab food, drinks, and snacks.

Credit: Photo by Steven Cordes on Unsplash
Credit: Photo by Steven Cordes on Unsplash

Of course, these are just a few of the places that Montana has to offer.  The truth is, you will find a whole lot of charm throughout the state.  It's a place that not only offers scenic views but it's a place that offers small-town life that's hard to find in most other places.

There's a reason it's the Last Best Place.

Here's The Top 10 Tourists Sites For Those Visiting Montana

Montana is known by several nicknames. Big Sky Country, The Treasure State, and the Last Best Place to name just a few. Each year, millions of folks travel to Montana to partake in its beauty, while often seeking adventure in the outdoors. From skiing to rafting, fly fishing, to snowmobiling, Montana can certainly be described as an outdoor paradise.

No matter the season, there is always something to see and do in Montana. Here's a look at The Top 10 Tourists Sites For Those Visiting Montana.

This Family Friendly "Montana Town" Is Frozen In Time

One of the coolest places to check out in Montana is the "Old Montana" town of Nevada City. Located just on the other side of Virginia City, Nevada City is the perfect example of what life was like back during the gold rush in the 1800s.

With several different buildings to tour and friendly folks to guide you through your visit, as well as tell you the stories of the times, Nevada City is not only educational but fun for the whole family.

20 License Plates Banned In Montana

This is just a small glimpse at banned license plates in the state of Montana. There are well over 4000 that could be added to this list.

Now why some of these are banned is beyond me. I don't find any of them offensive, that's for sure; the state of Montana has the right to refuse:

"any combination of letters or numbers, or both, that may carry connotations offensive to good taste and decency or which are misleading or a duplication of license plates provided elsewhere."- Montana Motor Vehicle Department

What plates are banned in your state? Hopefully, they are not as picky as Montana.

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