Montana: The Treasure State
From the high Rockies and azure lakes to the rolling valleys, prairies and dramatic badlands of the east, Montana’s diverse landscapes give the traveler countless options for a road trip.
According to growtheology, Montana is one of the states of the United States. The capital is Helena. The name comes from the Spanish word montaña, which means mountain or more generally the mountains. The state’s nickname is ‘Treasure State’, but the state is often referred to as ‘Big Sky Country’. Montana offers the traveler year-round beautiful vistas and activities such as rafting, boating, hiking, and mountain biking on and around the lakes and rivers.
The area that is now called Montana was originally populated by Indian tribes. After that, the region was in French hands for a long time. Most of the state was acquired by the United States through the Louisiana Purchase of President Thomas Jefferson. The rest followed in 1846 when a treaty was concluded with the English (see Oregon Territory). In 1862 gold was found in the mountains in the west, resulting in a gold rush in the vicinity of the town of Bannack. At the same time, large ranches were set up on the grasslands to the east.
The Indians vehemently resisted the taking of their land. Famous is the Battle of the Little Bighorn on June 25, 1876, where General George Armstrong Custer was killed. On November 8, 1889, Montana formally became the 41st state of the United States.
Montana borders Canada to the north, the state of Idaho to the west, North and South Dakota to the east, and Wyoming to the south. Sixty percent of the state is occupied by the Great Plains, making the east relatively flat. The west is dominated by the Rocky Mountains. The highest point is the top of Granite Peak (3901m). The main river is the Missouri, which originates in this state.
Major lakes in Montana are Fort Peck Lake and Flathead Lake. Montana is very rich in scenic beauty. Glacier National Park is located in Montana.
Glacier National Park
This national park in western Montana is part of the Rocky Mountains and is one of the main reasons to visit Montana.
The park has high snowy mountain peaks, large blue lakes, glaciers and dense forests. The highest point accessible by road is the Logan Pass at 2026 meters high. From the Logan Pass you have beautiful views. The Logan Pass is located on the 80-kilometer Going to the Sun Road that takes you to the most beautiful places in the park.
Helena, Butte and Missoula
Helena is the capital of Montana and definitely worth a visit. Visit the Montana Society Houses to learn all about the state’s history.
Butte is a town in Montana with a very rich history. Butte derives its existence from the copper mines. At its peak, Butte was one of the wealthiest cities in America. Several saloons were built and there was even a red light district.
Missoula is a very pleasant town in Montana where you will not find wild west scenes such as saloons and cowboys. Missoula is located in a very beautiful green area. The town is very popular and has long been one of the fastest growing cities in the US.
BEST WESTERN PLUS BUTTE PLAZA
A complimentary breakfast is served each morning at this hotel and a free area shuttle is available. The rooms come with free WiFi. The World Museum of Mining is a 15-minute drive away.
A 42-inch flat-screen TV is standard in all rooms at the Best Western Plus Butte Plaza Inn. Coffee-making facilities, a small refrigerator, and a microwave are also provided.
Breakfast at Best Western Plus Butte Plaza Inn includes eggs, cold cuts, fresh fruit and pastries each morning. Hot and cold cereals and other breakfast options are also included. Room service is also available.
Highland View Golf Course is 2 miles from the hotel. The Discovery Ski Corporation is a 1-hour drive away. The Mineral Museum is just a 15-minute drive from the property.
BEST WESTERN PLUS ROCKY MOUNTAIN LODGE
Located 26 miles from Glacier National Park, this Whitefish hotel offers rustic décor and rooms with a comfortable seating area and free Wi-Fi. It offers shuttle service to Whitefish Mountain Resort, just 8 miles away.
All spacious rooms at Best Western Rocky Mountain Lodge include a cable TV and coffee maker. A hairdryer and free toiletries are also provided in each room.
Guests can enjoy the outdoor pool and hot tub or use the on-site fitness center. This hotel offers a full continental breakfast each morning with a variety of breads, cereals, fruits, eggs, cold cuts, yogurt, juice and coffee.
The Best Western Rocky Mountain is 2 minutes’ walk from the Victorian Casino and 2 miles from Whitefish Lake Golf Club. Glacier Park International Airport is a 13-minute drive from the hotel.
GRAY WOLF LODGE WEST YELLOWSTONE
Conveniently located next to the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center, this Montana hotel features an indoor heated pool, hot whirlpool and sauna. Free WiFi is available in all rooms.
Rooms at the Gray Wolf Inn & Suites offer satellite TV, a refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker.
The Gray Wolf Inn & Suites West Yellowstone offers a daily limited continental breakfast that may include bread, fruit, pastries, cereal, juice, coffee and tea. There are also laundry facilities.
Activities in the immediate vicinity of the hotel include fishing, cycling, hiking and skiing. Branch restaurant is located 2 blocks away.