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Glacier National Park
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#1 Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park is located in northwestern Montana on the Canada-United States border. The park features rugged mountains, forests, alpine meadows, and over hundred lakes. There are 3 main visitor centers in the park: St. Mary Visitor Center located east side of the park, Apgar Visitor Center located west side of the park, and Logan Pass Visitor Center in the middle of the park at the hight point. Going-to-the-Sun Road is a scenic mountain road popular in visitors visiting Glacier National Park. Logan Pass is the highest elevation of the park reachable by car. Popular recreation activities include hiking, biking, fishing, boating, photography, and camping. Winter activities of the park include Cross-country skiing.

Yellowstone National Park
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#2 Yellowstone National Park

Large area of Yellowstone National Park is located in Wyoming. However, it extends into Montana and Idaho offering entrance to the park. West Entrance of Yellowstone National Park is located near West Yellowstone town, North Entrance is located near Gardiner and Northeast Entrance located near Cooke City. Yellowstone is known worldwide for its unique hydrothermal and geologic wonders: hot springs, mudpots, fumaroles, and geysers. Recreation activities include hiking, biking, wildlife viewing, camping, and picnicking.

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#3 Bozeman

Bozeman located in southwest Montana is the 4th largest city of state. The city is home to Montana State University. Bozeman was founded by John Bozeman, who established the Bozeman Trail. Known for historic downtown and outdoor recreation, Bozeman offers many family friendly and adventure attractions. Things to do include Museum of the Rockies, American Computer & Robotics Museum, Montana Arboretum and Gardens, Gallatin History Museum, Big Sky Resort, and Burke Park.

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#4 Helena

Helena, the capital city was founded during Montana gold rush. Helena is surrounded by numerous mountains, wilderness, lake, and forest. The city is known for outdoor recreation including mountain biking, hunting, and fishing. Places to visit and things to do include Mount Helena, Montana State Capitol, Holter Museum of Art, Original Governor's Mansion, and Great Northern Carousel. Near by attraction include Great Divide Ski Area, Spring Meadow Lake State Park, Lake Helena, and Helena National Forest.

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#5 Missoula

Missoula located along the Clark Fork River is the 2nd largest city of the state. It is home to the University of Montana. Located at the confluence of five mountain valleys, Missoula is known as the hub of five valleys. The city offers over 400 acres of parkland and 22 miles of trails. Places to visit and things to do include Missoula Art Museum, The Historical Museum at Fort Missoula, Mount Sentinel, Caras Park, and Rattlesnake National Recreation Area & Wilderness.

Great Falls
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#6 Great Falls

Great Falls, once the largest city of the state is known for Great Falls of the Missouri River. Surrounded by mountains and Missouri River, the city offers many recreational opportunities. The River's Edge Trail connecting freshwater springs and public park offers 60 miles of waliking and biking trail. The five waterfalls: The Great Falls, Crooked Falls, Rainbow Falls, Colter Falls, and Black Eagle Falls are the prime attraction for visitors. Other places to visit and things to do include C. M. Russell Museum, Giant Springs, First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, Giant Springs State Park, Children's Museum of Montana, and Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center.

#7 Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument

#8 Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park


Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center
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#9 Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center

Museum of the Rockies
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#10 Museum of the Rockies

Museum of the Rockies (MOR) affiliated with Montana State University and Smithsonian Institution is a one of the world's best research and natural history museum. It is also repository for state and federal fossils. The museum houses the largest collection of dinosaur remains in the United States. The museum natural history exhibits changes three to five times a year. Primary exhibits include Landforms/Lifeforms and Dinosaurs Under The Big Sky in the Siebel Dinosaur Complex, Welcome to Yellowstone Country, Enduring Peoples, and the Paugh History Hall. Second floor the museum features Martin Children's Discovery Center and its exhibit.

Best State Parks to Visit in Montana