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From the fresh powder of Big Mountain Ski Resort to the verdant fairways of Buffalo Hill, Northwest Montana offers four seasons of recreation heaven and Five Star Rentals of Montana has the perfect vacation home to compliment your Glacier Country experience.
Montana. A state whose name is a statement in itself. If you've ever been here, you know what we're talking about. And if you haven't, well, don't you think it's about time? Say it with me, "Montana. Montana. Montana..." It's calling. Whether you're looking for a rustic cabin rental in one of the magnificent national parks, a vacation home near a ghost town, a five-star villa with full-service spa, or a world class ski resort or chalet, Montana has it all
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There's no place on earth quite like Montana, with nicknames like "Big Sky Country," "Treasure State," "Land of Shining Mountains," and "Last Best Place," you get the idea. From the short grass prairies in the east to snow-capped mountain ranges and free-flowing rivers in the west, Montana is as picturesque as it is peaceful. Laidback, friendly people, down-to-earth hospitality, inspiring landscapes and pristine nature are what you'll find on your visit. Montana vacation homes, chalets, villas and resorts await.
Geographically, Montana is the nation's fourth-largest state, yet it's the 48th most densely populated, comparable to a small American city with less than a million people. Montana's vast size and small population ensures plenty of fresh air and elbowroom for your expedition (notice we didn't say "vacation").
And did you know Montana holds the world record for the greatest temperature change in 24 hours? In just a day's time the temperature rose a whopping 103 degrees Fahrenheit. Of course, dramatic weather changes like this are not an everyday occurrence in Montana, but let's just say there's a very healthy respect for Mother Nature in these parts.
Experience Montana by trekking through Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park where you'll discover landscapes and natural wonders so inspiring and awesome the rest of the world will never look the same to you again.
Glacier National Park
With over a million acres of pristine forests, alpine meadows, rugged mountains, and spectacular lakes, it's no wonder Glacier National Park is known as the "Crown of the Continent." Boasting over 700 miles of trails, 300 lakes, 200 waterfalls, and over a thousand species of plants and wildflowers, Glacier is an absolute nirvana for adventurous visitors seeking wilderness and solitude. Relax and rejuvenate in one of the many historic chalets. Kick off your boots at the lake McDonald Lodge and take it all in.
Traversing Glacier National Park is the gravity defying, Going-to-the-Sun Road. On your trip, be sure to drive or bike this Historic Civil Engineering Landmark and watch the scenery unfold before your eyes. Witness breathtaking views of the rugged Lewis and Livingston mountain ranges. This 52-mile highway seemingly clings to the edge of the earth as it crosses the Continental Divide at Logan Pass, giving new meaning to the words "road trip."
Glacier National Park, together with the Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada, form the world's first International Peace Park, symbolizing peace and friendship between Canada and the United States.
Yellowstone National Park
The world's First National Park is also one of the largest 2.2 million acres of steaming geysers, thundering waterfalls, sparkling lakes, and breathtaking panoramic vistas. Referred to by many as North America's Serengeti, Yellowstone is home to 35,000 elk, 2,500 bison, 400 grizzlies, and 290 different bird species. Spot a 2,000-pound bison lumbering across snow-covered Hayden Valley. Catch a glimpse of a pack of gray wolves trotting through Lamar Valley in the northeastern section of the park. Yellowstone has a truly breathtaking display of wildlife: north, south, east and west.
Since it opened over 135 years ago, little has changed at Yellowstone. With over 3,472 square miles of untrammeled landscape and geological wonders more spectacular than words can describe, Yellowstone is an experience of a lifetime. Come see Old Faithful in all it's glory, erupting almost every hour. There are also 290 waterfalls, over 300 geysers and 950 miles of hiking trails to experience on your adventure. And in winter you can explore the snow-covered landscape via dog sled, Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, and horse-drawn sleigh riding. Definitely, not your typical tour bus vacation.
When planning a trip to Montana, you'll find log cabins along a pristine river, historic landmark chalets nestled in the snow-capped mountains, as well as spacious vacation homes, luxury accommodations and trendy resorts for those wanting a bit more
Montana has plenty of places to hang your hat depending on your preferences, destination, amenities and budget.
Big Sky Vacation Rentals - Just 48 miles from Yellowstone National Park, is a little town with big attractions and events, known as "Big Sky."
Planning a winter ski trip? Big Sky has not just one but three mountains to choose from when booking your next Montana mountain vacation home. All three feature great powder, long runs and, best of all, no crowds, making Big Sky one great big outdoor paradise. And don't forget about snowshoeing, sleigh rides and snowmobiling around town. And when you're done playing, take in the Big Sky nightlife, relax in a soothing hot tub and stay in one of the luxurious condominiums with a view of the slopes.
Big Sky, Montana makes a great summer destination also. Golf, tennis, hiking, fishing, horseback riding, mountain biking, and whitewater rafting all abound at Big Sky. And don't forget to ride the gondola for some of the most breathtaking scenery in the west. Or cast your line in blue-ribbon trout streams, play 18 holes of world-class golf, or hike through Big Sky's beautiful mountains.
Yellowstone Vacation Rentals - A picturesque and visitor-friendly gateway to Yellowstone National Park, this Rocky Mountain enclave in southwestern Montana is an outdoor enthusiast's dream, with activities like snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, dog sledding, trout fishing, biking, hiking, and summer parades and rodeos to name just a few. In-town eateries and nightlife are an easy stroll from local lodging. Red Rock Lake National Wildlife Refuge is 30 miles from West Yellowstone where you may spot the rare trumpeter swan, 18 waterfowl species, fox, moose, and pronghorn antelope.
Lives up to its name. A top Montana vacation spot with gentle summers, mild winters, as well as close proximity to Yellowstone Park, the Beartooth Highway and many other natural wonders make Paradise Valley the perfect place to set up camp. In addition to the Yellowstone River which flows through the center of the Paradise Valley, the world class Spring Creeks, lakes and other fishing streams draw anglers from around the world. Also, world class big game hunting, whitewater rafting, kayaking, canoeing, bird watching, wildlife photography, hiking, biking, camping and horseback riding are just a few of the activities sure to please the outdoor enthusiast. Well-appointed bed and breakfasts, cabins and guest ranches provide lots of options for fine lodging.
Bozeman Vacation Rentals - Southwest Montana is home to Bozeman - a beautiful town with great lodging, fantastic dining and a host of incredible cultural delights. Surrounded by mountains and nestled in the beautiful Gallatin Valley, Bozeman is scenic and relaxing town with first class amenities and western hospitality.
Billings, nicknamed 'Magic City', is the largest city in Montana and is well known as a center of commerce. Located in the heart of the Yellowstone Valley and rimmed by several hundred foot high cliffs of sandstone, Billings offers visitors a great place to call home base while sampling the various recreational activities that southeastern Montana has to offer. Visitors will find a good variety of accommodations and entertainment to choose from while in Billings.
Whitefish Vacation Rentals - One of the fastest growing cities in Montana and still one of the nicest, Whitefish itself is quite small, but is growing increasingly popular due to its very scenic setting and close proximity to Glacier National Park, not to mention, the second largest ski area in Montana the Big Mountain. Until recently, Big Mountain was a pretty relaxed and subdued ski area. But, changes over the years have converted this once local ski area into a destination ski resort attracting people from all over the world and creating a building boon of luxury vacation homes. Whitefish seems well on it's way to becoming the newest big hotspot for Montana tourism.
Also known as "America's Most Beautiful Highway," Beartooth Highway offers a beautiful, scenic drive to Yellowstone National Park. The highway begins Southwest of Billings, Montana, in Red Lodge, and winds through Montana and Wyoming, ending around Cooke City, Montana.
Canyon Ferry Lake
About thirty minutes outside of Helena, Montana's state capital sits Canyon Ferry Lake. There are many cabin rentals available throughout the area if you're looking for a rustic, yet restful experience. Boats can be rented by the day or the hour, such as pontoons, canoes, and paddleboats to explore the lake. And if you choose to fish on Canyon Ferry Lake, some of the marinas offer fishing licenses along with everything you need to start fishing.
Lewis and Clark Caverns
Explore the largest limestone caverns in the northwest on a two-hour guided tour of Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park, just 110 miles from West Yellowstone and 45 miles from Bozeman. Open May 1st to September 30th.
One of Montana's most preserved ghost towns just 85 miles north of Yellowstone, Virginia City began as a gold mining town in the mid 1800's. A steam locomotive can take you on an unforgettable ride through the countryside to Nevada City, another historic mining town. Throughout Virginia City, there are over 100 rustic buildings where you can view antiques and people portraying life in the Old West. There is also a Theater Show performed at certain times in the opera house. Next to the opera house, you can relax in an old style saloon and sip one of Montana's many homemade microbrews. The two neighboring cities of Virginia City and Nevada City, less than a mile apart, have become a hot summer tourist attraction, where you can relive the experience of Montana's gold rush days. Tours run from late May to mid-September.
Montana Dinosaur Trail
Montana has produced some of the world's most significant dinosaur discoveries. The fifteen stops along the Montana Dinosaur Trail allow you to discover these paleontological wonders for yourself.
Imagine gliding through a fresh blanket of snow as a team of beautiful huskies pulls you through picturesque backcountry. No other method of travel over snow can compare with dog sledding. The energy, excitement, and enthusiasm of these amazing animals are a wonder to behold. Montana has become an epicenter for high-profile dog sled races and events, including the Race to the Sky. It is ranked as one of the top five sled dog races in the world.
You'll find plenty of opportunities to explore in Montana no matter what time of year you travel. Whether you want skiing, snowmobiling, dog-sledding, fly-fishing, hunting, ghost towns, dinosaurs, a taste of life on a working ranch or a firsthand look at part of Lewis and Clark's historic journey, you can find it all in Montana. No doubt for travelers seeking to bask in the great outdoors, there is no place on earth like Montana.
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