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Things to do in Montana

While there are endless great hiking trails around here, including the state's two National Parks, figuring out what to do in Montana doesn't require that you rack up miles every day. For relaxed days, there boat tours, museums, and old-school spa treatments (as in, hot springs). Here are some classic things to do in Montana:

Go Fly fishing. If you ever wanted to try fly-fishing, this is the place to do it. Many anglers consider a blue-ribbon trout stream Rock Creek, outside Missoula, to be the prime spot.

Catch some rapids. Whitefish Lake has great whitewater rafting.

Take a boat tour through the canyon of The Gates of the Mountains. One of the most moving things to do in Montana is to retrace part of the path taken by Lewis & Clark. Meriwether Lewis named this spot along the Missouri River, with its jaw-dropping limestone cliffs.

Trot Through the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex. Affiliated with four national Forests, including the Lewis & Clark National Forest and Flathead National Forest, this area features a huge Grizzly bear habitat and has has several outfitters that do horseback-riding tours.

Soak at Bozeman Hot Springs. What to do in Montana when you're sore from hiking? Come to this spot, part of Yellowstone's geothermal system, where a dozen hot springs offer some world-class soaks.

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