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.
Special booking: A tour de force from Sundance to Santa Monica, passing through Jackson Hole and Yellowstone, driving along the Oregon and California coasts to Napa and Big Sur—with fly-fishing, hiking, and yoga at hotels such as Amangani, in Jackson, Wyoming, and Tu Tu’ Tun Lodg
Montana-based Zephyr Adventures has been running active trips for more than a decade, and recently the company added wine itineraries that bring travelers to such destinations as Oregon, Sonoma, Argentina, and South Africa.
Founded by three brothers who grew up in Montana, Sweetwater excels at guiding first-time fly-fishing anglers. T+L Trip pick Fly-fish Montana. Go head-to-head with wily trout in some of America’s best fly-fishing streams.
The Bozeman, Montana-based company specializes in itineraries to destinations throughout North and South America (as well as New Zealand, where it offers a two-week backcountry hiking trip on a half-dozen dates each year). Looking to go to Canada?
Excited About: The new eco-conscious cruise regulations, which will help protect the area’s natural wonders. The standards stipulate that no operators may offer tours of longer than 15 days. Years as agent: 13. Specialties: Peru, Galápagos.
Family-focused, immersive trips range from spotting scarlet-throated frigate birds in the Galápagos to lessons in kite making in China. New trips for 2013 go to Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam.