Montana's wide open spaces have earned for it the nickname of "Big Sky Country." The official state nickname, however, is "The Treasure State," for its production of copper, silver, and oil.
Western Montana is where you will find the Rocky Mountains. This region gets more rainfall, as well as more tourists, thanks to its dramatic scenery and picture-perfect mountains. On the other hand, Eastern Montana is characterized by plains, sandstone buttes, and rivers. The contrast makes for a range of outdoor activities throughout the state. Camping, hiking, fishing, and whitewater rafting are favorites for tourists.
Montana is home to Glacier National Park, a World Heritage Site. Located in the northern part of the state, it borders the Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada. Together, the two parks form the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, designated as the first International Peace Park in 1932.
Glacier National Park contains over 50 glaciers, 200 lakes and streams, waterfalls, stunning land formations, and wildlife including eagles, stags, elks, grizzlies, and wolves. The park is famous for trout fishing and offers hundreds of miles of trails. In the winter months, visitors go skiing or snowshoeing. Among the park's most popular destinations are Sperry Glacier, which scientists predict will have disappeared between 2030 and 2050, and Iceberg Lake, a beautiful spot surrounded by steep cliffs. The view itself from Going to the Sun Highway is spectacular and well worth the trip.
Other points of interest are the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area and the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. Look for Pompey’s Pillar, a 200-foot rock formation east of Billings, and see Captain William Clark's signature carved on the rock face in 1806. From Montana, visitors can also take a trip to Yellowstone National Park via three points of entry to Yellowstone National Park.