Cities and Resorts in Montana

By | May 1, 2022

Butte, Montana

Welcome to Butte, the “richest hill on earth”, as locals often boast. When you get into town for the first time, you will quickly find that Butte is more than just an ordinary town. At the end of the 19th century, the world’s most productive copper mine was located here, and gold and silver were mined nearby. Around 1920 Butte was the largest city in Montana with around 60,000 inhabitants. Mining continued to play an important role until the mid-1980s.

Today, tourism is the city’s main source of income, due to the many well-preserved mine buildings and the famous Berkeley Pit, a former copper mine. On tours that take you to the main sites of the mining era, you will learn a lot about Butte’s past, present and future.

The charming city itself also thrills with shops, cafés and restaurants. To the east of the village are the ringing rocks, which sound when you hit them gently with a hammer. The city receives special attention from its great outdoor offers, such as: B. ATV tours (quad tours), mountain biking or canoe tours on the lakes and rivers.

Highlights in Butte

  • Montana Folk Festival
    Framed by the striking winding towers, one of the largest free folk festivals in the northwest takes place in Butte. The event extends over a weekend in mid-July each year.
  • Historic District
    The Old Town District, which is particularly protected as a National Historic Landmark, contains many Victorian buildings that revive the flair of the early 20th century.
  • Berkeley Pit
    About 3 miles outside of Butte is the 500 meter deep hole of the former opencast mine, which filled up with water again by switching off the underground pumps. Even if the water is highly contaminated, it is a unique sight.

Facts & Figures

Foundation: late 19th century

Population: approx.34,000

Area: 445 km²

Height: 1,740 m

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Bozeman, Montana

One of the most diverse small towns in the Montana Rocky Mountains is Bozeman. The place is blessed with a colorful mix of ranchers, artists, professors, ski enthusiasts and entrepreneurs who have been drawn to the breathtaking nature and unique recreational opportunities in Yellowstone state. Bozeman is often called the most livable place in the world. Look forward to world-famous spots for fly fishing, spectacular mountains that are ideal for hiking or mountain biking, or climbing, skiing and hunting adventures in the Montana hinterland.

Incidentally, Bozeman is also an excellent base for exploring the Yellowstone National Park. Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport is the region’s hub and is served by many major American cities. From there it is only around 120 kilometers to the north entrance of Yellowstone National Park.

But there is also a lot to experience in Bozeman itself. Pay a visit to the beautiful historic old town and discover art galleries, museums, boutiques and delicious food in many restaurants and cafes. And if you have explored the city extensively, it is worth taking advantage of the many opportunities in the surrounding area with a fascinating mountain panorama. Bozeman has something for everyone in summer and winter.

Surrounded by extensive forest landscapes, crystal-clear rivers, endless prairies and snow-covered mountains, Bozeman is the Mecca for outdoor activities. Whether rafting, ziplining, hiking, climbing, rodeo, golfing – everything is possible here. Or you go to “Stein-Hatz” and find fossilized fossils, agates, crystals and garnet stones. Montana is not called “Treasure State” for nothing.

Highlights in Bozeman

  • Museum of the Rockies
    Located on the Montana State University campus, it is considered one of the best research and history museums in the world. A huge dinosaur skeleton greets you at the entrance.
  • American Computer & Robotics Museum
    This museum gives you a glimpse into the history of technology and computers. As the world’s oldest museum dedicated to the history of PC’s, you can explore the beginnings of digitization with free entry.
  • Big Sky
    Big Sky is primarily known as a ski area. A huge area and Eldorado for skiers stretches under the wide sky of Montana. But even in summer you can experience many adventures here and switch off from everyday life while playing golf, rafting or hiking.
  • Downtown Bozeman
    The idyllic and historic downtown Bozeman invites you to stroll, shop and enjoy the almost 300 days of sunshine a year.

Facts & Figures

Foundation: August 1864

Population: approx.37,300

Area: 49.6 km²

Height: 1,461 m

Airport: Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport

Gates of the Mountains, Montana

Halfway between the Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks are the Gates of the Mountains, one of the must-see destinations when visiting Montana. Meriwether Lewis, who wrote in his diary, was responsible for the naming: “… from the singular appearance of this place I called it the Gates of the Mountains” – the gates of the mountains. Even today you are one of the most famous landmarks of the Lewis & Clark expedition.

The two-hour boat tour starts on the coast of the Missouri River, at the foot of the Rocky Mountains between Helena and Great Falls. Board one of the comfortable open-air ships and sail through the magnificent landscape, which Meriwether Lewis already loved. The highlights of this tour are wooded slopes, rugged rock formations and the peaceful beauty of the Missouri River.

Tourists from all over the world have been following the Lewis & Clark paths for more than 125 years and every year more than 30,000 people explore this wonderful area by boat. It is a journey back in time to the way Lewis experienced it more than 200 years ago and lets you experience the original nature.

Highlights on the Lewis & Clark Trail

  • General information of the Lewis & Clark Trail
    The huge trail is the second longest historical trail in the USA and has numerous small and large highlights.
  • Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center Giant Springs
    You will find a lot of interesting and useful information for your trip on the Lewis & Clark Trail in the Interpretive Center. With exhibitions, a cinema and ranger tours with pieces to touch, you will get to know history up close.
  • Crimson Bluffs
    This area was advertised by Lewis and Clark as one of the most beautiful during their trip. Discover this wonderful region for yourself!

Facts & Figures

Length: 5,950 km

Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon

Expedition period: 1805 – 1806

Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park, natural park at the crossing between the Rocky Mountains and the prairies of Montana, USA. Following the merger with Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta, Canada, it is part of the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. A smaller but also scenic national park called Glacier National Park is located in British Columbia, Canada.

Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park

Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, common name since 1932 for Waterton Lakes National Park (Alberta, Canada) and Glacier (Montana, USA); 4630 km2. The area, located at the transition between the Rocky Mountains and the Great Plains, is dominated by a magnificent mountain landscape with 2500-3000 m high peaks. Above the tree line are glaciers and alpine vegetation, while lower-lying areas are covered by species-rich coniferous forests and prairie grasses. The park has populations of black bears, thick horn sheep, coyotes and bison, and the lakes are a resting place for numerous swimming birds, especially in the autumn.

Resorts in Montana