Montana is the land of 'big sky', the northernmost of the Rocky states abounding in rugged mountains and endless plains. Highlights include the vast Glacier National Park with its alpine lakes and snow-topped peaks, as well as the iconic Going-to-the-Sun Road that traverses deep valleys interspersed with roaring waterfalls and giant glaciers.
Saint Mary Lake, Glacier National Park, Montana
The Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park are the showpiece nature reserves, but between them you'll find national forests, state parks, wilderness areas, gigantic lakes and trickling streams. It's all best explored with a base in the numerous ranches, rodeos, resorts and riding trails where true western adventure is never far away.
Yellowstone National Park, Montana/Wyoming
In winter, snow-cloaked mountains are the perfect base for skiing, snowshoeing and even dog-sledding, but summer is perhaps Montana's shining season. Enjoy everything from hiking and mountain biking, to kayaking and fly-fishing, coming back to luxury log cabins and lodges.