When you first arrive in the state, it doesn’t take long to find out everybody’s favorite things to do in Montana. Considering it is the fourth largest state in the Union (geographically speaking), you can find many treasures. Some of these may be well known, some may be hidden, and many will require quite the drive.

Bison in YellowstoneThe two biggest attractions in Montana are Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park. Yellowstone is a place everyone should be privileged enough to see.  Who can resist bison and geysers? Stretching into three states and home to Old Faithful, Yellowstone is truly one of the most breath taking locations in the world. Glacier is also a must – with over one million acres of land that spans two mountain ranges. Getting out and seeing the beauty of nature can be the perfect relief from the nine-to-five.  And luckily for us, from Bozeman you can do a trip to Yellowstone in one day!

Montana’s history holds more than a couple of fun facts: Did you know that Montana has the fifth largest man-made lake and that it has a longer shoreline than the entire state of California? It is true! Fort Peck Dam was constructed in the 1930’s, opened in 1940, and generates lots of power.

While the Fort Peck Dam may be a nice sight to see, we can’t bring up historical things to do in Montana without mentioning Lewis and Clark. There are many places to see if you feel like stepping back in time and getting in touch with the wild undiscovered land that became Montana. Check out Pompey’s Pillar outside of Billings -where Clark inscribed his name into the rock.

If you are looking for recreation, you have come to the right state. You can find spectacular camping, hiking, and fishing everywhere you look. Anaconda Montana is home to Old Works Golf Course, which is a Jack Nicklaus signature course that is consistently praised by Golf Week Magazine. If it isn’t exactly golf weather, there is also renowned, world-class skiing (especially around the Bozeman area).

Music fans out there may be surprised to hear that Montana has a thriving music scene. In addition to getting some big name pop, rock, and country stars touring through the state on their own, there are also some great festivals to check out. Rockin’ the Rivers in Three Forks continues to bring great local talent to the stage along with big name classic artists such as past performers: Eddie Money, Nazareth, and Dokken. Billings hold the annual Magic City Blues festival that has previously brought big names like Los Lonely Boys, and The Black Crows.

Last but not least, if you are in Montana the real thing to do is check out the “Brawl of the Wild”, Montana’s annual football match-up between Montana State University Bobcats and the University of Montana Grizzlies. This is one of the oldest football rivalries in the nation. While the rivalry has gone through lopsided decades since 1897, the current rosters and coaching staff of both teams in recent years suggest there will continue to be close match-ups in the years to come.

Now that you have some great ideas of things to go do and see in Montana, it is time to check out the Big Sky State!