Montana is Big Sky country. The nickname is no empty cliché: the entire state is blessed with a huge blue roof that both dwarfs the beautiful countryside and complements it perfectly. A magnificent northernmost cap for the US Rockies, this is a region of snowcapped summits, turbulent rivers, spectacular glacial valleys, heavily wooded forests and sparkling blue lakes, at their most dramatic in Glacier National Park.
By contrast, the eastern two-thirds is high prairie: sun-parched in summer and wracked by icy blizzards each winter. Tourism is currently the state’s second biggest earner, though, apart from skiing, the harsh climate generally restricts the season to the months between June and September. This eTrail is a chapter excerpted from the book "The Rough Guide to USA." It is packed with information on this state including history, getting there and getting around, major cities and regions, and what to do and where to stay when you get there.
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