If you truly want to escape from it all, there's nothing like a romantic honeymoon in Montana. The state's breathtaking beauty shines in its wide-open spaces, jagged mountains, bright blue skies, and crisp air. From mountains that drop into rolling ranchlands to Michelin-rated restaurants and local burger joints, Montana is a place where you can dress up by night and capture photos of shaggy grizzly bear bathing in an ice-blue glacial lake by day.
Usually, one of the first things that comes to mind when thinking of Montana is its spectacular national parks. The biggest and most famous are Yellowstone and Glacier National Park. Yellowstone National Park, established in 1872 as the USA’s first national park, straddles the border of Montana and Wyoming. Geysers, waterfalls, and wildlife draw thousands of tourists to Yellowstone each year. Relax in natural hot springs while you watch Old Faithful put on a show.
Then there's Glacier National Park, in northwest Montana. The park is a land of uncommon beauty where newlyweds can hike the more than 700 miles of trails that zigzag through pristine forests, alpine meadows, glacier-carved mountains, and spectacular lakes. Montana honeymoons are perfect for adventurous couples who seek wilderness and solitude. Rock climbing, fishing, horseback riding, kayaking, skiing, snowboarding, and whitewater rafting are just a few of the adventures on the menu here. Then, at the end of the day, relax in each other's arms next to a warm fire.
Whatever you decide to eat, there is a good chance the beef will be fresh, most often locally raised. Buffalo chili, cowboy beans and Indian fry-bread and steak are cowboy food that many visitors love to try. For a taste of local flavor, try the Staggering Ox in Billings, Helena and Missoula. The Pickle Barrel, with its original location in Bozeman, is famous for its sub sandwiches. In the summer, keep your eyes peeled for huckleberries and Flathead cherries at farmer’s markets and roadside stands. They are a must-try, as are the famed local microbreweries in the towns and cities!
There’s no shortage of stunning accommodations for a honeymoon in Montana, where the emphasis is on truly getting away from it all. You haveyour pick of luxurious resorts and spas, but Montana is also known for its Dude Ranches. Honeymoon at a Dude Ranch, and you'll start your new lives together in unforgettable fashion: that is, roping cattle and camping out under the brilliant starry skies. Many quaint and romantic bed and breakfasts throughout Montana specialize in catering to newlyweds. For another unforgettabl experience, Montana is perfect for glamping! Wherever you choose to stay, Montana gives you plenty of secluded and romantic time together.
Everything is bigger in Montana – the mountains, the parks, the snow and especially the sky. And on your honeymoon, you want to go big! Whether you hike, ski, soak in hot springs or tag along with the cowboys, Montana honeymoons have so much to offer.
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- ELECTRICITY: Montana, and the rest of America, uses electricity at 110-120 volts. Flat two-prong plugs are typical, so it is recommended that you bring a universal plug adapter if you are coming from outside the US. A transformer may also be necessary.
- TIME ZONE: The state of Montana is under the Mountain Time Zone.
- WEATHER: Rainfall is low in most areas of Montana, often less than 13 inches annually. Temperatures in western mountain valleys are generally moderate year-round. In eastern areas, on the plains, days can be very hot in the summer and very cold in the winter.
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- GETTING THERE: Montana is a big state, but plenty of transportation systems are in place to help you get around. Drive or fly in, then use interstates and scenic highways to explore, or try the Amtrak rail system for a ride across the northern part of the state. Montana’s major airports include Billings (BIL), Bozeman (BZN), Missoula (MSO), Helena (HLN), Kalispell (FCA), Butte (BTM), and Great Falls (GTF) and all are served by major airlines and conveniently located near downtown areas.
- WHEN TO GO: The ideal months for Montana travel are July and August, when the must-see attractions are up and running, the crowds are not overwhelming, and the temperature is most comfortable. The shoulder seasons - June or September - offer as much access as July and August, but come with two possible pitfalls in terms of weather: rain in June, and snow in September.
- REGIONS :The Continental Divide of the Rocky Mountains separates the east from the west. Western Montana is dominated by mountains, making for picturesque scenery such as that found in Glacier National Park. Eastern Montana is flatter, with isolated "island ranges" of lower mountains intermixed with prairie.
- MONTANA HI-LINE: The Montana Hi-Line consists of US Highway 2, which runs from the North Dakota border in the east all the way to Idaho. The highway is predominantly flat, with some hills scattered about and quite a few curves in the road. The condition of the highway is good. It can be a bit narrow in spots and can get busy at times in the summer.
- EAT OUT: Head out to get a taste of Montana. We recommend giving the bison pot stickers or Montana meatloaf a try at Montana Ale Works. With 40 beers on tap, you could spend the day there.
- ROAD TRIP: Spend some time on the open road. Take a drive down the 52-mile stretch of Going-to-the-Sun Road, one of the most scenic drives you'll ever have, filled with waterfalls, tunnels and mountain goats!
- WINTER FUN: Montana boasts options galore for the snow lover. Whether you make a trip to Big Sky Resort or spend a day at Whitefish Mountain, the slopes are out of this world. And in true Montana fashion, crowds are scarce. Whatever your pleasure – skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, ice-skating or dog sledding – it’s all available in Montana. The hot chocolate is waiting!
- HEAD TO THE RANCH: Montana's southwest corner is home to a number of vacation ranches that offer horseback riding, cattle drives and lots of old west atmosphere... with all the modern conveniences.
- WHITEWATER EXCITEMENT: Strap on the life jacket and climb aboard. As Montana slopes melt, the rivers swell, making for perfect whitewater rafting. Middle Fork near Glacier Park and the Alberton Gorge outside Missoula are good places to start. You can even make a weekend out of it – some outfitters offer multi-day trips that include luxury tents and gourmet meals.
- HISTORY LESSON: With all its natural beauty, Montana’s historical relevance can get overshadowed. But why not spend a day visiting the site of the 1876 Battle of Little Bighorn, or following the historical trail of Lewis and Clark?
- SAMPLE THE HUCKLEBERRY: Whether it's in the form of jam or pie, make sure you sample the huckleberry, Montana's prized local friut!