If you truly want to escape from it all on your honeymoon, there's nothing like a romantic getaway in Montana. The state's breathtaking beauty and wide-open spaces, bright blue skies and crisp air, mountain ranges and ranchlands all provide plenty of ways to share quality time not just to enjoy Mother Earth, but each other as well. From mountains that drop into rolling ranchlands, to brick brew houses and local burger joints, to capturing that shaggy grizzly bear bathing in an ice-blue glacier lake, Montana is a tranquil place where you can become one with nature.
The state of Montana is sprinkled with spectacular mountains, vast prairie lands, wild rivers and beautiful forests throughout. Eastern Montana is an area of vast rolling plains, where wheat farms and cattle ranches are common. In central Montana, where cattle ranching is a way of life, deer and antelope roam the plains. Western Montana is a region of magnificent mountains where mountain lions and grizzly bears roam. Along with this natural bounty, you'll also find welcoming locals who love to share their state's natural beauty, history, and flourishing cultural communities with travelers.
One of the first things that comes to mind when thinking of Montana is its array of spectacular national parks. Though the state is home to eight national parklands, the biggest and most famous ones 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 (with most of the park being in northwest Wyoming). Geysers, waterfalls, other natural wonders and wildlife draw thousands of tourists to Yellowstone each year. Relax in natural hot springs while you watch Old Faithful put on a show. Glacier National Park is also referred to as Mother Nature’s best work. Located in northwest Montana, the park is a land of uncommon beauty. Newlyweds can explore the park’s many beautiful glacier-carved mountains. Hike the more than 700 miles of trails that zigzag through pristine forests, alpine meadows, rugged mountains and spectacular lakes. It is the perfect spot for those adventurous honeymooners who seek wilderness and solitude. Explore the landscape and see what awaits you.
Join your significant other in the saddle, behind the wheel, in the basket, or in the raft and experience a variety of activities. With so much land throughout Montana, there’s plenty of room to roam, not just in the countryside but in the cities as well. Spend a day marveling at Montana’s beautiful, unspoiled landscape. Head to the mountains for some out-of-this-world skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing or snowmobiling. Hiking, rock climbing, fishing and whitewater rafting are also a big hit in Montana’s ideal settings. Looking for something a little more low key? Enjoy a romantic sleigh ride with some spiked hot cocoa. Take long hikes together into the woods, horseback ride on stunning trails, paddle out onto a glassy lake, and at the end of the day relax in each other's arms next to a warm fire. After feeding your appetite for adventure, relaxation awaits. Unwind at the hot springs, dine on gourmet cuisine, receive sumptuous massages or enjoy a picnic for two under the stars. Montana knows how to treat you right.
Learn more about Montana’s exciting history and culture via the wonderful museums, theaters and art galleries found in cities around the state, both big and small. “Old West” traditions live on in Montana. In fact, it’s common to befriend a cowboy or two while visiting. In the summertime, you’ll find cowboys leading cattle high up into the mountains to feed on grass. American Indians, in full native dress, gather to celebrate their customs at the Lewis and Clark County fairgrounds in Helena (and other cities around the state). Make sure you do some antique shopping – Montana has some of the best in the country. Grab yourself a souvenir or two!
Montana may be known for its cattle, but the state’s cuisine has quite a bit to offer besides meat and potatoes. Foodies will find a good variety of options ranging from popular fast food drive-thrus, quaint cafes and diners and steakhouses in the cities. Whatever you decide on, 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!
To go with its great eats, Montana has a plethora of breweries to quench your thirst. Montanans, as a general rule, love their beer, especially the local microbrews. Check out some of the local microbreweries for a frosty beverage or two. Or head to a bar in the city where you will not only enjoy a few drinks, but also get a taste of the local color and culture.
There’s no shortage of stunning accommodation options for a honeymoon in Montana, where the emphasis is on truly getting away from it all. Newlyweds can have their pick of luxurious resorts and spas here, however, Montana is also known for its Dude Ranches. Here, honeymooners get rough and ready for their new life together, spending time roping cattle and camping out under the starry skies. Many bed and breakfasts throughout Montana specialize in catering to newlyweds, offering a quaint and romantic honeymoon stay. For an unforgettable, romantic experience, try the new trend of glamping – glamorous camping! Wherever you choose to stay, Montana gives couples 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 has so much to offer newlyweds. Breathtaking scenery, historic lodges, majestic glaciers, and serenity await you on your honeymoon in Montana.
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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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- A NIGHT AT THE RODEO: With cowboy culture being a way of life out in ranch land, rodeos are a common gathering. To see the pros at work, enjoy a date night at one of the many rodeos that take place in the smaller towns during the summer circuit.
- 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 for some fun. As Montana slopes melt, the rivers swell, making Montana the perfect spot for 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. Go glamping in style!
- HISTORY LESSON: With all its natural beauty, Montana’s historical relevance can sometimes get overshadowed. But why not spend a day getting to know a little more about Montana. Visit the site of the 1876 Battle of Little Bighorn or follow the historical trail of Lewis and Clark. When you return home from your honeymoon, you can share your knowledge with family and friends.
- SAMPLE THE HUCKLEBERRY: Whether it's in the form of jam or pie, make sure you sample the huckleberry. It is the local berry - one that should be taste tested, often.