Things To Know Before Visiting Montana
Montana is a fabulous place. It’s well-known for its natural beauty and often called the Treasure State. The scenery of Montana is wonderful. The people are much hotter than the average temperature! And I really had a chance to see it for myself.
I went to Montana not long ago. Actually, my friend studies at the Montana State University and she’s invited me to visit Montana for a long time. Just this summer I took the time, put everything off and finally went! Frankly, I was a little afraid of going there because I knew almost nothing about Montana. But I was so pleasantly surprised to meet this great place as now I’m definitely going to visit it this winter!
Here I’ve prepared the basic things and interesting facts on Montana – and why it’s worth seeing this fascinating state for once in your life.
MONTANA IS A PERFECT PLACE TO RELAX AWAY FROM THE NOISY CITY
If you want alone time as you’re getting tired of your busy city, you can surely go to Montana. This state has a unique mix of city living and wide open spaces. The population of Montana is the third lowest in the USA, behind Alaska and Wyoming. So when you go from the city where the population is more than 3 million people to Montana, where the largest city has a population of just 60,000 people, you see a big change. You note with surprise that everyone knows everyone in these small towns and Montana locals can spot a tourist from a mile away. You can drive for long stretches on empty roads and meet nobody. If you look around, you’ll see the raw Montana countryside and farmland. And, of course, you can be thrilled that people can live more than a mile away from their nearest neighbor.
MONTANA IS KIND TO EACH TOURIST
Montana’s nature attracts a lot of tourists every year. Here you’ll find anything you want – valleys, mountains, rivers, forests and much more. It’s really hard to describe its nature with words, it’s better one time to see!
In Montana, you can’t sit in the same place. Any type of outdoor adventures as hiking, fishing, canoeing, hunting, camping, cycling, water recreation and so on is possible there. All you need is to think what you want to do.
But remember, if you plan to spend your vacation there you need comfortable outfits. To get closer to nature you don’t need high heels or evening dresses. Sneakers, jeans or a training suit are those things that you need in Montana.
MONTANA IS THE HOME OF MANY FAMOUS PEOPLE
Of course, Montana is better known for its national parks, ranches and rodeo… I was pretty amazed to know how many outstanding people called Montana their home or have vacation homes there in summer. Do you know that actor Bill Pullman taught film and photography at Montana State University or Bud Luckey, a popular cartoonist and character designer, was born and raised in Billings? Me neither! This just proves that if you go to Montana, you can even meet any famous person!
MONTANA HELPS SAVE MONEY
In Montana, the cost of living lower than the national average. Montana has no sales tax that’s why everything there from gasoline prices to grocery store bills are much cheaper. By the way, the buses are zero-fare in this wonderful place. But in spite of that, my advice is to rent a car as Montana is a wide open space and only big cities have transit buses.
MONTANA IS PRETTY AT ANY TIME OF THE YEAR
Montana’s climate is highly diverse. Don’t believe that the snow lies there all year round. That’s not exactly true. Really, the snow falls all year round, but just in the mountains (and much less so in summer) and don’t forget that Montana consists not only of mountains. The average daytime temperature in summer is commonly 85°F, in winter is about 28°F. Besides, the summer days are extra long. Hot or humid weather is less usual. This state is a nice place for the rest in any season.
As you see I liked my trip to Montana. This is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited.
Have you been in Montana? If so, share your experience with us below in the comments.
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Andrew Cuerra is the mind behind The Cross Fit Shoes. You can see more of his stories at thecrossfitshoes.com