SUMMER VACATION IDEAS: ROAD TRIP

Photos: Summer in Big Sky Country

Western Montana offers views of more than just the Big Sky—with the Rocky Mountains, pristine mountain lakes, wildlife, and some classic 19th-century architecture, too!

  1. Melting snow provides a beautiful waterfall on the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park.

    (Jason P Ross/Dreamstime)
  2. The gorgeous but challenging Highline trail in Glacier National Park.

    (Jerryway/Dreamstime.com)
  3. Lake McDonald, the largest lake in Glacier National Park.

    (Natalia Bratslavsky/Dreamstime.com)
  4. The visitor center at Logan Pass, at the Continental Divide in Glacier National Park, features one of the highest book stores in the world.

    (Jim Parkin)
  5. Flathead Lake, in western Montana, is the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi.

    (Adeliepenguin/Dreamstime.com)
  6. Aerial view of Bigfork Mont., a hotspot for great food, western-art galleries, and jewelry.

    (Jack Archibald/Dreamstime.com)
  7. "Big Mike," a bronze cast of the Wankel T. rex at the entrance to the Museum of the Rockies, in Bozeman, Mont., is one of the most complete T. rex specimens ever discovered and was excavated by field crews from the museum..

    (Courtesy Museum of the Rockies)
  8. Costumed interpreter baking cookies in the wood-fired stove at the Tinsley House at Museum of the Rockies' Living History Farm.

    (Courtesy Museum of the Rockies)
  9. Antlers adorn a fence just outside Bigfork, Mont.

    (Linda Brenan/myBudgetTravel)
  10. The Montana State Capitol Building in Helena.

    (Wellesenterprises/Dreamstime.com)
  11. Peaks near Logan Pass in Glacier National Park.

    (Snehitdesign/Dreamstime.com)
  12. Missoula, Mont., is a vibrant university town in western Montana.

    (D Guisinger/Flickr)
  13. Montana's Beartooth Highway.

    (Courtesy Hitesh Shah/Flickr)
  14. Cooke City, Mont., east of Bozeman, was one of Budget Travel's Coolest Small Towns of 2012!

    (Janie Osborne)
  15. Montana offers some of the best fly fishing in the U.S. This spot is near Cooke City.

    (Janie Osborne)
  16. Cooke City, Mont., is the site of a unique museum.

    (Janie Osborne)
  17. If you make it up to Logan Pass, in Glacier National Park, you are almost guaranteed to see mountain goats.

    (Courtesy Rich954/myBudgetTravel)
  18. Catching a mountain range reflected perfectly in a still lake is one of the heart-stopping moments that brings visitors to Montana.

    (Courtesy gdcall/myBudgetTravel)
  19. Flathead Lake draws visitors and year-round residents for its quiet bays and surrounding pine forests.

    (Courtesy Matthew Hoelscher/Wikimedia Commons)

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