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On vacation with kids to: Montana, USA.

Montana, also called 'Treasure State' and 'Big Sky State', is a state in the Pacific Northwest and Great Plains regions of the United States of America. Montana is bordered to the north by Canada, to the east by North Dakota and part of South Dakota, to the south by Wyoming and to the west and southwest by Idaho.

The state's name is derived from the Spanish word montaña meaning mountain, probably because the central and western thirds of the state have numerous mountain ranges of the northern Rocky Mountains. Montana is well known for its mountainous western region, part of the northern Rocky Mountains. However, about 60% of the state is actually prairie and part of the northern Great Plains.
As of 2005, Montana has an estimated population of 935,670. The capital of Montana is Helena and largest city is Billings with an estimated population of 103,206 (2007).
Tourism is important to the economy, with millions of visitors a year to Glacier National Park, the Battle of Little Bighorn site, and three of the five entrances to Yellowstone National Park. Vast nature, the Old West, and plenty of rugged character describe Montana. Take the family on a vacation to Montana for the fresh mountain air, for the wild west feel, for those big skies and superb parks.
To the east lie the Northern Plains of the U.S., with numerous buttes and island mountain ranges popping up all over its landscape.
Northeast Montana is Montana River Country. Here you'll find over 1,500 miles of shoreline at Fort Peck. Recreation in Montana River Country includes fishing, hunting, boating and camping.
Southeast Montana, also called Custer Country, is a cultural and historical area with attractions like the Little Bighorn Battlefield and the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation. In this area, with millions of acres of public lands, outdoor activities abound.
North Central Montana offers many opportunities for horseback riding, skiing, hiking, camping, fishing and boating.
In South Central Montana is a portion of Yellowstone National Park and surrounding communities. Yellowstone has wonderful formations, geysers, and mud cauldrons known as bubbling paint pots, and three of the entrances to the park are in this region. The Crazy Mountains area is a haven for outdoor recreation, photography, and great drives. Outdoor fun in the Yellowstone area can be anything from a Western rodeo, to windsurfing, to driving at one of a number of great scenery golf courses. Yellowstone County vacation rental guests will have lots of exciting outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, climbing and or simply take in the natural magnificence of this land and stand in awe of the unique geological and geo-thermal features of the park and mountain environs, with multitude of animal species that reside there, wilderness areas, historic towns, and much more.
Northwest Montana holds the Glacier National Park. Glacier National Park is a place of mountain ranges carved by prehistoric ice rivers. It features alpine meadows, deep forests, waterfalls, glistening glaciers and about 200 sparkling lakes. Whitefish is a nationally recognized recreation area with year-round outdoor activities such as snowboarding and golf.
Southwest Montana is also known as the Gold West and home to the state's capital Helena. Helena is a popular destination for travellers seeking adventure, recreation and history. The 1864 gold strike touched off a boom era that transformed Helena into 'Queen City of the Rockies'. Outdoor recreation is abundant in the many lakes and rivers nearby Helena.
Another famous Montana city is Billings. Billings sits on the banks of the Yellowstone River between Yellowstone National Park and Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument. Billings is known for its rich history filled with names such as Lewis & Clark, Custer and Sitting Bull.
In Montana the attractions lie all over and there is a great diversity of wildlife to find. Yellowstone National Park, Glacier National Park and countless ranges shape the many snow skiing resort areas to the west, nestled among the mountain ranges and system of lakes and rivers. Montana can be a great family vacation destination for both outdoor and history lovers. A Montana family vacation can be full of outdoor activities but also can be very relaxing. So it's all up to you and don't worry about the kids cause they will love Montana.

Popular cities and towns in Montana:

Some of the major and most popular cities and towns in Montana are: Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Havre, Helena, Kalispell, Missoula and Miles City.

Accommodations:

Montana's a big state but accommodations are found in all corners of the state. There is a variety of family friendly hotels, ski-resorts, lodges, cabins, all suited for a vacation with the kids. However finding the right resort, hotel, B&B or inn for your vacation with the kids can be a challenge. You can take a look at the accommodations section to find out what to look for in a accommodation suited for your children. All depends on the season and vacation plans you have with the kids. If you plan on skiing ,all ski resorts put the welcome mat out for families, with excellent kids' programs and ski and boarding schools. Child-care centers, even for babies, and cool programs for teens are found more and more, too. All great news for your vacation in Montana with the kids. No matter which part of Montana stands out to you as being the most suited for your vacation with the kids, there are accommodations in that area that can make your trip more exciting than you ever imagined. Why not check out one of the campgrounds Montana has to offer. Or why not choose a vacation rental, from cosy mountain cabins to city apartments, there are lots of family friendly Montana vacation rentals that will meet all your needs. As you can see Montana has a variety of accommodations that are well suited for your vacation with the kids.




Attractions:

Currently (2007) there are no theme parks or amusement parks in Montana. If we find one it will be listed here. In the bordering states (Wyoming and Idaho) of Montana there are some theme and amusement parks. Wyoming however offers many family-friendly attractions and activities suited for your vacation with the kids.

Waterparks and water fun:
Big Sky Waterpark
Big Splash
Big Timber Water Slide
Electric City



Montana Zoos:
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Zoo Montana

Other sites and tours to see on your family vacation:
Charlie Russell Chew Choo train ride
Yellowstone Art Center
Moss Mansion in Billings
Canyon Creek
Montana Pro Rodeo Hall and Wall of Fame in Billings
Missoula In Montana’s Glacier Country
Higgins Block in Missoula
Missoula County Courthouse
Rocky Mountain Museum of Military History in Missoula
Citadel Rock in Great Falls
Cascade County Courthouse in Great Falls
Kalispell The heart of the Rocky Mountain wild lands
Conrad Mansion National Historic Site in Kalispell
Ashland/Lame Deer Population centers of the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation
Beartooth Highway
Chinook Bear Paw Battlefield
Dillon Bannack State Park
The Flathead Lake State Park
Fort Peck Dam and Lake Tours
Glacier National Park
Ulm Pishkun State Park



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