Guide to Montana:
How to Explore Local Destinations on Your Vacation
Montana is called “Big Sky Country” thanks to its wide-open spaces and diverse terrain. Here you can enjoy the ice-capped Rocky Mountains, expansive lakes, skiing at the multiple resorts in winter, and Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park. Vacations in Montana offer excitement and discovery at every turn. Our Stay Montana insider guide will give tips on how to explore this wild country at your own pace!
Big Sky is Montana’s adventure destination for the whole family. There’s something for everyone whether you’re looking to hit the slopes in winter, explore the rivers in summer and take in the fall foliage on its many hiking trails. Home to two world-class resorts, you also won’t have to beat the crowds despite being just a few miles from West Yellowstone Park and being driving distance from Bozeman.
When planning your getaway, be aware weather can be unpredictable in this gorgeous mountain town. This is just part of what makes mountain life so exciting! Check the weather in Big Sky before you go, but summers are generally clear and sunny, winters cold with deep snow, and fall and spring variable.
Regardless of the season, we provide a range of luxurious places to stay in Big Sky, including properties to accommodate groups large and small. Cozy lodges, spacious riverfront cottages and ski/ski out condos are all available to enhance your stay.
Bozeman is a historic, year-round destination offering arts & culture, a variety of dining options, and outdoor excursions for all ages. Outdoor enthusiasts will appreciate the ample options to see the area’s open spaces by mountain biking, horseback riding and river tubing, to name a few! The city mixes Old West architecture with ski culture and the tech industry luring everyone with its ample recreational activities.
Warm summer months with highs in the mid-80s are perfect for discovering the many geological features of the Bozeman area. Take note that temperatures can swing greatly from day to night offering warm days in the sun and cool evenings on the porch. Sunny and snowy winters beckon travelers to hit the slopes, explore cross-country ski trails and discover the backcountry on snowmobiles.
Finding housing for your trip is easy with our vacation rentals in the Bozeman area. Stay in historic downtown Bozeman to visit the shops and bar scene. A beach escape is possible for small and large groups. The locally owned Bridger Bowl is also open mid-December to early April for elevated mountain living.
America’s first national park, Yellowstone’s west entrance is just 91 miles from Bozeman along the stunning Gallatin River and a one hour drive from Big Sky past expansive mountain meadows. You will pass through the famous Rosevelt Arch before heading to bucket-list destinations such as Mammoth Hot Springs, the Boiling River and Lamar Valley home to American bison, bald eagles, and grizzly bears.
Yellowstone’s weather fluctuates due to the altitude, so bring layers and jackets for the unexpected. It’s been known to snow in June but is most common from November through April. While not all roads and facilities are open yet, springtime is an exciting period in the park to see bison and elk calves, as well as wolves, coyotes, and grizzlies, hunt for food after a long winter.
Options abound when finding a vacation rental in Yellowstone with gorgeous lodging leading up to the west entrance of the park. Paradise Valley attracts travelers from all over looking to stay along the Yellowstone River stretching from Gardiner to Livingston, MT. Private lodges, fly-fishing cottages and charming cabins are able to accommodate groups of all sizes.
Livingston is a charming western town and the gateway to stunning Paradise Valley. Locally sourced dining and boutique shopping options offer a local’s viewpoint of the Wild West. Easy access to the Yellowstone River and a short drive to Yellowstone National Park attracts visitors for a day trip and more. Stay in Livingston to visit art galleries, antique shops, museums, restaurants and multiple hot springs in the area.
Livingston might have some of the warmer temperatures in the state during winter, but it’s also one of the windiest places in the country! You’ll want to bundle up to enjoy this winter wonderland. Summer and Fall draw crowds due to the blue and sunny skies. As with other Montana destinations, bring a jacket and your hiking boots to explore the gorgeous outdoors just steps away from your door.