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In the Pacific Northwest is the state of Montana, the fourth largest state in the country. Located in the Rocky Mountain region, Montana derives its name from the Spanish word for ‚Äėmountain‚Äô. Sharing an extended border with Canada, Montana has North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming and Idaho as its neighboring states. Helena is the capital city with Billings being the largest.
Apart from agriculture and lumbering, tourism ranks among the most important industries for Montana. From the mountainous terrain of the Rocky mountain region to the Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park, the state offers some exciting stuff for tourists.
National Parks, State Parks, museums, art galleries, scenic drives, lakes and historical sites, Montana is truly a treasure house of attractions. The museum collections and community art centers of Montana are famous across the globe, with The C.M. Russell Museum, The Yellowstone Art Center in Billings and Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman being the most popular. Historically important destinations include the Big Hole National Battlefield, Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail and World Museum of Mining.
Though completely surrounded by land, Montana has abundant water bodies which offer scenic backdrops and water sport opportunities. From major rivers like Madison, Missouri, Yellowstone, Gallatin, Clark Fork and Big Hole to important lakes like the Flathead Lake, Montana gets abundant water reserves for agriculture and perfect conditions for whitewater rafting, swimming, fishing, boating and water skiing among others.
No wonder Montana is nicknamed ‚ÄúThe Treasure State‚ÄĚ!