As the world leader in travel experiences since 1947, we connect you to the real Montana in a way like no other. Between the erupting geysers of Yellowstone and the soaring peaks and electric blue lakes of Glacier National Park, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a postcard when you discover Montana. As you journey from sweeping prairies to dramatic mountains, you’ll see that Big Sky Country is more than just a nickname: It’s really the only way to describe the endless wonders of this incredible state. Our Montana trips will take you driving along the most scenic roads in the country, hopping from historic monuments like the Little Bighorn Battlefield, to laid-back cities like Billings and Missoula, all while meeting the friendly locals and even a real-life horse wrangler in the wilderness. Famed as the Treasure State for its precious metals like gold and silver, you’ll also discover a rich mining history in Montana - and don’t forget to look up at night to see millions more twinkling gems in one of the darkest skies on earth. Travel with us and unlock the infinite possibilities thanks to our exclusive Trafalgar Highlights.
From the steaming geysers of Yellowstone to the stunning peaks and lakes of Glacier National Park, you'll find nature at its scenic best in Montana. Our expert Trafalgar Travel Directors will take you from the golden prairies where cowboys roam, to the historic monuments and laid-back cities, and show you why Big Sky Country is much more than a nickname.
"If you've always dreamed of taking on a classic American road trip, there's no better place to do it than Montana, where the scenic roads take you from golden prairies to snowy mountains, under the endless blue sky."
Discover the Little Bighorn battlefield monument
We’ll take you on a journey to the Little Bighorn monument, which serves as a memorial to the Battle of Bighorn. You’ll see the infamous battlefield where Lieutenant Colonel Custer led his men against the Northern Plains Lakota and Cheyenne warriors led by Sitting Bull, and have some time to reflect on the history of this moving memorial.
Visit Billings, a city in southern Montana on the Yellowstone River
As the state’s largest and most laid-back city, Billing’s is one of the best places to visit in Montana. Set on the edge of the Yellowstone River, you’ll be surrounded by mountains and greenery, plus fantastic historic and cultural treasures. We’ll take you straight to the heart of Billings with a local dinner where you’ll discover that famous Western hospitality.
Drive through the scenic Montana roads
In Montana, all roads lead to yet another enchanting landscape, and we’ll take you on an unforgettable road trip to the most beautiful destinations in Montana. Cruise along the scenic Southern Road through Glacier National Park, cross the Continental Divide in a vintage style jammer, and wind along the famous Going-to-the-Sun Road over Logan Pass.
Our top 3 things to do in Montana
When you travel Montana with Trafalgar, we’ll reveal all the best Montana attractions, from the iconic national parks to the historic monuments and spectacular roads.
Museum of the Rockies
Dive into the history of the Rocky Mountains at this fantastic museum, home to the country’s largest collection of dinosaur remains and the largest T-Rex skull ever found. You'll also discover exhibits on the life of Native Americans, gold-miners, fur traders and frontier settlers on the Northern Plains, including an amazing Living History Farm.
C. M. Russell Museum
This Montana museum is dedicated to the legendary “cowboy artist” Charles Marion Russell. It holds the world’s largest collection of paintings, drawings, sculpture and illustrated letters by Russell, and you can even see his original log cabin studio and wooden frame home, including his work tools, cowboy gear and Indian artefacts.
American Computer & Robotics Museum
Renowned Harvard scientist Edward O. Wilson described this museum as the best in the world, and tech lovers are sure to agree as they explore the exhibits spanning 4,000 years from the original cuneiform tablets to the first computers. You’ll learn about the space race, artificial intelligence and even cracking the enigma code in this thought-provoking museum.
Best museums in Montana
One of the best things to do in Montana is check out its incredible museums, and our Montana tours will take you from the ancient remains of dinosaurs to the world of robotics.
Pickle Barrel Sandwiches
These legendary sandwiches have been voted best in Bozeman for seven years in a row and have been a popular staple of Montana for over 30 years - but they’re much more than a sandwich. Apart from being absolutely massive and stuffed with all kinds of delicious fillings like cheesesteak, these sandwiches are a local treasure that are homemade with love.
Huckleberry Bear Claws
If you ask a local for Montana’s most iconic food, they’d probably say huckleberries. You can pick them wild and fresh across the state… Or eat them in a huckleberry bear claw. These sweet Danish-like pastries are shaped like a bear claw and stuffed with scrumptious huckleberry filling, and you’ll soon fall in love with them on your Montana trip.
Wheat Montana Cinnamon Rolls
Everyone loves a good cinnamon roll, but they don’t get much better than the ones at Wheat Montana, a family-owned farm, flour mill and bakery in the Northern Great Plains. They sell all kinds of sandwiches and baked treats, but the real hero is their enormous cinnamon rolls, filled with lashings of cinnamon and sugar and sweet glaze drizzled on top.
Best food in Montana
Montana may be famed for its gorgeous landscapes, but you can’t forget about the delicious food, and our Montana holidays will introduce you to all the best dishes in the state.
What to pack for Montana
Reusable water bottle
Montana’s high elevation means you’ll be more prone to dehydration, so bring a stainless steel water bottle that you can refill throughout the day.
You’ll drive along plenty of spectacular highways when you travel Montana, and a pair of headphones and the right playlist will really set the mood for your road trip.
You’ll want to take plenty of gorgeous snaps when exploring Big Sky Country, and a portable charger will help keep all your devices on while you’re on the move.
The combination of high altitude and plenty of sunshine in Montana means you’ll need to take extra care with your skin. Pack a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen and you’re good to go.
While you’re likely to see plenty of sunny days in Montana, it can get cold in the mornings and evenings, so come prepared with some warm layers.
Other things to know before you go
Depending on your nationality, you'll need a valid passport and may also need visas to enter. Please check this well in advance of your trip departure date here. Some countries also require passports to have 3-6 months left on them before the given expiry date, so be sure to double check this before booking your travels.