If yoga class and stay-at-home workouts aren’t doing it for you anymore, perhaps it’s time for a getaway.
And while most fitness trips either solo or with your girlfriends might seem prime for a big city, why not take a chance on somewhere where you can truly get away from it all?
Although you might not hear about Montana much on the news, there’s a reason why the state has earned its nickname of “The Last Great Place.” Perhaps the most overlooked area in the country not only for its natural beauty, the state’s prairies and badlands signal its status as somewhere ripe for exploration by out-of-towners.
You’ll find a common thread about the top reasons to visit Montana: the great outdoors. Between marvelous stargazing, breathtaking views and crisp mountain air, there’s arguably no better place in the country to not only enjoy some peace and quiet, but also some serious adventure.
After all, with so many mountains and nature hotspots to check out, you’re totally poised for adventure when you’re in the Treasure State. Rather than be green with envy of all those Instagram photos of fitness models showing off gorgeous views, why can’t you be the one getting up close and personal with nature?
Whether you’re taking a road trip or want to renting an RV in Montana to truly explore the state, you’re going to need some awesome adventure activities to fill up your itinerary. Don’t worry: we’ve got you covered. Below we’ve broken down six truly breathtaking options that’ll get you moving and make memories that’ll last a lifetime.
Yellowstone National Park
Representing the first national park in the country and perhaps one of the most famous in the world, Montana shares Yellowstone with the likes of Wyoming and Idaho.
However, Montana’s share of Yellowstone is most definitely one to behold, boasting a marvelous up-close view of the Yellowstone Falls and plenty of opportunities to get on the water. Scenic rafting and hiking are aplenty, as are opportunities to see local wildlife including bison and moose.
Giant Springs State Park
An absolute dream come true for the outdoorsy type, the park’s 4,500+ acres and many miles of trails mean that there’s plenty to explore year-round.
Sporting a trout hatchery, Giant Springs represents a fantastic hotspot for ladies who love to fish and hunt. For those who want to focus on hiking and biking, you don’t have to look hard for gorgeous waterfall views. For those who’ve set up camp in the vicinity of Great Falls, make Giant Springs one of your top priorities.
Horseback Riding in Billings
If you’ve never ridden a horse before, Bitter Creek Outfitters in Billings offers scenic, small-group tours around the Rimrocks. A serene way to enjoy the outdoors, such tours provide a glimpse of ranch life in America’s heartland that you can scratch off your bucket list.
Glacier National Park
No visit to Montana is complete without planning a trip to Glacier National Park.
Smack dab on the border of the United States and Canada, Glacier offers everything from hundreds of miles of hiking and cross-country skiing to guided boat tours and endless bike trails. As an added bonus, there’s no license necessary to fish within the park although there are limitations on certain bodies of water.
Going-to-the-Sun Road is definitely considered the must-see sight by tourists at Glacier, though. If possible, make it a point to bike the road for yourself and snag a snapshot of the glaciers which give the park its namesake.
Lewis and Clark Caverns
Highlighted by Lewis and Clark during their famed expedition, these limestone caverns are the perfect place to find your adventurous spirit. The hike to the cavern entrance is most definitely worth the trek, as are the photo ops when you finally make it inside the caves themselves. If you’re not spooked by narrow passages or low-ceilings, definitely opt for the two-hour tour.
Rock Climbing in Whitefish
If you want to put your fitness to the test, look no further than a rock climbing expedition in Whitefish. Even those who’ve strictly stuck to indoor climbing or have never properly seen the side of the mountain will be taken care of. Not only do Whitefish’s crags and hills test you physically, but also offer one-of-a-kind views of Montana’s mountainsides.
What Montana lacks in population it definitely makes up for with its incredible parks and adventure activities. Whether you’re traveling with friends or family or you’re flying solo, mind your safety and be sure to check out any of these attractions for a truly unique experience in the great outdoors.