Winters can be long in Montana and often go well into spring.  In fact, it seems that some years we completely skip spring and go right into summer and as we all know, summer is a busy time here in The Treasure State.

Each summer the state is invaded with all kinds of minivans, SUVs, and RVs filled with people from all over the world that want to have a week or two away and experience some of that "Montana Magic".

Tourism is big business in Montana and while many locals might not like the busy roads or the long lines at restaurants, the state makes a ton of money for those visiting Big Sky Country and so do many local business owners. In fact, for many tourism-themed businesses, a busy summer can be the difference between a make-it-or-break-it year.

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And while there are many Montana destinations that are popular for both locals and tourists, according to Trips To Discover, one destination stands out above all the rest. It features mountains, lakes, forests, camping, and a whole lot more.

So which Montana summer destination is number one?

According to Trips To Discover's data, the most popular summer destination is Glacier National Park. It would be hard to argue with this, as Glacier is simply one of the most beautiful places on the earth, plus it also has the destination of being part of the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park.

Credit: Photo by Nikolay Maslov on Unsplash
Credit: Photo by Nikolay Maslov on Unsplash

Trips To Discover goes on to say the following about Glacier National Park:

A vast natural wonderland in the northwestern region of Montana, Glacier National Park offers more than 16,000 square miles of pristine wilderness. There are stunning lakes, miles and miles of hiking trails, abundant wildlife, including bighorn sheep, mountain goats, and some rare and endangered animals like grizzly bears and Canadian lynx. It also hosts one of the world’s most famously scenic drives, Going to the Sun Road, which crosses the Continental Divide.

Of course, it's often difficult to get into the park with only so many entrants allowed, many folks have to make plans months in advance, and that can be a tender subject for locals who find themselves left out because the tourists have taken all of the open spots.

Credit: Photo by Cole Allen on Unsplash
Credit: Photo by Cole Allen on Unsplash

There are several other spots that are popular across the state for summer vacations.  Yellowstone National Park, Flathead Lake, Whitefish, Bozeman, Virginia City, and the Beartooth Highway are great places to check out.

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Here's The Top 10 Tourists Sites For Those Visiting Montana

Montana is known by several nicknames. Big Sky Country, The Treasure State, and the Last Best Place to name just a few. Each year, millions of folks travel to Montana to partake in its beauty, while often seeking adventure in the outdoors. From skiing to rafting, fly fishing, to snowmobiling, Montana can certainly be described as an outdoor paradise.

No matter the season, there is always something to see and do in Montana. Here's a look at The Top 10 Tourists Sites For Those Visiting Montana.

This Family Friendly "Montana Town" Is Frozen In Time

One of the coolest places to check out in Montana is the "Old Montana" town of Nevada City. Located just on the other side of Virginia City, Nevada City is the perfect example of what life was like back during the gold rush in the 1800s.

With several different buildings to tour and friendly folks to guide you through your visit, as well as tell you the stories of the times, Nevada City is not only educational but fun for the whole family.

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