Flights to Montana
The fourth largest state in the USA is Montana, and it’s situated in the Western United States where it borders with Canada in the north, and North Dakota and South Dakota to the east, Wyoming to the west and Idaho to the south west. Although it is the 4th largest state it has one of the lowest populations, leading to vast areas with nothing but wilderness – though this is the appeal with Montana!
Montana has three international airports: Kalispell Glacier Park International (airport code: FCA), Great Falls International (airport code: GTF) and Billings Logan International (airport code: BIL). Flights to Montana from South Africa are indirect with mostly two stops. Airlines such as KLM, Delta Air Lines, South African Airways, Northwest Airlines, and Air France offer two stop flights to Montana from South Africa. However, Delta Air Lines provides travellers with one stop flights to Montana’s Billings Logan Airport.
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The Tourist Attractions in Montana:
Montana offers a good variety of attractions for visitors, from the famous Yellowstone National Park, to cities, to famous battlegrounds. There may not be many people in Montana but there is lots to see and do!
Helena is the capital city of Montana. This is a historic and attractive city which has several attractions for visitors who are passing through. The beautiful St Helena Cathedral for example, and the Montana State Capitol Building. Also recommended is the Great Northern Carousel which was built in 2002 and features beautifully hand carved animals from Montana.
Billings is the largest city in Montana. Like Helena there isn’t a great deal of interest to leisure tourists here though it’s a popular stopover for visitors travelling up to Yellowstone National Park. Nearby to the city is the historic Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument. The monument marks the site where Custer and Native Americans Lakota-Northern Cheyenne and Arapahos fought. Here you’ll find the Custer National Cemetery, the Indian Memorial, the US Army Memorial on Last Stand Hill and several memorial markers.
From Billings you may also like to visit the Pictograph Cave State Park which features prehistoric cave paintings.
Yellowstone National Park
Situated mainly in Montana, the famous Yellowstone National Park also spreads into neighbouring Wyoming too. This is the first, and therefore the oldest, national park in the world and is most famous for its geysers and hot springs such as Mammoth Hot Springs. Old Faithful and the Grand Geyser are the best known of the geysers which periodically spout their boiling water high into the air.
Yellowstone is also a great place to see many well known species of wildlife. Black bears are often spotted, plus there are grizzly bears here too. Birds of prey, such as the Golden Eagle and Bald Eagle may be seen, as well as elk, bison, wolves, deer and bighorn sheep.
Glacier National Park
The second of Montana’s national parks is Glacier. Glacier National Park is on the border between Montana and Canada and borders with Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada. The two were linked together as the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, forming the world’s first International Peace Park in 1932. The main attraction with Glacier National Park is the absolutely stunning scenery.
When Should You Visit?:
Being such a large state there can be considerable variation in the climate from one end to the other of Montana. Generally speaking summers are warm and winters can be incredibly cold! The daytime averages across the year range from -2C (28F) in January to 29C (84.5F) in July.