Montana is south of Canada, west of North and South Dakota , east of Idaho and north of
Wyoming. Nick-named the Treasure State, its biggest attraction is its rugged and pristine beauty.
The state is home to two wilderness national parks (Glacier and Yellowstone), two famous
explorer routes (Lewis & Clark and the Pez Perce Trail) and speckled with seas of wildflower
meadows, fresh water bountiful lakes and streams, big cities, little cities, ghost towns, old gold
mines, standing historical remnants and enough wandering buffalo, moose and grizzly bears to
make a wildlife photographer's day.
More than 850,000 people live in the state, whose major industry is agriculture, followed closely
by tourism. Visitors don't have to venture far to enjoy activities such as fishing, hiking, skiing,
wild-river rafting and bike-riding.
The state is divided into six regions: Glacier Country, Gold West Country, Russell Country,
Yellowstone Country, Missouri River Country and Custer Country. Although all boast
spectacular vistas, the terrain is quite different in each and every "Country" has specific and
unique highlights. Flatbed National Wild and Scenic River is found in Glacier Country. Bighorn
Canyon National Recreation Area is in Custer Country. Gold West Country boasts of two
authentically preserved mining camps (Virginia City and Nevada City), and the Big Hole
National Battlefield, where the disastrous Nez Perce battle took place. Russell Country offers
visitors The Kings Hill National Scenic Byway and an all-Indian rodeo at th Fort Belknap Indian
Reservation. Missouri River Country sustains a Charles M. Russell and the UL Bend National
Wildlife Refuges, and of course, Yellowstone Country has a piece of the world's famous and first
Helena, a gold strike town, is the state's capital and Billings is its largest city.
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