Visiting Montana is a great way to truly get away from it all and see the world in a whole new way. Of course, out here, there are also fewer big cities and chain motels, which means it may be harder to find an accommodation. Fortunately, the growing trend toward private rentals is creating a new market for luxury villas and private vacation getaways that can be booked by families, couples, and others coming to the area who want a different way to stay.
While you’re in Big Sky, of course, you’ll want to make sure that you take the time to explore all that the area has to offer. while most of the country has been over-developed, Montana has been left largely untouched, offering people a unique chance to get a glimpse of America’s true beauty at its finest. Even the locals will tell you all of the best places to go and things to see to get the best views while you’re in the area.
Where to Go and What to See
Montana is Big Sky Country, which means if you’re here, you’d better love the great outdoors. Whether it’s a sunset walk with the mountains in the background or a daytime hike, or even some fishing or other water activities, there is always something to do outdoors. While you’re here, feel free to explore all of the parks, nature preserves, and other outdoor spaces that have so much to offer.
Big Sky sells itself as an “R-Destination”, offering recreation, relaxation, reconnection, and rejuvenation for visitors before they return home refreshed and ready to get back to life. Known as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park, this city is less than an hour from the West Entrance of the park. There, guests will be able to explore plenty of hiking, historical markers, unique natural wonders, like the infamous geysers, and more.
During the winter months, Big Sky offers more than 5,800 acres of skiing, making it some of the Biggest Skiing in America®. With four mountains, almost 4,500 vertical feet of slopes, and plenty of runs to explore, there’s something for everyone when it comes to skiing in this great region.
Yellowstone National Park
When visiting Yellowstone, be sure to check out Old Faithful, Yellowstone Lake, and the Midway Geyser Basin. You will also enjoy exploring the Grand Canyon of hit Yellowstone, and wildlife enthusiasts can check out all of the great wildlife in the Hayden and Lamar Valleys throughout the park. Families can hike and explore, take a picnic lunch, and then drive back to the Big Sky area to find dinner and get some rest.
When you’re approaching Big Sky, you’ll come across three main areas of the region that you’ll want to explore. Driving in will take you through the alpine meadows and to Gallatin Canyon, offering a scenic drive along the river. You’ll also find the meadow area, a small valley that’s quickly becoming the heart of the region. Finally, you’ll be able to explore the mountains, including Lone Peak, which offers an elevation of 11,166 feet with stunning views of the entire area.
The Great Outdoors Await
Although there is plenty of shopping, dining, and other culture to explore in the area, tours and other attractions tend to make the bottom of the list because this is an area that’s so known for its outdoor adventures. Most top lists of things to do in Big Sky include outdoor activities galore, such as:
- Skiing and snowboarding
- Backcountry skiing and snowshoeing
- Snowmobiling and adventure sports
- Hiking and biking
- Sledding and tubing
- Dog sled and sleigh rides
As you can see, the adventures in the area are nearly endless. While there are some indoor activities and other things to see in Big Sky, people typically come (and stay) for all that the great Montana country has to offer.
What to Eat During Your Stay
This is a region that loves its meat and potatoes, but you’ll also find a lot more eclectic food than you might first expect. Throughout the state, there are plenty of steakhouses, diners, upscale restaurants, and everything in between. If you’re tired of stopping off at freeway exits for greasy fast food, check out places like the Montana Dinner Yurt at Lone Mountain, Horn and Cantle, or Olive B’s Big Sky Bistro.
Those who are traveling with a family or children will enjoy popular family restaurants like Yeti Dogs, Ousel & Spur Pizza Co., and Milkies Pizza & Pub. Also worth a look for both relaxed and upscale dining are Bunker Deck & Grill, Blue Buddha Sushi Lounge, and the Rocks Tasting Room and Liquor Store.
Plan Your Itinerary Around the Weather
During the winter months, it can get pretty unpredictable up in the great wide-open spaces of Montana, so anyone planning a visit should consider the season and weather to guarantee an event-free vacation. It may be impossible to prevent anything from happening, but you can plan accordingly to make sure that you’re visiting during a time when the weather is nice and makes traveling easy.
Of course, winter is when people come for skiing, so it’s the most popular time to be in town. You should check the weather reports before you go and make sure that you’re not going to run into any delays. If you are traveling during the summer months, this will be less of a concern.
Find Your Private Villa Rental and Book Your Getaway Now
Now that you have a little more information on what to do while you’re in the area, Big Sky awaits. Consider skipping the luxury hotels and ski resorts and booking a private vacation villa instead. You can go out and explore all that the area has to offer and then return to your private rental and enjoy a relaxing night in just as if you were at home. Plus, you’ll enjoy a more unique experience on vacation by living like a local. Learn more or book your rental at Isle Blue.