At the foot of the Bitterroot Mountains in western Montana, Missoula boasts beautiful scenery, a lively cultural scene, good hospitals and abundant outdoor recreation. It is a great retirement spot!
On the way to Yellowstone National Park, Red Lodge is cute, touristy and an outdoor adventure hub in rugged terrain.
By area, Montana is the fourth largest state in the United States. With an average of only 6 people per square mile, it is one of the country's least populated. The Big Sky Country was the 41st state to enter the union on November 8, 1889. It is home to 12 tribal nations, the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, and Glacier National Park.
The plains of eastern Montana are drained by the Missouri River and its tributaries. Western Montana is characterized rocky peaks, forests, streams, and lakes. Elk, moose, and grizzly bears are still abundant. Split by the Continental Divide, the state can experience dramatic climate differences from east to west. The west can have milder winters and cooler summers.
Although manufacturing, tourism, and minerals contribute to Montana's wealth, agriculture may be the top economic driver. Cattle, calves, barley, hay, and black cherries are top products.
Glacier National Park contains 250 lakes. The largest, Flathead, is 28 miles long and between five and 15 feet wide.
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