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Montana Travel Planner for Boomer Travelers

Updated 06.06.2020. There’s so much to see and do in the sprawling state of Montana. With lots of active boomer travel options, our Montana Travel Planner shows you where to go, what to do and, of course, what to bring on a Big Sky vacation.

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A Montana Travel Planner for your next Montana vacation.

small lake a Logan Pass surrounded by mountains of Glacier National Park

When planning a Montana trip, Alan and I begin at our favorite online travel resources, followed by checking out guidebooks and a browse around the Amazon store. And here’s an added bonus: we live in Montana so we know what we’re talking about!

Online Montana Travel Resources

man and woman standing in front of a waterfall

Whether you’re planning an off-the-beaten-path road trip or a week’s vacation in Glacier National Park or Yellowstone, online travel resources equal instant information at your fingertips. But we’ve found that too much information complicates research rather than speeding it up.

That’s why we’ve included only the best online resources. Bookmark our favorites for your boomer trip. We’ve also included the best travel apps, too

We’ve shared first-hand articles that include off-the-beaten-path travel, Montana hiking trails and even a section on winter fun. Of course we can’t leave out our Glacier National Park for baby boomers information or the all-important favorite places to stay in Montana. We live here so your getting the best travel advice possible!

Montana Official State Travel site. We believe in going straight to the source for the best travel information. That’s what you’ll find at the state of Montana’s tourism website.

Glacier National Park offers all you need to know about the Crown of the Continent. And it’s the official Glacier National Park site so you’re assured of accurate and up-to-date travel information.

Yellowstone National Park is located in both Montana and Wyoming. Again, this official Yellowstone National Park site is where you want to begin your travel planning.

Apps have become a vital part of the travel experience. Check  out the list of Montana Travel Apps for planning your next boomer adventure in the Treasure State.

Montana State Parks includes travel information on the state’s 54 parks. You didn’t think that Montana was just about national parks, did you?

Montana road conditions is a must for learning about weather closures because, as you might guess, the weather is changeable in Montana. And if you’ve checked the site, you’ll be ready for those summer constructions delays or winter weather advisories.

Montana, Fish Wildlife and Parks is the site to check if your Montana trip includes hunting and fishing.

Montana Trip Books and Guides

Although we do most of our research online, Alan and I still enjoy holding an atlas or photo book in our hands. I can’t tell you how many evenings we’ve poured a glass of wine, sat down next to each other on the sofa and began thumbing through an atlas or hiking book to plan the next Montana adventure.

Montana Road and Recreation Atlas

Montana Road and Recreation Atlas – if you’re road tripping in Montana, you need this atlas, which includes both paved, off-road and hiking trails. It’s the best that we’ve seen. And a big thanks to the Bitterroot National Forest ranger who clued is in about this valuable outdoor travel resource.

Montana Off the Beaten Path
Montana Off the Beaten Path: A Guide to Unique Places (Off the Beaten Path Series) – This Montana resource takes you through the road less traveled to find the best in Montana secret sites and attractions.

Scenic Driving Montana

Scenic Driving Montana, 2nd (Scenic Routes & Byways) – For any road tripper passing through Montana, this book is a must. Great detailed and up-to-date information on the best scenic driving routes throughout Montana. While most Montana roads are scenic, some definitely stand out above the others. You’ll find them in this book.

The Best of Glacier National Park
The Best of Glacier National Park– An in-depth guide from seasonal naturalist, Alan Leftridge detailing the best ways to experience Glacier National Park. From the best photo sites to informative information on day hikes, this book is a must for anyone visiting Glacier National Park.

Gear for Montana Travel

Montana is a beautiful place to visit all  year round, but of course, wintertime adds a special charm to this incredible state. To be prepared for winter travel in Montana, we have a few recommendations.

HotHands hand, foot and toe warmers

To start with, no experienced traveler would travel to Montana in winter time without a good supply of the ever-indispensable HotHands hand, foot and toe warmers. They come in varieties for hands, toes, feet and more. It’s your insurance against extra cold weather.

Double Layer Neck Warmer

A fleece neck warmer is also a very handy piece of winter gear. It keeps my neck warm but is also big enough to pull over my chin all the way up to my nose if my face is cold.
White Ivory Thick Slouchy Knit Oversized Beanie

Of course every winter adventurer needs a warm knit hat.

Are you a summer Montana traveler? Check out our day hiking essentials that are easy to pack even if you’re arriving by plane.

Anti Shock Hiking Poles

Anti Shock Hiking Poles are also a good idea for new or experienced hikers. Durable and handy for any type of terrain, a good pair of hiking poles will also come in handy.  

Have we given you enough ideas for planning your trip? Check back as we continue to update our resources and advice so that you have the best boomer travel possible.

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