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* [[Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area]]
* [[Glacier National Park]]
* [[Pompey's Pillar National MonumenMonument]]t Large Rock where Captain Clark of Lewis and Clark signed his name (as the Expedition had split to cover more ground).
* [[Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument]]. Custer's Last Stand battlefield and Reenactment location
*[[Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail]] - Between May 1804 and September 1806, 32 men, one woman, and a baby traveled from the plains of the Midwest to the shores of the Pacific Ocean. They called themselves the Corps of Discovery.
===Watersports===
*'''Whitewater Rafting''' - many Montana rivers, espescially especially in the West, offer world class rapids. Many companies offer float trips of varying degrees of difficulty and length. Rafting on your own is greatly discouraged due to the extreme danger often found in mountain rivers.
*'''Boating''' - bring your powerboat, canoe, kayak or schooner and find a lake, river or stream to wile away the day. Kayak and canoe rentals are widely available.
*'''Floating''' - a unique Montana experience. Rent inner tubes, take a cooler of beer and float a river with a few, or a bunch, of your closest friends on a hot day. Pick a river that's wide and slow, or fast with rapids, and enjoy the view from a cool Montana waterway.
*'''Fly fishing''' - iconically One of Montana due 's most sought after sport, offering world renowned blue-ribbon trout fishing. Due to the movie 'A River Runs Throught Through It ' which was filmed along parts of the Blackfoot river in Western Montana, anglers flock to rivers the water in the late spring and summer months to catch the "big one". Outfitters are always available for guided trips, or to rent you the gear you'll need. Ask a local for a good spot.
===Mountain pursuits===
==Eat==
For a state generally associated with cattle chomping green grass underneath big blue skies, Montana has quite a bit to offer outside of meat and potatoes. Within cities and settled areas you should find a good variety of the ubiquitous fast food drive thrusthru's, homey cafes and diners, delis, steakhouses, mexican cantinas, noodle and asian grills and the odd Indian or Sushi restaurant.
In rural areas, however, your selection may be much more limited. Every small town will have at least one eatery, even if it's a cafe stuffed in the corner of a post office, or a burger joint in the back of the town bar. Quality will vary, of course, but the experience might stick with you. If you are looking for meat and potatoes, look no further than the local cafe, diner or steakhouse. The beef will be fresh, most often locally raised and slaughtered, and cooked however you want it.
During the summer months, primarily late June, July and early August, look for huckleberries and famous Flathead cherries at farmers markets and roadside stands throughout Western Montana. If you're looking for adventure, ask a local a good place to go pick your own huckleberries -- but beware, they may keep it a closely guarded secret and take some bear spray, they love the treat, too.
 
You can find a growing list of Montana happy hours, specials and breweries at [http://www.mthappyhour.com]
 
==Drink==
Montanans, as a general rule, love their beer. Increasingly, Montanans love their microbrews, especially those brewed locally. Some famous microbrews are brewed in Montana, including Moose Drool, a brown ale brewed by Big Sky Brewing Co. [http://www.bigskybrew.com/] and the best selling microbrew outside and inside of the state. Microwbreweries Microbreweries in Missoula, Kalispell, Helena, Billings and other cities and towns allow for cheap tasting and filling of a growler -- usually the best bang (or buzz) for your buck.Find a complete list of Montana breweries at [http://mthappyhour.com/cat/brewery/]
Outside of microbrews, domestic favorites vary from Coors to Budweiser, with light varieties in between. Bars good for bar hopping can be found in the downtown districts of most cities, especially [[Missoula]], [[Billings]] and [[Bozeman]], and they're generally a good gauge of local color and culture. Outside of large cities, most small towns have at least one bar, and they often serve food of varying quality. A general rule of thumb -- if the town has a post office (the Montanan's definition of a town in rural areas) then there should be a bar in which you can quench your thirst.
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