When to visit:
Summer is the prime tourist season in Montana, but the major parks are packed from March to September; traveler heading to Glacier or Yellowstone parks might want to book reservations a little early or a little late to avoid the worst of the crowds. The heaviest summer traffic ends around Labor Day.
Winter is also an excellent time to visit Montana for those who enjoy snow-centric activities. Skiing, for example, is a popular pastime in Montana during the winter months.
State Abbreviation: MT
State Capital: Helena
Largest City: Billings
Area: 147,046 square miles (4th biggest state in the USA)
Montana Population: 926,865 (as of 2004)
Montana Industries: farming cattle ranching, mining oil, lumber, tourism
Montana Rivers: Yellowstone River, Missouri River, Clark Fork River
Montana Lakes: Flathead Lake, Fort Peck Lake
Highest Point: Granite Peak - 12,799 feet above sea level
Origin of the Name Montana: the Spanish word from mountainous.
State Nickname: Big Sky Country, Treasure State
State Motto: Gold and Silver
State Song: Montana