It boasts two of the best national parks in the country! Montana is home to both the Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks, which draw huge numbers of visitors every year. Yellowstone National Park is legendary for its wild beauty and bountiful geological resources, including the famous Old Faithful Geyser. Glacier National Park, located along the Canadian border, offers over a million acres of alpine lakes, craggy mountains, wildlife, and, of course, glaciers!
Its cities are growing quickly! Between 2000 and 2010, Montana grew by nearly 10%. Many of these newcomers settled in towns like Kalispell, which saw a 40% increase in population! Kalispell is home to the popular Wild Horse Island State Park and the Conrad Mansion. This has resulted in higher property values and additional housing start-ups.
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Montana has some of the best skiing in the country! Alpine climate and the Rocky mountains make Montana a paradise for skiers. The most well-known ski area in the state is Big Sky Resort, but even here you will find loads of uncrowded trails. For a more intimate skiing experience, head to one of the smaller ski areas like Great Divide, where you can ski for less than $35.
Great microbrewed beer! Montana brews up some tasty beer, most of which also happen to have cool-sounding names. Visit the Big Sky Brewing Company in Missoula to try their most popular beer, Big Sky Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout (named after, as you guessed, Ivan the Terrible!). In Billings, head to Carter's Brewery to sample Carter's De-railed IPA.
Montana offers that small-town feel! Montana has some great old-fashioned towns that would be at home in a John Hughes film. Red Lodge is a great town that is close to Yellowstone. The nearby Beartooth Highway was recently named the best motorcycling road in America for its great mountain views and curves. Hamilton is another vibrant town near the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Range. Every year it puts on the Bitterroot Smokin' Blues Festival, which attract bands and music lovers from near and far.
Plenty of wide-open ranches for sale! If you have been dreaming about buying a ranch and living the good life, Montana has plenty of open space waiting for you. A good example is Helena, which offers ranches for sale as well as family diversions like the Great Northern Carousel and the St. Helena Cathedral.
Lots of wild animals! Montana is one of the best places in the country to catch a glimpse of large wild animals like grizzlies, wolves, moose, and bison. Although the national parks have plenty of wildlife, tourist and trekkers may have difficulty locating some. If you want to get an up-close view, the Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary in Red Lodge is home to many animals that for one reason or another are unable to return to the wild. The Montana Grizzly Encounter in Bozeman offers visitors the chance to see these amazing animals in their natural habitat.
Soak in natural hot springs! There are plenty of places in the state where you can have a soak in naturally heated spring waters. Two of the best ones are the Boulder Hot Springs Inn and Spa in Boulder, and Chico Hot Springs Resort in Pray.
Flexible real estate options! Most of the larger towns and cities such as Great Falls offer flexible real estate options like rent to own homes. Great Falls has family friendly spots like the Children's Museum of Montana and the Lewis and Clark National Historical Trail.
Be a real cowboy! Montana has a long history of ranching, and this way of life still exists today. The Bar W Guest Ranch in Whitefish offers guests plenty of time in the saddle along with other outdoor activities. Another good one is the Elkhorn Ranch in Gateway. This ranch is smaller and more family-oriented. Guests stay for a week and ride horses through spectacular scenery adjacent to Yellowstone National Park.
It is one of the most popular places to move to! Over 90% of people who call Montana home have lived there for less than 10 years. University of Montana in Missoula and Montana State University in Bozeman both have vibrant student communities.
Low home prices! Many homes in Montana are priced significantly lower than the national average. Homes for sale near major ski resorts such as Montana Snowbowl near Missoula and Bridger Bowl Ski Area outside of Bozeman cost significantly more than those located further from large towns.
No sales tax! Living in Montana is a little easier since you don't have to pay sales tax on purchases. While this should definitely not be the only reason to move here, it sure helps to save a thousand dollars or so each year.
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