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Montana is a state in Western region of the United States. It shares a border with North Dakota to the east, South Dakota to the southeast, Wyoming to the south, and Idaho to the west. It also shares an international border with the Canadian provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan to the north. The state was the 41st admitted into the Union, on 8 November, 1889.

Montana covers an area of 147,042 sq mi (381,156 sq km). It measures about 630 km from east to west and 255 miles (410 km) from north to south. The name Montana means "mountain" in Spanish. As the name suggests, the state is mountainous, especially on the western part, with numerous ranges of the Rocky Mountains. The highest peak in the state is Granite Peak, at 12,807 ft (3,904 m).

Montana has a population of just 970,000 people. This is the third lowest population density of any state in the U.S. The capital of Montana is Helena while the largest city is Billings.

St Mary Lake, Glacier National Park, MontanaSt Mary Lake, Glacier National Park, Montana
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Custer's Last Stand War Cemetery, MontanaCuster's Last Stand War Cemetery, Montana
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Travel to and within Montana

The most practical way to reach Montana is by road. There are a few Interstate highways that cut across the state. I-90 enters the state from the west and exit in the south, passing through Livingston and Billings. I-15 goes north-south through Montana from the Canadian border to Idaho.

In terms of tourist attractions, Montana has great landscapes and national parks. The major national parks in the state include Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park.

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Cities in Montana

  1. Billings (106,000)
    Largest city in Montana, and largest metropolitan area between Denver and Calgary.

  2. Bozeman (40,000)
    Fourth largest city in Montana.

  3. Butte (34,000)
    County seat of Silver Bow County.

  4. Cut Bank (3,100)
    Small town in Glacier County.

  5. Dillon (3,800)
    Small town in Beaverhead County.

  6. Glendive (4,700)
    Small town in Dawson County.

  7. Great Falls (57,000)
    City named after the five waterfalls of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

  8. Havre (9,600)
    Town in Hill County.

  9. Helena (30,000)
    State capital of Montana.

  10. Kalispell (14,500)
    Gateway to Glacier National Park.

  11. Livingston (6,900)
    City north of Yellowstone National Park.

  12. Missoula (69,000)
    Second largest city in Montana.

  13. Three Forks (1,700)
    Small town considered the source of the Missouri River.

  14. Whitefish (5,000)
    City with ski resort in Flathead County.

Places of Interest in Montana

  1. Big Hole National Battlefield
  2. Flathead Valley

National Parks of Montana

National Monuments in Montana

World Heritage Sites in Montana

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