Many people think the best scenery to be found anywhere in the Rocky Mountains is in Glacier National Park. The entire western third of Montana is dotted with high mountain ranges separated by wide open valleys and threaded together with beautiful rivers and streams. There is history here, too, some of it the traditional wild west cowboys and Indians sort, but also the gritty copper mining towns with their history of capitalists pitted against labor.
The rest of Montana is high plains - truly the "big sky country". My travel plans for summer of 2011 included a tour through the Great Plains of Montana (also the Dakotas and Saskatchewan) but had to be cancelled. Maybe I will make it there in 2013?
My coverage so far is all in Western Montana, featuring Glacier National Park. I will add another guidebook for the plains when I get a chance.