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. Many people think the best scenery to be found anywhere in the Rocky Mountains is in Glacier National Park. There is history here, too, some of it of the expected 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".
In 2013 I crossed Montana twice, east west and west-east, sampling a few of the highlights, but much remains for me to discover and document.
I have divided the state into two regions: