1. Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park is an exceptional outdoor experience in itself. Trek the over 600 miles of hiking and biking trails and drive down the 40-mile Going-to-the-Sun road. Cross Logan Pass, where you'll marvel at the majestic 9,100ft Reynolds peak from the pass summit. Relax and rejuvenate by one of the park's 130 lakes, or take a wooden boat tour on the water.
2. Flathead Lake
Speaking of water, Flathead Lake is the largest natural freshwater lake in the western United States. Fed by the Swan and Flathead rivers, fishing enthusiasts and water sports lovers make the lake a popular leisure spot. The annual Bigfork Whitewater Festival here offers plenty of fun and excitement, with kayaking and rafting races, among many other events.
3. Gates of the Mountains Wilderness
For some more active fun, head out with your family to the Gates of the Mountains Wilderness, just north of Helena. You'll enjoy spectacular guided boat rides and beautiful views of the canyon. There's also plenty of opportunities for swimming, fishing, hiking, and nature watching.
4. Giant Springs State Park
Further up the Missouri River is Giant Springs State Park, near Great Falls. It offers lots of fun and relaxation for the whole family. Visit the fish hatchery here, go for a picnic or hike the well-kept trails along the river, or just enjoy the peaceful beauty of the world's largest freshwater springs.