There’s a reason Montana is known as Big Sky Country. This sparsely populated state is one of America's most majestic, with natural, rugged beauty and abundant wildlife. Considered a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts, Montana offers visitors gorgeous natural scenery and some of the best access to outdoor recreation.  If civilization is needed, you can explore the art and culture of cities like the capital Helena or Missoula. With access to two of America’s most famed National Parks, visitors can revel in nature’s beauty at a destination that's both active and relaxing.

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Grinnell Glacier at Glacier National Park, Montana. JeanMarieBiele / Getty Images

Called “Disneyland for nature-loving adults” by one Google reviewer, Glacier National Park is more than a million acres of nature in its most breathtaking form. Hiking and camping are simply the tip of the iceberg of activities you can experience at the “Crown Jewel of the Continent Ecosystem." Take in the soaring mountain peaks and vast stretches of pine and fir trees from a historic boat tour on one of the park’s glacial lakes. There are also short or all-day hikes that showcase the abundant wildlife.  Not to be missed is the drive along the 50-mile long Going-to-the-Sun Road, complete with stunningly scenic views of St. Mary Lake and the Rising Sun peaks, two of the most photographed park vistas.