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Flathead Valley -This area has been given to three Indian tribes, the Salish, Kootenai and Pend D'Oreille and the local communities still live according to old traditions and have regular traditional gatherings and celebrations that visitors can share in.Visit the Peoples centre for an in depth experience of the Indian history in this area. The western area of the valley was set aside for the preservation of bison and deer indiginous to this part of the country. Huge limpid blue Flathead Lake hugs the base of the Western Rockies, fringed by emerald green trees. Hire a kayak and launch out into the blue for a peaceful idyllic day on this stunningly scenic lake.

Big Hole National Battlefield - This infamous battle site situated in the Bitterroot mountains has a shameful tale to tell of the slaughter of fleeing Indian women and children. The now popular troutfishing spot is trying to forget it's shameful past which is so at odds with the serene beauty of the area.

World Museum of Mining - Visit this museum in the town of Butte, for a fascinating glimpse into the lifestyle and culture of the days when gold and other precious metals were mined here, more than a century ago.The surrounding historical buildings have been restored to reflect a typical mining village, with schoolhouse, church and even a house of ill repute. Der's still gold in them ther' hills!

Outdoors

Glacier National Park - Montana is famed for its wide open spaces and endless skylines with snowcapped mountainpeaks. This national park is ttruly the great outdoors, where you can tramp for days on end, fish, camp and shake off all your city troubles. The area does have challenges of its own though, extreme weather conditions can suddenly decend so be prepared at all times. You may have to face a bear or mountain lion instead of the office bully and the ruthless ladder climbers back home in the office. A day hike to Avalanche Lake takes you through old forests and is stunningly beautiful or be adventurous and do an overnight backpacking trip. Mountainbiking along old logging roads is also an enjoyable way of getting around.There are many lake areas that offer boating and ideal fishing spots as well.

Missoula - Pack in your ski's and head for the groomed trails of Pattee Canyon Recreation Centre, or head for the Marshal Mountain slopes for fun for the whole family. Missoula is a picturesque laid back town surrounded by valleys and mountain which became a popular settlement area to the flower children of the sixties.

River rafting - With all the rivers running through it, Missoula is has developed the art of rafting and "tubing" downstream to an art. With tubes and rafts to hire from the Parks and Wildlife you should head off to the Blackfoot river and spend a lazy day drifting along like the locals do.Or if you like to do things in a more oranised way, book a place on a rafting expedition via one of the local rafting organisers.

Moving around

Most travelling in the Rockies State is done long distance; roads are good but there is not much of a public transport system. During extreme weather conditions roads are sometimes closed but the main Interstate Highways are kept open throughout the year. Care must be taken whilst driving during winter or during or after a thunderstorm and always be on the lookout forwildlife and rockslides. Quite a lot of travel is done by air, with many towns having their own airports.

National festival and holidays

January 1- New Years Day
January 15 - Martin Luther King, Jnr.Day
February 19 - Presidents Day
May 28 - Memorial Day
July 4 - Independence Day
September 3 - Labour Day
October 8 - Columbus Day
November 11 - Veterans Day
November 22 - Thanksgiving
December 25 - Christmas Day

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