It's officially tourist season and many Montanans aren't too thrilled about it. During the summer in Montana, the state becomes overrun with tourists and families on summer vacation.

While tourists are important to Montana's economy, most locals view them as an inconvenience. Some Nationals Parks, including Yellowstone, are expecting record-breaking visitation this summer. Needless to say, many places throughout the state are going to be extremely crowded, so you should expect a lot of people at most places.

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Luckily, there's still a way to escape the crowds of tourists this summer. There are many places in Montana that you can visit that will give you the peace and serenity that you're looking for. In the Bozeman area, Hyalite Reservoir and Fairy Lake will most likely be really busy this summer. Both of those places are easily accessible and constantly crowded during the summer.

If you want to avoid crowds this summer in Montana, you'll need to get off of the beaten path. Plan trips to places that are off the radar, and avoid places known as popular tourist destinations. If you have an offroad capable vehicle, even better. Oftentimes, taking a random dirt road can turn into a memorable experience.

Personally, I enjoy rafting during the summer. Many rivers in the Bozeman area will be crowded, but you don't have to travel far to get away from all of the people.

Love them or hate them, tourists are here and they aren't going anywhere for a while. If you want to avoid them, buy a map, pick a spot, and hit the road.

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