Whether you were born and raised in Montana, or you're just visiting, The Treasure State is unique in many ways.

For many, Montana represents the last of the "Wild West". It's where we still have real cowboys, locals rodeos, wildlife, and adventure. While popular shows like "Yellowstone" have increased Montana's visibility, the truth is, that Montana was infamous before the world was introduced to the Dutton family.

Montana became the 41st state on November 8th, 1889 and while we are one of the biggest states, we're also one of the least populated. Which is an attractive trait for those looking to "escape" the hustle and bustle of bigger communities.

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So what makes Montana so special? Well, that's a tough question. Some folks will tell you it's the beauty of the mountains or the kindness of the people. Sure, things have changed over the last few years, but there is still a whole lot of "Montana Charm" left in Montana. The fact is, The Last Best Place earned its nickname.

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Here are some interesting facts about Montana

Montana is the only state to share a land border with 3 different Canadian Provinces (British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan)

The first woman elected to the United States Congress was from Montana. (Janet Rankin in 1969)

The coldest temperature in the continental United States was recorded in Montana at Rogers Pass in 1954. (70 below)

Yellowstone National Park located in Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho was the first National Park in America.

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Montana is home to two of the most scenic drives in America. (The Beartooth Highway and Going To The Sun Road)

Montana has 55 State Parks and 9 National Parks.

Flathead Lake is the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi.

The largest snowflake ever recorded happened in Fort Keogh, Montana in 1887. (It was 15 inches wide)

Montana is home to several festivals including music, art, and much more.

Montana is famous for huckleberries and Flathead cherries.

The word Montana is from the Spanish word montaña which means mountainous.

10 Best Places To Check Out When Visiting Montana

Montana is one of the most popular states in the nation when it comes to tourism. With multiple National Parks and lots to do and see, more than 12 million people come to Montana each year to visit. While places like Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks are extremely popular, there's a lot more in Montana to do and see.

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The Most Popular Lakes In Montana

Montana is home to some of the most beautiful scenery in the country and with over 3000 lakes across The Treasure State, those who are looking to spend time on the water, have lots of options. From the biggest natural water lake west of the Mississippi to the crystal clear waters in our National Parks, check out the most popular lakes in Montana.

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The 10 Highest Rated 'Hidden Gem' Attractions In Montana

Here's a list of the best hidden gem attractions in Montana!

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