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Enjoy a day skiing at Sun Valley which has over 2,000 acres of terrain and two top mountains, yet nearly no lines due to efficient lift systems. Stay the night at Sun Valley Lodge which has a huge spa, fantastic fitness centre and yoga studio, outdoor pool, restaurants and lounges. There are a variety of different suites you can choose to stay in which are all stylish, comfortable and cosy. One of the most interesting accommodation options is their five Celebrity Suites which are named after celebrities who have stayed here in the past. This includes Marilyn Monroe, Sonia Henie, Ernest Hemingway, Clint Eastwood, and Sun Valley’s founding father Averell Harriman. The suites feature classic photography of these celebrities, a cosy fireplace, living room with flat screen TV, a large bedroom and free Wi-Fi.

The Akta Lakota Museum & Cultural Center at St. Joseph’s Indian School aims to honour and preserve the rich culture of the Lakota people. The museum has an intriguing collection of artefacts and displays that can be used to educate people about the unique history of the Lakota people and their fascinating culture today. There are four key parts of the museum tour including Camp Circle which focuses on the historical relationships between the tribes and Two Worlds Meet which looks at the arrival of the Euro-American explorers and traders in the early 1800s. Broken Promises details the U.S. government’s involvement in the loss of traditional lands and treaties, while Continuity and Change focuses on how Native Americans have adapted to their new way of life and successfully preserved their rich heritage and important traditions.

Devil’s Lake is a fantastic place to go ice fishing in the winter since it is the largest natural body of water in North Dakota and has an abundance of walleye, large perch, northern pike and white bass. Woodland Resort’s winter package lets you go ice fishing at Devils’ Lake and have comfortable accommodation at the resort in a motel, lodge, cabin or suite. You can use two fish houses each day so that you don’t have to stay in one spot, with a fish house for morning and evening Walleye, and a second fish house for Perch during the daytime. Their modern fish houses are modern with electric lights, comfortable seating, and pre-drilled holes. You are sure to have a good time with their experienced crew eager to help out and offer top ice fishing tricks! Read more at https://woodlandresort.com/packages/ice-fishing/

Montana is home to seven Indian reservations including Blackfeet, Crow, Flathead, Fort Belknap, Fort Peck, Northern Cheyenne, and Rocky Boy’s as well as the state-recognised Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa. A new Indian Country Montana Guidebook has just been released which provides insightful background information and fun facts on each Reservation. The book also provides information on three road trips that will take you to breathtaking state parks, interesting museums, tasty restaurants, and on fascinating native American guided tours. You will not only see panoramic views of Montana’s scenery on each road trip but will also learn more about the fascinating Native American history. Check out the guidebook here.

North American Indian Days, Browning, Blackfeet Indian Reservation

The Black Hills is home to the iconic Mount Rushmore National Memorial, a huge sculpture of the four Presidents; George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, carved into the mountainside. The Mount Rushmore Society and the National Park Service interpretive staff now offer self-guided tours where you are provided with a personal device that works like an iPhone. It will explain why and how Mount Rushmore was carved, with pictures and videos. With the tour translated into Spanish, German, French and Lakota, and 29 fascinating stops along the way, this will be a great experience for all. This tour is ideal for families as there is a new adventure called ‘Junior Ranger Quest’ where children can take part in 16 challenges at different tour stops. After completing 12 challenges, they receive a Junior Ranger badge from a ranger desk! There is also an on-site Presidential Trail, gift shop, dining hall and two museums. Read more about Mount Rushmore self-guided tours.

Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve is an interesting place to go for a hike with friends and family. You can explore caves, craters and lava flows which duplicate the surface of the moon as closely as anything else on Earth. There are many daytime tours such as ranger-led tours every day in September that venture into the lava tube caves. For those who want to learn more about photography, head to Craters of the Moon visitor center on the 22nd September where nature photographer Douglass Owen will give tips on how to best photograph nature. This preserve is recognised by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) as a designated International Dark Sky Park, so it has incredible views of the night sky. To view the fascinating landscape under a full moon at night time, go on the ‘Full Moon Hike’ on the 23rd September. Read more about the activities offered at Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve.

For a meal you will never forget have a Pitchfork Steak Fondue in Medora, where chefs put steaks onto pitchforks and fondue them western style. You can enjoy your meal overlooking the picturesque Badlands while listening to live performances from The Coal Diggers Band from the Medora Musical. Your steak will be flavoursome as it comes with fruit, salad, coleslaw, vegetables, baked potatoes and garlic toast, with brownies and cinnamon donuts for dessert. Vegetarians are recommended to enjoy “Just the Fixin’s” Pitchfork Steak Fondue meal which includes everything except the steak. Lemonade and coffee are served alongside your meal and if you feel in the mood you can go to the Tjaden Terrace Bar for a beer or a glass of wine. The Pitchfork Steak Fondue is available from 1st June to 8th September. Read more about the Pitchfork Steak Fondue.

Lewis and Clark Caverns is Montana’s first State Park and features a decorated limestone cavern lined with stalactites and stalagmites. There are various nature trails outside of the cave where you can go hiking, boating or camping. This park is full of wildlife including bats, birds, deer and coyotes, making it an ideal spot for bird watching, fishing and photography. The park area is open all year round, however the caverns are only open from May until the end of September each year. There are two visitor centers here that provide fascinating information about the park’s history and caverns. The Main Visitor Center focuses on the unique geology, flora and fauna, while The Cave Visitor Center provides insightful information into the caverns with a video, museum and cave exploration room.