In terms of shear scenic beauty it's tough find a more beautiful place in the world than Montana (specifically the western side of the state). Montana is home to 11 national forests comprising 17 million acres. It's hard to fathom.
It wasn't always this way but Montana is now the fourth worst state for wildfires. Our vast forested areas and changing climate conditions contribute to a higher risk of wildfires, especially during increasingly dry, hot summers.
Montana is ranked as having the 6th best economy in the US. The economy's hotter than a prairie sun in July, and it's bringing with it good jobs, new businesses, and a sense of optimism that's downright contagious.
The cold is so penetrating that it feels like it seeps into your bones. Going outside requires layers of clothing – thermal underwear, heavy sweaters, insulated coats, gloves, hats, and scarves. Any exposed skin stings and numbs within minutes.
Ah, the open road, the endless sky, the whisper of wind through the pines – there's something special about having space to roam, isn't there? Montana is has the 3rd lowest population density of any state in the US at less than 8 people per square mile.