Even when you can’t leave home, it does your body and soul good to dream big. So why not travel—virtually, that is? From the comfort of your couch and the solace of your Instagram feed, find out how you can explore #VirtualMontana.
Flathead Lake State Park is both a treasured destination during a visit to Bigfork, as well as a great way to visit the area virtually. Head over to their Instagram account to enjoy some scenes of the lake and parks.
Although Flathead Lake was formed roughly 15,000 years ago, today the lake level is regulated by the Seli’š Ksanka Qlispe’ Dam (formerly known as the Kerr Dam). Completed in 1938, the dam raised the lake level 10 feet above its natural level. Seasonally, regulation of the dam results in the lake level fluctuating between 2,883 and 2,893 feet above sea level. Exploring the parks when the water level is low offers a completely new perspective on this beautiful lake! #flatheadlake #polsonmontana #se̓lišksankaql̓ispe̓dam
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You can explore Bozeman’s famous Museum of the Rockies when you head over to their Insta. Learn how T.Rex walked on their toes, or take a deep dive into Montana history in their posts. You can even head over to the virtual learning library on their website to enhance your virtual museum tour.
Like birds today, tyrannosaurs walked on their toes. This Daspletosaurus horneri foot (MOR 590) was discovered in the Two Medicine Formation in Montana. Daspletosaurus roamed the area ~ 75 million years ago, long before T.rex ruled western North America. #fossilfriday #morpaleo #mor
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Get in touch with the town through the @visit_bozeman account, and follow along with #onlyinbozeman to see what others post. This is a great way to be engrossed by the Bozeman way of life, complete with sweeping views and shots of wildlife.
Another day, another sunset! This time it's over the northern Bridgers. #VirtualVisit . . . #visitbozeman #onlyinbozeman #montana #bigskycountry #bozemanmontana #yellowstone #406 #bxn #bozeman Photo by: @danielventuraphotography
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Keep it simple in Gardiner. #GardinerMontana will give you a taste of the town, featuring plenty of wildlife at this northwest gateway to Yellowstone.
The Roosevelt Arch is a rusticated triumphal arch at the north entrance to Yellowstone National Park in Gardiner MT. Its Corner Stone was laid down in 1903 by President Roosevelt himself. Whether you’re coming or going through here, adventure awaits on either side. To Yellowstone or To Montana. Photo by @andyaustinphoto #Montana #Yellowstone #MtBigSkySeries
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A scroll through #livingstonmt will give you a look at the culture and soul of this windy town. There’s a western spirit, with a hearty dose of art and culture, not to mention mountain living, at home in Livingston.
Mix up your at-home routine with an online film festival, art tour or virtual tour of Montana’s heavenly landscape. Link in bio. 📷: @visitmontana + @wanderlust.crew #LoveNowExploreLater #TravelLater #GlacierMT
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You can never go wrong with the official National Park Service account, @GlacierNPS. The shots speak for themselves, and you can get plenty of information to help you plan future visits for when it’s safe to travel again.
Glacier National Park is modifying operations at the request of state, tribal, and local public health authorities and to adhere to the latest health guidance. Effective 5 pm on Friday March 27, the park is closed to all park visitors until further notice. Click the link in our profile for more information. #covid19
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Another great way to go virtual with Glacier (off Instagram) is to get on their website’s live webcam feed. Watch for wildlife and see how the view changes throughout the day.
The account you don’t want to miss is the official @YellowstoneNPS, with wildlife photos, distance learning, and panoramas from the park.
More from the archives! Today's randomly selected topic is #elk. They are the most abundant large mammal found in Yellowstone. European American settlers used the word “elk” to describe the animal, which is the word used in Europe for moose (causing great confusion for European visitors). The Shawnee word “wapiti,” which means “white deer” or “white-rumped deer,” is another name for elk. The North American elk is considered the same species as the red deer of Europe. Comment in our story about what you want to see from the archives next!
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For even more of Yellowstone, as well as other stunning national park photos from around the country, follow Jacob W. Frank’s account. The good news is, you’re pretty likely to get some Glacier love in his feed too.
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Yellowstone has several webcams to binge-watch, including a live view of Old Faithful’s eruptions. You can also go into their video archive for scenes of wolves frolicking and bison roaming that they recorded on the webcams in past seasons.
For a lift to your spirits and beautiful shots of all of these places throughout Montana’s big sky country, check out our Instagram, @highline_adventures. Use #VirtualMontana to explore more, and help keep your family and our communities safe while you wander, virtually.
Let's adventure to Bozeman. #VirtualVisit . . . #yellowstonenationalpark #glaciernationalpark #yellowstoneforever #yellowstonewildlife #yellowstonenps #glaciernps #highlineaventure #yellowstonepark #bozeman #glacier #livingston #gardiner #adventureawaits #highlineadventure #welivetoexplore #adventureenthusiasts Photo 📸: @heydaniellee
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