From shimmering rivers to soaring peaks, Montana offers some of the most beautiful scenery in the country, yet it’s often overlooked. Whether you want to hike, kayak, or enjoy great local food, there is a great locum tenens job in Montana for you.
Cool down in one of Montana’s rivers or lakes
Montana is famous for fly-fishing, but that’s not all its rivers and lakes have to offer. Rafting is a great way to see Montana. Guides will provide your gear, and you can choose whatever rapid level you’re comfortable with. Want to have a relaxing float down the river? Try floating the Clark Fork. Are you more adventurous? Try splashing through the rapids of the Bitterroot River.
In addition to beautiful rivers, Montana offers lakes that are perfect for fishing, boating or just lounging in the sun. Located close to Glacier National Park, Flathead Lake is the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi, and it offers more than 200 square miles of water and 185 miles of shoreline. On the lake, you can sail, swim, fish, camp and more. Want a tasty, healthy snack by the shore? You can buy fresh local fruit from stands by the lake during the summer.
Grab a snack at a local farmers market
Speaking of snacks, Montana is an agricultural state, so it’s a great place for local food. Montana offers premium grass-fed beef, all sorts of fruits and vegetables, and a great community to support this agriculture. Montana’s many farmers markets are a perfect demonstration of the state’s love for agriculture and its neighbors.
In western Montana, Missoula offers a surprising number of farmers markets year-round. Every Saturday during the summer, the city hosts two different farmers markets, with a craft market in-between. Find anything you want at these markets, from warm bread to freshly-picked huckleberries (a Montana staple) and high-quality meat. In the winter, Missoula hosts a farmers market once a week in a warehouse, where you can buy perfectly pickled vegetables, squash, and homemade pastries.
Take a break at the National Bison Range
Are you looking for something to do on your day off? Located about an hour north of Missoula is the National Bison Range. American Bison used to roam all over the United States, but their population quickly dwindled because of the popularity of their fur and meat. In 1908, though, President Theodore Roosevelt established this range to help the bison population recover. Drive through the range, and see bison, elk, birds, and a beautiful river, then stop for lunch in the nearby towns of Ravalli or Dixon, both of which offer charming small-town cafes and diners.
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