Montana is known for its snowy scenery and nature trails, as well as a mix of snow and sunshine during the spring. Take off down the ski slopes in Billings with your college buddies, or treat the kids to a fishing excursion in Livingston. Soak up the historic culture of Fort Benton, or bird-watch in Miles City. Most Montana vacation rentals offer picturesque views of the mountains and easy access to fun activities and attractions. Consider one of these popular cities for your next spring break vacation.

1. Billings

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Spend your spring break snowboarding and skiing when you choose Billings as your vacation destination. This quaint town located within minutes from the Yellowstone County Museum features historical attractions such as the Moss Mansion and the Western Heritage Center. Take the kids to ZooMontana or visit the RimRocks to see unique geological formations. Snap a selfie at Pictograph Cave State Park before hitting the nightlife in Billings with happy hour at Red Door Lounge or dancing at the Loft Dance Club.

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2. Livingston

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A vacation rental in Livingston puts you just a bit south of Yellowstone National Park, but in the midst of the Yellowstone River. Known for the world’s best trout fishing, you can spend your spring break reeling in the catch of the day with Montana Fly Fishing Guides or opt for a boat tour with Rubber Ducky River Rentals. This cozy, rustic town is home to the Gallery Associated Art Walk, as well as the K Potter Fine Art House and the Yellowstone Gateway Museum. When traveling with your college roommates or a group of friends, hit the hot spots in Livingston for the evening with a stop at Murray Bar or the Whiskey Creek Saloon and Liquor.

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3. Missoula

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Missoula is often described as a hidden gem in Montana, and with a vacation rental in this small city, you can explore the great outdoors on spring break. Treat the kids to a day at the Carousel for Missoula theme park or thrill the history buffs in your group with tours of the Fort Missoula Museum and the Missoula Art Museum. While it may be too cold for water activities, you can still explore the great outdoors with hikes at Caras Park or the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s site. Stop in for some fresh produce at the Missoula Farmer’s Market or savor some surf ‘n turf at the Depot Bar and Restaurant.

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4. Whitefish

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Whitefish is one of the most scenic cities in Montana, but in the spring, you can take advantage of activities that include snow skiing at the Whitefish Mountain Resort or leisurely strolls on City Beach. Explore the great outdoors with rock climbing tours guided by Rock Climb Montana or tour the Great Northern Brewing Company for a few homemade brews. The Flathead National Forest gives you and your friends or family a chance to hike to the observation decks to see snow-capped mountains while the Whitefish Trail offers an invigorating hiking opportunity. Get in a game of golf at the Whitefish Lake Golf Club and then catch a show at the Alpine Theatre before retreating to your mountainside vacation rental.

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5. Big Timber

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Choose a destination known for its Crazy Mountain Museum when booking a vacation rental in Big Timber. This small Montana town, located right at the foot of the Crazy Mountains, offers plenty of spring break attractions on and off the water. A trip to the Absaroka-Beartooth wilderness allows you and the kids to see wildlife roaming the area while Natural Bridge State Park gives you access to hiking and blue ribbon fishing. When your crew is thirsty, immerse yourself in the charm of this western town with bar bites and beverages at the Thirsty Turtle Tavern and Grill.

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6. Fort Benton

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If your family could be described as history buffs, then Fort Benton is the obvious vacation destination for your spring break. With a vacation rental in the oldest town in the state, you can spend your break touring the Fort Benton Museums and Heritage Complex or taking walks across the historic Fort Benton bridge. Stop in at the Museum of the Northern Great Plains, and then take your adventures outdoors with a trip to White Cliffs, where you can see geological formations and picturesque mountain views. When your crew is looking for some evening entertainment, head to the Pour House Saloon or the Palace Bar for cocktails.

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7. Miles City

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Bird enthusiasts flock to Miles City, home to one of the only webcams in the state that records eagles’ nests. Miles City is the perfect spring break vacation destination for the outdoor enthusiasts with access to trails and wildlife at Pirogue Island State Park. Continue your sightseeing adventures with a bus tour of the wildlife areas with Camp 21 Tours or tour the specialty museums in town, such as the Range Riders Museum and the WaterWorks Art Museum. After your adventures, relax on the patio of Tongue River Winery or take a leisurely walk through the vineyards.

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8. Bigfork

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A vacation rental in Bigfork puts you in a Montana city right out of a storybook. This mountain city offers plenty of outdoor attractions with access to the Swan River and Flathead Lake. Head to the Glacier National Park to hike the trails or see the wildlife at the Swan Wilderness Center. The Bob Marshall Wilderness area is the best place to see mountain goats, moose, eagles, and grizzlies. When the weather is warm, get in a game of golf at the Eagle Bend Golf Club or seek out entertainment with friends at the Garden Bar or the Flathead Lake Brewing Co. Pubhouse.

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