Montana has a reputation for being a great place to take a summer vacation. In fact, visitors from around the world travel to the beautiful state each year. Montana may be beautiful, but it can also be dangerous. It's crucial to prepare for your trip well in advance of you arrive.

Why You Should Avoid Montana This Summer

Much of Montana's mountainous terrain is unforgiving. Grizzly bears are being reported in parts of the state that they haven't been seen in before. If you're unprepared, your vacation to Montana could be your last. Make sure you take the time to do your research before you hit the road or hop on a plane. You could literally get lost in the middle of nowhere or become stranded along some desolate highway. If you want to experience a summer vacation where you feel safe and secure in the wilderness, Montana may not be the place for you.

Avoid Montana

Summer is tourist season in Montana, and many attractions in the state become overcrowded with swarms of people. Unless you like waiting in lines and dealing with clueless tourists and large crowds, it's best to avoid it. Many places that you visit will be scattered with litter and piles of dog poop from previous visitors.

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More people means more crime, and it's not uncommon to hear about vehicle break-ins at National Parks and in cities across the state. Billings, Montana has the highest crime rate in the state. It's important to avoid leaving anything valuable inside of your vehicle, and always lock your doors.

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Since Montana has so many bodies of water, mosquitoes are out in full force. Bug spray is a must if you visit Montana, and also bear spray. Bears aren't fun to deal with either.

Taking a vacation in Montana isn't cheap. Finding available accomodations can be difficult unless you make plans long before your trip.

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