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Spring Travel: Natural Wonders

Get your heart racing in Montana

For prime biking, rafting, and other outdoor pursuits, Glacier National Park and nearby attractions can’t be beat.

I’M JUST OUTSIDE BOZEMAN, leaning against a rail fence beside a dandelion-strewn meadow, gazing up at a ridge dotted with fir trees. Nearby, winding through a birch grove, is a stream about 10 feet wide, the bottom churned up by the spring snowmelt on this May morning. From a stony beach that widens into the channel, I can see the Bridger Mountains across the valley, heavily treed and glowing in the sun. This is the Montana of my dreams.

Over the next week, I aim to play rugby in Missoula, swim across a glacial lake near Whitefish, bicycle up some 6,000 feet on the Going-to-the-Sun Road, and raft down the Stillwater River. Lord willing and the creek don’t rise.

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