Montana is a state located in the western United States. It's known for ranching and farming, and vast open spaces. Although it is the fourth largest state by size, Montana doesn't have any big cities. The capital is Billings, but you will discover that most of what Montana has to offer is not located in cities at all.
The most popular attraction in Montana is Yellowstone National Park, which is also partially located in the states of Idaho and Wyoming. This is the largest national park in the United States, and is you can find it in Southern Montana. In Yellowstone National Park, you can find all kinds of wildlife, such as elk and bison. Geysers and other water features are unique and sure to draw a crowd. Unfortunately Yellowstone hostels are lacking, although you may find lodging in West Yellowstone, but before dropping money for a hotel or resort, look into seasonal options for camping.
Montana has several other national parks. Glacier National Park is to the northwest, near the Canadian border. The Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail also runs partially through Montana. A National Historic Site called Grant-Kohrs Ranch is located in Deer Lodge, and the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument is in Crow Agency. These are just a few of the many national parks and forests that Montana has to offer. Many of them offer camping or more formal lodging, and some even have nearby hostels. Check out East Glacier Park especially for hostel options.
Bozeman is also a small town, but is a good place to meet other people, especially non-locals. As a college town, the student body outnumbers year-round locals. You should be able to find a Bozeman hostel with available beds.
Keep in mind that hostels often reflect the environment in which they are located, and Montana hostels are no exception. Many of the hostels have rustic and woodsy decor, and some that are far out in the woods may not have modern conveniences such as wi-fi or even electricity. Some hostels are seasonal, so you may have an especially difficult time finding accommodation in the winter months. Hostel prices will vary based on time of year, services, and specific location, but you can expect hostel costs to be on par or lower than the national average.
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