The list of fun things to do in Montana is so long that it often takes years to see it all, if you live here, or numerous trips if you are just visiting. Regardless, we may not be the most populated state, but we definitely have lots to see and do.

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On the top of many people's lists of things to do is of course visit Yellowstone National Park. There are so many "must do" things in the park alone including seeing Old Faithful, the numerous waterfalls, and the Roosevelt Archway, just to list a few.

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There is one hidden gem that some forget about, or don't want any newcomers to know about. Well, I am about to spoil that for some.

Out of the entire United States, Yellowstone National Park has made the list of Best Swimming Holes. Montana actually made the top 15.

Trips to Discover has named Firehole River as one of the best summer swimming holes of 2023. If you have never been to Firehole River in Yellowstone National Park, you will find it near the west entrance to the park, and here is what you can expect to find.

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Although called Firehole River, the temperature should be pretty pleasant, especially on a warm summer day. There is a beach area for you to take a little breather and relax for a bit. If you have littles with you, no worries! There are some shallow spots for them to splash around in and enjoy just as much as you.

The scenery is just another perk to this stop at Yellowstone National Park.

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RANKED: Here are the most popular national parks

To determine the most popular national parks in the United States, Stacker compiled data from the National Park Service on the number of recreational visits each site had in 2020. Keep reading to discover the 50 most popular national parks in the United States, in reverse order from #50 to #1. And be sure to check with individuals parks before you visit to find out about ongoing, pandemic-related safety precautions at www.nps.gov/coronavirus.

Montana National Parks

Montana National Parks

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Today these parks are located throughout the country in 25 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The land encompassing them was either purchased or donated, though much of it had been inhabited by native people for thousands of years before the founding of the United States. These areas are protected and revered as educational resources about the natural world, and as spaces for exploration.

Keep scrolling for 50 vintage photos that show the beauty of America's national parks.

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