Big sky wonderland: 12 reasons to visit Montana

While Montana is the fourth largest state in the United States, it ranks 44th in population (according to 2013 population data), which means there's plenty of room to explore its abundant natural wonders.
In his 1962 book "Travels with Charley: In Search of America," author John Steinbeck may have best expressed how people feel about Montana:
"I'm in love with Montana. For other states I have admiration, respect, recognition, even some affection. But with Montana it is love. And it's difficult to analyze love when you're in it."
Born and raised in Montana, Ben Adkison is a freelance photographer and mountain guide.
His photos from remote corners of the world can be found on Facebook and his website.