The Real America
Rocky Mountain International (RMI) coordinates the international tourism activities for the state tourism departments of Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming.
This is the ‘Real America’; a region of awe-inspiring scenery, legendary history and heritage, cowboys, rodeos and ranches, American Indians, the great outdoors and friendly locals.
It takes in the awesome expanses of Wyoming’s Yellowstone National Park and the towering Tetons, Montana’s Glacier National Park, Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota and Badlands National Park and Black Hills of South Dakota. Marvel at the magnificent carvings of Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse, step back in time at the Battle of Little Bighorn Battlefield and have a ‘Close Encounter of the Third Kind’ at Devil’s Tower. Experience the Medora musical, Buffalo Bill’s Cody Country, Wild Bill’s Deadwood, the United Tribes PowWow and Charlie Russell’s Montana. It’s an adventure playground with cycling, hiking, white water, winter sports, climbing, horseback riding and much more. For an authentic Wild West experience spend some time on a ranch or take in a rodeo. And if you’re lucky you’ll spot bison, elk, pronghorn sheep, eagles, grizzlies, coyotes and even a wolf along the way.
Each state at a glance…
MONTANA – BIG SKY COUNTRY
Montana represents the untamed, the wild and the natural from the soaring peaks of the Rocky Mountains to the alpine lakes and meadows of Glacier National Park. Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks are starting points – between the parks lie mountains that don’t have names yet, in ranges you’ve never heard of. Scattered in their valleys, you’ll find small towns full of friendly locals sharing the unexpected and even maybe their famous huckleberry pie.
Did you know? Montana is the only state with a triple divide allowing water to flow into the Pacific, Atlantic, and Hudson Bay. This phenomenon occurs at Triple Divide Peak in Glacier National Park.
And…The Lewis and Clark Expedition logged more miles in Montana than anywhere else on its 8,000-mile journey across the wild American frontier.
NORTH DAKOTA – LEGENDARY
Create your own legend in North Dakota – a land of rich culture and heritage amid a scenic backdrop of adventure, rolling prairies, majestic Badlands and abundant wildlife. The footsteps of many legends crossed the state. On this land, Lewis and Clark, Sakakawea, George Custer and Sitting Bull lived out larger-than-life adventures. Trek the same path they traversed years ago: retrace the Corps of Discovery’s expedition as you follow the Lewis & Clark Trail or let your imagination wonder through Theodore Roosevelt National Park like the Park’s bison and wild horses, and look upon the same rugged landscape that inspired the 26th President of the United States.
Did you know? Theodore Roosevelt National Park is the only US National Park named after a President – Theodore Roosevelt had two ranches in the North Dakota Badlands.
And … The International Peace Garden is located on the U.S. and Canadian border between North Dakota and Manitoba and is a symbol of peace and friendship between the two nations.
SOUTH DAKOTA – GREAT FACES, GREAT PLACES
South Dakota has often been referred to as the land of infinite variety, reflected in everything from the weather to the scenery. From the rolling prairies and glittering lakes, to granite peaks and towering pines, the landscapes are both diverse and beautiful. The cities are just as unique, from old western towns to bustling towns and everything in between. The Black Hills, Badlands and Lakes region has one of the largest concentrations of National Parks, monuments, memorials and caves in the Midwest. One of the most famous, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, surrounded by the Black Hills National Forest, is the nation’s Shrine.
Did you know? South Dakota has the highest point in the United States east of the Rocky Mountains (Harney Peak in the Black Hills with an elevation of 7,424 feet).
And… has more miles of shoreline than the state of Florida.
WYOMING – FOREVER WEST
From Native American roots to a rich history of the American West and forging the frontiers in equality, Wyoming is a state full of historical adventure. In addition to being a place where you can learn about amazing historical stories and sights, Wyoming is also a state where you can choose your own adventure – from winter sports, rodeo to outdoor hikes to fossil hunts, there’s something for everyone in the state of Forever West!
No Wyoming adventure would be complete without a visit to the world’s first national park. With more than 3,500 square miles of pristine preserved landscape, Yellowstone National Park is truly one of the jewels in the crown of America’s national park system. Yellowstone is the world’s most extensive area of geyser activity, harbouring more than 10,000 geothermal features; the most famous of which is Old Faithful.
Did you know? The Northeast Region holds the very first national monument, Devils Tower.
And…Cheyenne Frontier Days, the world’s largest outdoor rodeo and western celebration, takes place in Cheyenne, South East Wyoming.
Access to the region is via one of the region’s official gateway cities of Denver, CO and Minneapolis/Saint Paul/Bloomington, MN. Each state has a number of regional airports offering frequent connections to all three international hubs.
Jenni Bridgman or Lisa Cooper
KBC PR & Marketing