Known as the “Garden City”, Missoula is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream, set high in the northern Rockies surrounded by seven wilderness areas and the confluence of three rivers. The cosmopolitan city is an endless string of farmers markets, music festivals and mountain hiking adventures.
Things to do in Missoula
Animal lovers can visit the Elk Country Visitor Centre, home to one of the largest elk herds in America. Learn about the unique species, their history and the facility’s conservation efforts through an array of interactive exhibits before venturing out to spot elk roaming in the 100-hectare park.
Feeling thirsty? Beer lovers can hop on a self-guided tour of Missoula’s local breweries. Montana ranks second in the nation for craft breweries per capita and Missoula plays host to the popular Brewfest every May in Caras Park. Try the bison-shaped tasting tray at Nation Brewery and listen to live music on the patio at Draught Works.
For a glimpse into Missoula’s fascinating past, visit the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula. Built on the remains of one of Montana’s first military forts, the museum unveils the history of the townsfolk, settlers and soldiers. Take a guided tour through the recreated Western town, complete with old machinery and horse and carts.
Get in touch with nature in Rattlesnake National Recreation Area, where you can hike to cascading waterfalls, catch trout at Boulder Lake or ride horseback through the pine-scented trails. In the winter months, ski the famously-long slopes at Montana Snowbowl, an alpine ski resort.
Getting around Missoula
Missoula International Airport is a 10-minute drive or 40-minute bus ride from the centre of town. Missoula is easily reached by bus or car from most major cities. Once in town, public buses are the most convenient way to get around, with regular shuttles to Montana Snowbowl.