Missoula, MT

Travel Guide
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This university town and cultural hub retains a rugged, northwestern charm, with hiking, climbing, fishing and rafting all within minutes of the town center.

Take advantage of the abundance of natural beauty around the town of Missoula in Montana and head for the designated wilderness areas nearby. Hike trails, climb rock faces or go tubing down rivers. Head into the town for gentler pursuits, where several galleries, funky shops and informative museums offer their various charms.

Originally known as “Hell Gate” because of warring native tribes, Missoula was founded as a trading post. The town soon grew into the hub of the Glacier County Region, which encompasses an area between the Rocky Mountains and the Great Plains in north west Montana. The city has an abundance of outdoor attractions on its doorstep as well as one of the most attractive university campuses in America and a liberal, arty downtown area.

Take in a view of the city by hiking to the “M” on Mount Sentinel. The large letter is a symbol of the University of Montana. If you’re feeling energetic you can carry on up the trail for even better views of the city and the nearby Rattlesnake Wilderness Area.

Downtown, don’t miss Caras Park, which features the historical Missoula Carousel as well as good fishing, walking trails and children’s areas. It’s also the location for several food and music festivals throughout the year.

Art lovers will appreciate the contemporary collection at the Missoula Art Museum. The town has a reputation for great art, and you can explore this for free on the First Friday’s events. The city’s galleries are free of charge and open late on the first Friday of every month. Learn about the area’s past in the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula.

Driving around the city can be confusing for the first time visitor, so use the excellent public bus system. Buses even run out of town to wilderness reserves where you can hike, fish, climb or raft down the rivers.

When the cold winters set in swap your hiking boots for a pair of skis, or take a trip to the nearby Lolo Hot Springs.

Where to stay in Missoula

Missoula showing an administrative buidling, heritage architecture and a park

Heart of Missoula

4/5(399 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Heart of Missoula, Missoula County Courthouse and Wilma Theatre are top sights worth seeing.

Heart of Missoula
Great hike for all ages and especially beautiful view of the city during sunset

University District

4.5/5(3 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in University District, Washington-Grizzly Stadium and Clark Fork River are top sights worth seeing.

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Riverfront

5/5(1 area review)

If you're spending some time in Riverfront, Clark Fork River and Montana Natural History Center are top sights worth seeing.

Riverfront
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Rose Park

3.5/5(3 area reviews)

While visiting Rose Park, you might make a stop by sights like Missoula County Fairgrounds and Missoula Memorial Rose Garden.

Rose Park
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Lower Rattlesnake

5/5(1 area review)

If you're spending some time in Lower Rattlesnake, Greenough Park and Blackfoot Valley are top sights worth seeing.

Lower Rattlesnake
View of Missoula from the "M"

Franklin to the Fort

3.5/5(43 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Franklin to the Fort, Fort Missoula and Bitterroot River are top sights worth seeing.

Franklin to the Fort
Red Lion Inn & Suites Missoula
Red Lion Inn & Suites Missoula
2.5 out of 5
700 W Broadway St, Missoula, MT
The price is $95 per night from May 22 to May 23
$95
$105 total
includes taxes & fees
May 22 - May 23
Book a stay at this business-friendly hotel in Missoula. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
5.2/10 (1,003 reviews)
"My son and I were in Missoula apartment hunting. It was a convenient location, close to the highway and the city."

Reviewed on May 13, 2024

Red Lion Inn & Suites Missoula
StoneCreek Lodge
StoneCreek Lodge
3 out of 5
5145 Airway Blvd, Missoula, MT
The price is $134 per night from May 27 to May 28
$134
$150 total
includes taxes & fees
May 27 - May 28
Stay at this 3-star hotel in Missoula. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a free airport shuttle. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in ...
8.6/10 Excellent! (1,005 reviews)
"Close to airport, easy to get around. Suite rooms and nice swimming area."

Reviewed on May 17, 2024

StoneCreek Lodge
La Quinta Inn by Wyndham Missoula
La Quinta Inn by Wyndham Missoula
2.5 out of 5
5059 N Reserve St, Missoula, MT
The price is $125 per night from May 29 to May 30
$125
$137 total
includes taxes & fees
May 29 - May 30
Book a stay at this business-friendly hotel in Missoula. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
8.4/10 Very Good! (1,008 reviews)
"Great hotel staff were excellent"

Reviewed on May 17, 2024

La Quinta Inn by Wyndham Missoula
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
282: Tiny house, heart of Missoula
282: Tiny house, heart of Missoula
Missoula
Stay at this vacation home in Missoula. Enjoy free WiFi, patios, and an in-room coffeemaker. Our guests praise the clean rooms in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
9.4/10 Exceptional! (175 reviews)
Tiny House
"Parking was a challenge."

Reviewed on Apr 22, 2024