Missoula, MT

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Missoula showing an administrative buidling, heritage architecture and a park
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

Motel 6 Missoula, MT
Motel 6 Missoula, MT
2 out of 5
3035 Expo Pkwy, Missoula, MT, 59808
The price is $96 per night from Sep 11 to Sep 12
Stay at this business-friendly motel in Missoula. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (1,009 reviews)
"Nice hotel"

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2022

Motel 6 Missoula, MT
Broadway Inn Conference Center
Broadway Inn Conference Center
2.5 out of 5
1609 W Broadway St, Missoula, MT, 59808
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $108 per night from Sep 6 to Sep 7
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Missoula. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff ...
3.6/5 Good! (1,008 reviews)
"The room was great! The bathroom was huge. Slept great as the bed was comfortable."

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2022

Broadway Inn Conference Center
Motel 6 Missoula, MT - University
Motel 6 Missoula, MT - University
2 out of 5
630 E Broadway St, Missoula, MT, 59802
The price is $125 per night from Aug 29 to Aug 30
Stay at this motel in Missoula. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy beds in our reviews. ...
3.2/5 (297 reviews)
"Love this place, perfect stay"

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2022

Motel 6 Missoula, MT - University
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.
New Quiet Home/Heart of Missoula
New Quiet Home/Heart of Missoula
Missoula, MT
The price is $108 per night from Sep 13 to Sep 14
Stay at this vacation home in Missoula. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a Smart TV. Popular attractions Wilma Theatre and Missoula Memorial Rose Garden ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (8 reviews)
Nice inside questionable area.
"AC wasn’t working but Zach brought & installed a new one on Sunday. Nice inside but questionable neighborhood."

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2022

New Quiet Home/Heart of Missoula
East Mo Bungalow - Close to Downtown, Kettlehouse Amp, U of M, Clark Fork River
East Mo Bungalow - Close to Downtown, Kettlehouse Amp, U of M, Clark Fork River
Missoula, MT
The price is $220 per night from Aug 17 to Aug 18
Stay at this family-friendly vacation home in Missoula. Enjoy free WiFi, a water park, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Wilma Theatre and Canyon River ...
5/5 Exceptional! (6 reviews)
East Mo Bungalow
"Excellent host! Friendly and quick responses to messages. Location is excellent for access to downtown Missoula, golf courses and river floating. Love the backyard space to hang out."

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2022

East Mo Bungalow - Close to Downtown, Kettlehouse Amp, U of M, Clark Fork River
Fun old house - with Bikes!
Fun old house - with Bikes!
Missoula, MT
Stay at this family-friendly vacation home in Missoula. Enjoy free WiFi, a water park, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Wilma Theatre and Missoula Memorial ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (21 reviews)
Great location
"The house is charming and in a quiet location. Stocked with everything we needed for a longer stay. Clean and comfortable. We walked to many locations for treats…Great Harvest Bred Co, Veera’s donuts, Big Dipper Ice Cream. No air conditioning downstairs, yet I was surprised how cool the house stayed. ..."

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2022

Fun old house - with Bikes!
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.

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