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Missoula, MT
Travel Guide

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

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Missoula - Edgewater
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Missoula - Edgewater
3.5 out of 5
100 Madison Street, Missoula, MT
The price is $82 per night from Mar 25 to Mar 26

Located in Heart of Missoula, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Bitterroot Valley and University of Montana. St. Patrick Hospital is 1 mi (1.6 km) ...

4.2/5Excellent! (913 reviews)

"Well located along the river, nicely appointed rooms, great restaurant"…"

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2021

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Missoula - Edgewater
Residence Inn by Marriott Missoula Downtown
Residence Inn by Marriott Missoula Downtown
3 out of 5
125 N Pattee Street, Missoula, MT
The price is $111 per night from Mar 5 to Mar 6

Located in Heart of Missoula, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Bitterroot Valley and St. Patrick Hospital. University of Montana is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (313 reviews)

"Best hotel I’ve stayed in. It’s better than my own apartment"…"

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2021

Residence Inn by Marriott Missoula Downtown
Wingate by Wyndham Missoula Airport
Wingate by Wyndham Missoula Airport
3 out of 5
5252 Airway Blvd, I-90 Exit 99 / Airway Blvd 1 Block, Missoula, MT
The price is $80 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

This family-friendly Missoula hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Big Sky Brewing Co., HUB Family Entertainment Center, and Bitterroot Valley. Smokejumpers Center ...

4.3/5Excellent! (964 reviews)

"Staff was great. Room was very large and clean. Quiet."…"

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2021

Wingate by Wyndham Missoula Airport
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.
Staybridge Suites Missoula
Staybridge Suites Missoula
3 out of 5
120 Expressway, Missoula, MT
The price is $104 per night from Mar 25 to Mar 26

Located in Grant Creek, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bitterroot Valley and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. HUB Family Entertainment Center and Big ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (740 reviews)

"Convenient parking to property. Spacious room that accommodated our large family. Friendly and helpful staff!"…"

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2021

Staybridge Suites Missoula
Studio Living in the Iconic Wilma Building
Studio Living in the Iconic Wilma Building
Missoula, MT
The price is $135 per night from Mar 8 to Mar 9

Located in Heart of Missoula, this condo building is within a 15-minute walk of Bitterroot Valley and St. Patrick Hospital. University of Montana is 1.2 mi (1.9 ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (79 reviews)
I would live here

"So clean and so quiet. Everything is immacuate...from the silverware drawer to the fridge, floors and bathroom. For a studio, it feels large with lots of closet space and cupboard space in the kitchen. I loved the bathroom and the large shower. I've never seen anything like the bed...stored away ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2021

Studio Living in the Iconic Wilma Building
Newly Remodeled Queen Anne Apartment
Newly Remodeled Queen Anne Apartment
Missoula, MT
The price is $59 per night from Mar 9 to Mar 10

Located in Riverfront, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bitterroot Valley, St. Patrick Hospital, and University of Montana. Wilma Theatre and ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (27 reviews)
Great location!

"This is my favorite neighborhood in Missoula. Walking distance to our favorite places. Clean with funky charm. Not fancy, but has character and everything you need."…"

Reviewed on Jan 1, 2021

Newly Remodeled Queen Anne Apartment
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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