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Helena
Travel Guide

Take a walking tour, visit museums or ride a historic trolley to learn about the fascinating heritage and thriving local culture of Montana’s state capital.

Known as the Queen City of the Rockies during the peak of its mining boom, Helena is a picturesque city sprinkled with gorgeous Victorian mansions and ornate civic buildings. The capital of Montana may have its roots in Lewis and Clark’s famous expedition and the 1864 gold strike, but it also features a modern flair. Check out excellent local art galleries, an exciting shopping precinct and culinary delights while exploring this attractive city.

Helena’s downtown area has a selection of beautiful architectural masterpieces. See the Cathedral of St. Helena, a turn-of-the-century Gothic-style church, or the Montana State Capitol building. The city is dotted with preserved historical areas, such as Reeder’s Alley and Last Chance Gulch. Go on a walking tour and spend some time admiring the heritage architecture and period shop fittings in these intriguing streets or see the sights from the old-fashioned train that tours around areas of interest. Get a deeper understanding of Helena’s history and mining wealth at the Montana Historical Society Museum, the Montana Military Museum or Lewis and Clark: the Montana Experience.

Explore Mount Helena City Park and discover a network of exciting wilderness trails, including paths that lead past limestone cliffs, prairie, woodland and pine forests. Hike or bike along these trails and reach the peak of Mount Helena to see expansive views of the city and surrounding area. More magnificent vistas can be found at the Gates of the Mountains, a rugged canyon that is especially breathtaking when admired from the water.

Helena is the crown of Southwest Montana. The city has its own regional airport and Missoula International Airport is just under 2-hours’ drive away. The city can be enjoyed year-round; however, care must be taken on the mountain trails during the snowy wintertime. The city has a range of accommodation options, from comfortable motels and modern hotels to camping and trailer sites. Helena is situated halfway between Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park, so include the city on your road trip through this scenic region.

Top Hotels in Helena

Baymont by Wyndham Helena
Baymont by Wyndham Helena
2.5 out of 5
750 N Fee St, Helena, MT
The price is ¥6,176 per night from Mar 3 to Mar 4

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Montana Historical Society Museum and Montana State Capitol. Cathedral of St. Helena and Holter ...

4.1/5Very Good! (988 reviews)

"the staff was very informative and friendly. very clean great hot breakfast and close to shopping"…"

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2021

Baymont by Wyndham Helena
Shilo Inn & Suites - Helena
Shilo Inn & Suites - Helena
2 out of 5
2020 Prospect Ave, Helena, MT
The price is ¥5,371 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Montana Historical Society Museum and Montana State Capitol. Cathedral of St. Helena and Holter ...

3.4/5Good! (924 reviews)

"Comfortable"…"

Reviewed on Oct 3, 2020

Shilo Inn & Suites - Helena
Wingate by Wyndham Helena Airport
Wingate by Wyndham Helena Airport
2.5 out of 5
2007 N Oakes St, Helena, MT
The price is ¥8,862 per night from Mar 3 to Mar 4

Situated in Helena, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Exploration Works, Montana Historical Society Museum, and Montana State Capitol. Great Northern Carousel ...

4/5Very Good! (995 reviews)

"The building was quiet, very clean and the staff were accommodating to ensure you knew their benefits. The pool was even open which was awesome and relaxing."…"

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2021

Wingate by Wyndham Helena 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.

Vacation Rentals in Helena

SADDLE MOUNTAIN ESCAPE
SADDLE MOUNTAIN ESCAPE
Clancy, MT
The price is ¥13,164 per night from Feb 26 to Feb 27

Situated in Clancy, this apartment building is within 12 mi (20 km) of Montana Historical Society Museum, Montana State Capitol, and Cathedral of St. Helena. ...

5/5Exceptional! (10 reviews)
Mountain Christmas

"We had a wonderful stay at Christmas time. The place was very clean, comfortable and well appointed, and the mountainside views are beautiful. Our host was very hospitable, and we enjoyed the company of their pets Hank, Ren, and Nigel :) Would recommend."…"

Reviewed on Dec 30, 2020

SADDLE MOUNTAIN ESCAPE
The Wheelhouse on Main - Brand new House - Close to Downtown!
The Wheelhouse on Main - Brand new House - Close to Downtown!
Helena, MT

Situated in Helena, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Reeder's Alley, Cathedral Church of St. Peter, and Holter Museum of Art. Cathedral of St. Helena ...

5/5Exceptional! (17 reviews)
Great house - definitely will stay again!

"We really enjoyed our stay at Wheelhouse. Everything was as advertised, including new house features, modern decor, large kitchen with all appliances. Beds super large and comfy. Super cool rain shower in master bedroom. Very spacious for a family of three. We enjoyed the neighborhood as it is very ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2021

The Wheelhouse on Main - Brand new House - Close to Downtown!
Cozy Cabin In The Mountains- Cabin Creek Ranch
Cozy Cabin In The Mountains- Cabin Creek Ranch
Helena, MT

Located in the heart of Helena, this cabin is within 12 mi (20 km) of Archie Bray Foundation, VA Medical Center-Fort Harrison, and Lakeside Trailhead. Spring ...

5/5Exceptional! (8 reviews)
I was looking for a relaxing secluded get away... this was perfect!!

"Beautiful and calming... The ranch cat was a nice addition, my little friend this morning... I will be back and will be recommending it to friends!! Very nice inviting place to get away... thank you!!"…"

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2020

Cozy Cabin In The Mountains- Cabin Creek Ranch
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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Reviews of Helena

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5/5 - Excellent

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May 17, 2020

1st time ever being there and all the people were super friendly that was awesome

3/5 - Okay

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Mar 11, 2020

Staff was rushed and not very friendly.

5/5 - Excellent

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Mar 7, 2020

Great downtown area

2/5 - Disappointing

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Feb 29, 2020

Stay anywhere but wyndam and jorgensons theyre the worst in town

4/5 - Good

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Feb 24, 2020

The hot springs were relaxing. We would much rather go to Helena than Havre.

5/5 - Excellent

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Feb 17, 2020

a beautiful place to visit.

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