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Missoula, MT
Travel Guide

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
The price is ¥11,695 per night from Jun 27 to Jun 27
Located in Grant Creek, this motel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Big Sky Brewing Co., Missoula County Courthouse, and Caras Park. Wilma Theatre and Washington-Grizzly ...
3.8/5Good! (985 reviews)
"Good Easy access off freeway"

Reviewed on Jun 11, 2021

Motel 6 Missoula, MT
StoneCreek Lodge
StoneCreek Lodge
3 out of 5
5145 Airway Blvd, Missoula, MT
The price is ¥23,708 per night from Jul 8 to Jul 8
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Big Sky Brewing Co., HUB Family Entertainment Center, and Bitterroot Valley. Smokejumpers ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,111 reviews)
"Nice hotel. Employees were professional and friendly. My only concern is I heard a dog bark in the next room. I thought maybe you allowed pets. If I had known that we wouldn’t have stayed as I woke up wheezing and runny and irritated eyes. Otherwise a very nice hotel."

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2021

StoneCreek Lodge
Red Lion Inn & Suites Missoula
Red Lion Inn & Suites Missoula
2.5 out of 5
700 W Broadway St, Missoula, MT
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥11,696 per night from Jul 7 to Jul 7
Located in Heart of Missoula, this hotel is steps from Bitterroot Valley and St. Patrick Hospital. University of Montana is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) away.
3.1/5 (968 reviews)
"It was affordable."

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2021

Red Lion Inn & Suites 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.
Studio Living in the Iconic Wilma Building
Studio Living in the Iconic Wilma Building
Missoula, MT
The price is ¥18,537 per night from Jul 21 to Jul 21
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! (86 reviews)
Beautiful little, cozy loft
"Great little loft in a historic building in downtown Missoula. Hosts were very responsive, bed was quirky but comfortable and you can’t beat the sunset views. Super clean and well appointed."

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2021

Studio Living in the Iconic Wilma Building
Clean Comfy & Cozy Missoula Home: Short Walk to UM
Clean Comfy & Cozy Missoula Home: Short Walk to UM
Missoula, MT
Located in University District, this vacation home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Bitterroot Valley and within 3 mi (5 km) of University of Montana and St. Patrick ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (21 reviews)
Great place for family
"Easily housed 8 family members and was clean, easy and close to campus! We enjoyed our stay over graduation weekend. The two bedrooms upstairs were accessible for older guests and the downstairs was better suited for younger guests. Glad we stayed here!"

Reviewed on May 17, 2021

Clean Comfy & Cozy Missoula Home: Short Walk to UM
Downtown Retreat in Restored Historic Cottage With Off-street Parking
Downtown Retreat in Restored Historic Cottage With Off-street Parking
Missoula, MT
Located in Heart of Missoula, this historic vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bitterroot Valley, University of Montana, and St. Patrick Hospital. Clark ...
5/5Exceptional! (32 reviews)
Great property
"Great property in walking distance of town and trails. Busy street but surprisingly quiet inside. Super convenient & ideal for our needs. Hosts were extremely responsive & helpful!"

Reviewed on Mar 15, 2021

Downtown Retreat in Restored Historic Cottage With Off-street Parking
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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