Missoula Travel Guide, Montana
Located NW of Helena and nestled in a beautiful valley along the Clark Fork River, the city of Missoula offers beautiful surroundings and various revitalizing and invigorating outdoor activities to its visitors that can enjoy them to the maximum be it summer or winter. Whenever you come, you're sure to run into some activity or other.
To get information about the recreation areas and outdoor activities you should go to the Bureau of Land Management where you can get maps and useful instructions.
The choices range from fly-fishing to skiing. With such a variety no wonder people keep coming to this area with a mild climate. And the locals make sure they won’t stop as tourism brings in a lot of money. Environmental issues are taken very seriously by the locals.
One of the most loved activities is hiking. There are numerous trails you can try in areas like Selway-Bitterroot or to the Mount Sentinel that is one of the most popular hikes. The big “M” is the sign that points to the trail. Once you’re up there is a breathtaking view of the valley.
For more daring and adventurous people Mount Sentinel offers excellent hang gliding opportunities.
The city ranks among the most atmospheric and attractive places to stay or at least it succeed in making itself feel that way. Its neighborly atmosphere and beautiful scenery create a warm community that offers a bountiful array of attractions and activities for all those who live here or visit the city. It doesn't really matter what you do or where you go, the city itself jumps at you and delivers an exhilarating experience. You can choose a self guided tour to see the main attractions all you need is a copy of the Historical Walking/Driving Tour brochure and be on your way.
You will surely get to The Farmers Market at Market Plaza where you can get fresh fruits.
Two perfect places for families with kids are the fantasy-themed playground, Dragon Hollow and the Missoula Carousel found by the river at downtown's Caras Park, where they will have a wonderful time. The carousel’s construction didn’t begin with much of a budget; it is mainly the result of volunteers. Other opportunities for entertainment includes The Missoula Children's Theater is where children can see original musical productions some of them performed talented children from various parts of the country.
You can see a lot of youth in Missoula especially during session period when students of the University of Montana have their exams. So no wonder you’ll see more young people downtown, too. The city is also home to many other intellectuals making the city a cultural hub with lots of venues offering a variety of entertainment. One venue is right in the University of Montana campus. It is The Montana Repertory Theater featuring new and classical works. In the same location is the Music Recital Hall where you can listen to the students’ performance or at times there are outstanding musicians invited to perform. Another similar venue is The Missoula Community Theater that offers an equally entertaining evening.
Still in the area of cultural entertainment is The Missoula Symphony Orchestra and Chorale.
Other alternatives for a night out are the many clubs and bars mainly found downtown which is a great place to start with fun-tastic bars, nightclubs, lounges, dance clubs and live music venues. Some of the most visited venues are the Butterfly Herbs with a wide choice of exotic beverage, Al and Vic's is the college kids’ and the professionals’ favorite while at Sean Kelly's besides a drink, you can also try some Irish specialties. For a taste of local microbrew, head to The Iron Horse Brew Pub.
Missoula mixes history and culture with a picturesque landscape to deliver a vacation destination like no other. Singles and couples will love the adventure and the romantic escapes offered by the city and surrounding area and families will love the variety of activities.
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