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Vacation in Missoula - Montana

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Area Overview

Some might dub Missoula as unique, cool or hip. Others will experience it as serene, welcoming and replete with natural beauty. You might spend time here and see it as vibrant, active and pulsating with places to go and things to do. The beauty of Missoula is that it is all these things and more.

Nestled in the Northern Rockies of Montana, surrounded by seven wilderness areas and at the confluence of three rivers, Missoula is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. You can kayak, raft or tube through downtown or take a relaxing hike in 60,000 acres of wilderness minutes from your hotel. Missoula is known for its blue-ribbon trout fishing (made famous by A River Runs Through It) and spectacular natural beauty. The outdoor recreational opportunities are limitless.

In a place like Missoula, it is hard to compete with the great outdoors. Fortunately, Missoula’s arts and culture scene is a worthy contender. Think theater, festivals, music, dance, art galleries and more. All of which means you have an incredible opportunity to explore, experience and enjoy

Things to Do

Recreation & Fitness

Looking for things to do? You will never be at a loss in Missoula. Outdoor recreation, arts and culture, attractions, historic buildings, museums, the list goes on and on. Unexpectedly for a small town, Missoula always has something happening.

One could say that outdoor recreation is our specialty. Regardless of the season, getting outdoors in Missoula is easy. Deciding what to do may prove a bit more challenging. During the summer, water activities are an ideal way to cool off. Surrounding rivers and lakes provide plenty of opportunities to kayak, raft, stand-up paddle board and more. Find fun in the snow with winter activities like skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling and even snowshoeing. With all the possibilities, there is every reason to get outside and experience all we have to offer.

Cultural Activities

Missoula boasts a plethora of choices for the culturally minded. Whether it is art or music being created in the street, a gala event at a local museum, Missoula has what it takes to satisfy even the most avant-garde individual.

Live theatre abounds at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts and the Montana Repertory Theatre and our music scene is broad, running the gamut from orchestral to bluegrass to country. On any given weekend, you're sure to find some sort of strumming and drumming or a theatrical performance taking place, whether in a large public forum or in a small, quiet setting. Missoula celebrates the visual arts as well. Take a short walk downtown and discover art galleries showcasing the communities’ best artists and artisans and museums that host stunning and thought provoking exhibitions.

River City Roots Festival is one of the city's biggest events. Held annually in late summer, Roots Fest turns downtown into a veritable arts extravaganza. The two-day celebration features live performances on stage on west Main Street, a juried art show, entertainment for children and families, and a 4-mile run through the heart of the city.


Looking for Things To Do in Missoula? Look no further. Outdoor recreation, arts and culture, attractions, historic buildings, museums, the list goes on and on. Unexpectedly for a small town, Missoula always has something happening.


It is easy to get around Missoula whether you decide to rent a car, take the bus or call a cab. Missoula is a community that prides itself in making all attempts to reduce traffic congestion and provide eco-friendly transportation options. In fact, as of January 5th 2015, Missoula’s Mountain Line bus system will be free of charge for all.


Monthly Temperatures / Rainfall

 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain
 January  16.5  24.1  31.6  1.3 "
 February  20.7  29.5  38.4  1.0 "
 March  27.1  37.6  48.1  1.1 "
 April  32.5  45.0  57.5  1.3 "
 May  39.5  52.6  65.7  2.2 "
 June  45.9  59.9  74.0  1.9 "
 July  50.4  66.7  83.0  1.2 "
 August  49.6  66.2  82.7  1.2 "
 September  41.1  56.3  71.3  1.2 "
 October  32.0  44.7  57.4  1.0 "
 November  24.3  32.3  40.3  1.1 "
 December  16.8  24.0  31.2  1.3 "

Best Time To Go:

Summer and winter.

Missoula has all four seasons - the original divisions of the year as determined by Mother Nature.
While we do have occasional wildfires, we don't have a "mudslide season", "tornado season" or "hurricane season", and the simple thought of a Tsunami is ridiculous! So no matter when you decide to visit us, you will find a spectacular season waiting just for you. Whether relaxed or invigorating, our seasons are sure to keep you entertained and create a life-time of memories.


Accommodations are like real estate...location, location, location! The hotels on North Reserve offer quick access to the airport, I-90 and Highway 93. Downtown hotels place visitors in the heart of Missoula and within walking distance of the University of Montana and the Clark Fork River. Broadway and Brooks Street properties boast convenient access to shopping and restaurants.

A stay in a scenic outlying area such as Seeley Lake, Flathead Lake, Whitefish Lake, Rock Creek or the Bitterroot Valley, will refresh anyone looking to get away from it all.

Several of these facilities welcome conventions, so when planning your next event think of the Garden City.


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