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Missoula
Peacefully tucked away in the heart of the northern Rocky Mountains, Missoula is the perfect spot for a weekend of history, culture and outdoor fun. Home to the University of Montana, one of the most architecturally distinguished academic institutions in the country, the city offers a number of intellectually stimulating attractions. Spend a few hours browsing through the exhibits at the Art Museum of Missoula or take a trip back in time at the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula. The city's close proximity to three major rivers and acres of lush forest means visitors can also enjoy a host of recreational activities, from fly fishing and kayaking to hiking and biking. Missoula's historic downtown area has classic... more Peacefully tucked away in the heart of the northern Rocky Mountains, Missoula is the perfect spot for a weekend of history, culture and outdoor fun. Home to the University of Montana, one of the most architecturally distinguished academic institutions in the country, the city offers a number of intellectually stimulating attractions. Spend a few hours browsing through the exhibits at the Art Museum of Missoula or take a trip back in time at the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula. The city's close proximity to three major rivers and acres of lush forest means visitors can also enjoy a host of recreational activities, from fly fishing and kayaking to hiking and biking. Missoula's historic downtown area has classic early-century buildings and boasts unique shops, galleries, fine dining and a lively nightlife. With kids in tow, don't miss Dragon Hollow, a magical playground that features an extraordinary hand-carved carousel. less

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A Carousel for Missoula
A Carousel for Missoula
Owner description: This beautiful carousel, completed in 1995, was the brainchild and vision of a local Missoula cabinet-maker, who carved much of the structure himself and also trained an... more Owner description: This beautiful carousel, completed in 1995, was the brainchild and vision of a local Missoula cabinet-maker, who carved much of the structure himself and also trained an enthusiastic team of volunteers to assist in the project. less
Attraction type: Amusement & theme parks
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Rattlesnake National Recreation Area
Rattlesnake National Recreation Area
An all-season recreation area, this wilderness region is designated to promote the watershed, recreational, wildlife and educational values of the land.
Attraction type: Jogging paths & tracks; Nature & wildlife areas; Trails
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Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center
Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center
Attraction type: Specialty museums
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Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Attraction type: Nature & wildlife areas
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University of Montana
University of Montana
Owner description: This scenic university campus spans 200 acres at the base of a mountain and borders the Clark Fork River. Founded in 1893, Montana's leading liberal arts institution enrolls... more Owner description: This scenic university campus spans 200 acres at the base of a mountain and borders the Clark Fork River. Founded in 1893, Montana's leading liberal arts institution enrolls 13,000 students. less
Attraction type: Colleges & universities

All places to eat » Places to eat

Caffe Dolce
Caffe Dolce
Ranked #1 of 244 Restaurants in Missoula
Price:
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
Good for: Outdoor seating, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Big Dipper Ice Cream
Big Dipper Ice Cream
Ranked #2 of 244 Restaurants in Missoula
Cuisines: Ice Cream
Dining options: Late Night
Pearl Cafe
Pearl Cafe
Ranked #3 of 244 Restaurants in Missoula
Price: $21 - $38
Cuisines: French
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Dessert
Bob Marshall's Biga Pizza
Bob Marshall's Biga Pizza
Ranked #4 of 244 Restaurants in Missoula
Cuisines: Pizza
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night
Catalyst Cafe
Catalyst Cafe
Ranked #5 of 244 Restaurants in Missoula
Cuisines: Coffee Shop
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Hutchins Hostel
Hutchins Hostel
$25

All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Blossom's Bed and Breakfast
Blossom's Bed and Breakfast
$95 - $125
Ranked #1 of 11 Missoula B&B and Inns
Comfort Inn
2.5 of 5
Comfort Inn
$84 - $159
Ranked #3 of 39 Hotels in Missoula
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Quality Inn & Suites
2.5 of 5
Quality Inn & Suites
$63 - $147
Ranked #7 of 39 Hotels in Missoula
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