In a word, Missoula is picturesque. This beautiful town in Montana is nestled in the Northern Rocky Mountains, with surroundings of nature-made wonders and historic culture. There seems to be something for everyone to see and do in Missoula, from adventures for outdoorsy nature lovers, to explorations in the inner city for travelers that love great arts and history scenes.
The University of Montana attracts all kinds of people from every walk of life to Missoula, so there are definitely opportunities to make new friends and mingle when you visit. Plus, the university is beautifully constructed with some of the nation’s most distinguished and memorable architectures. The building and entire campus are sights to see in and of themselves.
Missoula is a family friendly place, and there are many fun things here that parents and kids will enjoy!
Dragon Hollow is one such place. The ginormous playground features a maze and castle towers, with slides, swings, lots of things to climb, monkey bars, boardwalks, funny little hand-carved characters, and so much more. The playground is separated into levels, so toddlers can get in on the fun at the ground level. And, as they grow, kids can explore the other playground levels to get a feel for the entire playground. Adults are even big fans of exploring this one. There are picnic areas nearby, so pack a small lunch for a few hours of play and magic.
The Montana Snowbowl is one of the most popular and fun Missoula attractions. The ski resort, situated on Snowbowl Road, features alpine trails, beginner slopes, and advanced paths for skiers, snowboarders, and sleds. You can take a lift to the top for a quick ski down the peaks.
Or, come back down via the zipline, which affords you scenic, beautiful views of the snowy Rocky Mountains. For advanced snow sports, opt for one of the obstacle courses, loaded with steep drops and tree runs.
In total, there are 39 tracks here, each ranging in difficulties, with an average of 25-feet of snowfall per year. The slopes are open from Thursday to Sunday, from 11 a.m. to dusk. Bring an extra coat and dress warmly!
The Missoula Butterfly House and Insectarium
For something different to introduce your kiddos to, head to the Missoula Butterfly House and Insectarium. Albeit small, this place offers loads of fun, interesting exhibits, with educational, informative tours that tell about all of the insects. From crickets and caterpillars, to spiders, beetles, and stinkbugs, there are dozens of insects and arachnids to learn more about.
Each exhibit is well-lit and well-kept, so you will definitely see a crawly, sometimes creepy, always cool insect in each terrarium. The butterfly gardens are framed by an observation glass, where guests can watch and monitor the habits of caterpillars and butterflies.
Sign up for their newsletter to stay informed of the museum’s lessons and shows, like the predator feedings—which is where staff feeds a cricket to one of the larger insects in a discussion about predator and prey.
Missoula is a generally peaceful and beautiful Montana city... one that requires a few days to explore and see.
With that said, online reviewers have a knack for highlighting the top-ranked hotels in Missoula. So, if you plan to stay in Missoula for a bit, the best hotels in the city include the StoneCreek Lodge, Wingate by Wyndham Missoula, Doubletree, and Ruby’s Inn.
Located on Airway Boulevard, the StoneCreek Lodge is, according to past guests, an excellent place to book a stay in Missoula for a night or two. The suites are spacious, regardless of whether you get a double queen or a full-size king bed, with an en-suite, well-stocked bathroom, a half kitchen, and an adjustable AC system. The heated indoor swimming pool is a big plus.
If you get the chance, check out the Museum of Mountain Flying—where you can see photographs of gorgeous aerial views above the mountains, as well as old helicopters, airplanes, and other once-in-flight devices.
Wingate by Wyndham Missoula
The Wingate by Wyndham Missoula on Airway Boulevard is one of the best Missoula hotels according to online reviewers. These positive reviews often highlight the best of a positive experience—and this hotel has made quite a positive impact on over1,600 past guests. Families with children are big fans of the hotel for the swimming pool and hot tub. The swimming pool is equipped with heat and slides, so kids especially will love spending time in the water.
Other accommodations include free parking for guests, a workout room, free daily breakfasts, free high-speed internet, pre-planned activities for children and families, and self-serve laundry facilities. There is also a shuttle bus service and airport transportation available for a small fee at the front desk. Check out the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation for an interactive learning experience that argues the pros and cons between conservation and hunting.
The Doubletree is a cozy, rustic Inn on Madison Street. Prices are budget-friendly, rooms are clean, and amenities are simple and basic. Guests get a riverfront view of The Clark Fork River, while warm, fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies are offered at check-in. This hotel is relaxing and family-friendly, with close proximity to both the University of Montana and Missoula International Airport.
Notable accommodations include free parking for guests, an on-site bar, restaurant, and lounge, room service, free high-speed internet, a workout room with up-to-date fitness equipment, and a swimming pool and hot tub. There is also a shuttle bus service available, for an extra fee, to wherever you may need to go in Missoula. Entertainment-wise? Relax a little with a stroll along the banks of the river.
Adorable for a boutique hotel, Ruby’s Inn is reminiscent of a retro diner, but for hotels. Price-wise, guests are greeted with fair, convenient prices that cover homey accommodations and a few nice luxuries. Sure, you get comfortable beds, well-stocked clean linens and fluffed towels, and lots of must-have toiletries. But you also have access to a backyard of fun and sunshine, with lounge chairs, horseshoe pits, free popcorn, and a nature path alongside a small creek.
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