Montana may have travel restrictions in place due to COVID-19.

MissoulaUnited States of America

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.

Top Hotels in Missoula

Hilton Garden Inn Missoula
Hilton Garden Inn Missoula
3 out of 5
3720 N Reserve St, Missoula, MT
The price is CA $97 per night from Jan 29 to Jan 30

Located in Grant Creek, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bitterroot Valley and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. HUB Family Entertainment Center and Big Sky ...

4.3/5Excellent! (872 reviews)

"The man at check in and check out was the same person named Stuart. He was so welcoming and kind. Even if the hotel had been awful I would come back because of him. Even my teenage daughter commented when we left. Please thank Stuart for us. Over all perfect."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 17, 2021

Hilton Garden Inn Missoula
Wingate by Wyndham Missoula Airport
Wingate by Wyndham Missoula Airport
3 out of 5
5252 Airway Blvd, I-90 Exit 99 / Airway Blvd 1 Block, Missoula, MT
The price is CA $106 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28

This family-friendly Missoula hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Big Sky Brewing Co., HUB Family Entertainment Center, and Bitterroot Valley. Smokejumpers Center ...

4.3/5Excellent! (994 reviews)

"I love the staff's friendliness and the amenties! Not to mention how clean and homey everything was."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 13, 2021

Wingate by Wyndham Missoula Airport
Residence Inn by Marriott Missoula Downtown
Residence Inn by Marriott Missoula Downtown
3 out of 5
125 N Pattee Street, Missoula, MT
The price is CA $143 per night from Jan 29 to Jan 30

Located in Heart of Missoula, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Bitterroot Valley and St. Patrick Hospital. University of Montana is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (304 reviews)

"no restaurants or bars open....1 at least needs to be even w covid"…"

Reviewed on Jan. 5, 2021

Residence Inn by Marriott Missoula Downtown
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.

Vacation Rentals in Missoula

Staybridge Suites Missoula
Staybridge Suites Missoula
3 out of 5
120 Expressway, Missoula, MT
The price is CA $125 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25

Located in Grant Creek, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bitterroot Valley and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. HUB Family Entertainment Center and Big ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (735 reviews)

"Clean and nice rooms. Good breakfast. Staff was great"…"

Reviewed on Jan. 20, 2021

Staybridge Suites Missoula
View Apartment at the River, Between the University of Montana and Downtown
View Apartment at the River, Between the University of Montana and Downtown
Missoula, MT
The price is CA $141 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1

Located in Heart of Missoula, this romantic apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Bitterroot Valley and University of Montana. St. Patrick Hospital ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (52 reviews)
Wonderful

"Great location, beautiful home."…"

Reviewed on Dec. 12, 2020

View Apartment at the River, Between the University of Montana and Downtown
Newly Remodeled Queen Anne Apartment
Newly Remodeled Queen Anne Apartment
Missoula, MT
The price is CA $75 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26

Located in Riverfront, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bitterroot Valley, St. Patrick Hospital, and University of Montana. Wilma Theatre and ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (27 reviews)
Great location!

"This is my favorite neighborhood in Missoula. Walking distance to our favorite places. Clean with funky charm. Not fancy, but has character and everything you need."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 1, 2021

Newly Remodeled Queen Anne Apartment
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.
0

Top things to do in Missoula

Reviews of Missoula

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
19
5 - Excellent 37.254901960784316%
4 - Good
26
4 - Good 50.98039215686274%
3 - Okay
6
3 - Okay 11.764705882352942%
2 - Disappointing
0
2 - Disappointing 0%
1 - Terrible
0
1 - Terrible 0%

5/5 - Excellent

Unsatisfied

Aug 5, 2019

Great little city to walk around downtown and eat and drink. The farmers market on Saturday was good, the Ten Spoon winery is close to town and a neat experience. The road to get there was beautiful scenery! Beautiful area!

5/5 - Excellent

Kevin

Jul 9, 2019

Check out zoo town surfers for white water rafting.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Jun 29, 2019

Nice people. Nice city. Saw a bar that said “Locals Only” in the window. Thought that was rude. But otherwise cool place. Drove the 95 south to Twin Falls. Wow what an amazing drive but don’t tell anybody or it will get busy.

5/5 - Excellent

Stan

Jun 19, 2019

I loved the down town area for walking, dining and exploring. Love the cultural atmosphere and the old Americana architecture. I had so many vegN choices down town as well for good food. The little stores were excellent.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jun 3, 2019

Always love to visit Missoula. We went to a music concert, enjoyed some fine meals and walked around the town. Very friendly and enjoyable weekend.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

May 14, 2019

Best vibe of all the towns we saw in Montana.

Cities near Missoula