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Missoula, Montana

Missoula is 3 hours south of Glacier National Park, 5 hours northwest of Yellowstone National Park and just 3 hours northwest of Bozeman – right in the middle of it all.

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  • Missoula, MT is a 3-hour drive from Bozeman, MT.
  • Home to the University of Montana, Missoula has the flavor, feel and amenities expected in a college town.
  • Missoula has abundant recreational opportunities and a good mix of cultural attractions.
  • There are many places to stay and a variety of places to eat in town.

Missoula has abundant recreational opportunities as well as a good mix of cultural attractions. Downtown you can enjoy the symphony, arts, live theatre, shops, galleries and historical museums. Within minutes of town, there are millions of acres of wilderness and recreation area, just waiting for any outdoor enthusiast.

Home to the University of Montana, Missoula also has the flavor, feel and amenities expected in a college town.

Missoula is conveniently location on the I 90 corridor in the western portion of Montana. The city serves as the gateway for travelers headed on north to areas such as Glacier National Park or for those travelers headed east toward Spokane, WA.

From hotels, to bed and breakfasts, to inns, and extended stay hotels and vacation rentals, you will be able to find just the right fit in Missoula for both your wants and your budget.

From fast to formal meals, satisfy your appetite and enjoy the dining diversity that Missoula brings. You have a choice of enjoying fine dining along the river, or picking up some fast food at a drive in. There are also plenty of choices for casual dining.

If you are looking for fun filled days, you can enjoy fishing, golfing, whitewater rafting, hiking, biking, and a ski adventure. Check out the wildlife, deep snow and great scenery in Missoula. If you prefer the ‘great indoors’, check out the museums, galleries, theatre and dining.

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
In 1984, four hunters from Troy, Montana, founded the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to guarantee a wild future for North America's grandest game animal. The main office for this conservation organization can be found in Missoula.

Missoula Art Museum
The Missoula Art Museum is home to several unique collections that include art from local as well as international artists, along with the permanent collection of contemporary American Indian Art.

Missoula Historical Museum
This museum features indoor galleries with permanent and visiting collections, and the outdoor center that features a complex of a dozen historically significant buildings, including a 19th century one-room schoolhouse. The Historical Museum is on the grounds of what was Fort Missoula.

Museum of Montana Flying
The nearby Museum of Mountain Flying is located at the Missoula Airport, and today is the only aviation museum anywhere in the state of Montana.

Other attractions are truly unique including the Smokejumpers’ Visitor Center and A Carousal for Missoula.

Getting Here
To travel from Missoula to Bozeman, get on I-90 and travel east. The trip will be exciting, interesting and very scenic.

You will travel through smaller Montana cities to include Deer Lodge, Butte, and Three Forks on your way. Be sure to allow enough time to explore these other interesting cities.

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