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Missoula, MT

Missoula, MT in Western Montana

Halfway between Glacier and Yellowstone national parks is Montana's cultural hub and second-largest city, Missoula. With nine historic districts, funky boutiques, live theater, a symphony, diverse dining options, a thriving music scene, ample lodging options, plus access to nearby wilderness areas, unrivaled outdoor playgrounds and five golf clubs, Missoula perfectly combines big-city amenities with outdoor recreation and Montana's natural wonders. This eclectic mountain town is also home to the state's oldest college—the University of Montana.

Insider Tip

For a true Missoula experience, stroll along the riverfront trail as it follows the Clark Fork River through the heart of downtown.

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History

Lewis and Clark came through the Missoula Valley in 1805, but it wasn't until 1860 that Europeans settled here (although a Jesuit priest, DeSmet, opened a mission south in the Bitterroot Valley in 1841).

Before settlers arrived, Western Montana was home to the Salish, Pend d'Oreille, and Kootenai tribes. In 1860, C.P. Higgins and F.L. Worden opened a trading market that they called the Hellgate Village. (Today you can buy wine, espresso and huge deli sandwiches at Wordens Market on Higgins Street downtown). The name hellgate came from French trappers, who found carnage from warfare, including bones and bodies, in the canyon on the east edge of town. The Blackfeet and Flathead used the close confines of the canyon to battle one another. The canyon is still called Hellgate today, but only winter winds are a threat now.

Hellgate Village was a success, followed by a flour mill and a sawmill, which the new settlers dubbed Missoula Mills. Mills was eventually dropped, leaving the town with the name Missoula. Which, by the way, comes from a butchered version of the Salish name for the area, "Nemissoolatakoo."

Jeanette Rankin, the nation's first Congresswoman, was reared in Missoula in the late 1800s. She was elected to Congress before women could vote, on the eve of the first World War. She served one term, then was re-elected to Congress on the eve of the second World War. She is the only legislator to have voted against entering both wars.

The town is still steeped in active politics. And its economy is still based on retail trade -- people from hundreds of miles around use Missoula as their base for shopping and for finding medical and other professional services. The University of Montana and the Forest Service are also heavy economic hitters here.

Upcoming Events

Sep 21st

KidX Club

September 21st at 04:00pm

Southgate Mall – In front of H&M 2901 Brooks St. Missoula, MT

Categories: Education, General, Kids, Shopping

Sep 21st

Missoula Real Estate Meetup- September

September 21st at 06:00pm

Highlander Brewery 200 International Dr Missoula, Montana

Categories: Food/Drink, General, Meetings/Conventions

Sep 21st

Rebuilding Food Resiliency Workshop Presented by Montana Farmers Union

September 21st at 06:00pm

Double Tree 100 Madison Street Missoula, Montana

Categories: Education, Food/Drink, General

Featured Listings

10,000 Waves Raft & Kayak Adventures in Western Montana.

10,000 Waves Raft & Kayak Adventures

802 W. Spruce St.
Missoula, Montana 59802

406.549.6670

A Carousel For Missoula in Western Montana.

A Carousel For Missoula

101 Carousel Drive
Missoula, Montana 59802

406.549.8382

AC Hotel in Western Montana.

AC Hotel

175 N. Pattee St.
Missoula, MT 50802

406.549.0119

Adventure Missoula in Western Montana.

Adventure Missoula

39 Juniper Lane
Alberton, Montana 59820

406.813.0595

Airport Wingate by Wyndham in Western Montana.

Airport Wingate by Wyndham

5252 Airway Blvd.
Missoula, Montana 59808

406.541.8000

Alamo and National Car Rental - Missoula in Western Montana.

Alamo and National Car Rental - Missoula

2000 W. Broadway & 5225 U.S. Highway 10 W. at airport
Missoula, Montana 59808

800.327.9633

Arts Missoula in Western Montana.

Arts Missoula

327 E. Broadway
Missoula, Montana 59802

406.541.0860

Avis Car Rental - Missoula in Western Montana.

Avis Car Rental - Missoula

5225 U.S. Highway 10 W. (Missoula Montana Airport)
Missoula, Montana 59808

406.549.4711

Beach Transportation in Western Montana.

Beach Transportation

825 Mount Ave.
Missoula, Montana 59801

406.549.6121

Best Western Plus - Grant Creek Inn in Western Montana.

Best Western Plus - Grant Creek Inn

5280 Grant Creek Road
Missoula, Montana 59808

406.543.0700

Budget Rental Car - Missoula in Western Montana.

Budget Rental Car - Missoula

5225 U.S. Highway 10 W., Missoula Montana Airport
Missoula, MT 59801

406.543.7001

C'mon Inn in Western Montana.

C'mon Inn

2775 Expo Parkway
Missoula, Montana 59808

406.543.4600

Canyon River Golf Club in Western Montana.

Canyon River Golf Club

1268 Bandmann Trail
Missoula, Montana 59802

406.721.0222

Comfort Inn - University in Western Montana.

Comfort Inn - University

1021 E. Broadway St.
Missoula, Montana 59802

406.549.7600

Courtyard by Marriott in Western Montana.

Courtyard by Marriott

4559 N. Reserve St.
Missoula, Montana 59808

406.549.5260

Destination Missoula - The Official Convention & Visitors Bureau in Western Montana.

Destination Missoula - The Official Convention & Visitors Bureau

101 E. Main St.
Missoula, Montana 59802

406.532.3250

Dollar Rent-A-Car - Missoula in Western Montana.

Dollar Rent-A-Car - Missoula

1905 W. Broadway
Missoula, Montana 59808

406.542.2311

DoubleTree by Hilton Missoula - Edgewater in Western Montana.

DoubleTree by Hilton Missoula - Edgewater

100 Madison St.
Missoula, Montana 59802

406.728.3100

Engel & Völkers Western Frontier - Missoula in Western Montana.

Engel & Völkers Western Frontier - Missoula

321 N. Higgins Ave.
Missoula, MT 59802

406.926.3322

Good Food Store in Western Montana.

Good Food Store

1600 S. Third St. W.
Missoula, Montana 59801

406.541.3663

Granite Peak RV Resort in Western Montana.

Granite Peak RV Resort

9900 Jellystone Drive
Missoula, Montana 59808

406.543.9400

Hampton Inn in Western Montana.

Hampton Inn

4805 North Reserve Street
Missoula, Montana 59808

406.549.1800

Hertz Rent-A-Car in Western Montana.

Hertz Rent-A-Car

5225 W. Broadway St., Suite 12
Missoula, Montana 59808

406.549.9511

Hilton Garden Inn Missoula in Western Montana.

Hilton Garden Inn Missoula

3720 N. Reserve St.
Missoula, Montana 59808

877.782.9444

Historic Downtown Missoula in Western Montana.

Historic Downtown Missoula

218 E Main St. Ste C
Missoula, Montana 59802

406.543.4238

Historical Museum at Fort Missoula in Western Montana.

Historical Museum at Fort Missoula

3400 Captain Rawn Way at Fort Missoula Building #322
Missoula, Montana 59804

406.728.3476

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Missoula in Western Montana.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Missoula

150 Expressway
Missoula, Montana 59808

406.830.3100

Holiday Inn Missoula Downtown in Western Montana.

Holiday Inn Missoula Downtown

200 S. Pattee St.
Missoula, Montana 59802

800.399.0408

Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research in Western Montana.

Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research

32 Campus Drive #1234
Missoula, Montana 59812-1234

406.243.5686

Jim & Mary's RV Park in Western Montana.

Jim & Mary's RV Park

9800 U.S. Highway 93 N.
Missoula, Montana 59808

406.549.4416

KettleHouse Brewing Company in Western Montana.

KettleHouse Brewing Company

605 Cold Smoke Ave.
Bonner, Montana 59823

406.728.1660

Lake Missoula Tea Company in Western Montana.

Lake Missoula Tea Company

136 E. Broadway
Missoula, MT 59802

406.926.1038

Missoula Area Chamber of Commerce in Western Montana.

Missoula Area Chamber of Commerce

825 E. Front St.
Missoula, Montana 59802

406.543.6623

Missoula Art Museum in Western Montana.

Missoula Art Museum

335 N. Pattee
Missoula, Montana 59802

406.728.0447

Missoula KOA in Western Montana.

Missoula KOA

3450 Tina Ave
Missoula, Montana 59808

800.562.5366

Missoula Montana Airport in Western Montana.

Missoula Montana Airport

5225 U.S. Highway 10 W.
Missoula, Montana 59808

406.728.4381

Missoula Parks and Recreation in Western Montana.

Missoula Parks and Recreation

600 Cregg Lane in McCormick Park
Missoula, Montana 59801

406.721.7275

Missoula Smokejumper Visitor Center in Western Montana.

Missoula Smokejumper Visitor Center

5765 W. Broadway St.
Missoula, Montana 59808

406.329.4934

MNW Destinations in Western Montana.

MNW Destinations

116 Glacier Dr.
Lolo, Montana 59847

406.273.7224

Mustard Seed Asian Cafe in Western Montana.

Mustard Seed Asian Cafe

2901 Brooks St.
Missoula, Montana 59801

406-542-SEED

Paul's Pancake Parlor in Western Montana.

Paul's Pancake Parlor

2305 Brooks St.
Missoula, MT 59801

406.728.9071

Quality Inn & Suites in Western Montana.

Quality Inn & Suites

4545 N. Reserve St.
Missoula, Montana 59808

406.542.0888

Radius Gallery in Western Montana.

Radius Gallery

120 North Higgins Avenue
Missoula, MT 59802

406.541.7070

Residence Inn by Marriott Missoula Downtown in Western Montana.

Residence Inn by Marriott Missoula Downtown

125 N. Pattee St.
Missoula, MT 59802

406.542.6252

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation in Western Montana.

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

5705 Grant Creek Road
Missoula, Montana 59808

406.523.4545

Rocky Mountain Museum of Military History in Western Montana.

Rocky Mountain Museum of Military History

Building T-316, 2795 General Foster Ave., Fort Missoula
Missoula, Montana 59804

406.549.5346

Snowbowl Ski & Summer Resort in Western Montana.

Snowbowl Ski & Summer Resort

1700 Snowbowl Road
Missoula, Montana 59808

406.549.9777

Southgate Mall in Western Montana.

Southgate Mall

2901 Brooks St.
Missoula, Montana 59801

406.721.5140

Thrifty Rent-A-Car in Western Montana.

Thrifty Rent-A-Car

5225 W. Broadway St., Suite 12
Missoula, Montana 59808

406.549.9511

UM Conference and Event Services in Western Montana.

UM Conference and Event Services

32 Campus Drive, University Center
Missoula, Montana 59812

406.243.4119

University of Montana in Western Montana.

University of Montana

32 Campus Drive
Missoula, Montana 59812

406.243.0211

Western Montana Wedding Association in Western Montana.

Western Montana Wedding Association

PO Box 5194
Missoula, MT 59806

406.240.2587

Windermere Real Estate - Missoula in Western Montana.

Windermere Real Estate - Missoula

2800 S. Reserve St.
Missoula, MT 59801

406.541.6550

Windfall Inc in Western Montana.

Windfall Inc

516 S. Orange St.
Missoula, Montana 59801

406.829.8200

Other Listings

A Moveable Feast

Airbnb

Bespoke Beauty

  • 2100 Stephens Ave., Suite 104 Missoula, MT 59801
  • 406.493.0291
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Bitterroot Backpacking

  • 1519 Ashberry Court, Suite 12 Missoula, MT 59801
  • 732.272.6878
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Bitterroot Flower Shop

  • 811 S. Higgins Ave. Missoula, MT 59801
  • 406.542.0309
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Bradshaw Media

  • 715 Kensington Ave., Suite 11 Missoula, MT 59801
  • 406.531.8593
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Bretz RV & Marine

  • 4800 Grant Creek Road Missoula, Montana 59808
  • 406.541.4800
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Broadway Inn Conference Center

  • 1609 West Broadway Missoula, Montana 59808
  • 800.286.2316
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Burns St. Bistro

  • 1500 Burns St., Suite B Missoula, MT 59802-1988
  • 406.543.0719
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Burton's Classic Hair Co.

  • 3410 S. Reserve St. Missoula, MT 59801
  • 406.721.8889
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Butler Creek Lodge

  • 5524 N 3rd Ave Phoenix, Montana 85013
  • 406.542.8307
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Butler Creek Lodge

  • 3255 Bending Tree Lane Missoula, Montana 59808
  • 406.542.8307
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Caffe Dolce

Cambie Taphouse + Coffee

  • 2413 S. Higgins Ave. Missoula, MT 59801
  • 406.317.1268
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Camino

  • 125 N. Pattee St., Suite i Missoula, MT 59802
  • 406.317.1260
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Crave Catering + Cakes

Elevate Church

  • 4907 Blue Mountain Road Missoula, MT 59804
  • 406.240.8866
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Forty-Four Rental & Design

  • 1290 S. Third St. W. Missoula, MT 59801
  • 406.544.6380
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Hair by Jessica D. @ Tres Chic Hair & Nail Salon

  • 1627 South Ave. W. Missoula, MT 59801
  • 406.697.9955
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Johanna B. Photography

Katy Shay Photo

Logjam Presents

  • 131 S. Higgins Ave., Suite 2-1 Missoula, MT 59802
  • 406.830.4640
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MCT, Inc. (Missoula Children's Theatre & Missoula Community Theatre)

  • 200 N. Adams St. Missoula, Montana 59802
  • 406.728.7529
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Missoula County Fairgrounds

  • 1101 South Ave. W. Missoula, MT 59801
  • 406.258.3249
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Missoula Symphony Orchestra & Chorale

Missoulian: The Big Day Wedding Planning Guide

  • 500 S. Higgins Missoula, Montana 59801
  • 406.523.5271
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Montana Natural History Center

  • 120 Hickory St., Suite A Missoula, MT 59801
  • 406.327.0405
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Montana Party Time

  • 1345 Clark Fork Lane Missoula, MT 59808
  • 406.542.0701
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Northern Rockies Heritage Center

  • 30 Fort Missoula Road Missoula, MT 59804
  • 406.728.3662
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Ogren Park

Park Side Credit Union - Missoula

  • 2300 Great Northern Ave. Missoula, MT 59808
  • 406.728.4475
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Perfect Events home of Oh So Chic

PlumTree Events

PlumTree Travel

  • 1100 W. Kent Ave., Suite 2934 Missoula, MT 59801
  • 406.830.9556
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Rococo Bridal & Tuxedo

Scotty's Table

Sons of Norway at the Nordic Pines

  • 5795 U.S. Highway 93 S. Missoula, MT 59804
  • 406.251.2277
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Soup Farm

Sugar Tree Hair Salon

  • 101 S. Higgins Ave., Suite 12 Missoula, MT 59802
  • 406.728.0925
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Sweet Pea Inc

  • 9424 Futurity Drive Missoula, MT 59808
  • 406.728.3533
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Sweet Peaks Ice Cream - Missoula

  • 420 N. Higgins Ave. Suite D Missoula, MT 59802
  • 406.549.0028
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Tami Renae Photography

Ten Spoon Winery

  • 4175 Rattlesnake Drive Missoula, MT 59802
  • 306.529.7264
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The Top Hat

The Wilma

  • 131 South Higgins Ave Missoula, MT 59802
  • 406.830.4640
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The Wren Hotel

Velvet Bride

  • hello@velvetbride.com Missoula, MT 59802
  • 406.529.0061
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Wyld Flour Patisserie

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