Missoula

Missoula, MT

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.

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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

Apr 14th

GOVERNOR'S CONFERENCE ON TOURISM

April 14th All Day

Hilton Garden Inn 3720 N Reserve St Missoula, MT

Apr 14th

Tom Susanj at Draught Works

April 14th at 5 p.m.

Draught Works 915 Toole Ave. Missoula, Montana

Apr 14th

Yoga & Cider

April 14th at 11 a.m.

Western Cider 501 N. California St Missoula, MT

Featured Listings

Arts Missoula
Missoula, MT
406.541.0860
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C'mon Inn
Missoula, MT
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Clyde Coffee
Missoula, MT
406.540.4481
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Fairfield Inn & Suites Missoula
Missoula, MT
406.541.8000 | 866.832.8000
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Hampton Inn
Missoula, MT
406-549-1800
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Holiday Inn Missoula Downtown
Missoula, MT
406.721.8550 | 800.399.0408
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Missoula KOA Holiday
Missoula, MT
406-549-0881 | 800-562-5366
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Rockin Rudy's
Missoula, MT
406.542.0077
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Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Missoula, MT
406.523.4545 | 800.225.5355
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University of Montana
Missoula, MT
406.243.0211 | 800.462.8636
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Windfall Inc
Missoula, MT
406.829.8200
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Other Listings

A Moveable Feast
406.544.8390
A. Banks Gallery
131 E. Main St.
Missoula, MT 59802
406.728.9348
Airbnb
Apothecary Beauty Alchemy
801 Sherwood St., Suite 124
Missoula, MT 59802
Arthur Wayne Hot Sauce
Online store
Missoula, MT 59801
406.531.4047
Artists' Shop Art & Fine Craft Gallery
127 N. Higgins Ave.
Missoula, MT 59802
406.543.6393
Aspen Motel
3720 State Highway 200 E.
Missoula, MT 59802
406.721.9758
Basal
114 N. Higgins Ave.
Missoula, MT 59802
406.540.4098
Be Bear Aware
PO Box 7487
Missoula, MT 59807
406.239.2315
Bespoke Beauty
2100 Stephens Ave., Suite 104
Missoula, MT 59801
406.493.0291
Bicycle Hangar
1801 Brooks St.
Missoula, MT 59801
406.728.9537
Big Sky Brewing Company
5417 Trumpeter Way
Missoula, MT 59808
406.549.2777
Bitterroot Flower Shop
811 S. Higgins Ave.
Missoula, MT 59801
406.542.0309
Bitterroot Valley Shuttle
Missoula Airport 5225 W. Broadway St.
Missoula, MT 59808
406.550.0001
Bolt & Bruizers Bakery & Barkery
1300 S. Reserve St., Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801
406.317.1228
Book Exchange
2335 Brooks St.
Missoula, MT 59801
406.728.6342
Bradshaw Media
715 Kensington Ave., Suite 11
Missoula, MT 59801
406.531.8593
Break Espresso
432 N. Higgins Ave.
Missoula, MT 59802
406.728.7300
Bretz RV & Marine
4800 Grant Creek Road
Missoula, MT 59808
406.541.4800
Broadway Inn Conference Center
1609 West Broadway
Missoula, MT 59808
800-286-2316 | 800-286-2316
Buff City Soap
2230 N. Reserve St.
Missoula, MT 59808
406.926.2489
Burns St. Bistro
1500 Burns St., Suite B
Missoula, MT 59802-1988
406.543.0719
Burton's Classic Hair Co.
3410 S. Reserve St.
Missoula, MT 59801
406.721.8889
Butler Creek Lodge
3255 Bending Tree Lane
Missoula, MT 59808
406.542.8307
Cambie Taphouse + Coffee
2413 S. Higgins Ave.
Missoula, MT 59801
406.317.1268
Cambie Taphouse + Coffee – Sawmill District
945 Wyoming St., Suite 145
Missoula, MT 59801
406.830.3374
Camino
125 N. Pattee St., Suite i
Missoula, MT 59802
406.317.1260
City Center Motel - Missoula
338 E. Broadway St.
Missoula, MT 59802
406.543.3193
Clark Fork Coalition
140 S. Fourth St. W., Suite 1
Missoula, MT 59801
406.542.0539
Clark Fork River Market
101 Carousel Drive
Missoula, MT 59802
406.880.9648
Conflux Brewing Company
210 N. Pattee St.
Missoula, MT 59802
406.926.3589
Cranky Sam Public House
233 W. Main St.
Missoula, MT 59802
406.540.4325
Crave Catering + Cakes
5115 Haugan Dr
Missoula, MT 59803
406.370.7070
Daily Thread
2901 Brooks St., Suite B2
Missoula, MT 59801
651.269.4610
Dana Gallery
246 N. Higgins Ave.
Missoula, MT 59802
406.721.3154
David Clumpner Photography

Missoula, MT 59801
406.304.9083
Ducrey Chocolate Maker
311 E. Front St.
Missoula, MT 59802
404-218-7396
Earth Within Flowers

Missoula, MT 59801
406.240.1367
Econo Lodge
4953 N. Reserve St.
Missoula, MT 59808
406-542-7550
Elevate Church
4907 Blue Mountain Road
Missoula, MT 59804
406.240.8866
Epic Events
4616 Monticello Place
Missoula, MT 59802
406.261.6799
Fact & Fiction
220 N. Higgins Ave.
Missoula, MT 59802
406.721.2881
Float Missoula
521 S. Higgins Ave.
Missoula, MT 59801
406.493.0502
Forty-Four Rental & Design
1290 S. Third St. W.
Missoula, MT 59801
406.544.6380
Garden City Harvest
1657 River Road
Missoula, MT 59801
406.423.3663
Get Air
2501 Brooks St.
Missoula, MT 59801
406.221.2070
Goertzen Adventure Equipment
1635 South Ave. W.
Missoula, MT 59801
406.546.0061
Great Burn Brewing
2230 McDonald Ave.
Missoula, MT 59801
406.317.1557
Grizzly Hackle Fly Shop
215 W. Front St.
Missoula, MT 59802
(406) 721-8996
Hair by Jessica D. @ Tres Chic Hair & Nail Salon
1627 South Ave. W.
Missoula, MT 59801
406.697.9955
Hilton Garden Inn Missoula
3720 N. Reserve St.
Missoula, MT 59808
877-782-9444
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Missoula
150 Expressway
Missoula, MT 59808
406.830.3100
Homewood Suites by Hilton Missoula
4825 N. Reserve St.
Missoula, MT 59808
406.721.0990
Imagine Nation Brewing
1151 W. Broadway St.
Missoula, MT 59802
406.926.1251
Indigenous Made Montana

Missoula, MT 59801
Jane McNeill Photography

Missoula, MT 59801
406.214.6069
Katy Shay Photo

Missoula, MT 59808
806.620.2916
Kornutopia
617 S. Higgins Ave., Suite C
Missoula, MT 59801
406.926.1480
L & M Fine Jewelry
3465 American Way
Missoula, MT 59808
406.721.4025
L.A. Design
337 E. Broadway St.
Missoula, MT 59802
406.543.5077
La Quinta Inn - Missoula
5059 N. Reserve St.
Missoula, MT 59808
406.549.9000 | 888.312.2399
Larchmont Golf Course
3200 Fort Missoula Road
Missoula, MT 59804
406.721.4416
Last Best Store
2901 Brooks St.
Missoula, MT 59801
406.239.7310
Liquid Planet at The Book Exchange
2335 Brooks St.
Missoula, MT 59801
406.728.6342
Local Transport, The
3790 State Highway 200 E.
Missoula, MT 59802
406.200.8364
Logjam Presents
131 S. Higgins Ave., Suite 2-1
Missoula, MT 59802
406.830.4640
MCT, Inc. (Missoula Children's Theatre & Missoula Community Theatre)
200 N. Adams St.
Missoula, MT 59802
406.728.7529 (PLAY)
Missoula Art Museum
335 N. Pattee St.
Missoula, MT 59802
406.728.0447
Missoula County Fairgrounds
1101 South Ave. W.
Missoula, MT 59801
406.258.3249
Missoula Farmers Market
North end of Higgins Ave.
Missoula, MT 59802
703.772.2792
Missoula MADE Fair
Summer: Caras Park; Holiday: Adams Center, UM
Missoula, MT 59801
406.201.9229
Missoula Public Library
455 E. Main St.
Missoula, MT 59802
406.721.2665
Missoula Smokejumper Visitor Center
5765 W. Broadway St.
Missoula, MT 59808
406.329.4934
Montana Candle Company
715 Kensington, Suite 9
Missoula, MT 59801
Montana Museum of Art and Culture
795 S. Fifth St. W.
Missoula, MT 59812
406.243.2019
Montana Natural History Center
120 Hickory St., Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801
406.327.0405
Montana Party Time
1345 Clark Fork Lane
Missoula, MT 59808
406.542.0701
Montana Pretty Potty

Missoula, MT 59808
406.312.9108
Montana Repertory Theatre
PARTV Building, University of Montana
Missoula, MT 59812
406.243.6809
Montana Whiskey Co.
901 S. Second St. W., Unit B
Missoula, MT 59801
406.493.0828
Montgomery Distillery
129 W. Front St.
Missoula, MT 59802
406.926.1725
Moon-Randolph Homestead
1515 Spurlock Road
Missoula, MT 59802
406.728.0451
Mountain Berry Bowls - Missoula
Various (mobile food truck)
Missoula, MT 59802
404.583.9822
Mountain Wedding Talk
PO Box 2934
Missoula, MT 59806
406-830-9556
Museum of Mountain Flying
East end of the Missoula Airport
Missoula, MT 59808
406.721.3644
My Place Hotel - Missoula
2951 Expo Parkway
Missoula, MT 59808
406.926.1001
Northern Rockies Heritage Center
30 Fort Missoula Road
Missoula, MT 59804
406.728.3662
OddPitch Brewing
1200 W. Kent Ave., Suite 103
Missoula, MT 59801
406.541.1007
Ogren Park
700 Cregg Lane
Missoula, MT 59801
406.830.4640
Olive + Iron
108 N. Higgins Ave.
Missoula, MT 59802
406-541-4766
OnX
1925 Brooks St.
Missoula, MT 59801
406.540.1602
Park Side Credit Union - Missoula
2300 Great Northern Ave.
Missoula, MT 59808
406.728.4475
Paul's Pancake Parlor
2305 Brooks St.
Missoula, MT 59801
406.728.9071
Perfect Events home of Oh So Chic
2720 Palmer St.
Missoula, MT 59808
406.552.7550
Pink Elephant
301 N. Higgins Ave.
Missoula, MT 59802
406.214.0247
Plonk
322 N. Higgins Ave.
Missoula, MT 59802
406.926.1791
PlumTree Events
406.830.9556
PlumTree Travel
1100 W. Kent Ave., Suite 2934
Missoula, MT 59801
406.830.9556
Radius Gallery
120 North Higgins Avenue
Missoula, MT 59802
406.541.7070
Rococo Bridal & Tuxedo
1940 Havre Ave.
Missoula, MT 59801
406.728.5111
Runner's Edge
304 N. Higgins Ave.
Missoula, MT 59802
406.738.9297
Scotty's Table
131 S. Higgins
Missoula, MT 59802
406.549.2790
Slow Drift Shuttles
Blackfoot River
Missoula, MT 59801
406.285.8638
Sons of Norway at the Nordic Pines
5795 U.S. Highway 93 S.
Missoula, MT 59804
406.251.2277
Soup Farm
901 N. Orange St.
Missoula, MT 59802
Spotted Dog Cycles
738 S. First St. W.
Missoula, MT 59801
406.529.0668
Sugar Tree Hair Salon
101 S. Higgins Ave., Suite 12
Missoula, MT 59802
406.728.0925
Super 8 Missoula/Reserve St.
4703 N. Reserve St.
Missoula, MT 59808
406-549-1199
Sweet Pea Inc
9424 Futurity Drive
Missoula, MT 59808
406.728.3533
Sweet Peaks Ice Cream - Missoula
420 N. Higgins Ave. Suite D
Missoula, MT 59802
406.549.0028
Tami Renae Photography

Missoula, MT 59801
406.930.0349
Taste of Missoula Food Tours
Downtown Missoula
Missoula, MT 59802
406.763.6130
Tea & Crepe
140 N. Higgins Ave., Suite 103
Missoula, MT 59802
406.493.0271
Ten Spoon Winery
4175 Rattlesnake Drive
Missoula, MT 59802
306.529.7264
The Dram Shop
229 E. Front St.
Missoula, MT 59802
406.540.4303
The Montana Scene – Missoula
107 E. Front St.
Missoula, MT 59802
406.493.1588
The Top Hat
134 W. Front St.
Missoula, MT 59802
406.728.9865
The Wilma
131 South Higgins Ave
Missoula, MT 59802
406.830.4640
Thomas Meagher Bar
130 W. Pine St.
Missoula, MT 59802
406.540.4402
TownePlace Suites Missoula
3055 Stockyard Road
Missoula, MT 59808
406.721.6000
Travelodge Inn & Suites by Wyndham Missoula University Park
800 E. Broadway St.
Missoula, MT 59802
406.543.3102
Unhinged
2612 Murphy St., Unit A
Missoula, MT 59808
406.273.8548
Unseen Missoula
218 E. Main St., Suite C
Missoula, MT 59802
406.543.4238
VEERA Donuts
617 S. Higgins Ave., Suite 2
Missoula, MT 59802
406.317.1109
Velvet Bride
420 N. Higgins Ave., Suite C
Missoula, MT 59802
406.529.0061
Western Cider
501 N. California St.
Missoula, MT 59802
406.540.4477
Western Montana Wedding Association
PO Box 5194
Missoula, MT 59806
406.240.2587
Woodspring Suites Hotel
3035 Stockyard Road
Missoula, MT 59808
406.317.7444
Zara Gallery
248 N. Higgins Ave.
Missoula, MT 59802
406.546.4576
Zoo City Apparel
736 S. First St. W.
Missoula, MT 59801
406-529-6482
Zoo Thai
150 E. Front St.
Missoula, MT 59802
406.540.4206
Zoo Town Surfers
1001 S. Fourth St. W., Suite 5
Missoula, MT 59801
406.546.0370
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