Satisfy Your Wanderlust in Western Montana
Glacier Country's sparkling waters, unspoiled wilderness and 75+ charming small towns offer a one-of-a-kind Montana experience where world-class outdoor recreation opportunities are endless, and the region's nine scenic travel corridors let you to choose your own unique adventure.
Glacier National Park anchors the region, boasting 1 million acres of mesmerizing peaks and valleys, 200+ waterfalls and countless lakes, plus one of the most jaw-dropping drives in the country—the Going-to-the-Sun Road. Bike this beauty in the spring, or tour the park in autumn—Montana's golden season. Beyond the park, our beautiful byways, backcountry roads and extensive trail systems all lead to discovery. Sail Flathead Lake or take to our legendary rivers and blue-ribbon trout streams, or explore tribal nation culture and traditions at two American Indian reservations.
Our quintessential mountain towns offer the warmest hospitality around. Visit famed farmers markets, downtown galleries, museums, theater and one of the fastest-growing live music scenes in the West. Discover culinary brilliance from fine dining to food trucks, and taste award-winning local beer and spirits at more than 32 breweries, 12 distilleries, nine wineries and six cideries. Channel your inner cowboy at a sprawling guest ranch, experience an authentic mountain resort, sleep in a teepee or go rustic in a cabin, yurt or tent. Or, soak in the healing mineral waters at a hot springs resort. No matter your idea of fun, Western Montana is the place to satisfy your wanderlust.
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The Bar W Guest Ranch is open year-round and ready to show you what western hospitality is all about! At the Bar W, horses are the center of attention and riding is the focus. All riding abilities are welcome, and daily trail rides, horsemanship lessons, barrel racing, and cow sorting are offered.
Out of the saddle, a variety of western activities are available, including swimming, fly-casting lessons, archery, skeet shooting and roping lessons. Activities continue into the evening with barbecue dinners, square dancing, country singers, s’mores around the campfire and wagon rides.
During the summer months families and children are the heart of the ranch. Cowpokes learn to explore nature with our kids’ counselors who guide children on nature walks, crafts, fishing lessons, and horse painting. Spring and fall are adult oriented with themed weeks including Cowgirl Up, Cattle Drives, Adults Only, and Photography Retreats. The Bar W is renowned for superb customer service, intimate size, down-home cooking, and well-rounded activity selection. Call now, and start planning your dude ranch vacation!
There’s this place where solitude and wilderness are minutes from big-city art and amenities. This place is Missoula, Montana and it has the unparalleled natural beauty and cultural vibrancy to make your experience unforgettable.
Surrounded by seven wilderness areas and three rivers, Missoula is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. On any given day you’ll see anglers casting, river surfers tackling the man-made Brennan’s Wave and tubers riding the river right through town. Off the water, they hit never-ending trail systems and cycle the country’s friendliest streets.
Missoula is a hive of cultural activities. Catch live music in award-winning music venues and spontaneous concerts in the park, mingle with artists in downtown galleries and farmers markets, and savor locally sourced eats from food trucks and renowned restaurants alike.
Adventure meets variety in Missoula. It is a place of small-town values and urban amenities—where you can paddle or hike all day and catch a concert at night. So make like a Missoulian and get moving—call 1.800.526.3465 or visit the Destination Missoula website to set your next adventure in motion.
The Downtown Missoula Partnership - comprised of the Missoula Downtown Association, the Business Improvement District, and the Missoula Downtown Foundation - work together to promote, support, and enhance the vitality of Downtown Missoula. They produce Downtown events such as Garden City BrewFest, Out to Lunch, Downtown ToNight, and the River City Roots Festival.
Glacier Raft Company is Montana’s longest running and most experienced river outfitter, operating since 1976. Allow us to transform your vacation to Montana and Glacier National Park into an adventure of a lifetime that you’ll cherish forever.
Join us on a journey along the beautiful Middle Fork of the Flathead River. You’ll take in the incredible scenery of Glacier National Park, hear tales and history of the area and experience exciting, family-friendly, class II and III whitewater rapids through John Steven’s Canyon. We also have scenic and interpretive raft trips without the whitewater, which are great for younger children, older adults and anyone who prefers to relax and take in the scenery rather than tackle the whitewater. Our guides are personable, professional and have your safety as their top priority.
If fishing is more your style, Glacier Raft Company offers fantastic guided fly-fishing for cutthroat trout on the Middle and North forks of the Flathead. Montana is legendary for fly-fishing, and with over 120 miles of river for us to access, we can get you away from the crowds and onto the fish. We’re the only Orvis-Endorsed operation in West Glacier, and we offer both half-day and full-day guided trips.
The Holiday Inn Missoula Downtown is the ideal choice to experience all Missoula has to offer. Located in the heart of downtown in a gracious park-like setting along the Clark Fork River, this hotel is just steps from vibrant shopping, dining, live-music, outdoor recreation, festivals, farmers markets and more!
Missoula's largest full-service hotel has 198 newly refreshed guest rooms, including a 4th floor Executive Level, 20,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, a park-like outdoor venue, a full-service restaurant and bar, a lobby bar, and a grab-and-go market featuring local favorites and espresso. With the best location and superior conference service, groups are guaranteed a distinctive Missoula experience. Complimentary features include an indoor swimming pool, state-of-the-art fitness center, 24-hour business center, Wi-Fi, on-site guest parking (a rarity in downtown), airport and area-wide transportation. This a nonsmoking hotel with pet-friendly rooms.
Makers of Montana's iconic Cold Smoke®? Scotch Ale.
KettleHouse Brewing Co. has three brewery and taproom locations in and around Missoula. The newest location in Bonner is nestled on the banks of the Blackfoot River, offers stunning mountain views where wildlife sightings are not unusual, and is home to the KettleHouse Amphitheater, Montana’s premier music venue. All three KettleHouse taprooms host events, private parties, and offer a variety of beers on tap, so there is always something for everyone. At KettleHouse, our mission is to match the quality of our beers to the quality of the Montana outdoor experience. Independently owned and innovating since 1995.
A visit to one of our taprooms is the perfect stop for those In Search of Cooler Times®
602 Myrtle St. Missoula, MT 59801
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At Missoula International Airport, fly direct to Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Oakland, Phoenix/Mesa, Portland, Salt Lake, San Francisco and Seattle or connect with thousands of destinations worldwide. Alaska Airlines, Allegiant Air, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines and United Airlines all offer flights into and out of Missoula. Airfares continue to drop as the airport expands services.
Seven rental car company courtesy counters—Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, National and Thrifty—are located in the main passenger terminal directly across from baggage claim, making it easy for arriving passengers to grab their luggage and go.
Hungry travelers have their choice of dining at Jedediah’s either before or after going through security. One location is located near baggage claim; find the other in the gate area. Also in the gate area, locally owned Liquid Planet serves up hot beverages and ready-to-go food.
Big Skies. Big Stories. Big Adventures. Shaped by landscapes and legends, dreamers and dinosaurs, roamers and rivers, you’re bound to uncover your own story out here in Southeast Montana.
Trade the interstate for the two-lane and take an unchartered route toward the unexpected. Follow the Montana Dinosaur Trail, search for fossils at Makoshika State Park and experience night skies like never before at Medicine Rocks State Park. Immerse yourself in history at the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, and channel the spirit of the Lewis and Clark Expedition at Pompeys Pillar. Fly-fish the Bighorn River then explore authentic small towns where the brews are local, the Western hospitality is legendary and the cowboys still ride horses.
Southgate Mall is your most convenient and best Missoula shopping destination. With more than 100 stores and 10,000 brands, you'll find something for everyone in the family and for every occasion. The largest mall in Western Montana, Southgate Mall stores offer women's apparel, shoes, children's and teens' clothing, jewelry, sporting goods, home decor, electronics and more. Browse department stores, specialty shops and boutiques. When you're ready for a break, pick from some of the most popular Missoula dining options, all under the same roof.
With tax-free shopping, Southgate Mall is home to: AMC-9 Dine-In Theater, Athleta, Bed Bath & Beyond, Cost Plus World Market, Dillard's, Gap, H&M, JCPenney, Lucky's Market and many more.
Guest Services Center: Wheelchair, Motorized Scooter and Stroller Rentals, Griz Tix Outlet, Lost and Found, 24-hour Mall Security, Employment Opportunities, Visitor and Tourism Information, City Bus and Taxi Cab Information, Mountain Line Bus Passes, Tour Operator 'Check-in'
Activities: Shopping, Dining, Kids' Play Area, KidX Klub, Community Events
The Montana landscape between Yellowstone and Glacier national parks embodies all the best of Big Sky Country. The state’s rich history is tangible in places like Big Hole National Battlefield, the Nevada City Music Hall and the Old Montana Prison Complex, plus impressive museums and well-preserved ghost towns, all offering an authentic glimpse of the past. Here, scenic drives follow winding rivers under the bluest sky you’ll ever see. Enjoy hiking and biking in the solitude of the wilderness, or wander through lively downtowns with local charm, soak in a natural hot spring, hunt for sapphires or fly-fish world-class waterways. You’re bound for adventure in Southwest Montana, where the Old West meets the new, so take your time and keep your eyes open—in a place this extraordinary, discovery is always just around the next bend.
The Pine Lodge on Whitefish River, located in the charming town of Whitefish, is the ideal home base for your summer vacation. Conveniently located to downtown Whitefish and Glacier National Park, infinite adventures begin at your hotel room doorstep.
Featuring 76 rooms ranging from standard rooms to executive suites, The Pine Lodge offers room types for any occasion. Several rooms have in-room fireplaces, vaulted ceilings, balcony views of the Whitefish River, and are pet-friendly.
The Pine Lodge is known for its family-friendly nature and provides a number of ways to relax and have fun right on the property. From exploring the town of Whitefish on complimentary bicycles, enjoying a day on the river with complimentary stand-up paddleboards or kayaks, or soaking in an indoor/outdoor heated pool and hot tub, The Pine Lodge is the perfect place to stay for your summer getaway.
Nestled at the foot of the Yahk Mountain Range, the Canadian Rockies and the Whitefish Mountain Range in Eureka, the 550-acre Wilderness Club Resort is unlike any resort in Montana. With the state’s No. 1 golf course and 42nd best in the nation (Golf Digest 2019), the resort also features full lodging in luxury suites and private cottages that accommodate from two to 24 people. Other amenities include a family waterpark, horse park, sports complex with 24/7 exercise facility, 21-acre private lake for non-motorized water sports, hiking and walking trails, full-service dining with in-room catering and delivery, spa and wellness center, championship disc golf course, and family-centered activities like outdoor movie night, scavenger hunts, outdoor hot tubbing, and bonfires with s’mores.
Located just 7 miles south of the Canadian border and 70 minutes north of Glacier Park International Airport, it’s the perfect destination resort for a quiet and scenic getaway. Open year-round, on-site and nearby off-site activities include cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, downhill sledding and tubing, snowmobiling, ATV offload riding, hiking, fishing, cat skiing, motorized watercraft and water skiing/tubing, and so much more. Visit the Wilderness Club website to see why it has been named Montana’s No. 1 Family Resort.
Just north of Yellowstone National Park and east of Montana’s Glacier Country, discover a place that’s altogether exquisite. The raw nature of America’s first national park spills over for miles into this extraordinary part of Montana—the perfect place to get away from your getaway.
Hike, bike and wander the great wild open. Fish, float and frolic a famous river, and venture into rugged canyons that go on forever. Stargaze the clearest night sky you’ll ever see. Drive the spellbinding switchbacks of one of the most scenic roadways in the country—the dramatic Beartooth Highway—and be stopped in your tracks by the sheer beauty of the Paradise Valley.
Set up base camp in a captivating mountain community where you be met by friendly, local vibes and honest-to-goodness hospitality. Explore downtown streets lined with cafés, coffee shops, food trucks, breweries and distilleries, plus museums and galleries, theaters and live music. Come see what you’re missing in Montana’s gateway to Yellowstone National Park.