Every once and a while you come across a place that takes you by surprise. It’s hard to put your finger on it, but there’s just something about it that makes it special. This is the case with the quaint town of Missoula in Western Montana.
We all have been told that “good things come in small packages”. Well, Missoula seems to have made it their mission to embody this sentiment. Boasting extraordinary natural beauty, endless outdoor adventure, a rich history, and world-class cultural attractions and events, this charming little town packs a powerful punch.
It’s perhaps this fusion of unexpected offerings that make this community truly stand apart. This is especially true when it comes to entertainment. Missoula proves that small town fun doesn’t have to mean small time entertainment. Here, you’ll find a culturally-rich environment bursting with beautiful art museums and galleries and eclectic venues to experience live music. From the Missoula Symphony Orchestra to an array of live bands like Neil Young, Paul McCartney and Death Cab for Cutie, Missoula has hosted some of the biggest artists in the world. This incredible art scene is further enhanced with the Missoula Community Theatre, which brings amazing plays to life utilizing a combination of professional actors and community members. Missoula is so rich in its appreciation of art that it is no surprise that the community came together to build its own hand-carved carousel — A Carousel For Missoula.
Missoula’s culinary endeavors also garner a standing ovation. Visitors can enjoy extraordinary fine dining at The Red Bird Restaurant and Wine Bar, a local favorite that offers a gourmet experience with a Montana twist. Their ever-changing menu includes Montana specialties such as bison tenderloin, rainbow trout and some delicious surprises. Another excellent choice is the Plonk Wine Bar, known around town for its elegant entrees, ultrachic environment and sophisticated cocktails stirred up by outstanding mixologists. If you’re in the mood for a good steak, then the Pearl Café is for you. This great eatery offers a mouth-watering menu of tasty tenderloin steak and seafood options, not to mention an amazing variety of wines and local brews. Speaking of wines and local brews, Missoula is home to 9 breweries, 2 wineries and 3 local distilleries. It is a mecca for the craft beer and local wine and spirits connoisseur.
One of the unique things about Missoula is that it offers all of these urban delights right on nature’s doorstep. Whether you like to hike, bike, ski or fish, you are never more than 20 minutes from an amazing recreational experience in Missoula. Three rivers flow through town and with that brings a paradise for kayakers, paddle boarders, surfers, rafters and tubers. Being nestled in the Northern Rockies and surrounded by seven wilderness areas, Missoula sports some excellent fishing holes and hiking opportunities. For a moderate day hike, take the “M” trail up Mount Sentinel. Named after the giant “M” on the side of the mountain, and situated right over the University of Montana campus, it is here you’ll find the most spectacular views of the Garden City.
Come and experience the unexpected in Missoula. Book your trip today destinationmissoula.org.