Treasures and Thespia
Missoula is more than just miles of peaceful forest. It also has plenty of artistic offerings as well. The Montana Museum of Art and Culture is at the University of Montana, home to one of the oldest collections in the Rocky Mountain Northwest area. There are nearly 11,000 art treasures here, with works by both American and European masters. Nature lovers cannot go wrong with The Natural History Center, which offers naturalist certification courses and trivia nights. Children love the Missoula Children’s Theater, which offers kid-friendly plays as well as after school classes for budding thespians.
Thrills and Treasure
Outdoor adventure seekers have plenty to keep them busy in Missoula. From hiking and skiing to kayaking and watching wildlife, Missoula has all the scenic natural beauty anyone could ask for. There are more than 400 breathtaking acres of city parkland, and 22 miles of walking trails. Grab a hard hat and try your luck as a miner for a day searching for sapphires at nearby Gem Mountain Sapphire Mine. Rafting enthusiasts will get a thrilling water experience with Bitterroot and Blackfoot River rafting trips. The famous Clark Fork River offers everything from leisurely boat rides to fly fishing trips.
Delicious and Fresh
Missoula offers more than outdoor recreation and arts, however. There is a diverse range of delicious dining there as well. Start your day off with a steaming cup of fresh-roasted coffee at the Catalyst Cafe & Espresso, which opened as Montana's first coffee cart. If traditional Italian is what you crave, Caffe Dolce features delicious fresh fare from dawn until dusk, including homemade gelato. Fine dining can be found at Seasons Restaurant in the Double Arrow Lodge. The restaurant offers succulent seasonal items to suit all tastes, and has received the Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator for its superb wine list.