Fun Things To Do in Missoula Montana

Sure, Missoula, Montana is one of those liberal college towns you hear about, but in a way, this town is different. Located along the Fork River in Western Montana, it is known as the “hub of five valleys” since it is near the convergence of five mountain ranges. But more than that, this town is about that land beyond the town – all those protected open spaces it calls home. People live here because they want to live here, they choose to live here. They love the great outdoors and this is a place that gives it to them. Gives them the ability to hike, bike, ski, hunt, fish, backpack, or camp. You name it, they have it here, and there are plenty of them around doing it. So imagine my surprise when Google put together a list of the Top Google Searches for the Travel & Leisure Genre, and guess what everyone wanted to know? They wanted to know about things to do in Missoula, Montana! You know, fun things, local Missoula attractions.  So here I am to help you since I also wanted to find out some good answers to this question.

Things to do in Missoula, Montana

Things to do in Missoula Montana, fun things to do in Missoula Montana, Missoula activities, Missoula attractions

Things to do in Missoula, Montana

I finally had my chance to visit Missoula, Montana with the Glacier Country Tourism Commission and I am excited to tell you about this fun little town!

Indian Statue, Montana, Things to do in Missoula Montana, fun things to do in Missoula Montana, Missoula activities, Missoula attractions

Here are a few of the options for fun things to do in Missoula, Montana I had for my itinerary with the tourism board:

-Morning yoga

-Tour of Missoula Art Museum

-Check out Montgomery Distillery

-Cocktails at Plonk

-Dinner at Blue Canyon Restaurant

-Tour of Bernice’s Bakery/Le Petit (both are amazing bakeries)

-Cooking class at Good Food Store

-Visit The University of Montana and learn about their culinary school and farm-to-college program

I had always wanted to go to Montan and this was my chance!

Things to do in Missoula, Montana

MissoulaIt is home to the University of Montana (#8 of the best college towns in America!), but it’s also the place where you can visit the great outdoors – skiing/snowboarding in the winter and horseback riding, hiking, hunting, and fly fishing in the summer. Missoula is located along the confluence of the Clark Fork, Bitterroot, and Blackfoot Rivers!

Things to do in Missoula Montana, fun things to do in Missoula Montana, Missoula activities, Missoula attractions

Things to do in Missoula, Montana

I started my morning on Day One doing yoga, I know, I know… “but you are on vacation.”  Well, honestly it was the best way to start my day at this cool, funky place called Downtown Dance Collective. Now it is not just any old yoga studio, but instead is the amazing dream of a local Phoenix girl Heather Adams, who loved to dance and wanted to create something special.  Well that she certainly did! Honestly, I loved the place and was so happy I went.  Hopefully, the photos will show what an amazing place it is! You can easily decide to take a class or call her up for a special one-on-one lesson like I had.

Downtown Dance Collective, Missoula, Montana, Things to do in Missoula Montana, fun things to do in Missoula Montana, Missoula activities, Missoula attractions

Downtown Dance Collective, Things to do in Missoula Montana, fun things to do in Missoula Montana, Missoula activities, Missoula attractions

Things to do in Missoula, Montana: Visit a Ghost Town!

Not exactly in Missoula, but 57 minutes driving from there is a real live ghost town called Garnet that is remnants of the gold mining days of the late 1800’s!

Things to do in Missoula, Montana: Visit a Museum!

From yoga, after a quick shower and change, I went with the group to tour the Missoula Art Museum.

Missoula Art Museum, cowboy painting, Things to do in Missoula Montana, fun things to do in Missoula Montana, Missoula activities, Missoula attractions

Missoula Art Museum, cowboy painting, Things to do in Missoula Montana, fun things to do in Missoula Montana, Missoula activities, Missoula attractions

Missoula Art Museum, Horse painting, Things to do in Missoula Montana, fun things to do in Missoula Montana, Missoula activities, Missoula attractions

It is quite fabulous and I can wholeheartedly recommend it. You will see everything from Rembrandt to Warhol as well as contemporary art relevant to the state of Montana. While I was there, they had an exhibit of John Buck’s works of art, who is widely known for his wooden and three-dimensional sculptures as seen below. It was a whole lot of fun to visit, so be sure and add this to your things to do in Missoula, Montana.

Missoula Art Museum, MAM, Montana, Things to do in Missoula Montana, fun things to do in Missoula Montana, Missoula activities, Missoula attractions

Things to do in Missoula, Montana: Check out the Food and Drink Scene!

Cocktails at Montgomery Distillery, Things to do in Missoula Montana, fun things to do in Missoula Montana, Missoula activities, Missoula attractions

Cocktails at Montgomery Distillery, Things to do in Missoula Montana, fun things to do in Missoula Montana, Missoula activities, Missoula attractions

No wonder this little town promotes the hashtag: #SmallTownBigEats!  Their hip and trendy food and spirit scene is quite amazing! From cocktails at Montgomery Distillery, as well as dinner and cocktails at Plonk. I loved both of these places.

Plonk Restaurant, Missoula, Montana, Things to do in Missoula Montana, fun things to do in Missoula Montana, Missoula activities, Missoula attractions

I also had a chance to have dinner at Blue Canyon Restaurant!Missoula, Montana; Plonk Restaurant, steak, food, Things to do in Missoula Montana, fun things to do in Missoula Montana, Missoula activities, Missoula attractions

Things to do in Missoula, Montana: Go to the Movies! 

Missoula is home to a variety of film festivals.

Things to do in Missoula, Montana: Visit the Elk Country Visitors Center

Things to do in Missoula Montana, fun things to do in Missoula Montana, Missoula activities, Missoula attractions

It is here at Elk Country Visitors Center that you can explore their viewing trails, 4-d theater, and interactive exhibits.

Things to do in Missoula, Montana: Go Skiing/Snowboarding!

One can go to Snowbowl in Missoula, where the trails are 2600 vertical feet up to the top! They say that crowds are rare and the prices are good!

Things to do in Missoula, Montana: Go Fishing!

Remember the movie A River Runs Through It, starring Robert Redford and Brad Pitt? The fly fishing was done in Montana near this area.

Things to do in Missoula, Montana: Go Skating!

They have one of the finest skate parks in the country:  Mobash Skate Park, where the borders apparently LOVE it! It has ramps, benches and big bowls for these daredevils.

Things to do in Missoula, Montana: Go Shopping!

Just like any hip town in America, Missoula Montana has got the latest trendy shops!

So since I didn’t get around to doing all these things, I guess I just have to go back!!

Where to stay:

Courtyard by Marriott

Stone Creek Lodge

Recommended Reading about Montana

Tall Tales: Dog Sledding Montana

The Ranch at Rock Creek, Montana

A Bluebird Day at Yellowstone National Park

Big Sky Country: Dine & Vine

A Road Trip to Yellowstone National Park, Montana

Chico Hot Springs – A Slice of (Paradise) in Montana

Montana’s Winter Wonderland – Ski Whitefish

Disclosure: As is common in the travel industry, I was provided with compensation for the purpose of review by Glacier County Tourism. While it has not influenced my review, PointsandTravel.com believes in full disclosure of all potential conflicts of interest.

2018-07-05T14:02:32+00:00

6 Comments

  1. Kerwin December 19, 2015 at 11:28 am

    Way cool. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to visit Missoula as well sometime soon.

    “real live ghost…” cleve writing Cacinda :-).

    Incidentally, to respond to your ORD answer/question, “Wish it was CHI?”

    It actually is kind of :-). “CHI” is what’s called the city code. Similar to “NYC” New York City, NY and “LON” for London, United Kingdom to name two. So if you enter “CHI” into a search box on an airline’s web site you will get results for ORD (Chicago-O’Hare) and MDW (Chicago-Midway), the other commercial airport in Chicago, if they server both airports of course. Southwest dominates at Midway.

    But as a traveller, all you have to enter is Chicago and the auto suggest boxes will give you usually three suggestions:
    Chicago, IL (All Airports)
    Chicago-O’Hare, IL (ORD)
    Chicago-Midway, IL (MDW)

    Then you choose the one you wish.

    Kerwin.

    • Cacinda Maloney December 19, 2015 at 5:12 pm

      You rock Kerwin! Thanks for the heads up on CHI versus ORD!

  2. Rob Bignell December 23, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    No trip to Missoula would be complete with =out a drive to Glacier National Park. Melting glaciers feed several lakes across the park, including Avalanche Lake. Start on the Trail of the Cedars then turn off onto the Avalanche Lake Trail. The 4.7-miles round trip (505-foot gain) trail heads to Avalanche Lake, where 200-plus-foot waterfalls from Sperry Glacier fill the valley with its turquoise waters.

    Rob Bignell
    Author, “Best Sights to See at America’s National Parks”

    • Cacinda Maloney December 23, 2015 at 6:23 pm

      Great to know! I will be out there in a few months and excited about it!

  3. Stephen January 14, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    And don’t forget the excellent farmers markets, and a fantastic dinner in downtown at The Silk Road!

    • Cacinda Maloney January 18, 2016 at 6:39 am

      Stephen,
      I have not been yet, but going next week and will be adding in/taking away from this list! Thanks for the tips!

Comments are closed.