Plenty of Attractions in Missoula
Visitors to Missoula will find plenty of things to do for a day with the numerous historical places, galleries, museums and at certain times, visitors may be able to catch a local attraction of festival. One of the first places to stop on your visit to Missoula is the Smokejumper Visitor Center. Here you'll see murals, videos and exhibits of men and women fighting wildfires. Exhibits portrait smokejumpers from 1939 to the present day. A reconstructed lookout tower is also at the center for visitors to enjoy. This is the same location the Forest Service trains their current smokejumpers. Missoula's only aviation museum is located at the East end of the Missoula Airport. This museum is dedicated to the men who flew their airplanes over the Northern Rockies.
The Historical Museum is a great attraction for visitors to Missoula, with it's indoor and outdoor complexes. The indoor galleries consist of both changing and long-term displays while the outdoor area consists of 12 historical structures for visitors to tour. Included in the outdoor area is a restored one-room schoolhouse and a U.S. Forest Service Lookout. The museum is located in what used to be the historic Fort Missoula from 1877-1947, and several of the original buildings from the Fort remain in the area for visitors.
Another local attractions that visitors enjoy is A Carousel For Missoula. This Carousel is the first fully hand-carved Carousel built within the past sixty years. Visitors of all ages can enjoy riding on this Carousel and enjoy the beautiful detailed work that went into the creation of the Carousel. Relive your childhood days as you enjoy the ride on this beautiful Carousel.
Nestled among the forest of the northern Rockies where five valleys converge, Missoula is known as the Garden City because of its lush green landscape and surrounding of dense trees. What started as a settlement known as Hell Gate, Missoula was later renamed after a Salish Indian word meaning"near the cold, chilling waters." This settlement grew into an area now occupied by 85,000 residents. The first business in Hell Gate was a trading post started by C.P Higgins and Francis Worden. The trading post accommodated the numerous travelers through the area.
Missoula offers a number of recreation opportunities with three major rivers running through the area. Visitors can enjoy kayaking, canoeing, rafting and fly fishing on these three rivers. Missoula's downtown are draws many visitors who enjoy the unique shops, galleries, cultural activities, fine dining establishment and an exciting nightlife. The large number of early-century building in the downtown are among the favorite places to visit for those who enjoy architectural history.
Throughout the year, visitors may have the opportunity to attend a major
yearly event in the community of Missoula. Some of these major celebrations
include the International Wildlife Film Festival, the International Choral
Festival, Saturday Arts and Crafts Markets, Germanfest, and the Irish
Cultural Celebration. No matter when you visit Missoula, you're sure to fine
plenty to do and see in this city that is rich in historical and cultural