Missoula: A River Runs Through It
Collected by Kiara Downey, AFAR Local Expert
I'm a proud Missoula native who has lived and traveled all over the world. As much as I love wandering around the globe, I am always happy to lay down my bags to rest and relax in this quirky, university town. While most people who come to Montana will head straight for the mountains and the lakes, everyone should spend some quality time in Missoula - drinking our beer, eating our food, and getting to know the character of this cool place.
631 S Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59801, USA
Montana gets pretty darn cold in the winter, but the Big Dipper ice cream shop never shuts its doors. From traditional scoops to thick shakes, everyone can get their fill—even when the snow is falling. Mobbed with runners, bikers, tourists, and...
79 Carriage House Ln, Philipsburg, MT 59858, USA
In 2007, hedge fund investor Jim Manley bought a working cattle ranch on the site of a historic silver-mining claim to stake as his bigger-than-life family retreat. In 2010, he opened up the Ranch at Rock Creek, a toy-filled haven in southwest ...
823 39th St, Missoula, MT 59803, USA
When I was a little girl, the Gibson Mansion drove past my elementary school. Perched high atop a rather diminutive flatbed truck, I distinctly remember watching the "big house" cruise by my third grade classroom, past the Dairy Queen, and out of...
519 S Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59801, USA
One of my hometown heroes spent her life breaking gender barriers and advocating for an end to war. She's long gone, but her memory and her activism remain an important part of the Missoula community. Jeannette Rankin was the first woman elected...
111 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802, USA
Tucked inside a beautiful art deco building, the Red Bird restaurant is a not-to-be-missed Missoula treat. With great local food and a lovely wine bar, this hometown haunt offers travelers a great break from clanging dishes and fast food ennui....
Riverfront Trail, Missoula, MT 59802, USA
Created in memory of a Missoula native who loved kayaking the world's rivers, Brennan's Wave is located in the middle of the Clark Fork River just off the shores of the city's downtown. If you want to ride the man-made wave, summer crowds will...
Missoula, MT, USA
Missoula, Montana, a city surrounded by towering Rocky Mountain trails, is home to the very first and now the longest running wildlife film festival in the country. The next festival will run from April 18 to 25, 2015, and all works are shown on...
1600 S 3rd St W, Missoula, MT 59801, USA
Missoula is a great place to visit in the winter. Skiing and all types of outdoor recreation are all near. I love visiting down town and when I do I love taking my kids to liquid planet for hot cocoa. I took this shot two nights ago right after...
32 Campus Dr, Missoula, MT 59812, USA
If you happen to be in Missoula, Montana on the day of the local university's home football game, you will see a sea of maroon floating towards campus. My suggestion? Get yourself a t-shirt and a ticket, join one of the countless, bacchanalian...
190 S 3rd St W, Missoula, MT 59801, USA
Bernice's Bakery rewards even the most demanding of sweet seekers with tarts, torts, heavenly pies, crusty ryes, moist wine cakes, and decadently stuffed croissants. Especially enticing are the brightly frosted cupcakes in such flavors as Pancakes...
1507 Montana St, Missoula, MT 59801, USA
If you never thought you'd find a Bavarian-style brewery Western Montana, clearly you've never stopped in Missoula. If you want to know what that means, you'll have to drive through for yourself. Bayern brews are popular throughout the mountain...
101 Carousel Dr, Missoula, MT 59802, USA
Meet Norm, Bogie, Koko and Lil' Buck; a few of the wooden ponies tethered to Missoula's treasured Carousel. Each pony is as unique as its story; Norm is a handsome white pony who represents a local fraternity's commitment to community service....
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