Cool vibes meet fun on the river amid picturesque mountain beauty in Western Montana’s Glacier Country.
With its sweeping mountain ranges, flowing rivers and rugged backcountry, Montana is a picture of rustic and untamed appeal – but what many haven’t discovered is this Western state’s vibrant and distinctive mountain cities. Located at the convergence of five mountain ranges and dubbed “the hub of five valleys,” Missoula is the state’s second largest city, where the modern world meets the Old West. Follow this fun itinerary to be surprised by Missoula’s unique blend of small-town charm and outdoor activities, plus a culinary, arts, and entertainment scene that rivals any big city.
A Morning Stroll Along the River
Nestled near downtown parks and shops, Missoula’s Riverfront Walking Trail along the Clark Fork River makes for the perfect morning walk. Grab a coffee and take in the scenic views and tranquil sounds of this unique city oasis. Along the way, you’ll pass McCormick Park, the Old Milwaukee Depot, John H. Toole Park, Caras Park and other historic Missoula treasures and green spaces. At Caras Park, be sure to pause at the overlook at Brennan’s Wave, where you can watch daring kayakers, surfers and paddleboarders playing on this unique man-made wave.
Taking in views of the Clark Fort River from the Riverfront Walking Trail
Refuel for the Day at FINN
Once you’ve worked up an appetite, grab brunch or lunch at local-favorite FINN located in an elegant space nearby right on the river. FINN is a big name in the city’s foodie scene, serving up some of Missoula’s finest culinary offerings and immersive river views. Don’t miss classic dishes, like the savory eggs Benedict, decadent French toast or stacked local KOP Ranch beef burger, plus inventive beverage twists like the Earl Grey mimosa and jalapeno bacon bloody mary. Come back for dinner to savor the pan-seared salmon or achiote-marinated halibut.
Outdoor dining with a view at FINN
An Afternoon Float with River City Brews
Recharged after feasting at FINN, get ready for one of the most unique activities in Missoula – a low-key craft brew rafting tour down the Clark Fork River with River City Brews. Sit back in the covered raft piloted by a knowledgeable guide, and enjoy some amazing scenery as you cruise down the river, experiencing the city from a relaxing and photo-worthy point of view. You’ll learn all about the growing craft beer scene in Montana and sample an expertly curated selection of cold local beer served right on board!
Sampling craft beer while floating on the Clark Fork River
Rock the Night Away at KettleHouse Amphitheater
Just 10 minutes away from the city center on the banks of the legendary Blackfoot River, the KettleHouse Amphitheater has been voted one of the top outdoor amphitheaters in the world. With its sweeping views of the mountains surrounding the Blackfoot Valley and a rotating list of prominent artists playing year-round, it’s easy to see why. If there’s a show while you’re in town, you don’t want to miss it. Find a spot to spread out in the grass with a blanket and rock the night away. When hunger strikes, head over to Top Hat Concessions for gourmet menu options, like truffle fries and Greek gyros – of the same excellent quality served up at downtown’s Top Hat Restaurant & Bar.
A lively performance at KettleHouse Amphitheater
Catch a connecting flight into Missoula Montana Airport (MSO), just 11 kilometers from the center of Missoula, and rent a car to explore the city and beyond.
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