A Carousel for Missoula
A Carousel for Missoula is one of the first fully hand-carved carousels to be built in the United States since the Great Depression. From little more than dreams, hard work and love, a carousel was created by hundreds of volunteers. The Carousel has 38 horses and two chariots. The chariots allow easy access for wheelchairs; people with disabilities are always welcome to ride free on the Carousel.
The Historical Museum at Fort Missoula
The Historical Museum at Fort Missoula was established by community effort in 1975 to save what remained of original Fort Missoula, and to interpret the area's history. The museum is located on 32 acres in the heart of historic Fort Missoula. Its collection includes 40,000 objects, including 15 historic structures. As a major historical museum in Western Montana, the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula provides a valuable educational and cultural experience for the community and entire region. The museum's indoor galleries contain both permanent and changing exhibits that deal with topics of interest from the period of early exploration to modern times.
Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park is a treasure located in Montana’s own backyard. This national park offers camping, backcountry backpacking, hiking, fishing, boating and even cross country skiing in the winter.
Glacier Park is rich in history with recent archaeological surveys, which have discovered evidence of human use dating back over 10,000 years. These people may have been the ancestors of tribes that live in the area today. The Blackfeet Indians controlled the vast prairies east of the mountains and the Salish and Kootenai Indians lived and hunted in the western valleys.
The Glaciers in the Park are all geologically new having formed in the last few thousand years. They are magnificent and behold the beauty of our great country. There are over 50 glaciers in the park from which it gets its name. There are also over 200 lakes or streams in Glacier, and over 730 miles of trails for hikers to enjoy in Glacier National Park.
The park encompasses approximately 1.4 million acres of wilderness and some of the most beautiful mountain scenery in the western United States. A combination of spectacular scenery, diverse flora and fauna, and relative isolation from major population centers have combined to make Glacier National Park the center of one of the largest and most intact ecosystems in North America.
Glacier National Park is open year round, but due to its northern mountainous location, most people visit the park in the spring and summer. Park services open in late May and continue through September. During other months, limited service is available inside the park, and all services are available outside the park in local communities. You can visit without the crowds in the off-season months. The peak visitor season is in June through September.
Overall this great park is a fantastic area to see whether you are searching for some family fun or educational enrichment, or if you are just seeking some time alone with nature, Montana and Glacier Park is a must see.
Missoula Art Museum
The Missoula Art Museum strives to engage artists and audience in the creative exploration of contemporary art relevant to our community, state and region. Founded in 1975 and accredited by the American Association of Museums since 1987, MAM has always been a flagship institution in culturally savvy Missoula, Montana. MAM offers a spectacular attraction in the heart of the historic downtown: a fully accessible, free, public museum that boasts six exhibition spaces, a library, education center, bookstore, and an inviting information lounge.
Missoula Community Theatre
Missoula Community Theatre (MCT) produces five outstanding community theatre productions each year. While best known for musical theatre, MCT also produces one non-musical drama or comedy each season and an opera with the UM every other year. Performances are held at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts.
National Bison Range
Over 18,000 acres are home to bison, pronghorn antelope, black bear, elk and deer. Offering guided and self-guided tours, the National Bison Range, is a unique opportunity to see these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. More than 20,000 people visit the range annually.
The entrance to the National Bison Range is located off Highway 212 at Moiese, Montana. Highway 212 can be accessed off Highway 93 south of Kalispell/Polson at Ronan. Coming north on Highway 93 out of Missoula, take Highway 200 at Ravalli to Highway 212.
Missoula has a wide variety of shops and boutiques. Explore downtown Missoula for unique local shops and stop by Southgate Mall for over 100 stores.
Smokejumper Visitor Center
The Smokejumper Visitor Center is located in Missoula, Montana, home to the largest smokejumper base in the country. The Smokejumper Visitor Center provides a unique and interactive opportunity to learn about this demanding and important occupation. The free tour of the facility includes a visit to the Smokejumper loft, the ready room, and the National Smokejumper memorial. There is also a gift shop and museum, which includes a fire lookout tower originally built in 1930. During the summer, Smokejumper aircraft are also present, and visitors may even see Smokejumpers dispatched to a fire.
Tours are available at 10 and 11 am, 1, 2, 3, and 4 pm daily. The tour takes approximately 45 minutes and is free of charge.
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park is America's first and foremost National Park. Established in 1872 by the United States Congress "for the preservation of" its many wonders and "for the enjoyment of the people."
It now encompassing 2.2 million acres, Yellowstone is a treasure, boasting more geysers (about 250 active geysers from amidst 10,000 total thermal features) than anywhere else on the globe. Situated atop a huge volcanic basin, Yellowstone is home to thousands of active thermal features, including the world renowned Old Faithful Geyser.
If you have more time to relax and enjoy Yellowstone, you may want to consider: a few short Day Hikes or a longer Overnight Hike, or a fishing excursion on Yellowstone Lake or Boating on the lake. Fishing on the lakes and streams is just about always fantastic. You may also want to consider heading into the backcountry to photograph some of the fantastic wildlife including grizzly bear, elk, American bison, moose and wolf.
There is no shortage of things to see and do in Yellowstone. It is always changing and evolving. It is great to enjoy Yellowstone in the different seasons - Yellowstone is nature in its grandest splendor and majesty - there is no place like it on earth! Enjoy the wonders, peace, beauty and spirit of Yellowstone.