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Missoula Things to Do

  • A Carousel for Missoula

    The Lions Club refinished this grand old carousel for the kids and its really fun! The kids that operate the ride sing and happily assist the children get on and off their steeds and the kids can get free rides by grabbing the special ring as the ride goes by.

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  • University of Montana Grizzly Football...

    Montanan's do not have any professional sports teams to brag about. But they do support and love their Grizzly football. The football games attract over 25,000 people (half the population of Missoula). The atmosphere is a gigantic party. The tailgate parties begin about 2 hours before kickoff. There are many beer gardens and people enjoying...

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Missoula Restaurants

  • Best lasagna I've ever had!!

    this place rocks!!! Some of our entrees were more "americanized Italain" and some were very traditional Italian. but all were very good, I highly recomend this place. The staff seems to enjoy having you there. some places the staff treat you like your just more work for them. Not romeos. The lasagna was the best I've ever had, but we went back the...

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  • Authentic Mediterranean and Indian food!

    This restaurant is as good as any in the big metro areas of the US. It serves a wide variety of authentic dishes from the middle east, India, Greece, Italy, France, Spain. They use high quality meats and vegetables. The desserts, gelatos and sorbets are made in house and are delicious. There is a nice selection of international beer and wines....

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  • Suprisingly GREAT food!

    This place got a remodel, and BAM!- great place to hang out. No longer smoking, and the food is AWESOME! Great selection of beers, liquor and wines as well. Sometimes they have music, more often in the summer (plus a great deck!). I just love going there because the food is original, and good. I am always suggesting this place to people and am...

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  • OLD TIME 50'S DINER!

    This is an amazing restaurant! It has the old time decorations! It also has booths and the old 50's diner stools..the waitresses are wonderfull! They try to please you on all accounts! There Milkshakes are amazing! Also they have great Burgers of course...oh and there chili is delicious! Well if you get a change go there!! Its located on Higgins..a...

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  • More than just BBQ

    I have to admit that when I saw that our free breakfasts from the adjacent motel were to come from a place called “Knucklehead's BBQ” I was not optimistic. (I’ve seen way too many genuine knuckleheads in way too many restaurants and, as a vegetarian, I’m not into BBQ, to put it mildly.) However, I was very happily surprised with this restaurant.The...

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  • Don't be put off by the mall location...

    This is seriously good food, contemporary Asian. The Mustard Seed has been a Missoula institution since the 1970's. The current location is a large, attractive room, predictably decorated in an Asian style. The food is excellent. We had Asian tacos with curry chicken, coconut curry with noodles, and Thai Caesar salad. Most of the entrees can have...

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  • If you love cheese, you've found a slice...

    I am lucky enough to visit Missoula with a friend who lived there for some time, so he knows all of the great little places not usually visible to tourists. His favorite place to grab a bite to eat, hands down, is Hoagieville. They offer an assortment of very cheesy hoagies, served fresh and warm. They also offer french fries smothered in cheese. A...

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  • Sushi o tabetai!

    Tired of the same old steak? Want something more fullfilling than everyday burgers? Want to learn about another culture while enjoying delicious food? Then Sushi Hana is the perfect resturant for you! With two locations, one on Higgins St. the other off North Reserve, sushi is always within reach. Sushi Hana offers a wide variety of sushi...

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  • A Terrible Wind and Rain Storm Blew...

    The view from the restaurant is fantastic! You can see over the Bitterroot Valley. A very quick moving rain and wind storm arrived just as we arrived. The wind and rain was beating on the windows like the windshield in a carwash. It was soon over and we emerged to a fresh new world.

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Missoula Nightlife

  • Classy, yet fun

    I love the Iron Horse! Great food! Great Drinks! Large space, and just a great atmosphere. A pseudo-classy joint that is non-smoking and a clean place to be. Don't dress like you just rolled out of bed, nor do you need to be dressed up to the max either. Just look good if you want to fit in.

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  • The Wilma

    This place has so much character I don't even know where to start- how many places can you drink and watch a movie one night then go to see the Violent Femmes the next. The Wilma is a great place to watch independant films in a classy setting, or whatever show is coming to town. Great place to enjoy a date or a good time with friends!! However the...

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  • Missoula Downtown

    My favorite place to have a gin & tonic is at the Depot Deck. All year long they serve the "Grizzly Gin & Tonic" in a pint glass for $2. What a steal!!! And they aren't whimpy drinks either. The appetizers are excellent and in the warm summer evenings there is a great outside patio off the bar. Clean & Casual fit best here. Dirty hippies would not...

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Missoula Transportation

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    by andyma Written Jan 29, 2008

    It can get very windy in the valley, where the airport and city are located.
    The day I took off (1/2008), the pilot said that you could do chinups on the windsock at the end of the runway. Judging by my drive to the airport, getting pushed around on the road, I believed his joke. It made the takeoff rough, but not bad enough to shake us around in our seats, just vibrations.

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Missoula Warnings and Dangers

  • by dingofoxx Updated Mar 17, 2003

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    Wildlife is very abundant, and is often seen in town. Please discourage the animals from making human/food associations and becomming trouble. Don't feed the wildlife!!! Predators like bears and mountain lions are around in addition to the ever-present deer. They are awesome to see and watch, but once fed, can pose a tough problem for tourists, residents, and wildlife managers. Do your part to leave them both wild and alive. :)

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    • Hiking and Walking
    • Family Travel

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Missoula What to Pack

  • by dingofoxx Written Apr 8, 2003

    Luggage and bags: If you are just going to do the city thing, a light puse, or pack is fine. But the mountains and trails around here have so much to offer, I would recomend a sturdy pack for hiking and camping.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: In the winter: for in town, bring winter wear. For in the mountians, boots, hat, heavy coat, winter rec gear. In the summer: shorts, hat, light clothes, rain gear, and for the mountians cold weather gear.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: basic first aid kit, basic toiletries, more if going hiking. In town we have many stores to by things if needed and two hospitals, and many now care locations if needed.

    Photo Equipment: lots and lots of film! and a decent camera. There is always something beautiful to take a picture of here, from the mountains, to the rivers, and lots of wildlife.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: skis, snowshoes, hiking boots, tents, sturdy packs, binochulars, spotting scope, mountain bike. We have lots of options just outside of town for outdoor rec.

    Miscellaneous: a sence of humor, and appreciation for laid-back living and the libral people of Missoula

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Missoula Off The Beaten Path

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    by Goneto Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Take a side trip from Missoula to enjoy the immense beauty this area has to offer.Travel the east side of Flathead Lake (85 miles N of Msla)& drive thru the home of the famous Flathead Cherry.Stop at O'Farrell's orchard (mm19) & pick your own.Check in at Teresa's house on Flathead Lake (mm19.5)(406)546-0404 & drop your bags.Kick back on one of the 3 decks to enjoy a view of Flathead Lake that can't be beat or enjoy a soak in the outdoor hot-tub.Bring your boat & experience the lake first hand.Launch from this property & enjoy world class fishing,water-sports or dock-side dining at several establishments in nearby Wood's Bay.Continue your explorations w/ an evening excursion into the quaint village of Bigfork & enjoy a fantastic meal at La Provence on Bridge St.A French-Med. cuisine prepared by Chef Marc Guizol.Enjoy a play at the Bigfork Theater,returning to Teresa's for an evening campfire on the beach.Day 2:Travel north & then west from Teresa's to Somers and visit The Flathead Gallery.Owner,Donald Baughman has a collection of vintage & contemporary art & furniture from the Northwest & Montana that is well worth the stop.Native American bead-work,photos & paintings by well known western artists are for sale here.After a day of exploring,return to Bigfork for the best burger in town.The Garden's owner,"Mister"is generally on hand to dish out a warm welcome. Most evenings in summer will find everyone dancing to the tunes of local bands in the outdoor garden.Day 3:Glacier National Park.Many roads lead to Glacier,but take the back road (Hywy 83) along the base of the Swan mountains & enter Glacier from the west side. Glacier is about 1.5 hr's from Teresa's.

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Missoula Sports & Outdoors

  • by dingofoxx Updated Mar 17, 2003

    Montana offers the best opportunities for winter recreation. Snowshoeing, and cross country skiing are popular in the back country. But be sure you have the right gear and knowledge before trecking into the wilderness.

    But the absolute best in winter sports can be found at the numerous ski areas in Western Montana, most just a short drive from Missoula. Snow Bowl, Discovery Basin, Lookout Pass, and especially Big Mountain and Big Sky resorts. They all get awesome amounts of snow each year, which usually remains until mid April. It's a fantastic experience, with breathtaking views from the summits of these mountains. I would recommend any skiier from extreme to beginner to ski Montana. You'll never forget it. :)

    Equipment: Gear can be bought at any sporting goods or outdoor supply shop. It doesn't always have to be the exremely expensive kind or brands, but it does have to be reliable and sturdy. Gear shops will have knowledgable people who can help you buy the right stuff.

    Often you can also rent gear, allowing you to get a feel for the sport with out putting you out of too much money. This is especially good for skis and snowboards. Decide what you like, then purchase it.

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Missoula Favorites

  • Hanging out by the River

    I don't live in Missoula anymore, but I lived there long enough to give some advice. And, I do still go back from time to time to visit my family that still lives there. I would bring someone who has never been to Missoula to "Lunch in the Park" at Caras Park in downtown Missoula by the river. Lunch in the Park was always my favorite thing, they...

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  • One More Excellent Painting From A Local...

    I had the pleasure of seeing these mountain goats up close and personal while in Glacier National Park.

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  • Example of Local Artist's Paintings

    This probably is either alluding to the great fire in Yellowstone in the late 80s OR the fact that Missoula is the home of the fire jumpers.

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