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What To See in Downtown Missoula This Spring

Downtown Missoula offers many incredible things to see and experience while taking a break from the hiking trails. Most of the time, when you think of this part of Montana, you associate this town with outdoor adventures of hiking, biking, rafting, or rock climbing. While you are here though, time spent downtown in the heart of the city is a great way to fully immerse yourself in one of the largest cities in the state. The majestic Clark Fork River runs rights through the center and is a great reminder of the wilderness that surrounds this city. Here there are unique shops, restaurants, cafes, art galleries, and events that make up the cultural center of Western Montana.

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what to see in downtown Missoula

What to See in Downtown Missoula

When you are planning your vacation to Missoula you no doubt will be looking for the best hiking, biking, rafting, and other outdoor pursuits the area has to offer. Often overlooked, however, is spending some time in beautiful downtown Missoula. Take a break from the trails and take advantage of the opportunity to see the cultural side of this unique Montana city. Here there are a diverse array of things to do and see and there is something for everyone. From world-class museums to beautiful city parks and farmer’s markets, this city will leave you pleasantly surprised. Here are our favorite things to see in downtown Missoula this spring!

  1. Caras Park is a must-see place in downtown Missoula as it is the heart of downtown and right next to the Clark Fork River. The park is the site of many public and private events and festivals throughout the year. Here you can relax with a picnic lunch, a beer, and watch local kayakers play in Brennan’s Wave, a manmade whitewater wave in the Clark Fork.
  2. From Caras Park, you can hop on the Riverfront Walking Trail that lines the north and south shores of the Clark Fork River. This paved trail will take you past other city parks like McCormick Park, as well as the historic Old Milwaukee Depot. Beautiful views of the Clark Fork River through downtown Missoula can be seen all along the way.
  3. A stop at the Missoula Art Museum never disappoints as here a diverse collection of both local and international artists are showcased. The permanent collection holds the distinguished contemporary American Indian Art Collection and there are continually new and exciting exhibitions to check out.
  4. The Montana Natural History Center is a great place to go in downtown Missoula before hitting the trails for a hike in the spring because you’ll learn all about the local and regional flora, fauna, ecosystems, and geology of the area. There are evening lectures to attend as well as naturalist trivia night and a First Friday gallery show.
  5. Take a self-guided walking tour of downtown Missoula and learn the fascinating and varied history of this Montana town. The tour will take you to places like the Gleim Building, Palace Hotel, and the Lewis and Clark interpretive site in Caras Park.
  6. A great way to spend a spring day in Downtown Missoula is to check out the various farmer’s markets that are open once again. Stroll through to see what farmers are offering and to take in the smells, sights, and maybe even hear some live music. The Missoula Farmers Market has about 100 vendors that sell produce, flowers, plants, coffee, and bread. The Clark Fork River Market has locally produced meats, dairy, fruit, veggies, and baked goods. If you want a great souvenir head over to the Missoula People’s Market for handcrafted jewelry, glass art, soap, clothing, and other unique items.
  7. Spring is a great time to walk around downtown Missoula and look for the many examples of public art scattered throughout the town. Look for traffic signal boxes transformed into art, murals on buildings, sculptures in city parks, and paintings in some of the downtown buildings. Public art gives Missoula an interesting character and is a fun way to see the city. Self-guided tours are available with maps and explanations of all the artwork.
  8. Get some serious retail therapy along the “Hip Strip” in downtown Missoula. Here there is 100% locally owned and operated shops that are unique and eclectic. Find that souvenir you’ve been searching for. If you get hungry there are plenty of great restaurants and eateries in this fun neighborhood as well.

what to see in downtown Missoula

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