Adventure in the Garden City
What is it about Missoula that people are drawn to? With almost 70,000 people living here, and around 3 million visiting annually, this place has that small-town feeling mixed with that big-city heart. It’s surrounded by the Rocky Mountains and draws people from all over the world. Norman Maclean even made it the backdrop for his widely acclaimed book “A River Runs Through It.”
It could be that Missoula is a natural meeting point, being at the central spot of three rivers and five valleys. Perhaps people are drawn to “The Garden City” because of its events like First Friday, Farmer’s Market, or Out to Lunch at Caras Park. Maybe it’s all of the hiking, biking, fishing, and other outdoor opportunities.
Missoula is a community alive with activities, and known for its diverse culture. There’s art, history, music, festivals, nightlife, and a river running through it that you can surf on. It’s home to the nationally known Big Dipper Ice Cream, which has been featured on Good Morning America and was chosen as “One of the Best Ice Cream Spots in the U.S.” by USA Today. There are emerging businesses like the Iron Griz Bistro, the perfect spot to catch the big game, celebrate a birthday, or grab a bite to eat, right next to the beautiful University Golf Course.
At the foot of the mountains are the three main rivers: the Blackfoot, Clark Fork, and Bitterroot. These provide great options for fishing, tubing, and swimming during the summertime. Known for its hiking opportunities, Missoula is home to the M trail on Mount Sentinel. Outdoor enthusiasts who conquer the “M” get a birds-eye view of the city.
The University of Montana campus is nationally known as one of the most beautiful campuses in the country, with over 60 unique buildings surrounding a park-like quad in the heart of the campus called the Oval. The 56 acres are conveniently located allowing quick access to the best of Missoula.
Whatever someone’s reason for coming here is, whether it’s for the beautiful sights or to the time of their lives, people are constantly falling in love with Missoula.Monday, June 13, 2016
By: Christian Kiemele