Missoula, Montana is known in these parts as the Garden City because it has such mild winters compared to the rest of the state. It is a place where you re just as likely to find great fishing as you are get the chance to chat with a local author about their newest endeavor.
Set in an ancient glacial lake-bed, the city is about 3 hours each way between Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks. Surrounded by forests and these parks it is very popular for its scenery and outdoor pursuits.
Originally named Hellgate Village, the city was once a dumping ground for casualties of war between the Blackfeet and Flathead natives. Now however it is filled with outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and interests. Fly-fishermen from all around the globe come to this part of the US to try their sport and for many, Missoula is a great starting point or home base. Hunting is also a popular sport with abundant populations of deer, elk, antelope, moose and big horn sheep in the area. While locals enjoy getting out in familiar territory, visitors often hire one of the many available guides to take them around.
The surrounding national forests and wilderness areas make it possible to walk for days without seeing a single human, including any of the town s 57,000 residents. For those who love hiking and exploring his makes for ideal get-away-from-it-all conditions. Come and lose yourself in Missoula.