Flights to Helena
The gold-mining town of Helena was originally called “Crabtown”, after one of the miners who founded it. Instead, they chose to name the growing town “Helena”, after the hometown of another gold miner who hailed from St. Helena, Minnesota. Today, Helena is the capital city of Montana.
Helena Regional Airport (airport code: HLN) is about 3 km north-east of the city, and only handles regional flights. So all flights to Helena from Johannesburg with be indirect with two stops. Airlines offering two stop flights to Helena include Delta Air Lines, Air France, KLM, Northwest Airlines, and United Airlines. There are a variety of flight routes, depending on the airlines. As an example, KLM flies via Amsterdam and Minneapolis, while United Airlines flies via Washington DC and Denver.
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The Tourist Attractions in Helena:
St. Helena Cathedral
The St. Helena Cathedral is an enormous Gothic-style church on North Ewing Street. The first services were held in 1914, and the building has undergone reconstruction and restoration over the years. It’s a wonderful historic site to visit but it’s also an active church. Tourists should be respectful when they visit the Cathedral. Mass is held at least once a day (three times on Sundays).
Gates of the Mountains
The high cliffs on both sides of the Missouri River were named the “Gates of the Mountains” by Captain Lewis, of the Lewis & Clark expedition. It’s a lovely natural area, and a protected wilderness region. There are trails for hiking or camping, and boat cruises are available.
Montana Historical Society Museum
More than 50,000 artefacts help tell the story of Montana’s history. A large portion of the Society’s collection reflects the Native American heritage of the area, as well as the mining industry that started the town. The Museum in on North Roberts Street, not far from the Capital Building.
Toward the south-west corner of Helena is Reeder’s Alley, a neighbourhood that was part of the original town of Helena. Though the buildings are historic, they house active businesses and are not museums in any sense, however this is a nice place to walk and take in the architecture. There are restaurants, shops and offices along Reeder’s Alley. Another historic neighbourhood is Last Chance Gulch Street. It’s where the original miners who founded the town struck gold. Today, it’s a pedestrian mall with a mix of modern shops and historical buildings.
Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts
The Archie Bray Foundation is located in an old brick factory about 3 miles from Helena’s downtown area. It’s a studio, workshop and gallery for all forms of ceramic art. Artists from around the world come to study and even live at the Bray, but tours are open to the public as well. They are open 7 days a week, year round.
When Should You Visit?:
If you travel to Helena during July or August, you’ll find temperatures average around 28C (82F). June is also warm but it usually only reaches around 24C (75F). The weather in Helena will be chilly from November until the end of March, though the winters aren’t that cold when compared to some other cities in this part of the States. Typical January lows are just around 0C (32F).