Flights to Missoula
Situated in the northwest of the US state of Montana is the city of Missoula. Like much of Montana, Missoula is an excellent place to visit if you enjoy outdoor recreation as there are many outdoor pursuits to be enjoyed in the surrounding area.
When traveling from Johannesburg, flights to Missoula will usually have 2 connections depending on the airline. Delta Airlines transfers in Atlanta and Salt Lake City, but Virgin Atlantic goes through London and Denver instead. Other airlines that go to Missoula include United Airlines and South African Airways. Whichever you choose, the flight to Missoula will take around 30 hours, including any layover delays. Flights will arrive at the Missoula International Airport (airport code: MSO), just 6 kilometres (4 miles) outside the city centre and accessible by taxi, shuttle or public bus.
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The Tourist Attractions in Missoula:
While Missoula itself may not be heaving with tourist attractions the city is a great base for enjoying many different outdoor activities. Hiking, biking, rock climbing, rafting and more during the summer, or skiing in the winter are just a few of the things you can do in the vicinity of Missoula.
Rattlesnake National Recreational Area
Situated just 6.4 kilometres (4 miles) from Missoula is the Rattlesnake National Recreational Area. This area of forests and trails is popular with both the locals and visitors to Missoula, and being so close to the city is easy to get to. Visitors will find over 73 miles (around 117 km) of hiking trails so this is a great area for hikers, plus many of these trails are open to horseback riding and mountain biking, or during the winter for cross country skiing.
Right next to the National Recreational Area is the Rattlesnake Wilderness Area. Wilderness Areas are managed differently to recreational areas as no motorised vehicles or bicycles are allowed within them. You can still visit the area and enjoy the wildlife and trails but if you want to go camping or fishing you’ll need a permit.
Other Missoula Trails
Along the waterfront in Missoula is the Kim Williams Trail where you can enjoy walks alongside the river through downtown Missoula, while to the east side of the town is Mount Sentinel which also has a scenic trail system. If you have the energy to hike all the way to the peak at 1400 feet you’ll be rewarded with great city views.
Culture in Missoula
When you’ve enjoyed all of the great outdoors surrounding Missoula, take in some of the culture. The Missoula Art Museum is the city’s main museum attraction, and provided you’re not expecting to see works from internationally renowned artists you’ll find this is an interesting visit. The main focus of the museum is Western art and you’ll see works from local artists.
If art is your thing, Missoula also hosts open art galleries on the first Friday of every month throughout the year. These events are always a great opportunity to see works of art and meet the artists.
When Should You Visit?:
To make the most of all the outdoor pursuits you can enjoy in Missoula summer is usually the best time to visit, and July and August are the warmest months with average high temperatures around 28C. You’ll also find that late spring and early autumn can be a good time for hiking, or if skiing is your thing, visit during the winter months.