Missoula is the second largest city in Montana. It is located at the western edge of Montana about 45 miles of the Idaho border. Rattlesnake National Recreation Area is a popular tourist destination located just north of the city. It is administered by the Lolo National Forest. If you enjoy hiking then you are going to love your trip to Rattlesnake National Recreation Area. There are more than 73 miles of hiking trails in the recreation area. Visitors can also indulge in various outdoor activities including horseback riding, mountain biking and cross-country skiing. The National Recreation Area is adjacent to the wilderness which is more remote and far less people venture into it. There is a trail that takes off from the main trailhead into the National Recreation Area along Rattlesnake Creek. Missoula has over 400 acres of parkland and nearly 5000 acres of open-space conservation land. One of the popular parks in the area is Caras Park, located in the heart of Downtown Missoula. The park is event friendly and hosts various public and private events throughout the year. It is an ideal location for festivals, weddings, reunions and various other special events. The park has been the site of many exciting events such as Out to Lunch, Downtown ToNight, International Wildlife Film Festival WildFest, Parks & Recreation Kids Fest and more. Some of the notable artists who performed in the Park Pavilion include Jewel, Chris Isaak, Santana, Ziggy Marley and B.B. King. While you are there you can also visit A Carousel for Missoula, a wooden, hand-carved and volunteer-built carousel. It is accompanied by a volunteer built park, Dragon Hollow.
Enterprise Rent-A-Car is offering great deals for Missoula residents. At Enterprise, you have more choice when you rent a car since you are looking at a large collection of vehicles varied in makes and models. Just make your reservation online and pick up your car from the Enterprise location near you.
Missoula is located in a river valley surrounded by mountains on all sides. The area is popular for various recreational activities. If you are travelling Missoula with the whole family and looking for some fun activities then you can go to Splash Montana Waterpark, located at Playfair Park. Splash Montana features three exciting three-story waterslides, a swimmer-friendly zero-depth entry, spray features and kiddie Grizzly slide, a lazy river float-way with a wild river branch and floating play structures: log walk, floating otter and water snake. It also includes a 50-meter pool with lanes, water volleyball, polo and basketball. It is a great place for the kids as well as for the adults. If you are in downtown Missoula then you can go to historic Wilma Theater. The theatre was built by William "Billy" Simons in 1921 and was dedicated to his wife Edna Wilma, a light opera artist. It is part of an eight-story complex that was the first steel-framed high-rise building in the city. The theatre consists of a main 1066-seat hall, two 125-seat cinemas, three banquet rooms and a restaurant. The Wilma Theatre held various annual events including the International Wildlife Film Festival. Over the years, the Wilma has produced over 100 productions, including 18 World Premieres, 13 US Premieres, 5 East Coast Premieres and 64 Philadelphia Premieres. Some of the notable performers in the theater include Tom Stoppard, Christopher Hampton, Doug Wright, and Arthur Miller. Your next stop could be Art Museum of Missoula. This 100-year-old downtown museum specializes in Western American art. The museum features both permanent and changing exhibitions including one of the first contemporary American Indian art collections in the nation.