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11 Must sees in a day spent in Missoula, Montana.

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Where to go and what to see in a day in Missoula, MT.


Splash Montana

Beat the summer heat and rekindle your childhood excitement with a trip to Splash Montana. Situated against the backdrop of the idyllic Montana countryside, this is where you can enjoy splashing around in the pools, as well as take in the breath-taking views that surround the park. Ride the winding slides, mount an inflatable raft and brave the waves of the wave pool, or simply work on your lap timing at the professional pool at this spectacular water-park.

Missoula, MT, United States
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10 000 Waves Raft & Kayak Adventures

10,000 Waves offers a thrilling experience of river rafting and kayaking in Missoula. You can put on your water sports gear and get ready to enjoy an adventurous floating expedition in the blue waters of the Blackfoot River. Or you can go for white water rafting on the serene river of Cark Fork and watch the amazing bounties of nature in Montana.

Missoula, MT, United States
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The Jack Saloon

Just off Highway 12, The Jack Saloon is one of the most sought after live-music venues in Montana. The rustic bar built with red-cedar logs, offers a cozy refuge to enjoy a food, drinks and weekend jams performed by local talents. The country-side saloon also offers lodging, RV and Camper parking facilities, for those looking to enjoy the great outdoors. The Jack Saloon also fits the bill if you are looking to make your special event stand out. Panoramic views , BBQ pits and wooden cabins, help make your event a memorable one. Call ahead for reservations.

Lolo, MT, United States
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Laughing Grizzly Bar & Grill – Casino

Missoula, MT, United States
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Lolo National Forest

Spread over 2,197,966 acres (889,485 hectares) of land, the Lolo National Forest is replete with sprawling wilderness areas, scenic lakes, tranquil forests, which are alive with the sound of birdsong, towering mountains, and picturesque meadows. The expansive forest is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, with its verdant woods sheltering species such as cougars, mule deer, and timber wolves, among others. One can enjoy the natural landscape of this place through numerous outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, and camping. Other popular recreational pastimes to consider here include picnicking, fishing, boating, and swimming.

Huson, MT, United States
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Montana Snowbowl

Montana Snowbowl is the perfect place for all snowboarding enthusiasts who can enjoy skiing, lodging and countless outdoor recreation options all at one spot. It features different slopes that would please every visitor. High altitude and 25 feet of yearly snowfall are the reasons for its immense popularity.

Missoula, MT, United States
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Iron Horse Bar & Grill

The Iron Horse Bar & Grill has been a staple of Missoula's dining scene since 1991. This laid-back restaurant serves up a selection of succulent burgers, salads, and other pub grub, alongside local brews, wine, and spirits. The menu offers everything from chicken and exotic game meats like elk to vegetarian and vegan options. Upstairs, the 501 Lounge is a more upscale option for dinner and is also available for private events. Topped with a congenial ambiance and a fabulous covered deck for alfresco dining, the Iron Horse is favored choice amongst locals and visitors alike.

Missoula, MT, United States
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Top Hat Lounge

Live music, small plates, great drinks: Top Hat Lounge has it all. Besides holding such events as comedy shows and poetry slams, this bar-lounge regularly hosts popular musical acts and serves up thoroughly sharable tapas, including those catered to vegans and patrons with dietary restrictions. There are private booths where quiet groups can chat though the atmosphere is generally lively. Head over after work for happy hour or stop by for a live show. You'll get the best of Missoula nightlife at Top Hat Lounge.

Missoula, MT, United States
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Big Dipper Ice Cream

It's not everyday that a local ice-cream shop is rated the best on Good Morning America. With this, and several other accolades under its belt, the Big Dipper Ice Cream is one of Montana's most favored spots for homemade ice-cream. Occupying a small space on Higgins Avenue in South Missoula, Big Dipper Ice Cream serves deliciously quirky flavors, from White Mint Oreo and Maple Walnut, to Mexican Chocolate, and Salted Caramel. To add to its charm, it operates out of a cute counter-serve shop, with large picnic benches outside, so that you can enjoy your favorite flavors under Montana's starry skies.

Missoula, MT, United States
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The Notorious P.I.G BBQ

Voted the best BBQ in all of Missoula, the Notorious P.I.G is notoriously famous for its classic ribs and pulled-pork, smoked over Apple and Cherry wood. With recipes handed down from pit maestros in Saint Louis, the Notorious P.I.G rec-creates barbecue brilliance with an all-star menu. Spanning across the States, their menu features state specials such as Memphis-style ribs, NYC Pastrami, Texas-style brisket and so on. Head here early, as this BBQ genius pulls all stops since 4a in the morning and cooks only enough food to last through the day.

Missoula, MT, United States
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Montana Club

Montana Club offers a classic American menu with dishes like Hot Garlic Buttered Pretzels, Jack Daniels Steak Bites and Gulf Prawn Cocktail. It is also known for seafood specials such as Sweet Chile Ahi Tuna with Honey Wasabi Butter. This restaurant is located in a charming, one-story building with a prominent red roof.

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