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What to do in Missoula

On paper, Missoula looks like any other university town—historic main street, hip culture, liberal politics. But we’re talking Montana. Missoula is a gateway to both Glacier and Yellowstone national parks, each less than four hours away. With three major scenic rivers (Clark’s Fork, Blackfoot, and Bitterroot), it has hosted both kayaking championships and film crews. Its open spaces are connected by multi-use trails, linking downtown to spots like Hellgate Canyon. Missoula is also packed with eateries, art galleries, music and theater venues, and sports events from rodeo to baseball. Grab a bike from Missoula Free Cycles and pedal to the Big Sky Brewery Taproom for a free tasting. Then belly up for a cup of Hangover Stew at Docs before getting lost in Fact and Fiction, an indie bookstore. Cap it off with a show at the Wilma Theater.

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