When planning your next vacation, it’s worth it to get off the beaten path and really find out what the United States has to offer. One beautiful vacation destination that offers both amazing scenery and fun recreation is Helena, Montana.
With everything to see and do, you’ll want to book a long stay in Helena to take full advantage of the attractions. Helena has something for everyone: everything from outdoor recreation to cultural events to historical day tours.
On your Helena vacation, start off by visiting the Montana State Historical Society. Founded in 1865, it gives a full history of the state along with artwork by famed cowboy artists like Charlie Russell. After that, continue by visiting the Montana state capitol building, recently restored to its Greek renaissance beauty. Top off your Montana history lesson by taking the scenic Last Chance Tour Train, a scenic trip through the history of Montana.
If art and music is what you’re looking for, Helena is sure to have something that will tickle your fancy. The Archie Bray Foundation is a unique art installation that celebrates the beauty of ceramic and clay art. Then make your way to downtown Helena and visit all of art galleries, antique shops and bookshops filled with artwork from local Helena artists. Also, the Holter Museum of Art showcases the best western artists and their work.
Travel back to a simpler time and take a ride in horse drawn wagons with the Last Chance Ranch Wagonride Dinners. You’ll enjoy a delicious three course meal along with western entertainment by renowned western entertainers.
No trip is complete without partaking in the countless outdoor adventures that Helena has to offer. Visit the Gates of the Mountains, a breathtaking landscape with steep canyons that open like gates. Lewis and Clark first discovered this gem while traveling the Missouri River back in 1805 and now you can take a boat tour that travels the same path that they took so long ago.
If you enjoy hiking, you’re in luck. Blackfoot Meadows and the Continental Divide Trail offer miles of beautiful scenery along with your chance to catch a glimpse of elk, black bear, moose and mountain goats. Also nearby is the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex, complete with over 1,800 miles of hiking trails that travels all the way to Glacier National Park.
Fishing is also second-to-none in Helena, with countless streams, lakes and rivers where you can cast a line and make a delicious catch. If you’re taking your Helena vacation in the winter, you’ll want to take advantage of the top-notch ski slopes and ice fishing opportunities.
Your kids can also have fun on vacation in Helena. Helena boasts the Helena Skate Park where skateboarders and in-line skaters can improve their skills on the ramps and half-pipes. Or, cool off with a visit to the Centennial Waterslide Park. Its unique temperature-controlled pools and slides offer something for the whole family.
A vacation in Helena can be the ultimately getaway for the entire family. With so many attractions and things to do, you’ll no doubt want to extend your stay and take full advantage of everything Helena has to offer.