A LITTLE ABOUT MISSOULA
Missoula, nestled in the heart of the Lolo National Forest, is a warm, inviting city. Surrounded by majestic mountains, people living here have a unique opportunity to take advantage of the spectacular outdoors, while also enjoying all of the conveniences the growing city has to offer. As our Convention and Visitor’s Bureau has so succinctly put it, “Missoula is warm hellos, smiling seasons, skipping stones, elbow room, curtain calls, historic travelers, groomed greens, rising rainbows and so much more.” Known as the “Garden City”, it abounds with Norway Maples and colorful flowering gardens. Missoula is where the artist or writer may sit down next to loggers and merchants in a diversity of restaurants, from Greek to German to Chinese.
Missoula is home to the first University of the state, built four short years after Montana became a state. Resting on two hundred acres of lawns and tree-lined walks at the base of Mt. Sentinel (where many a jogger has gotten a good workout), over 12,000 students attend either the College of Arts and Sciences, or one of seven professional schools, including the state’s only law school. The Business school is home to one of only 327 World Trade Centers worldwide. It is unique in it’s relationship with the university system. The University is also home to the Grizzlies and Lady Griz, offering spectators the chance to view sporting events throughout the year. On a fall Saturday, fans pack the recently expanded Washington Grizzly Stadium to full capacity to enjoy a Grizzly football game, while taking in the wonderful mountain views. Mt. Sentinel stands tall just beside the stadium.
Missoula is a unique city for it’s size and location. This city in the mountains offers something for everyone. Missoula boasts symphony and string orchestras, theatre productions, and is also home to the largest children’s theatre in the nation. Four fine theatre groups make the Missoula stage come alive. Missoula offers some of the best shopping in the state, with a 100 store mall, including most major retail stores. Downtown shopping includes a major department store, as well as many unique shops and restaurants. The development of North Reserve Street in recent years has provided Missoula with all of the necessary shops and services expected of a regional trade center. The city is also home to an international airport, as well as two hospitals.