Centrally Located Hotel Close to University
Five valleys converge in Missoula, making it not only a premier destination for hiking, but also a historically significant crossroads—the Lewis and Clark expedition crossed through here. Today, Missoula remains a western Montana hub, with an international airport and the University of Montana. Best Western Plus Grant Creek Inn makes a great base for exploring the region; from this point, you’re also within a short drive of downtown shops and Rattlesnake National Recreation Area & Wilderness. The hotel also runs a complimentary shuttle to the airport.
Guest rooms at the hotel have views of the Missoula Valley and surrounding mountains. Some have vaulted ceilings that add to the sense of spaciousness. Each morning begins with a complimentary full breakfast that may include pancakes, scrambled eggs, and coffee. After a day hiking the Sapphire Mountains, guests might enjoy relaxing in the hotel’s heated indoor pool, hot tub, or steam room.
Highlights of Missoula, Montana
- Garden City: Missoula has a relatively mild climate and a fertile valley landscape bisected by the Clark Fork river.
- Hit the slopes: About 12 miles north, the Montana Snowbowl has more than 30 runs, including steep slopes targeted for advanced skiers.
- Follow the trails: Rattlesnake National Recreation Area & Wilderness is crisscrossed by hiking and mountain-biking paths. You can cross-country ski there or explore the marked trails of Lolo National Forest to the west.
- Higher ed: The University of Montana’s Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library houses an 1814 edition of the Lewis and Clark journals.
- Fort Missoula: One of the state’s first military posts, it features a one-room schoolhouse, a homestead cabin, and a museum.