There's no doubt that Missoula is made for those that love the outdoors. It's amazing to see how many people are enjoying outdoor activities - especially when the weather is so nice from spring through fall. With so much to see and do it's no wonder Missoula keeps popping up on so many great lists that name the best places for ________. Of course, you can fill in the blank with hunting, fishing, biking, hiking, and so much more.

The latest list I saw was from NEWS BREAK and it was titled Five Things to Visit While Staying in Missoula. The title is a bit misleading because most of the suggestions aren't actually in Missoula.....but I have to let it go on a technicality since they did say "while staying in Missoula." I didn't take it that way when I read it - but I guess if you're staying in Missoula you can take a quick trip out of town to do a little exploring.

Here's the items that make up their list and a brief thought about each from the article:

A Carousel for Missoula
"...the carousel has 40 ponies, two chariots, and over a dozen gargoyles. Each pony was sponsored or donated by a local family or business, and they all have a unique theme. If you are visiting Missoula with kids, you’ll definitely want to check out the playland Dragon Hollow next door."

Farmer's Market
"Over 100 vendors set up shop to offer local produce, baked goods, and coffee. If you’re traveling and not able to cook a meal with fresh ingredients, you can still browse and enjoy several local food trucks that set up near the market."

Lake Como (60 miles south of Missoula)
"The lake offers boating, fishing, paddling, and swimming. There are a swimming beach and hiking trails throughout the area near the lake. You can easily visit on a day trip from Missoula..."

Skalkaho Pass
"The 45-mile drive takes you from the Bitterroot Valley to the Phillipsburg Valley, through the Sapphire Mountains. There’s even a sapphire mine along the route where you can stop and try your hand at gem mining."

Garnet Ghost Town (hour east of Missoula)
"Garnet is Montana’s most intact ghost town with dozens of buildings remaining, despite poor construction and harsh weather conditions. In addition to exploring the remaining buildings in town, there are several recreational opportunities nearby. Mountain biking, hiking, fishing, and camping are all available..."

If you live in Missoula - you're familiar with the Carousel and Farmer's Market. How about the others? Have you done them all? It's always fun to see Missoula featured in articles.....even if they're giving away all our secrets about how great it is to live here. What would you add to the list?

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