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Helena (Montana)

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Helena (Montana)

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Helena is the state capital of Montana, located in the Western Central part of the state.

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By car[edit]

Interstate 15 runs north and south through Helena's eastern edge. US-12 runs east-west, and is the quickest connection from the Missoula area; US-12/287 leaves Helena to the southeast, towards Townsend and eastbound I-90 and Billings.

By plane[edit]

Helena Regional Airport (IATA: HLN) [8] receives scheduled service on Delta/Northwest to Salt Lake City and Minneapolis, United to Denver, and Alaska/Horizon to Seattle, with some flights passing through Great Falls or Billings. The airport is located immediately northeast of the city, roughly three miles from downtown.

Get around[edit]

Helena operates a fixed-route city bus system with East Valley Bus offering on-call service. [9]

See[edit][add listing]

  • The Great Northern Carousel and Ice Cream Parlour is a must do. A hand carved Carousel was built in 2002 with a wide variety of native Montanan animals. They also feature delicious homemade ice cream with flavors like Missouri River Mud, Frog Mint, and Buffalo Jump.
  • Tour the Montana State capital building.
  • The Gates of the Mountains of the Missouri River.
  • Reeder's Alley historic mining district.  edit
  • Old Fire Tower. An Old Fire Tower built in 1876.  edit
  • St Helena Cathedral.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Visit ExplorationWorks a unique, exciting museum of science and culture at the Great Northern Town Center, Downtown Helena. [10]
  • Bill Roberts Municipal Golf Course, 2201 N Benton Ave, (406) 442-2191, [1]. 18-hole course, open and thriving since 1925.  edit
  • Hike Mount Helena, a large city park overlooking the city.
  • Great Divide Snow Sports, 406.447.1310, [2]. A ski/snowboard area north of Helena.  edit
  • Old Fire Tower. Old Fire Tower built in 1876  edit

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Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Silver Star Steak Company, 833 Great Northern Blvd, +1 406 495-0677, [3]. 6 categories of main courses. 5 types of steaks with different portion size options. Extensive wine list.  edit
  • Coney Island, 325 North Last Chance Gulch, 406-443-9664. Casual dining including their popular hot dogs.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Hap's Bar, 1505 Railroad Ave Helena, Mt 59601. Friendly local bar with interesting people and cheap beer. Get your local color on.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Elk View Bed and Breakfast, 88 Howard Beer Rd, Clancey (12 mi south of the city, along I-15), +1 406 442-1224, [4]. checkin: 4PM-7PM; checkout: 11AM. A four room guest room lodge built with logs and set on 450 acres that feels like a park. The lodge has three large fireplaces, a hot tub and sauna. The breakfasts are recommended. $100-$125.  edit
  • Park Plaza Hotel, 22 N Last Chance Gulch, +1 877 774-3536, [5].  edit
  • Walker Creek Retreat, 7871 Clausen Road, +1 406 449-2552, [6]. checkin: 4PM; checkout: noon. A large, spacious, secluded lodge with four room guest rooms and a fishing pond. Located at the base of MacDonald Pass. $115-$225. (46.569722,-112.259569) edit
  • Jorgenson's Inn & Suites, 1714 11th Avenue (between 11th Ave and Prospect Avenue at Lamborn Street (next to Capital Hill Mall)), 406-442-1770, [7]. checkin: 2pm; checkout: 12n. A friendly hotel in the city center. Highlights of the property include free breakfast with every room, a fun bar and casino, an indoor pool, business center and Free Wifi in the main building, free on-site parking, round-trip airport shuttle, laundry facilities, coffee in the lobby, a microwave in the lobby, complimentary newspapers in the lobby and air conditioning in all rooms and public areas. 69.00.  edit


Get out[edit]

Routes through Helena
LethbridgeGreat Falls  N noframe S  ButteIdaho Falls
Missoula ← Elliston ←  W noframe E  ForsythMiles City
Ends at US-89.pngChoteau  N noframe S  → Townsend → Three Forks

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