The city of Missoula lies amid the rugged beauty and outdoor culture of western Montana. From the restored craftsman-style Slant Streets area to the rustic mountain Grant Creek neighborhood, there is something for everyone here. Charming, historic neighborhoods, traditional single-family homes and also some condo communities, offer options in every price range. Most districts offer walkable access to shops, trails and other amenities.
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There is a myriad of opportunities for outdoor recreation in and around Missoula, which is surrounded by mountains and national forest lands. The Rattlesnake National Recreation Area, part of the larger Lolo National Forest, is four miles north of the city and is a popular destination for hiking and other backcountry adventures. Within the city limits, there are numerous parks, 22 miles of trails and even two waterparks. Along the popular riverfront trail, Caras Park offers a downtown gathering spot complete with carousel and large playgrounds. The Missoula downtown farmers market is all the rage, running Saturday morning and Tuesday evening, and offering produce and other goods from over 100 vendors.
At the heart of the town is the University of Montana, with its beautifully manicured campus. University events, such as homecoming and guest lectures bring residents together and help this community of 70,000 retain it's small-town, friendly atmosphere. The municipality is well educated, with over 40% of adults having earned a bachelor's degree, which is 13% above the national average. The city also boasts several museums, a natural history center and a children's theater. On Sundays, residents are encouraged to use bicycles for commuting as part of the "Sunday Streets" program. Much planning has gone into making the municipality friendly to bikes and other alternate modes of transportation, which is evidenced by the number of people who use the trails and paths for commuting. For those who love the outdoors, and a friendly, walkable community, Missoula, Montana, delivers!