Helena Attractions

If you're exploring Montana's National Parks, Helena is the perfect half-way point. Helena is 178 miles from the west entrance of Yellowstone National Park and 187 miles from Glacier National Park, making our hotel the ideal location to stay. Helena offers over 75 miles of single-track forest trails for biking and hiking, and there are free shuttles to the trailheads Wednesday through Sunday throughout the summer.

There are tons of fun things to do in Montana's capital city of Helena! Explore the Montana Historical Society Museum, take a tour of the Capitol Building, or hop on the Last Chance Tours Train. Get outside and meander the Walking Mall in Downtown Helena where an ice cream cone from the Big Dipper or an old-fashioned soda from the Parrot Confectionery will hit the spot. Spend the day out on the water at one of the lakes surrounding Helena; you'll find Spring Meadow Lake State Park is the closest. Helena is a small city, but we have some great attractions that offer big-city amenities!

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Montana State Capitol

Since 1902, the Montana State Capitol, The People's House, has served as both a powerful symbol of the past and a bold promise for the future. You can explore the Capitol on your own with the aid of self-guiding tour booklets, for an amazing history lesson. There is also a scavenger hunt for kids led by Lewis and Clark's intrepid Newfoundland, Seaman. The Capitol building is open Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.

Last Chance Gulch

Stretching from 6th Avenue to North Broadway, downtown, you’ll find the historic Last Chance Gulch. While walking about, you’ll notice the site where gold was first discovered by four Georgians in Helena in 1864. Helena was their "last chance" to discover that precious metal before giving up and returning home, hence the name. Today, the gulch is home to treasures of another kind with its Victorian-era buildings, restaurants, interesting shops, and art galleries. This is a real gem that should not be missed!

Last Chance Gulch

Stretching from 6th Avenue to North Broadway, downtown, you’ll find the historic Last Chance Gulch. While walking about, you’ll notice the site where gold was first discovered by four Georgians in Helena in 1864. Helena was their "last chance" to discover that precious metal before giving up and returning home, hence the name. Today, the gulch is home to treasures of another kind with its Victorian-era buildings, restaurants, interesting shops, and art galleries. This is a real gem that should not be missed!

Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest

Helena – Lewis & Clark National Forest affords easy viewing of many different types of wildlife including elk, deer, mountain goat, bighorn sheep, black bear, mountain lion, blue grouse; lynx, bald eagles, grizzly bears, peregrine falcon, and gray wolf. Throughout the forest, you’ll find a variety of opportunities to mountain bike, ride off-road vehicles, hike, horseback ride, cross-country ski and snowmobile on the 1,000+ miles of developed trails. The Helena National Forest offers some breathtaking backcountry roads that show off many diverse scenic landscapes for visitors to explore.

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