Helena, Montana is celebrating 150 years in 2014. Helena began with the discovery of gold in Last Chance Gulch, which quickly turned the town into a bustling city full of rich architecture and culture. Montana’s capital city shines with artistic discoveries, historical experiences and endless outdoor recreation opportunities.
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There are some attractions that everyone should experience while in Helena. These include:
Mountain Biking: Helena has over 75-miles of incredible trails that radiate from the city center. In November of 2013 Helena was designated an International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) Ride Center.
Geocaching: Helena has been designated Rand McNally’s Best of the Road, Best Town for Geocaching with over 800 caches within a 30 mile radius of the city and a fabulous GeoTour it’s no wonder Helena took the title.
Last Chance Tour Train: Get to know Helena aboard this open air tour train. The tour visits landmarks across Helena, giving visitors a look into the history and current happenings. The tour is a great overview allowing visitors to get oriented to the town and discover opportunities for the remainder of their visit.
Symphony Under the Stars: The annual event on the Carroll College campus hill featuring the Helena Symphony Orchestra. Take a journey of Helena’s history through music under the stars. The night culminates with a spectacular fireworks show.
Gates of the Mountains: Follow in Lewis & Clark’s footsteps on a boat tour that takes you on the Missouri River to marvel at its natural wonders. Towering limestone cliffs rise up seeming to block each bend in the waterway, only to open like gentle giant gates. Bighorn Sheep and Mountain Goats as well as ospreys, eagles and falcons are often seen on the tours. Native American pictographs can also still be seen etched into the sheer rock walls.
Grandstreet Theatre: Enjoy a comedy at Grandstreet Theatre. This historic building was originally a church over 100 years ago; today it brings Broadway to Big Sky Country.
Helena’s Vibrant Art Scene
Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts – A 26-acre former brickyard is now internationally recognized as a gathering place for emerging and established ceramic artists. Guided tours available. http://www.archiebray.org/
Holter Museum of Art – Home to exceptional contemporary art exhibitions.
A.L. Swanson Gallery & Craftsman Studio – See many of the region’s premier visual artists showcased alongside unique hand-crafted furniture. A woodworking studio enables everyone to become part of the woodworking process.
Mackay Gallery of Russell Art – A gallery within the Montana History Museum that features the art of Montana’s “Cowboy Artist” Charles M. Russell including major oils, watercolors and bronzes.
Helena History – A Colorful 150 years
Montana Historical Museum – A can’t miss experience that lets you walk through Montana’s history, including meeting Big Medicine, an extremely rare white buffalo.
Original Governor’s Mansion – Built in 1888, this mansion served as the first official governor’s residence and is now a historic house museum.
Capitol Building Tour – Restored to its original glory, tours of the capitol are a must!
Cathedral of St. Helena – Full of history and beauty, the Cathedral is Helena’s most well-known landmark.
Reeder’s Alley – The oldest intact piece of early Helena, Reeder’s Alley offers insight into the lives of ordinary men and women who came to Helena seeking their fortune.
Montana Wild – A new conservation education center in Helena focused on Montana’s outstanding fish and wildlife resources.
Spokane Bar Sapphire Mine – Mine for one of Montana’s state gems, the sapphire.
Tizer Gardens – Six acres of stunning gardens to explore, a diverse nursery and educational activities.
The Great Northern Carousel – Hand-carved by renowned Walt Disney World carver, the carousel features 37 unique Montana animals as well as Helena scenic and stained glass artwork representing the area. Hop aboard for a whirl.
Mount Helena Biking/Hiking Trails – With over 75 miles of trails and numerous trailheads just beyond Last Chance Gulch, Mount Helena is home to hiking and mountain biking trails of various levels that provide panoramic views of the Helena valley.
Fishing – Helena is the perfect jumping off point to the Missouri River and Blackfoot River, both of which are favorite fishing havens in Montana.
Canoeing/Boating – Helena is surrounded by three lakes, perfect for all types of water recreation.
Exploration Works – This hands-on facility offers programs and exhibits that appeal to diverse audiences in an engaging discovery of the sciences and everyday life.
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