** At the bottom of this post you can see the rest of my Missoula photos by following a link **
After the mini-fiasco of a late day visit to Yellowstone and then a long, long nightime drive to Bozeman and a hotel, we needed a rest. So leaving Bozeman we headed further west on Interstate 90 to Missoula, Montana, a sweet college town nestled in mountains with the Clark Fork river running through it, it has a youthful and liberal sensibility.
Missoula had been a sleepy little crossroads until the Northern Pacific railroad came to town in 1883 and transformed it into a prosperous commercial center and helping build the local lumber industry. Today, the lumber industry has long departed and the University of Montana is the largest employer.
|Missoula Country Court House|
|A "mirror" shot|
|Missoula actively promotes cycling and it's a destination for cyclists from all over.|
|Bikes all over town. Nice!|
We really loved Montana. There are less than a million people in the entire state. But what amazing beauty! After two nights inMissoula, we'd travel north through the Mission Valley, past enormous Flathead Lake and into the remote and incredibly beautiful Glacier National Park. What a great trip this has been! Later!
|Missoula is nestled in the mountain. It's a center for lovers of nature, bikers and hikers.|
In five minutes you can leave the city and find yourself in rugged and beautiful forest and mountain.
See the rest of my Missoula photos HERE.