Sitting in a lush valley at the confluence of three nearby rivers is Montana’s cultural hub—Missoula. The city is home to the University of Montana, nine historic districts, funky boutiques, live theater and music, a symphony and delectable dining. It’s a prime launching point for outdoor recreationists who enjoy rafting, shing, oating, hiking, gol ng, snowmobiling and downhill and cross- country skiing. Head to Caras Park in the heart of downtown Missoula and watch kayakers play at Brennan’s Wave on the Clark Fork River. Other “must-see” attractions include the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation with its impressive displays, theater and gift center; the Smokejumper Visitor Center, where you’ll learn the science of fighting forest fires, and the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula.