48 hours in Helena, Montana

Discover Helena's thriving arts community while soaking up its traditional outdoor character

Spark your creativity and imagination at the Holter Museum in Helena, Montana.

Spark your imagination at the Holter Museum of Art in Helena.

Photo: By Audrey Hall

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Getting there

  • Helena, Montana City Map

    Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air, Delta Air Lines, and United Airlines fly to the Helena Regional Airport (HLN). INFO Helena Chamber and Visitor Bureau (helenacvb.visitmt.com or 406/447-1530)

If you're planning a trip to Helena, here's where to stay, what to eat, and the best places to visit.

Check in at the Sanders ($130; sandersbb.com), a historic bed-and-breakfast mansion close to downtown. A 20-minute stroll brings you to Blackfoot River Brewing Company (66 S. Park Ave.; blackfootriverbrewing.com) for a sampling of microbrews. For dinner, order the Montana-size prime rib at the Windbag Saloon and Grill ($$$; 19 S. Last Chance Gulch; 406/443-9669). Catch a live show or a movie at the Myrna Loy Center (tickets from $7.50; 15 N. Ewing St.; 406/443-0287).

Tour the renovated Montana State Capitol (closed Sun; 1301 E. Sixth Ave.; montanacapitol.com). Check out original Charlie Russell paintings and sculpture in the Montana Historical Society Museum (closed Sun; $5; 225 N. Roberts St.; montanahistoricalsociety.org) before heading back downtown to the gothic Cathedral of St. Helena (530 N. Ewing St.; sthelenas.org). Stop at the Holter Museum of Art (free; 12 E. Lawrence St.; holtermuseum.org), then eat lunch with the locals at Benny’s Bistro ($; closed Sun; 108 E. Sixth St.; 406/443-0105). Peruse the art galleries along Helena’s main street, Last Chance Gulch, including the A.L. Swanson Gallery (closed Sun; 46 S. Last Chance Gulch; alswanson.com). Walk a few blocks to the Caretaker’s Cabin (212 S. Park Ave.; 406/449-6848) in historic Reeder’s Alley for the Saturday $45 five-course meal (reservations required).

Drive around the historic Westside Mansion District (maps at the Montana Historical Society; 406/444-2694), then feast on Sunday brunch at the Mediterranean Grill ($$; 42 S. Park Ave.; 406/495-1212). Tour the grounds and galleries at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts (2915 Country Club Ave.; archiebray.org).

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