Guide to Helena, Montana
Helena is the state capital of Montana, and has a population of 32,024. You should plan on visiting this underrated city if you go to Montana!
Helena has a mixture of historic, vintage, retro, and hipster vibes. Helena is a college town steeped in mining and gold rush history.
Check out Reeder's Alley. This gives a taste of Helena in the 1870's!
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Reeder's Alley has pretty streetlamps, signs, buildings, and a brick walkway. Visit in the summer or in the winter!
Make sure to visit Helena Cathedral. Its construction began in 1908 and it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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It is definitely one of the prettiest cathedrals I've ever seen and has gorgeous stained glass windows.
Downtown Helena has cool historic buildings as well as several ghost signs. Stop by for restaurants, cool architecture, shopping, dessert, and more!
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Downtown Helena is filled with many cute small businesses and restaurants.
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Some of my favorite shops are Sage and Oats Trading Post, Montana Book Co., the Pan Handler, and the General Mercantile.
If you love sweets, check out Cotton Top Pastries, the Vanilla Bean, Park Avenue Bakery, Big Dipper Ice Cream, and Grateful Bread Bakery and Cafe.
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Helena has lots of yummy restaurants. Check out the Mediterranean Grill, The Silver Star, 1889 Coffee, Cheddar's, and more!
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Helena is home to several breweries, including Lewis & Clark Brewing Co., Ten Mile Creek Brewery, Copper Furrow Brewery, & Blackfoot River Brewing Co.
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Make sure to walk around Carroll College. The campus grounds are lovely year-round. St. Charles Hall is a gorgeous building with Gothic influence.
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The state Capitol is very beautiful inside and out. I haven't seen more than pictures of the inside, but can't wait to go when it is safe!
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Helena has over 70+ miles of hiking and walking trails. Hike Mount Helena or Mount Ascension!
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Helena has enough nature that you just might run across some deer wandering around Carroll College or walking onto roadways, so keep an eye out!
Mount Helena overlooks the town and is a great landmark to photograph. Overall, Helena is surrounded by gorgeous mountain views.
Walk around Spring Meadow State Park. After, you could drive to Broadwater Hot Springs & Fitness for Helena's own hot spring spa.
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Helena also has museums and fine arts. There simply are so many highlights and things to do in Helena, the underrated gem of the Northwest!
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