For as much as we hear about people moving to Montana, it's easy to forget about the people who are only temporarily in town. If you're a parent of University of Montana student, on a weekend getaway, or even a vacationer taking one of the offramps from Interstate 90 for the night, you're going to need something to do while you are here. Who wants to sit in their hotel room all weekend?

Whether you live to get outdoors or you only go outside by force, there's plenty to do in Missoula for everyone. Here are the 5 best things to do in the Garden City while you're in town.

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City Parks

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There's over 50 public parks in Missoula, and the city does a great job keeping them maintained and available. We recommend Jacobs Island Park, just north of the university campus.

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While dogs are welcome in all public parks, Jacobs Island is known to locals as one of the best places to take your dog with a mile-long walk around the perimeter, plenty of space to run and around, and take in views of the Clark Fork River.

Get Some Culture

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The Missoula Art Museum and Missoula Public Library are less than a ten minute walk from each other downtown, and there's always something to see. The library was recently named the best public library in the world. No, we're not kidding. See it for yourself!

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Hit Up Fort Missoula

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There's a lot more to do at Fort Missoula than it gets credit for. It's a vast complex of museums, playgrounds, ball fields, and historic buildings. They've filled up over 150 acres with stuff to do, and you could literally spend all day here and easily fill up your camera roll.

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Hike The M

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Do it. Even if you've never hiked once in you life, even if you're out of shape, even if it takes you a couple hours. The M Trail takes you up the backside of Mt Sentinel near the university campus and you get stunning views of the city near the big white "M" at the summit. Hiking The M is on pretty much every "must-do" list of things to do in the city you can find on the internet.

Hope You Brought Your Golf Clubs

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Of the public golf courses in and around Missoula, Canyon River and Larchmont stand out. Canyon River offers one of the best-kept public courses in the country. Larchmont is reasonably priced for 18 holes at $38. It's fun yet challenging; if you can par the first 4 holes you're a better golfer than this guy:

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There you have it: the best things to do in Missoula. If you're on a journey through the rest of Montana, you can check out the best hotels in the state. Enjoy your stay!

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