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The capital city of the state of Montana, Helena’s past is gilded in gold rush history. From the towering majesty of St. Helena Cathedral to the primness of the old Governor’s Mansion, the city still retains many architectural remnants of its old riches. Today the city’s modern assets exist in the form of arts and culture, unique retail therapy, and some delicious dining. For recreation, Mount Helena City Park, Holter Lake, Helena National Forest, and The Gates of the Mountains are all nearby.

Things to see

The city’s jewel is undoubtedly the Cathedral of St. Helena. Built in the grand Gothic Revival style inspired by Vienna’s Votive church, its twin red-tiled spires dominate the city’s skyline. The ornate design continues inside, with hand-carved pews, high domed ceilings, and 59 richly colored Bavarian stain glass windows which let shards of light shimmer through. Home to the Montana State Legislature, the Montana State Capitol is another architectural must-see. Built between 1896 and 1902 in the Greek neoclassical style, the building’s dome is crowned with a statue of “Lady Liberty”; who stands proud with her torch and shield. A tour inside reveals a spectacular rotunda and collection of paintings. A short walk away, the Montana Historical Society Museum displays over 50,000 artifacts. It features Montana-focused exhibits on Native Americans, textiles, weapons, agriculture ,and a vast collection of art by “Cowboy Artist” Charles M. Russell. If that’s whet your artsy appetite, the Holter Museum of Art features the contemporary works of the state’s other creatives.

Hotels in Helena

There are hotels in Helena to accommodate every visitor and their budget. Much of what you’ll find here comes in the form of chain hotels, giving you the choice of an en-suite room or a family-sized suite complete with a kitchenette. Upscale or mid-range, the larger establishments come laden with amenities, ranging from indoor pools and gymnasiums to business centers and bars and restaurants. Rooms often come to a plush standard and feature flat-screen televisions, WiFi, refrigerators, and microwaves. Budget brand motels and cheap hotels in Helena are plentiful, offering a more basic stay, but sparing none of the necessities.

Where to stay

A hotel in Helena’s downtown is a no brainer for sightseeing and enjoying the best of the city. The main drag is the 19th century Main Street, occupying the former site of the glittering Last Chance Gulch. Whilst the streets aren’t paved with gold, local gems abound. One-of-a-kind shops specialize in antiques, artwork, and gifts, eclectic dining ranges from fusion cuisine to French crepes, and entertainment buzzes at the historic Grandstreet Theatre. A few blocks north, Great Northern Town Center is another shopping and dining hotspot, and home to attractions including a traditional carousel and the Exploration Works. For a history tour, hop aboard the Last Chance Tour Train.

How to get to Helena

A convenient 2 miles northeast of the city’s center, Helena Regional Airport is the gateway of choice for most visitors. It serves a good handful of major American hubs, including Denver International, Minneapolis-Saint Paul International, Salt Lake City international, Seattle-Tacoma International, and Great Falls International. For those driving in Helena is easily accessible, with Interstate 15 running north and south towards the east of the city. For those without their own transport, getting around Helena once you’re there is easily done by bus. The Helena Area Transit System provides routes to most major areas, including the downtown district.

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