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Fit Traveler: Missoula, Montana

Updated on February 15, 2008

A good vacation often means that you'll likely gain weight and live an unhealthy lifestyle for those few days or weeks that you're away from home. Often, this is the reason why some people go on a vacation in the first place. They can splurge on food that they would never eat at home. They can relax and avoid the fitness that they usually hold so dear in their normal life.

Not all travelers are like that. Fit travelers would like to see the sights of a new area while still keeping up with their healthy lifestyle. If you're planning on going to Missoula, Montana, there are many ways that you can have a fun, healthy time while you're there.

Parks and Recreation

When travelling, a good way to get exercise and experience the area is to visit the many parks and recreational areas in town. Missoula has many great parks. Since the city is surrounded by mountains, there are also many beautiful hiking opportunities.

You'll be hiking the "M" on the mountain to the right.
You'll be hiking the "M" on the mountain to the right.

The "M" at Mount Sentinel

Missoula, Montana has much pride in its college, the University of Montana. There is so much pride that there is a giant "M" on the face of Mount Sentinel, just behind the college. Hiking up to that large white letter is a rite of passage for anyone who cares about this city. It's 620 feet up the side of the mountain, and you can get there from a main switchback trail. Be warned; this is a tough hike!

Waterworks Hill Hike to the Peace Rock

At any given time, there are at least five cars parked up by the entrance to the hiking trail on waterworks hill. It's a popular spot for joggers and dog walkers. At the top of the hill, you get an amazing view of the whole of Missoula. You can also see the peace rock. This is the site of an old billboard of peace. Although the painted peace sign and billboard are long gone, hikers have constructed a peace sign made out of rocks in its place.

Healthy Restaurants

Food and restaurants are where most people go astray. You don't have to, though. There are plenty of healthy Missoula restaurants that have great food. There's something for everyone here.

Sushi Hana - 403 N Higgins Ave

If you like Japanese food, then Sushi Hana is perfect for you. Their sushi is always fresh and tasty. Their prices are also very good. If you're looking for a place to eat lunch, this is it. They have a special lunch menu that features a salad and miso soup added to your meal. The combination of lean fish, seaweed and rice in the sushi will keep you healthy on your trip.

The Depot 201 - W Railroad Avenue

For fancier food in Missoula, Montana, try The Depot. While they can be a bit expensive, the quality of the meals surely makes it worth it. As a bonus, they have an unlimited salad bar for all their meals if you choose. There are many fixings including egg, olives, and peas. Be sure to fill up on salad so you can keep this meal as healthy as possible.

Doc's Gourmet Sandwich Express - 214 N Higgins Ave

If you're looking for something quick and tasty, you should try Doc's Gourmet Sandwich Express. They have many different sandwiches, all named after famous doctors both in history and in entertainment. Their sandwiches are handmade with healthy and satisfying ingredients.

Inexpensive Health Clinics

It can be scary to have something happen to you while you're away from home. If something serious happens, be sure to go to the hospital. Not all ailments are that serious, though. You could just have a really bad cold, or ear infection. If so, you should go to an immediate care clinic for help. These clinics are cheaper in price and are run by great people.

Now Care - Southgate Mall

You'll no doubt be visiting the main shopping mall in Missoula. When you are, you can also visit Now Care. This clinic is for immediate care emergencies that aren't serious enough for an emergency visit to the hospital. This is also perfect for travelers because you won't need to worry about which doctor to see.

Cost Care - 1001 E Broadway, Suite 10

Getting health care at Cost Care won't usually cost you more than $50. They also have amazing physicians that make you feel like you are in a regular clinic as opposed to a cheaper one. They also give a ten percent discount to people who are self-employed; just ask!

Going on vacation doesn't mean you have to abandon your health and fitness goals. On the contrary, with careful planning, these goals can thrive while you are away from home. In Missoula, Montana, you'll find all sorts of ways to stay healthy while you're enjoying the sights.

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      Missoula Gazette 9 years ago

      Don't forget to stop into Wednesday Lunch at Caras Park or the Saturday Morning Farmers Market. Music in Caras Park on Thursday evening is alway nice too.

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      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 10 years ago from New Zealand

      No I haven't I get seasick - so I would probably loose weight ROTFL!

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      tbartle 10 years ago from Missoula, Montana

      Have you ever been on a cruise? That's probably the most fattening vacation ever, trust me.

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      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 10 years ago from New Zealand

      I havent been to Montana but when I go traveling I usually loose weight - not sitting on my butt for 8 hours in front of the computer I think - and leaving the car and fridge at home means more exercise and less snacking!

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