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Helena is the state capital of Montana, in the Western Central part of the state.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

Interstate 15 runs north and south through Helena's eastern edge. US-12 runs east-west, and is the quickest connection from the Missoula area; US-12/287 leaves Helena to the southeast, towards Townsend and eastbound I-90 and Billings.

By plane[edit]

There is no public transportation available from the airport into town. You can go by taxi, ride hailing (Uber is available) or rental car.

By bus[edit]

The main bus station for the 'Blue Line' route of the local public transportation and intercity buses is at the 2 Helena Area Transit Center/Depot on N Montana Ave (SR-229) & Bozeman St:

Get around[edit]

A small bus network is provided by Capital Area Transit Service, fares cost $1.50. Also, there's a free shuttle between Capitol Hill Mall and the Capitol Building.


Montana Capitol Building
St Helena Cathedral
  • 1 Cathedral of St. Helena, 530 N Ewing St, +1 406 442-5825. Daily except during services; Summer tours on Tu W Th. Cathedral of Saint Helena (Q2942479) on Wikidata Cathedral of Saint Helena on Wikipedia
  • The Great Northern Carousel and Ice Cream Parlour is a must do when visiting the historic town of Helena. A hand-carved carousel was built in 2002 with a wide variety of native Montanan animals. They also feature delicious homemade ice cream with flavors like Missouri River Mud, Frog Mint, and Buffalo Jump.
  • 2 Montana State Capitol, 1301 E. 6th Ave. Summer: M-Sa 9AM, 10AM, 11AM, noon, 1PM and 2PM, Su noon, 1PM, 2PM, and 3PM; winter: Sa only 9AM, 10AM, 11AM, noon, 1PM and 2PM; self-guided tours: tours M-Sa 8AM-5PM. Free.
  • Gates of the Mountains, 3131 Gates of the Mountains Road (20 min N of Helena, take exit 209), +1 406 458-5241, . Hours can vary monthly, check website for schedule. Enjoy the beauty of the Gates of the Mountains from aboard one of two tour boats - the "Sacajawea" (named after the only woman and indigenous person on the Expedition), and the "Hilger Rose" (named after Nicholas Hilger, who began the tours in 1886 on a vessel named "Rose of Helena"). The 105-minute cruise starts at the marina, just 3 miles off Interstate 15 in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
  • Reeder's Alley historic mining district, Reeder's Alley.
  • 3 Old Fire Tower. Built in 1876.




  • 1 Silver Star Steak Company, 833 Great Northern Blvd, +1 406 495-0677. 6 categories of main courses. 5 types of steaks with different portion size options. Extensive wine list.



  • Elk View Bed and Breakfast, 88 Howard Beer Rd, Clancey (12 mi south of the city, along I-15), +1 406 442-1224. Check-in: 4PM-7PM, check-out: 11AM. A four-room guest lodge built with logs and set on 450 acres that feels like a park. The lodge has three large fireplaces, a hot tub and sauna. The breakfasts are recommended. $100-125.
  • 1 Jorgenson's Inn & Suites, 1714 11th Ave (between 11th Ave and Prospect Avenue at Lamborn Street (next to Capital Hill Mall)), +1 406-442-1770. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: noon. A friendly hotel in the city center. Highlights of the property include free breakfast with every room, a fun bar and casino, an indoor pool, business center and Free Wifi in the main building, free on-site parking, round-trip airport shuttle, laundry facilities, coffee in the lobby, a microwave in the lobby, complimentary newspapers in the lobby and air conditioning in all rooms and public areas. $69.
  • 2 The Sanders - Helena's Bed & Breakfast, 328 N Ewing St, +1 406-442-3309.


Go next[edit]

Routes through Helena
Great FallsWolf Creek   N I-15.svg S  ButteIdaho Falls
MissoulaGarrison  W US 12.svg E  TownsendMiles City
ChoteauWolf Creek   N US 287.svg S  TownsendThree Forks

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