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Helena is the state capital of Montana, in the Western Central part of the state. Visitors come to see Helena’s historic Last Chance Gulch, and its mansion district once home to Helena’s gold mining millionaires. The city has running or biking 75 mi (121 km) of trails and opportunities for rafting the mighty Missouri River or fly-fishing.



A number of communities surround Helena but have few amenities. East Helena is a completely separate town. The majority of small communities is to the south in Jefferson County.

Tourist information


Get in

Map of Helena (Montana)

By car


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


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


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


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
  • 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.
  • 2 Holter Museum of Arts, 12 E Lawrence St, +1 406 442-6400. Tu-Sa 10AM-5:30PM, Su noon-4PM, closed M. Variety of art exhibits in 5 galleries. Free.
  • 3 Montana State Capitol, 1301 E. 6th Ave. Summer: M-Sa tours on the hour from 9AM-2PM, Su from noon-3PM; Winter: Sa only 9AM-2PM. Self-guided tours anytime M-Sa 8AM-5PM. Free.
  • 4 Old Fire Tower. Built in 1876.
  • 5 Reeder's Alley historic mining district, Reeder's Alley. Brick complex from the 1870s. Tours available.


  • 1 Bill Roberts Municipal Golf Course, 2201 N Benton Ave, +1 406 442-2191. 18-hole course, open and thriving since 1925.
  • 2 ExplorationWorks!, 995 Carousel Way, +1 406 457-1800, . Tu-Su 10AM-5PM, closed M. Interactive children's science museum $9 ages 2+.
  • 3 Great Divide Snow Sports, 7385 Belmont Dr, +1 406 449-3746, . A ski/snowboard area north of Helena. 1,500 acres with summit elevation of 7,330 feet. Great Divide Snowsports (Q5599069) on Wikidata Great Divide Montana on Wikipedia
  • 4 Great Northern Carousel, 989 Carousel Way, +1 406 457-5353, . W Th 11AM-6PM, F 11AM-7PM, Sa 10AM-7PM, Su noon-5PM. Hand-carved carousel, featuring native Montanan animals. They also feature delicious homemade ice cream with flavors like Missouri River Mud, Frog Mint, and Buffalo Jump. $3 per ride, one scoop $3.50.
  • 5 Helena Bighorns, 400 Lola St, +1 406 457-2817, . See website for current season schedule. Enjoy an ice-hockey game at the Helena Ice Arena. The Bighorns play in the NA3 hockey league.
  • 6 Mount Helena (end of Reeders Village Dr), +1 406 447-8000, . Large city park featuring several hiking trails, also suitable for mountain biking. The 1906 trail takes about 2 hours to reach the summit. Free. Mount Helena City Park (Q6921141) on Wikidata Mount Helena City Park on Wikipedia
  • 7 South Hills Disc Golf Course (Hyzer Hills), 3187 Cabernet Dr. Open sun-up to sun-down. Disc golf course with 18 holes. Variety of holes make it a good course for most skill levels. Free.




  • 1 Planet Gyros, 1421 11th Ave, +1 406 449-2550. M-F 10AM-4PM, Sa 11AM-4PM, closed Su. Traditional Greek lunch menu
  • 2 R-B Drive-In, 932 Helena Ave, +1 406 442-7482. M-Sa 11A-7PM, closed Su. Classic drive-in doing business since 1948.
  • 3 Ristorante Bella Roma, 22 N Last Chance Gulch (in the Double Tree), +1 406 495-0677, . Authentic Italian restaurant. Multi-course meals with menu changing to make use of in-season fresh produce. Outdoor seating available. Reservations recommended, can be booked on website.
  • 4 Silver Star Steak Company, 833 Great Northern Blvd, +1 406 495-0677. M-Th 4-9PM, F Sa 4-10PM; Lounge M-Sa 4-11PM. 6 categories of main courses. 5 types of steaks with different portion size options. Extensive wine list.
  • 5 Windbag Saloon & Grill, 19 S Last Chance Gulch, +1 406 443-3520. M-F 11AM-midnight, Sa-Su 10AM-midnight. The last bordello in Helena. Pub-style food. Several microbrews. Outdoor seating available.






  • 1 Budget Inn Express, 524 N Last Chance Gulch, +1 406 442-0600, toll-free: +1 800 862-1334. Check-in: 10AM, check-out: 11AM. Basic hotel with good location at the city center. Microwave/fridge in room.
  • 2 Ramada by Wyndham, 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. Maintains 2 hotels at one location. The economy site is a standard no frills room. The main building has breakfast, a fun bar and casino, attached restaurant, an indoor pool, business center, Coffee and microwave in the lobby.
  • 3 The Sanders - Helena's Bed & Breakfast, 328 N Ewing St, +1 406 442-3309. Restored mansion filled with authentic items. Each room has a private bath, gourmet breakfast. Short walk to historic district and downtown shopping.



You will find most restaurants, bars, and coffee shops to have free wifi for customers.

Go next

  • Canyon Ferry (20 miles east) is Montana's third largest lake. You can enjoy all the water activities from the marina, or one of several campsites.
Routes through Helena
Great FallsWolf Creek   N  S  ButteIdaho Falls
MissoulaGarrison  W  E  TownsendMiles City
ChoteauWolf Creek   N  S  TownsendThree Forks

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