Missoula is my favorite city in Montana without a doubt.
First of all it’s a college town. Secondly it’s a football town. Maybe most importantly, it’s a train town. Missoula actually has a railroad turntable! If you’re a train nerd like I am then you’re impressed. If you’re not then I’ll say that is has a lot of college-aged women.
Missoula is not a big city but has decent big entertainment distractions. Montana Griz football, excellent college basketball and minor league baseball. They’re all fully supported by Missoula and the surrounding areas.
My family wandered around Missoula and was happy to see parts of its historic district, a great old train depot and steam engine, and a whole lot of stores to buy junk in.
Montana is a huge state and if you stick to the Interstate you’re missing an unimaginable amount of small side attractions. That said its major cities are split apart perfectly for day trips ensuring you’ll always have a decent choice of a hotel while you look around.