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Why Fly to Helena?
Helena is the capital of Montana and serves as one of the state's main urban and cultural hubs. Founded in 1864, the city of about 30,000 came into being after the discovery of gold in a nearby gulch. Today, Helena's main street, Last Chance Gulf, serves as a reminder of this gold-rush past. The city's official symbol, a wooden watchtower known as the Guardian of the Gulch still stands atop Tower Hill and is visible from the historic downtown district. Helena boasts several examples of unique architecture. Its Saint Helena Cathedral is an amazingly ornate structure that dates back to the early 20th century. Another interesting building is the Helena Civic Center. Originally built as a Shrine temple in 1920, the edifice utilizes elements of Moorish architecture. As the seat of Montana's government, Helena claims many government offices. Visitors can tour the state capitol building, whose interior features a massive rotunda painted in gold. Art fans can patron the various exhibition spaces and galleries throughout the town, including the Holter Museum of Art. The regional contemporary art museum houses five exhibition galleries, and showcases works by local, regional and international artists. History buffs can check out one of several history-related institutions, including the Montana Military Museum, the original Governor's Mansion and the Montana Historical Society. As for nightlife, Helena claims a number of upscale restaurants and lounges as well as many affordable bars and pubs. You can book low-priced Helena hotel reservations or find cheap using Travelzoo's SuperSearch.
Which Airlines Fly to Helena?
The Helena Regional Airport (HLN) serves the Helena area. The small facility receives flights from several carriers from select departure cities. You can buy cheap plane tickets from Minneapolis and Salt Lake City on Delta. Or find discount airfare from Denver on United. Meanwhile, you can compare flight rates from Seattle or Great Falls on Horizon Air.
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Helena Flight Tips
Find cheap flights to Helena by traveling mid-week. Flying Tuesday-Thursday can result in significant price savings.
Quick Travel Guide to Helena
Begin your trip to Helena by exploring the city's historic downtown district. Here, near the intersection of Main Street and Lyndale Avenue, you will find Memorial Park. The centrally located urban green space is a popular swimming spot during the summertime thanks to an outdoor heated pool. Next to the park, visitor can tour the Carroll College campus. The private Catholic liberal arts college features the oldest astronomical observatory in the state. Its campus is renowned for its well-maintained grounds and beautiful buildings.
Adjacent to Carroll College, on the other side of Lyndale Avenue, is the Great Northern Carousel. Considered one of Helena's premier attractions, this hand-carved carousel was built in 2002 and incorporates a large array of native Montana animals, including antelope, grizzly bears, bobcats and buffalo. Connected to carousel is the Great Northern Ice Cream Company, which serves up heaping cups of homemade ice cream in a variety of unique flavors. There is also an on-site gift shop for visitors who'd like to purchase a keepsake or collectible.
Just east of the Great Northern Carousel is ExplorationWorks. This kid-friendly museum of science and culture is an ideal attraction for families on vacation. The interactive museum features a wide assortment of hand-on exhibits, including three permanent displays and regularly rotating installations.
Whether you're a fan of extreme sports or you enjoy people watching, you should pay a visit to the Helena Skate Park. This 10,000-square foot outdoor facility caters to skaters and skateboarders with a series of banks, ledges, benches and rails. If golf is more your pace, hit the links at one of the area's courses. Open since 1925, the Bill Roberts Municipal Golf Course is considered one of the finest in the city and is surrounded by breathtaking scenery.
If you want an amazing photo opportunity, head southwest of downtown to Mount Helena City Park. The park 620-acre park encompasses Mount Helena, which stands more than a mile above sea level. The park includes six hiking trails, some of which provide access to the nearby Helena National Forest. Hikers who reach the mountain's summit are treated to spectacular vistas of the city below.