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Where to Stay in Helena
Located in central Montana, Helena boasts beautiful scenery, miles of hiking and biking trails and a mountain that overlooks the historic downtown. This outdoor paradise and capital city is one of the most important cultural and political hubs in Montana. Visitors can find a number of discount chain hotels east of downtown near Interstate 15. These low-priced establishments provide travelers with easy access to the Montana State Capitol and the Helena College of Technology of the University of Montana. You can also compare hotel rates at the several accommodations located in the historic downtown district. These lodgings provide guests with convenient access to the scenic Memorial Park and the Carroll College campus. They are also close to several of the city's top tourist attractions, including the Great Northern Carousel, the Great Northern Ice Cream Company and ExplorationWorks, a hands-on science museum that is dedicated to educating children through interactive exhibits. For an intimate stay, visitors can book reservations at one of the city's many bed and breakfasts. These cozy, family-owned establishments provide guests with charming and unique settings as well as delicious breakfasts. If you're the outdoors type, consider going on a camping trip in the Helena National Forest, which sports several campground areas.
Helena Hotel Tips
Helena is a great destination to visit throughout the year. If you're a fan of warm weather, you should visit during the summer months. During this time, the municipal pool at Memorial Park opens for the public as temperatures rise to the mid 70s and 80s. Because the nice weather attracts many visitors to the area's national parks, hotels, inns and guesthouses can fill up quickly. If you are planning to visit during the months of May through September, you should consider book hotel reservations at least a couple months in advance.
If you don't mind the cold, you can schedule a trip to Helena in the late fall, winter or early spring. During these months, temperatures dip significantly with averages in the low 20s to 30s. However, even in these frigid temperatures, the landscape is as beautiful as ever. Plus, indoor attractions are typically less crowded. If you're on a budget, you can find cheap Helena flights and hotels during this off-season.
Helena Hotel Recommendations
Stay near some of Helena's most recognizable landmarks with reservations at the Barrister Bed and Breakfast. Located just south of the elaborate Saint Helena Cathedral, this quaint locally owned hotel occupies an elegant 1874 Victorian mansion. The spacious inn boasts more than 2,000-square feet of common areas, including a parlor, dining room, library and enclosed porch. There are also six ornate fireplaces, high ceilings and stained glass accents. Guests can choose from one of five rooms, including the Barrister Suite, which features high-speed Internet, a canopy queen bed and four large windows that overlook the nearby cathedral. A hearty full breakfast is served each morning.
Or stay near some of Helena's top attractions by booking a room at the Helena Great Northern Hotel. Operated by Best Western, this modern facility features contemporary interiors and state-of-the-art technology. Guests can enjoy unique amenities, including complimentary wireless Internet access, an indoor heated swimming pool and a casino. Business travelers can make use of the hotel's 8,000-square feet of convention space, which can accommodate groups of up to 500. There is also an on-site fitness center and restaurant, and in the mornings, guests can enjoy a complimentary breakfast. The inviting guestrooms feature cable satellite television, microwaves and refrigerators. Plus, the hotel is situated just a couple blocks from the Great Northern Carousel and ExplorationWorks.
You can also book reservations at Jorgenson's Inn & Suites, located Interstate 15 between downtown Helena and the Helena Regional Airport (HLN). The historic hotel, which has its roots in the 1950, is located just a short distance from the state capitol building. Here, guests can enjoy a complimentary hot breakfast each morning. There is also a restaurant located on-site that serves up the Jorgenson family's famed recipes. The facility also boasts event and conference spaces that can accommodate small groups of 10 up to parties of 300. Guests can choose from a range of accommodation options, including economy rooms, doubles and various types of suites. The hotel also boasts an on-site casino, indoor swimming pool and a business center.
The Helena Area Transit Service, or HATS, serves the Helena region. HATS operates Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. There is currently only one bus route that consists of 18 stops and operates throughout the city on an hourly basis. Because public transportation is limited, most travelers opt to rent a car from one of the several rental agencies with operations in Helena. Navigating Helena is relatively easy. Traffic and parking are usually not an issue. Interstate 15 is the main highway. It connects Helena to the nearby community of Great Falls to the north and the distant community of Idaho Falls to the south.