Stay in our Holiday Inn Express® Helena hotels to explore Montana's capital city, cradled in the foothills of the Montana Rockies. Cast a line for trout in nearby Missouri River or plunge down powdery runs at the Great Divide snowsports park.
Helena's roots stretch back to the day in 1864 when desperate prospectors finally struck gold in a ravine they named Last Chance Gulch. A boom ensued, and today the city's Main Street occupies the historic gulch near our Helena hotels. Hike the easy 1906 Trail at Mount Helena City Park to see the city and surrounding foothills below you from the summit of Mount Helena; more extensive trails thread the mountain and nearby ridges. The Montana State Capitol, an imposing granite and sandstone structure topped by a copper-clad dome, is on the city's upper east side and offers free tours. Board a boat on the Missouri River for a ride through the Gates of the Mountains. Legendary explorer Meriwether Lewis named this stretch of trail for the towering cliffs that appeared to open before him and his party as they traversed this meandering river.
A three-block stretch of Main Street turns into the Last Chance Gulch Pedestrian Mall near our hotels in Helena. Site of frequent summer festivals and evening art crawls, the walkway is home to shops and eateries. Stop here at lunchtime for a quick sandwich or hearty bowl of soup. In the evening linger over grilled steaks washed down with local microbrews at eateries clustered along Last Chance Gulch or at Great Northern Town Center, which anchors the north end of downtown near our Helena hotels.
Visit our Holiday Inn Express hotels in Helena to explore ghostly ruins in long-abandoned mining camps, once wild and woolly Western towns packed with prospectors searching for gold.