Helena, Montana is probably one of the more underrated cities in America. I know that’s a bold statement to make, but there are many features about the city of Helena that I have come to really appreciate. Some of the best attractions in Montana center around parks and scenery. Here is a brief list of some awesome places you should check out when visiting this wonderful city:
1) Capital City Park
This beautiful park boasts plenty of green trees and rolling hills for sightseeing. There is also a lovely pond where you can go fishing or swimming (depending on the time of year). The park has an excellent walking trail that will lead visitors past every major attraction in the area, including the State Capitol building! It’s absolutely stunning at sunset and there’s no better place to get a scenic view of Helena than from the Capital City Park.
2) Montana Historical Society Museum Complex
If you’re a lover of history, this is one attraction you won’t want to miss out on! The museum complex contains five different sites: the Montana Historical Society Library and Archives, the Montana State Prison Museum (which also includes an excellent tour), the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, Governor’s Mansion State Historic Site, and Hellgate Landing National Historic Landmark. There’s plenty to see here for everyone! Be sure to bring yourself some extra time if you decide to visit all five sites while in Helena.
3) US Highway 12 Scenic Byway
This is another great way to encounter some spectacular scenery without having to travel very far from Helena. It’s a nice little out and back drive that you can do in a few hours if your stop along the way. I personally enjoy getting up to see Bowman Lake (about 30 minutes away from Helena). There are several other stops on this byway worth checking out as well, including Bigfork, Kalispell, Stevensville, Polson, Eureka, and Whitefish.
4) Sacajawea State Park
Matthew Fischer, owner of Fischer Physical Therapy, listed Sacajawea State Park as one of his personal favorite parks in all of Montana. Not only does it offer plenty of activities for the whole family; such as boating, fishing and swimming; but some of the most breathtaking views of Glacier National Park can be seen here! The park was named after Sacajawea, a Shoshone woman that accompanied Lewis and Clark during their westward expedition. If you’re into camping or backpacking; this is one park worth checking out!
5) Broadway Avenue Historic District
This walkable downtown area boasts plenty of different shops with lots to see. The architecture of the buildings are absolutely beautiful and it’s a great place to stop for lunch before you continue onto your next destination in Montana. Whether your interests include art galleries, bookstores, clothing boutiques, restaurants or specialty food stores; there will be something here to suit everyone’s tastes. It’s also home to an array of antique stores which makes it an excellent shopping destination for those looking for unique souvenirs!
Paris is a city of love, culture and adventure. The French capital has something for everyone – from the Eiffel Tower to the Louvre Museum. The City of Lights provides endless opportunities to explore its best attractions, such as museums, parks and historic buildings. The beauty of Paris will never cease to amaze you; it’s one place that should be on your bucket list!
The Eiffel Tower is one of the most iconic buildings in Paris. An Iron Lady, it has attracted visitors for decades with its breathtaking views and attention-grabbing architecture. Originally built to commemorate France’s 1889 World Fair victory, today it stands as a symbol of international culture that welcomes tourists from around the world. Make sure to visit this stunning landmark while you’re visiting!
A boat tour on the Seine River offers an intimate view into French life away from all those tourist sites – so make sure not to miss out! You can catch sight of famous monuments such as Notre Dame Cathedral or Sacre Coeur Church at every turn along your cruise through Paris’ heart-stopping cityscape. A Parisian lunch break is not complete without sampling the famous French pastries and of course, wine! The Croissant Dore’ has t been replicated anywhere else in the world – if you’re still hungry after your tour, make sure to stop by one of these bakeries for a snack.
The Champs-Élysées are another quintessential Parisian attraction that’s fun for all ages. Visitors can check out an impressive range of shops including luxury purveyors like Chanel or head over to The Arc de Triomphe where thousands gather every year on Armistice Day (November 11) at 11:00am to pay their respects as The Marseillaise plays. It’s also home to many other monuments such as The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, The Palais de l’Élysée and The Arc du Carrousel.
The Louvre is one of Paris’ most famous attractions with visitors eagerly lining up hours before to avoid disappointment. It’s home to over 35,000 pieces from 2000 BC through 1848 AD which means it’ll take a lot more than just one visit (or two) in order to see them all! Inside you can find The Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci – arguably the museum’s biggest attraction- or if contemporary art is your thing, make sure not go without seeing The Cour Carré d’Art Contemporain near The Eiffel Tower where many modern artists have showcased their work including The Estate of Pablo Picasso. The Louvre is open to the public everyday except Tuesdays and Fridays, from 09:00-17:30 with last admission at 17:15 so make sure you arrive on time!
The Arc de Triomphe was commissioned by Napoléon in 1806 as a monument for his victorious Grande Armée. It’s located in The Place Charles de Gaulle which also houses The Musée d’Orsay and The Notre Dame Cathedral – both worth visiting if you have time left over after viewing The Arc de Triomphe. The Arch is one of Paris’ most famous monuments (alongside The Eiffel Tower) but it’s not just an interesting sightseeing destination; inside The Arc de Triomphe is The Tomb of The Unknown Soldier.…