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Helena travel guide

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You're Going to Love Helena

A former gold camp during the Montana gold rush, Helena is a vibrant state capital with beautiful Victorian architecture and a relaxed atmosphere that you'll be hard-pressed to find in any other seat of state government.

While the gold rush is long gone, there's plenty to do in Helena today besides take in the history. An internationally renowned ceramics center, the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, calls Helena home, and many amazing natural areas surround the town. These offer unique opportunities for hunting, mountain biking, and skiing.

Helena is an underrated gem. All seasons offer fantastic adventure in Helena. Come and be surprised by one of the most storied cities west of the Mississippi.

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When to Visit Helena

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Helena's climate varies from the mid-80s in July to below freezing in January. But, both winter and summer can be great times to visit if you come prepared. The most comfortable weather can be found in May, June, and September. Those hoping to get some skiing done should plan for severe cold, and those hoping to explore the region in summer should stay hydrated.

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How to Get to Helena

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Where to Stay in Helena

Helena has many hotels, ranging from budget accommodation to luxury resorts. The Barrister Bed & Breakfast is known for its historic ambiance, while Jorgenson's Inn & Suites has an on-site bar and casino. There are also a number of hostels in town for budget-conscious travelers.

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Shopping Streets

Helena is generally an affordable city to visit, especially for a state capital. Shopping areas include the Last Chance Gulch streets, which have many gem stores and souvenir shops. Additionally, there is a Macy's, and several other big-name retail centers can be found in town.

Groceries and Other

Helena has a number of local and national grocery stores spread throughout town, including Safeway, Thriftway, Pan Handler, and Real Food Market & Deli. Prices will vary depending on where you shop, but average costs run about $2 for a pound of apples, and about $2.13 for a loaf of white bread.

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Where to Eat in Helena

Helena has many restaurants serving both locals and visitors. The region is known for foods such as steaks, chili, and Mexican food. However, you'll find cosmopolitan cuisine in Helena as well, with Creole, Mediterranean, and Japanese restaurants spread throughout town. Some of the most popular restaurants in town include Bullman's Wood Fired Pizza, Staggering Ox, Lucca's, and Toi's Thai Cuisine. The average price for a meal for two at an inexpensive restaurant in Helena is $30.

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