Bitterroot Valley extends for over 100 miles between Horse Creek Pass and the city of Missoula, in western Montana, USA. This sheltered valley is dotted with numerous towns and settlements, the largest being Hamilton, Stevensville and Lolo, although most visitors looking to spend their holidays in Bitterroot Valley will have chosen the region as a destination for outdoors pursuits, whilst being at one with nature. There is a great choice of self catering holiday rental accommodation available here. There are apartments and townhouses within the towns, as well as more rustic ranch houses, set within the valley’s more rural locations.
Bitterroot Valley is a popular destination amongst visitors looking to enjoy year-round outdoor pursuits. In the winter months, the ski resorts of the nearby imposing Rocky Mountains draw a large number of national and international visitors. Hikers and hill climbers will be drawn to the wooded trails of the valley and surrounding foot hills, whilst water sports enthusiasts may wish to head to Flathead Lake, where they may enjoy a spot of kayaking, windsurfing or freshwater fishing. The valley’s towns provide visitors with the opportunity to enjoy a spot of retail therapy, or to make use of the usual urban amenities and attractions.
Visitors looking to spend their holidays in Bitterroot Valley may be surprised to discover that there are a number of more cultural attractions in the nearby city of Missoula. The Montana Museum of Art and Culture, Rocky Mountain Museum of Military History and the Northern Rockies Heritage Centre are amongst the city’s biggest draws. Missoula also boasts two aquatic parks and an extensive network of public parks and a number of golf courses; as well as offering great opportunities for retail therapy in its modern shopping malls and department stores.
Visitors looking to spend their holidays in Bitterroot Valley will find that the region has a continental climate. Summers are hot and dry, with temperatures often reaching the high 30s and early 40s degrees Celsius. Winters, in contrast, can become very cold, with temperatures often dipping below zero degrees Celsius. Much of the region’s average annual precipitation of 43 inches will fall as snow in the winter months.
Travellers looking to spend their holidays in Bitterroot Valley will start their journey by flying with British Airways from London Heathrow (LHR) to either Chicago O’Hare (ORD) or Seattle-Tacoma (SEA) airports. They may then take a connecting flight with Alaska Airlines or United Express to Missoula International Airport (MSO).