Created in 1962, The Montana Snowbowl is what I would consider “Missoula’s Ski Resort.” Over the years, Snowbowl has remained almost exactly the same which is part of its charm. The resort still has a small-town feel despite the large crowds it draws. The most notable development in recent years opened this year with the addition of the Snowpark lift. Prior to this addition the resort catered more towards intermediate and advanced skiers with beginners sticking to cat tracks and a few easy runs. This addition is a great upgrade to the mountain, and I look forward to seeing what the future has in store for the mountain.
— Location —
Snowbowl is located 13 miles north of Missoula, Montana and is about a 25-minute drive from downtown Missoula. A paved road covers the first 8 miles, but the last five miles is a gravel road that can get a little treacherous if you aren’t properly prepared. Most vehicles traveling to Snowbowl should have four wheel drive and chains or snow tires in order to deal with the rough winter conditions.
— The Resort —
Snowbowl has lots to offer whether it is the mountain itself, food, gear, or lodging. At the resort you will discover three lifts, one t-bar, and one rope-tow which provides access to 950+ acres of skiable territory. All the chair lifts are two seaters and only one of the lifts begins at the base of the mountain which results in some long lines on weekend mornings but those crowds quickly disperse. The lodge itself contains two restaurants, The Last Run and The Double Diamond Café. Both of these restaurants have good food, plenty of seating, and a fireplace to warm up by. Snowbowl also has a rental shop for all the gear you might need, a ski school with fantastic instructors, and Gelandesprung Lodge. Gelandesprung is the available lodging above the rental shop and is essentially ski in/out lodging with different room layouts and a community hot tub. All in all, Snowbowl is a wonderful small town ski resort and one of the best parts about living in Missoula.
We just bought our dream home in Peoria. It’s much bigger than our last home and we sold most of our furniture when we moved from St. Louis. Now we know where we’re living, it’s time to pick out some furniture. Check out the pictures from the listing!
Let me know if you have any ideas how to arrange the rooms. I am open to suggestions!
Garnet has been named one of “America’s Coolest Ghost Towns” by Travel + Leisure. Garnet is home to a preserved gold rush town. In Garnet, experience the ways of the past, and experience your inner frontier. Experience the real Wild West! Garnet is near Missoula, Montana.
The Montana Vortex and House of Mystery is a place that makes one reorient their understanding of physics and nature. The experience is sure to be mind-blowing! The location is an internationally known sacred site. Native Americans often visit.
Visit the Crown of the Continent and experience nature at its best! Glacier National Park (United States) is one-half of the world’s first international peace park with Waterton Lakes National Park (Canada) being the other-half to form Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. Glacier National Park is designated a Biosphere Reserve by the Man and the Biosphere Programme of the United National Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site by the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage. Plus, Glacier National Park and its sister park, Waterton Lakes National Park of Canada, are recognized as an International Dark Sky Park by the International Dark Sky Association (IDA). One can see breathtaking views in Glacier National Park and on the Going-to-the-Sun Road!
Yellowstone National Park is the first national park in the United States of America and widely considered the first national park in the world! The supervolcano located at Yellowstone National Park is one of the few supervolcanoes around the globe. The cornerstone of the Roosevelt Arch at the North Entrance of the Park in Gardiner, Montana, was laid by President Theodore Roosevelt.
6. Discover the Spectacular Great Falls of the Missouri River, known by the Lewis and Clark Expedition to Be a Grand Sight
Visit the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center in Great Falls, Montana, near the falls to learn more about Lewis and Clark and the falls. Seeing the Great Falls of the Missouri River will connect individuals to history!
The Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument contains a United States National Cemetery, Custer National Cemetery. The Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument includes self-guided tours that have audio.
Nicolas R. Ream, the author, is studying Marketing, Management, Entrepreneurship, Leadership, and Pre-Law at the University of Montana in Missoula, Montana. Nicolas works at Montana Heritage Home Builders, Inc., a high-performance luxury custom home builder in Columbia Falls, Montana.
Thailand is a very popular tourist country for young travelers. Koh Phi Phi, specifically, because you can enjoy the Phi Phi Islands with white sandy beaches and clear blue water. The only way to get to these islands is by ferry or boat. This popular destination spot has diving and snorkeling that get great reviews from travelers. Also, the Phi Phi Island have made a few movie appearances, like The Beach, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. An interesting fact about the Phi Phi Islands is that Phi Phi Leh is free of human inhabitants and Phi Phi Don is without roads. This is a destination to relax and enjoy the views for a couple days. While Koh Phi Phi may be the more expensive option in Thailand, it is still inexpensive to visit compared to other countries.
Avg daily price for traveling in Koh Phi Phi: $66 Avg price of food: $11 (per day) Avg price for a hotel: $73 (per couple)
Food: $3 to $28 (depending on style of food) Beer: $2.30
LAX to Phuket City: $582 *depending on departing airport
Ferry to island: $12 to $18 (one way)
Deep Sea Fishing: $85 Rock Climbing on cliff: $31 (Tonsai Tower) Learn to cook Thai Food: $16 Sunset Kayaking
Arenal Area, Costa Rica
Being one of Costa Rica’s most
popular destination spots, Arenal Area offers a beautiful hiking area, a lake, and
the very popular La Fortuna waterfall sitting at the base of a volcano. A few
things to see while visiting Arenal is the Arenal National Park where you can
see wild life, hike trails, and see a great view of the sunset. The hot springs
are also another necessary stop to make in Costa Rica. These natural hot tubs
are located at the base of the volcano that you can take a dip in after a long
hike. If you want to take a closer look at the crater of the volcano you can
take a tour via the hanging bridges. Arenal Area is different than most
traveling spots, but it offers attractions that other places can’t.
LAX to San Jose: $450 *depending on departing airport
Hostel: $10 to $15 (shared room) Budget Hotel: $50 to $70 (private bathroom, A/C, hot water) Mid-Range Hotel: $100 to $200 (A/C, hot water, TV, Wi-fi, complimentary breakfast)
Public Bus: $4 La Fortuna Bus: $2 Taxi:$5 Bike Rentals: $6 (half day) Easy to get around on foot
Lunch: $8 to $12 Beer/ Cocktails: $2 to $3
Hanging Bridges Tour: $23 National Park: $9 Zip Lining: $50 to $85 Rafting Tour: $70 to $130 Kayak Tour: $50 to $75
Traveling to Europe is perceived to be costly, but Albania is an exception to this rule. Albania is a much more affordable place to live than other areas in Europe, which benefits young travelers in there 20’s in getting to experience a little bit of Europe. One of the top attractions in Albania is the castle in the city of Shkoder. An interesting attraction for tourists is a rotating bar in Tirana called The Sky Tower Bar. You can enjoy a nice cold beer while slowly spinning 360 degrees getting to see Tirana at all angles and watching the sunset. If you are interested in learning about the history of Albania, you can visit an abandoned bunker museum in Tirana. Another attraction that other destination spots don’t offer is wild camping on the Albania’s beaches. The Albania Riveria is a major attraction to Europe by young travelers because of the reputation it has with being a music location hosting music festival like Turtle Fest. Also, nightclubs, like Havana Beach Club draw people in their young age across Europe.
Hotel: $47 Airbnb options
Food: starting @ $5.50 Beer: $2 Coffee: $1.30
JFK to Tirana: $500 *depending on departing airport
Havana being the capital city of
Cuba has always been a popular tourist destination with vintage cars and
colorful Spanish colonial architecture; however, it wasn’t always that Americans
could go visit Cuba. In December 2014, the relationship between the U.S. and Cuba
was restored, but not without a few traveling restrictions. In order to book a
solo travel experience to Cuba it needs to be for educational purposes. This is
where you meet Cuban citizens in normal daily life setting, like school and
community centers. One of the adventures you can take part in is riding in a
vintage convertible for an hour cruising up and down the avenues of Havana. Something
that is a must see in Cuba is the El Malecon, a five-mile-long boulevard that
stretches along the water, with Havana Bay on one side and Old Havana, Vedado,
and Central Havana on the other. At night, many Cubans come to watch the sunset
with their loved ones, drink and laugh.
Avg daily price for traveling in Havana: $18 Avg food price: $5.39 (per person) Avg price for hotel: $17 (per couple) Avg drink price: $2 (cocktails) $1 (beer)
Private Taxi: $2.50 to $7 (within city) Shared Taxi: $0.50 Viazul Bus: $4 to $5 (reliable schedule and A/C) City Bus: $0.04 Scooter: $25 (per day)
Miami to Cuba: $275 *depending on departing airport
Museum of the Revolution: $8 Vintage Car Ride: $15 to $25 (30 min) Horseback Riding: $115 (3 hour trip depending on city) Scuba Diving: $40 (including equipment)
Bali is a place that only requires
a traveler to walk outside to enjoy themselves. This city, also known as, the Island
of the Gods, is meant for exploring. Surrounded by beautiful seas and golden-brown
beaches, Bali is a surfer’s dream, which you can do in Kuta Beach, the most
famous beach in Bali. Don’t know how to surf? Across the sand bar you can sign
up for surf lessons. The Island of Gods also offers other attractions like the
Ulun Danu Temple. This building is one of the quietest and most serene places
on the island. The Bali Treetop Adventure Park is ready for an afternoon of
adrenaline, but also is great for families and children as young as 4 years
old. Other attractions tourists can’t miss out on are the caves, museums and
parks that Bali offer.
Avg daily price for traveling in Bali: $63 Avg price for food: $19 (per day) Avg price for a hotel: $74 (per couple)
LAX to Denpasar: $850 *depending on departing airport
Motorbike: $20 to $30 (per week; need international license)
Scuba Diving: $100 (per day for 2 dives; includes lunch, transportation, and equipment) Massages: $10 (per hour)