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Helena, MT Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 20
Total Sleeping Rooms 1,645
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 149
Committable Meeting Rooms* 15
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $83
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $56
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $555
*Maximum for a single hotel

Helena, MT Meeting Planning Overview

Sitting at the foot of the Rocky Mountains and surrounded by picturesque forests, Helena is the county seat of Lewis and Clark County, as well as the state capital of Montana. A Victorian-style city that is bursting with history and culture, many attractions and venues in Helena honor the city's history, while others have an eye for the contemporary. There is plenty to choose.

Getting to Helena is easy, thanks to the city's proximity to Helena Regional Airport. Located just three miles northeast of downtown, Helena Regional Airport is the gateway to Montana's Gold West Country. The airport serves connections to the four hubs of Denver, Salt Lake City, Seattle and Minneapolis, while Helena area hotels provide shuttle transportation to and from the airport. Once in Helena, the Helena Area Transit Service provides curb-to-curb and fixed route bus serve throughout downtown Helena and the East Valley.

Helena meeting and convention venues are located throughout the city and surrounding region. Nestled in downtown Helena, the Helena Civic Center offers 36,000 total square feet. The stunning facility – originally built as a Shrine temple in 1910 – features a 2,000-seat auditorium and an elegant, 15,000-square-foot ballroom and exhibition hall that is lined with crystal chandeliers and complete with a second-floor glass-railed mezzanine. Located on the west side of Helena, the Lewis & Clark County Fairgrounds sits on 160 sprawling acres. The fairgrounds complex includes a new 36,000-square-foot exhibit hall, 5,000-square-foot entry hall and 24,000-square-foot multipurpose building with indoor arena.

For smaller group functions and events, planners will love Helena's many historical attractions, tour outings and cultural centers. The city's unique venue options allow meeting participants to immerse themselves in Helena's history and natural beauty. A fantastic option for private events and receptions, the Tizer Botanic Gardens and Arboretum features specialty gardens and stunning spaces intersected by the Prickly Pear Creek. Helena group tour and charter options include the Last Chance Tour Train, which takes guests on historic Helena tours aboard open-air trains and a climate-controlled trolley. The city's Gates of the Mountains Boat Tours takes guests along the Missouri River for serene cruises amid rugged rock formations and wooded slopes. Cultural unique venues include the downtown Myrna Loy Center for the Performing and Media Arts. Housed in a restored historic jailhouse, the Myrna Loy Center features private spaces for up to 250 guests. Not only Helena's celebrated science and culture museum, the interactive Exploration Works is a favorite among families, as well as groups, thanks to its private rental spaces.

About Helena, MT / Additional Info

A wonderful location for not only meetings and group events, the 14-square-mile capital city of Helena is also a family-friendly destination bursting with outdoor recreation and cultural attractions.

Helena's history dates to the time before the Lewis and Clark expedition, but was founded in 1864 after the discovery of gold in the nearby Prickly Pear Valley. The discovery of gold led to a booming time in the city's history; in fact, by the late 19th century, about 50 millionaires lived in Helena, more millionaires per capita than any other city in the world at that time. The city's history is very much a part of its present, seen in such attractions as the Mansion District, home to late 19th-century Victorian culture; and Last Chance Gulch, a historic outdoor shopping mall located in a former gold-miningclaim.

Additional Helena attractions that celebrate the city's heritage include the Montana Historical Society Museum collects, preserves and interprets fine art and artifacts from Montana and the surrounding region. The museum houses more than 50,000 regional artifacts, including a celebrated Native American artifact collection specializing in Blackfeet, Sioux and Salish materials. A second celebrated historic site, the Original Governor's Mansion served as the official governor's residence from 1913 to 1959. The stately Queen Anne mansion is open daily for guided tours. Helena's Grandstreet Theatre, housed in a former church and library, is home to the longest-running community theater in Montana.

Known not only for its historical depth, Helena is also recognized for its many cultural attractions. The downtown Holter Museum of Art specializes in contemporary and regional artwork and rents out gallery space for private functions.The Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts is devoted to the field of ceramics and clay art. Celebrated for its striking setting against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, impressive collection and dynamic arts community, the Archie Bray Foundation is one of Helena's most unique sites.

Helena is also home to a variety of unique eateries serving international fare. Specializing in authentic Italian cuisine, Lucca's is an intimate, 15-table restaurant located on the north end of Last Chance Gulch. On Broadway specializes in seafood, steaks and fresh-made pasta in its classic and contemporary offerings, while Benny's Bistro serves locally grown produce and Montana raised meats, as well as a wide selection of tapas ranging from minted pea ravioli to shrimp and grits. Helena's Mediterranean Grill weds European, Middle Eastern and African flavors and features a beautiful interior that resembles an outdoor Mediterranean alley. Finally, the Windbag Saloon & Grill, a local favorite since 1978, is housed in a colorful Italianate-style building that dates back to 1882.

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