Fall bringing fewer tourists to Montana
Saturday marks the first day of fall, and experts say tourism is slowing down across Montana. Associate Director of the Institute for Tourism & Recreation Research at the University of Montana, Jeremy Sage, said summer is the peak season for tourism, bringing in about half of tourism revenue to the area. Fall tourism only brings in a small percentage of the remaining half.
Sage said things begin to slow down around the time school starts back, but this is a great time for locals to get out and enjoy the fall weather. Many Missoulians agree that watching foliage change colors is one of the best things to do, so here's a list of the top 4 places to see them:
1. Mount Sentinel
2. University Ave.
3. Going to the Sun Rd. (and any other national park)
4. Bitterroot Valley
Most of the fall activities that continue to bring visitors to Montana are scenic drives, mostly to watch the leaves change, and hunting season.