Missoula is a fun and vibrant college town with an abundance of cultural and recreational activities nearby. Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks are within a few hours drive and Flathead Lake is only 1.5 hours away. Missoula is bordered on one side by the Rattlesnake Wilderness area so hiking is always right out the back door. There are also downhill and cross country ski areas very near to Missoula.
Hiking boots, skis, kayaks, etc. Stuff for fun recreation!