Kalispell lies at a crossroads for adventure and scenic tour routes with breathtaking vistas of the Northwest Montana Rocky Mountains. Flathead Lake, Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort, Glacier National Park and national forests are all within a 30-minute drive from downtown. The changing seasons present delightful sights in Kalispell’s diverse landscape throughout the year.
Lace up your hiking boots and explore Glacier National Park, with more than 700 miles (1,020 kilometers) of walking trails through untouched forests, mountains and crystal-clear lakes. Try your luck with fly-fishing in the park’s cold, clear streams and catch a trout for dinner. Have fun with the whole family at Woodland Park, just east of the city center, with a small walking trail and a playground. Take a relaxed tube ride or swim some laps in the pool at the Woodland Water Park.
Whitefish Mountain Resort offers scenic and educational nature experiences in winter and summer, including the Walk in the Treetops tour, a zip-line adventure and fantastic skiing. Historical discoveries await you at the Museum at Central School, which is closed on weekends. Learn about early Flathead Valley settlers, Northwestern Montana Native American culture and Kalispell’s forests and forestry industries. Sign up for the Dragon Boat Festival, held in September on Flathead Lake.
Downtown Kalispell offers a range of activities, including historical walking tours, art galleries and events. Check out the Thursday!Fest street festival held every Thursday evening in summer, featuring live music, food vendors, craft and farmers markets and a beer garden. Join locals at the one-night August food festival, the Taste of Kalispell, with plenty of delicious dishes made from local produce.
Kalispell can be reached by car via U.S. Routes 2 and 93, as well as by Amtrak train service. Glacier Park International Airport is just 8 miles (13 kilometers) away and offers regular flights to and from several major national flight hubs.
Let Kalispell’s magical outdoor attractions and friendly residents cast a spell on you.