For the outdoor enthusiast looking for the perfect getaway location there are few places that can rival the beauty, hospitality and opportunities of Kalispell, Montana. Located just 75 miles from the U.S/Canadian border, Kalispell offers a close and convenient travel option for visitors from both countries.
Located in the heart of the Flathead Valley, Kalispell is a great place to set up a base to begin enjoying the many outdoor adventures located close by.
- Fishing - Nearby Flathead Lake offers opportunities to catch bull, cutthroat and lake trout among other species. If fly fishing is more to a person's liking, the Flathead River and other streams are full of hungry rainbow and cutthroat trout.
- Hiking - Whether it is Glacier National Park to the North, Whitehorse Island to the south or the Cabinet Mountains to the west a hiker can head any direction out of Kalispell and find unlimited trails both for beginners and experienced hikers alike. One of the most popular destinations, located only 30 minutes from Kalispell is the Jewel Basin. This area boasts 35 miles of well-marked hiking paths connecting the 25 lakes located within the basin.
Jewel Basin, Montana
- Biking - If a person prefers two wheels to hiking boots, the Kalispell area offers mountain biking trails for every skill level and road biking routes to challenge even the most devoted riders. For visitors who don't have their own bike, there are various rental shops that can take care of them.
- Parks - In addition to the well-known Glacier National Park there are also many state parks located close to Kalispell. White Horse Island State Park provides hiking, fishing, camping and wildlife viewing, including wild horses and big horn sheep. Lone Pine State Park is day-use park that lets a person get lost in nature only 5 minutes from downtown Kalispell. In addition, Flathead Lake is home to 6 different state parks that feature camping and other outdoor activities.
The Historic Many Glacier Hotel at Swiftcurrent Lake (Glacier National Park, MT)
When the day enjoying the great outdoors is done, the nightlife and dining opportunities of Kalispell will keep the fun going.
There are many pubs and bars in the area that in addition to standard spirits also serve the various locally produced beers, liquors and wines.
The Flathead Valley is home to over 40 craft breweries that brew a variety of specialty beers. Some local favorites are based on ingredients found in the area, including malt, hops, huckleberries and flathead cherries grown right in the valley. There are also some small distilleries in the area that produce a variety of spirits including whiskey, gin, rum and vodka. For the wine drinkers there are 3 wineries in the valley that produce wines from local fruits.
Dining options in Kalispell are just as varied. There are restaurants that offer just about everything from pizza and pasta to home-cooked meals to upscale gourmet. And of course no trip to Montana would be complete without sampling some of the locally grown beef, bison and elk.
Lodging in the Flathead Valley is also top notch with over 1700 rooms available. These range from national chain hotels to local lodges. Rooms can be found to meet the needs of any group, whether it be a family vacation, a romantic weekend or a group of friends just getting away for awhile.
For someone looking for the perfect place for a vacation that offers fun, food and comfort, Kalispell, Montana and the surrounding Flathead Valley are a wonderful option. Come see and enjoy nature in its purest form.