The largest town in Northwest Montana, with a population of 93,000, Kalispell offers abundant natural beauty and all-seasons recreation, as well as a rich history from the Old West era from its days of being a railroad boomtown. Experience this delightful mix of attractions firsthand with a stay in one of our Kalispell vacation rentals.
Where is Kalispell, MT?
Located in the Flathead Valley, Kalispell – Salish for “flat land above the lakes" – lies 15 miles south of the mountain town, Whitefish and 25 miles north of Flathead Lake and its quaint lakefront communities like Somers, gorgeous Lakeside, and quiet Rollins. Kalispell is also a prime jumping off point for adventures in Glacier National Park, beginning at the park’s West Glacier entrance 25 miles northeast.
Things to Do in Kalispell, MT
Surrounded by the Flathead National Forest, Kalispell boasts myriad options for exploring outdoors. Just five miles west of downtown, Lone Pine State Park offers hiking and mountain biking trails, horseback riding, and snowshoeing during the winter. Pause at the top of the Ernest and Hazel White Memorial Trail any time of the year for breathtaking, panoramic views of the Flathead Valley framed by the Swan Range and the soaring peaks of Glacier National Park on the horizon.
Enjoy rod-bending trout fishing on the Flathead River, work on your swings at the scenic Buffalo Hill Golf Course, or head out with any of the area’s numerous outdoor guide companies that’ll have you exploring the valley by land, air, and water. Our comfortable vacation rentals take the guesswork out of lodging, freeing you up to focus on local activities and attractions.
History buffs will find their fill of Old West charm in historic downtown Kalispell. Pick up a downtown walking tour map along Main Street to learn about the area’s turn-of-the-nineteenth-century roots while strolling past hundred-year-old buildings currently housing sports bars, western boutiques, and delicious restaurants. Just east of downtown, the Conrad Mansion Museum, a home originally built in 1895 and turned into a museum in 1974, is also a worthwhile stop for a fascinating look at how the town’s founders lived.
Day Trips from Kalispell, MT
One of the main draws of Northwest Montana, Glacier National Park is a fun daytime adventure and under an hour roundtrip (depending on traffic) from the comfort of your vacation rental. Drive on the famous Going-to-the-Sun Road to explore the park’s vast western sections, which include the picturesque Highline Loop and Grinnell Glacier Trail.
If you’re looking for mountain sports, you’ll find plenty of year-round options at Whitefish Mountain Resort, 23 miles north. Bring along your skis or snowboard during the winter to take on over 3000 acres of mountain terrain, encompassing 105 ski trails, five terrain parks, and slopes for all skill levels.
When warm weather arrives, the resort transforms into a downhill mountain biking mecca, so don’t forget to grab your bike! The resort also offers thrilling zip line tours, an alpine slide, an aerial adventure park, and an oversized playground for children called Spider Monkey Mountain - fun for the whole family.
Come play in the bounty of Big Sky Country and live like a local in one of our cozy vacation rentals in Kalispell!
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