Why should I visit Kalispell?
Locals will tell you that Kalispell is one of the last great western towns in Montana. Its diversity in culture, lifestyle and terrain offers something for everyone.
The city’s history and continuing growth and popularity is closely tied to the Great Northern Railroad. Although it is not a stop on the Amtrak line, the city is a major transportation hub with Glacier National Airport located in the city limits. Utilized by several major carriers, Glacier Airport is where most visitors begin their Montana vacation.
But Kalispell is more than just a jump-off point for tourists heading to other vacation spots. The downtown area features the Hockaday Museum of Art, as well as many galleries and artists’ venues. The local craftsmen and artist weigh heavily in this community and contribute to the city’s vibrant charm. For history buffs, a visit to the Conrad Museum is like a walk through time and the lovely grounds are great for a warm weather stroll.
For those looking to connect with the great outdoors the options are limitless. Just a short trip to the shores of Flathead Lake, Glacier National Forest and Flathead National Forest, Kalispell is the perfect location to explore all the natural wonders of northwest Montana.
Where is Kalispell?
From Whitefish take Route 93 south for 14 miles right into downtown Kalispell.
What sort of Services and Amenities does Kalispell offer?
From large chain hotels like Hampton Inn and Hilton Express to charming privately-owned hotels and B&Bs, Kalispell offers many options for lodging. If you are looking to sample some of the finest Montana fare, Kalispell hosts many great restaurants with many featuring local produce and meats. From cool coffee shops and bistros to upscale eateries, Kalispell has food options for every taste and budget.
What can I do or see in Kalispell?
- Conrad Museum: Built in 1895, the historic manse is offers visitors a walk through time. Furnished with period décor, the meticulously maintained architecture harkens of a time of past grandeur. Tours are offered throughout the summer months and a whirl around the property’s garden is well-worth the price of admission.
- Flathead Lake: The mecca for boaters throughout Montana, Flathead Lake is a water recreation paradise. As the largest fresh water lake west of the Mississippi, Flathead Lake affords great boating, fishing and swimming opportunities throughout the summer months. In winter, if conditions allow, many enjoy ice fishing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling across the 28-mile long lake.
- Hockaday Museum of Art: Promoting artistic talent in the community and throughout Montana, the Hockaday Museum Featuring a collection of art which highlights the area’s natural wonders and wildlife, like Glacier National Park, as well as Blackfeet Tribal art.