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  • Flathead Valley, Kalispell

The largest city (still small, at 25,000 people) in northwest Montana, Kalispell (from a Montana Salish word meaning “flat land above the lake”) is steeped in Native American and Wild West history, and unbeatable mountainous natural attractions. No wonder “Heaven’s Gate”, an American western epic, was filmed in and around Kalispell.

The great outdoors is what comes to mind first when most people think of Kalispell, and for good reason. Nestled in the Flathead Valley, Kalispell is a half-hour drive from Glacier National Park, 15 minutes from Hungry Horse Reservoir on the Flathead River, and close to the nearby Lost Trail National Wildlife Refuge.

Glacier Country offers hiking, ziplines, boating, fishing, river rafting, and horseback treks. Flathead Lake – at 200 acres, the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi – is also a draw for boating, fishing, and watersports.

Visitors book coveted spots on the must-see scenic drive along the Going-to-the-Sun Road, an engineering marvel and National Historic Landmark. Skiers come to the area for Whitefish Mountain Resort and Blacktail Mountain Ski Area. 

Steeped in history and filled with shops, restaurants, art galleries, and restaurants, downtown Kallispell retains its small-town 1880s heritage feel. You can walk through history in downtown Kalispell on a self-guided Historical Walking Tour (pick it up at the visitor centre). 

Kalispell restaurants serve up an array of mouth-watering dishes, from locally sourced bison and beef to Cowboy Steak and Eggs or the Prospector’s Breakfast at Sykes Diner. The very walkable town has three breweries, the Montavino winery, and craft cideries.

Cultural attractions include the Conrad Mansion Museum, the Hockaday Museum of Art, the beautifully historic Kalispell Grand Hotel, and the Northwest Montana History Museum. Book early for the week-long summertime “Festival Amadeus,” featuring world-class chamber and orchestra performances hosted by Glacier Symphony.

For a beautiful overview of the area, drive through time on the Lower Valley Driving Tour, a 62-mile-long self-drive loop tour that leads past notable landmarks around Kalispell and the lower Flathead Valley – pick up a booklet at the Kalispell Visitor Centre.

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