About the Area


Kalispell Area

A Salish word meaning, “Flat land above the lake,” Kalispell is the largest city in Northwest Montana with a population of more than 19,000 people. Kalispell is located 7 miles north of Flathead Lake, the largest natural freshwater lake in the U.S. west of the Mississippi River, and 10 miles south of the Glacier Park International Airport. A plethora of lodging, restaurant, and shopping opportunities are available throughout the city. Learn more at Kalispell.com.

 
Whitefish Area

Whitefish is home to a historic railroad depot built by the Great Northern Railway in 1927. Still a busy stop on Amtrak’s Empire Builder, Whitefish boasts excellent recreational opportunities at the Whitefish Mountain Resort, a renowned skiing destination. Learn more at the Whitefish Chamber of Commerce.

 
Columbia Falls Area 

Often called the “Gateway to Glacier National Park,” Columbia Falls is located in the northeast corner of Flathead Valley. Here you can find many campgrounds, RV parks, cabins, chalets, and lodges. Learn more at the Columbia Falls Area Chamber of Commerce.

 
Hungry Horse Area

Hungry Horse is a small community located 10 miles west of Glacier National Park. Stop for a huckleberry milkshake and visit the Hungry Horse Dam or the International Larix (Larch) Arboretum located near the Hungry Horse Ranger Station. Learn more at the Columbia Falls Area Chamber of Commerce.

 
Bigfork Area

Located on the shores of Flathead Lake, Bigfork is a hub for water recreation, art galleries, and unique shops. Bigfork’s proximity to Flathead, Echo, and Swan Lakes make it a great spot for anglers, boaters, and anyone else looking to get their feet wet. Learn more at Big Fork's Visitor Information Page.
 



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