To the east: the soaring peaks of Glacier National Park. To the south: Flathead Lake, the largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi River. Everywhere around: historic charm, affordable adventure and soul-stirring beauty. In the middle of it all lies the vibrant city of Kalispell.
Surrounded by more than 2.3 million acres of national forests and wilderness areas, Kalispell is just an hour from the Canadian border, and a half-hour from the rugged grandeur of Glacier National Park. Home to abundant wildlife, including bear, moose, elk, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, wolves, and thousands of miles of trails for every ability, both inside the park and elsewhere. Head south from Kalispell and in just 15 minutes you are at the shores of iconic Flathead Lake.
It’s not just spectacular natural beauty on display either. The arts flourish here, attracting more than 2,000 artists and craftspeople. Theater, dance and live music from outdoor symphonies and concerts to intimate venues and clubs offer something for every taste. The Conrad Mansion, Museum at Central School and Hockaday Museum of Art provide glimpses into Kalispell’s lively beginnings and contemporary culture.
The heritage of the Flathead Valley is rich in agriculture and the glacial soil and micro-climate yield some unexpected delicacies. Sample world-famous Flathead Cherries from a roadside stand or try our huckleberry treats for a true taste of the terroir. Kalispell farmers’ markets, restaurants and grocers provide an abundant offering of local products. Wineries and micro-distilleries use local ingredients in hand-made wines and small batch spirits. Hops are hot here with area breweries producing more than 40 finely crafted beers.
From fishing, boating and cycling to shopping, wining and dining, whatever your heart desires is within easy reach in Kalispell. Whether you stay for a day or make Kalispell your new home, you’ll find a friendly community and discovery in every direction.