The smart way to plan your travel itinerary   
You are here: Home > Kalispell - Montana

Vacation in Kalispell - Montana

Jump to: Overview, Things To Do, Transportation, Climate, Accommodations, Cost

Area Overview

Kalispell is the gateway to Glacier National Park, Flathead Lake, Whitefish Mountain Resort , Blacktail Ski Area and all of the recreation, art, shopping and adventure that northwestern Montana has to offer. Located in the center of the Flathead Valley, it’s an easy drive to the park entrance, the art galleries of Bigfork or the water sports center of Flathead Lake … and well equipped with affordable and relaxed lodging, great dining and a variety of shopping from unique boutiques to price-conscious, large-format retailers.

Past and present blend perfectly in Kalispell. Founded in 1891, Kalispell is now a bustling small city and home to much history, culture, commercial activity and outdoor recreation, with its Old West charm, breathtaking scenery, welcoming community, casual lifestyle and extraordinary outdoor recreation opportunities.

Art and culture are everywhere in Kalispell. Studios, galleries, art festivals and cultural and sport events abound. As the cultural center of the Flathead Valley, Kalispell is home to the Conrad Mansion Museum, the Museum at Central School, and the Hockaday Museum of Art. The city sponsors a Picnic in the Park summer concert series in Depot Park and the Glacier Symphony and Chorale performs in Kalispell and throughout the Flathead Valley.
For shopping and services, Kalispell has it all: everything from a historic downtown district with unique local shops, cafes, and fine dining, to major national retailers, banks and services.

Kalispell is centrally located to the Flathead Valley's many recreation attractions:
• 31 miles from Glacier National Park
• 22 miles from Hungry Horse Dam
• 17 miles from Whitefish and 23 miles from Whitefish Mountain Resort
• 9 miles from Flathead Lake, largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi

But you’ll have many opportunities to experience nature right in Kalispell. Plenty of open space and recreation opportunities can be found in the city’s 20-plus parks.

Things to Do

Recreation & Fitness

Kalispell and the Flathead Valley are home to Glacier National Park, Flathead Lake, championship golf courses, two ski resorts, unlimited trails for hiking and lakes and streams for water sports and fishing, exceptional arts and culture, charming small towns and warm western hospitality. Whether you are a new guest or a return visitor, there will always be something new and exciting to discover.

Kalispell hosts tree signature destination events every year:
• Montana Spartan Race
• Montana Dragon Boat Festival
• Montana Pond Hockey Classic

Cultural Activities

Whatever your passion - arts, history, culture - you’ll discover remarkable new ways and places to explore it throughout the Flathead Valley. Attend a symphony performance, live theater or visit some of our many galleries and museums.


Flathead Valley is close to three wilderness areas, Glacier National Park and the Flathead Lake. Use Kalispell as your home base for exploring and after a day of adventure stop at a local brewery, distillery or winery.


Glacier Park International Airport is just 10 min from Kalispell and offers non-stop year round service to Denver, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City and Seattle, with additional seasonal direct flights. The Amtrak Chicago to Seattle/Portland Empire Builder trans-American train makes stops in nearby Whitefish. Car rentals available. Limited bus and taxi service.


Monthly Temperatures / Rainfall

 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain
 January  13.8  21.4  28.9  1.5 "
 February  18.4  26.8  35.2  1.2 "
 March  24.8  34.9  44.9  1.1 "
 April  30.8  43.4  56.0  1.2 "
 May  37.9  51.3  64.7  2.0 "
 June  43.5  57.7  71.9  2.3 "
 July  46.7  63.5  80.2  1.4 "
 August  45.8  63.1  80.5  1.3 "
 September  37.1  53.0  69.0  1.2 "
 October  28.4  41.9  55.3  1.0 "
 November  23.2  30.9  38.6  1.5 "
 December  16.1  23.1  30.1  1.7 "

Best Time To Go:

Summer and winter.

The surprisingly mild climate invites you outside all year. The typical winter temperatures are in the 20s and 30s and Summer temperatures range from the 70s to low 90s.


You’ll discover a variety of high-quality vacation amenities in Kalispell and the Flathead Valley. From affordable to luxurious, familiar to unique, families to large groups, the valley offers options for every taste.


Cost Information Is Unavailable

Additional Information

Visitor Information

Back to: Overview, Things To Do, Transportation, Climate, Accommodations, Cost

What's New Privacy Statement Customer Service Sign In Tell a Friend Get Listed Contact Us
Travel Articles Legal Site Map Register About Us Follow WeGoPlaces on Facebook!