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Montana's Glacier Country

Northwestern Big Cities to Glacier National Park

Where awe-inspiring landscapes meet small town hospitality. Natural hot springs, Glacier National Park, fishing in the Blackfoot river, Western Montana is full of unforgettable views and experiences.


Named one of the “Top 25 Ski Towns in the World” by National Geographic, Whitefish sits on prime real estate between Whitefish Lake and the Big Mountain. Enjoy snow sports, hiking, boating, theater, and fine dining.

Must Sees
Whitefish Mountain Ski Area: Experience some of the world’s finest powder at Whitefish Mountain. But be careful, going down one run here will forever set the bar high for future ski trips. During the summer, fly down the zip line or world class bike routes.

Flathead National Forest: Get some fresh air in Flathead’s gorgeous forest. Lakes, streams, rivers, wildlife, plan a long hike if you want to see it all.

Rock Climb Montana: If pulse-pounding adventure is what you seek, try out Rock Climb Montana. With a highly trained personal instructor and all the gear you’ll need, it’s the full package for anyone wanting to elevate their experience of Montana’s great outdoors.

Alpine Theatre Project: Alpine isn’t just your neighborhood theatre, they showcase some of the most sought after talent from Broadway. Here you can find anything from a classic musical to a thought-provoking contemporary drama. Find out what’s playing at

Local’s Guide
Whitefish Lake Restaurant: Overlooking one of the most beautiful golf courses in Montana, the Whitefish Lake Restaurant not only has a view that will impress and a taste you won’t soon forget. Treat your special someone to a romantic dinner by the fireplace or reserve a room for a family gathering. Relax in the historic setting as you indulge in dishes like the Jerk Spice Crusted Salmon and the Roasted Duckling with blackberry vin blanc.


Just minutes from Glacier National Park, Kalispell strikes the perfect balance of outdoor adventure with the luxuries of a vibrant little city. It’s conveniently located right in the middle of everything.

Must Sees
Glacier National Park: Renowned for its lush forest, picturesque peaks, and pristine lakes, Glacier National Park is one of Montana’s famous treasures. Explore the park from cross country skis or a guided snowshoe hike in the winter and from hiking boots or a motorboat in the summer. Seeing the “Shining Mountains” reflected in the lake is worth the trip in and of itself. Cut through the glass on a kayak or fishing boat and be sure to visit features like the Garden Wall, a spot where two giant glaciers meet and crystal streams begin. Glacier National Park is a place you need to see to believe.

Conrad Mansion: Once home to Kalispell’s founder C.E. Conrad, this immaculate pre-1900 mansion is still full of over 90% of the original family’s furnishings. Go on a guided tour through Victorian elegance and feel as though you have literally stepped back through time.

Flathead Lake’s Six State Parks: Yes, you read that correctly. There are six state parks around Flathead Lake. Have a picnic by the rocky shoreline of Wayfarers. Lie out and get a tan on a beach in Big Arm. Take the boat out in Finley Point. Hike around the glacially carved rocky outcrops of West Shore. Go fishing in Yellow Bay, and do almost all of the above in Whitefish Lake State Park.

Local’s Guide
The Zone Family Fun Center: Have a blast with the whole family at the Zone Family Fun Center. Some of their best attractions include a huge inflatable Bounce Zone, a themed laser tag arena, The Krazy Zone 2 story climbing facility, Thunder Bowling, an arcade, and everything the kids could possibly want.


Sitting at the south end of Flathead Lake, Polson boasts some of the most spectacular views of the Mission Mountains and countryside. It won’t take long for you to fall in love with this enchanting town.

Must Sees
Flathead River: The river running right through town is popular for its white water rafting. You’ll find a handful of companies offering an adventure down the class two and three rapids.

Kerr Dam: Walk along the boardwalk and watch the emerald water spill out of this 204-foot tall dam. Picnic in the surrounding countryside with a view of the canyon and water.

Miracle of America Museum (MoAM): The MoAM is one of those rare hidden gems that not only gives you an educational experience, but also a fun zany atmosphere. Steel UFOs and a rocket sit in the courtyard next to vintage cars and signs. Inside you’ll find WWII uniforms and parachutes down the hall from otherworldly beauty parlor machines from the past. You won’t find a place quite like it.

Local’s Guide
Finley Point Grill: Located on the lake’s shore, Finley Point has some of the freshest locally sourced ingredients to give their dishes an exclusively Polson taste. Enjoy everything from prime rib and seafood to gourmet pizzas.


Known as the “Garden City,” Missoula serves as the cultural hub of Montana, offering plenty of historical sights, galleries, and shops to explore. Missoula’s unique offerings make it a necessary stop along your trip.

Must Sees
A Carousel for Missoula: Local cabinetmaker, Chuck Kaparich, made an oath to the people of Missoula that if they would promise to never take it down, he would build them a carousel. Chuck is a man of his word. With countless volunteers from the community and tireless hours of hard work, he fulfilled his dream and carved one of the most enchanting carousels you’ll ever see. Ride one of the ponies to get up close and truly appreciate the masterful workmanship. Also worth exploring is Dragon’s Hollow, a magical playground adjacent to the carousel.

Fort Missoula Historical Museum: Another attraction made possible by community effort, Fort Missoula is full of fascinating exhibits and historical structures that tell the story of Missoula. Walk the grounds and galleries for a unique learning experience.

National Bison Range: Most scenic drives only showcase beautiful landscapes. The Bison Range offers up close views of the 400 American Bison roaming the prairies. Other wildlife you’re likely to see are elk, pronghorn antelope, bighorn sheep, coyotes, black bear, and over 200 species of bird. If the driving loop doesn’t do it for you, set out on one of the four walking trails.

University of Montana Campus: Voted the “Most scenic campus in America” by Rolling Stone Magazine, UM’s stunning natural landscape attracts students and visitors from all over. Tour the grounds and buildings, most of which are still around from when the school was founded in 1893. One visit to this place and you’ll come away with the Grizzly spirit!

Local’s Guide
Downtown Missoula: An afternoon stroll through downtown and you’ll find a dozen well-preserved historical buildings and artifacts, countless uniquely Missoula shops, several art galleries and museums, and a local theatre. You can spend a whole day in downtown alone if you wanted to.