Rugged and beautiful, Kalispell is a small town in Montana, situated alongside the Continental Divide. The city is home to thousands of friendly locals, many of whom have lived in Kalispell for years, with Montana lineage dating back through decades.
The area is centered at the heart of everything anyone would want to do and see in Montana. Explore Flathead Lake via a canoe or kayak, or find a hiking trail to test your skills on. Better yet, do it all over the course of one adventurous weekend. Nature lovers and outdoorsy travelers are sure to thrive in Kalispell. If you want to experience city life, head into town for shopping and dining options galore.
Dubbed the crown of North America, Glacier National Park sprawls across 1,500 miles of wilderness, from glacial peaks, to stunning mountain ranges, deep valleys, cliff side canyons, and grassy slopes. Find all four seasons in a single day here, as there is always snow on the highest mountainsides, with warm, pleasant weather in the lowest, flower-filled meadows.
Spectacular! That's just one of many words to describe Glacier National Park!
One of the most-visited attractions in Montana, the park provides the perfect backdrop for adventurous travelers who loves to camp, explore, and experience all of the amazing things nature has to offer.
There are well-over 700 miles of nature trails, several of which run alongside the Hidden Lakes. Wildlife is abundant in the area and ranges from baby mountain goats, to wildcats, and grizzly bears. Be cautious, be prepared, and use common sense when exploring the park.
The Hockaday Museum of Art is a Kalispell favorite for visitors that appreciate a thriving and local arts scene. Each exhibit features the works of Montana artists, some of whom grew up in Kalispell. The exhibits range from historic to modern, with big emphasis on town life and nature in Montana.
The museum building itself is gorgeous and historic with a Carnegie theme that offers an awe-inspiring view for architects and opportunity for photographers. As reviewed online by past guests, the museum has a stunning sculpture exhibit—plus a small library with historic books from Montana authors and history buffs.
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For a relaxing adult atmosphere, take your sweetheart or friends to Glacier Sun Winery. Learn how wine is harvested and created with an educational tour, sample dozens of different vintages from Montana vineyards, and mingle with other wine lovers in a cozy, comfy outdoor lounge.
Ask about live music performance schedules and be sure to try a platter of cheeses, meats, and fresh fruits to accompany your wine selection.
Or, head to Hutton Ranch Road for dinner at Bullman’s Wood Fired Pizza. The pizza here is delicious and fresh-made in a wood-fired oven, so you get a crisp and scrumptious crust every single time. You can pile your pizza high with your favorite toppings. Or, opt to try one of the house specials, like the Bear Tooth Pizza(sausage, Gorgonzola, mushrooms, green peppers, and mozzarella) or the Sawtooth (sausage, onions, pineapple, olive oil, and mozzarella). This pizzeria also serves up yummy salads, sandwiches, and a small selection of appetizers, like the Fire Sticks (cayenne peppers, spiced chicken, and mozzarella).
Stay at one of the best hotels in Kalispell
Kalispell Grand Hotel
On Main Street sits The Kalispell Grand Hotel with all of its homey accommodations, comfortable amenities, and reliable, polite customer service. Guests are greeted with fresh-baked cookies at check-in; the check-out process is smooth, and the lobby features a comfy, well-furnished lounge area.
Other accommodations within this charming hotel include free parking for guests, free high-speed wireless internet, free daily breakfasts that include classic favorites, and closeness to several shops, restaurants, museums, galleries, and attractions.
Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort is within half an hour of the hotel, so you could spend your afternoons sliding the slopes of Kalispell. Or, rent a kayak and head to Flathead Lake for a morning of nature-made beauty and wildlife exploration.
Fairbridge Inn & Suites
FairBridge Inn & Suites on Highway 93 South is a classic hotel chain with updated renovations to the interior décor, furnishings, and homey essentials. Basic in accommodations, but superb in customer services, the rooms are comfortable and clean.
A few notable hotel accommodations include a heated indoor swimming pool and hot tub, tennis courts, a banquet room for celebrations, free daily breakfasts, free high-speed internet, free parking for guests, a fitness center, and dry-cleaning services. Room-wise, guests can expect plush queen-sized beds, clean linens, fresh towels, and excellent water pressure in the shower.
Indulgence is the key to any good vacation, so indulge a little at Sweet Peaks—a nearby ice cream parlor. Sample their flavors, choose a cone or cup for your favorites, and sprinkle on heaps of yummy toppings.
Located on Highway 2 West, the Hampton Inn is ranked the third best hotel in Kalispell. Guests love the comfy, clean beds, courteous customer services, and closeness to shops, restaurants, and museums.
However, the most-loved feature to this hotel is the free daily breakfast. The hot and cold selections are delicious and feature all of your breakfast favorites, like fresh fruits, various meats and eggs dishes, oatmeal, waffles, cold cereals, muffins, and glazed pastries.
For fun, take your family to the Wild Horse Island State Park to see wild horses (of course), rams, goats, bighorn sheep, bald eagles, and mountain lions.
Red Lion Hotel
The Red Lion Hotel houses 170 rooms, each with comfortable furnishings, a spacious bathroom, and a nice, well-furnished sitting area. Room-wise, each suite also features an adjustable AC system, a mini fridge, microwave, clean linens, fluffy towels, and a handful of complimentary toiletries. Other amenities include an indoor heated swimming pool, a small casino with games tables and slot machines, free parking for guests, free high-speed internet, and a fitness center. For families, the hotel hosts a slew of children-friendly activities on a weekly basis, so be sure to ask the front desk personnel about their family activity schedules.
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