Leading the way into Montana’s spellbinding Glacier National Park, Kalispell brims with activity year-round, from hiking and skiing to fishing and golfing. Kalispell also cherishes its history, with restored 19th-century structures and museums paying homage to art, architecture and local industry.
Things to do in Kalispell
The quaint downtown district of Kalispell cradles the past in restored buildings from the 1800s, including the Conrad Mansion Museum with original period furnishings and turn-of-the-century artefacts. At Hockaday Museum of Art, you’ll find the “Crown of the Continent” collection of work focused on Glacier National Park.
It’s hard to imagine visiting Kalispell without experiencing the wonder Glacier National Park. Drive along “Going-to-the-Sun Road” to cross the Continental divide and view waterfalls, wildflowers and sweeping vistas. Hike through an old growth forest on the Trail of the Cedars, then go fishing, white-water rafting or horseback riding.
Back in Kalispell, you’ll find challenging golf courses at Village Greens or Buffalo Hill Golf Club. Travelling with the family? Treat the little ones to miniature golf and water fun at Big Sky Waterpark. They’ll also have a blast at the arcade, carousel and horseshoe pits.
Graze your way through local markets and roadside stands selling Flathead cherries and huckleberries in the warmer months and pick up local handicrafts at Kalispell Farmers Market. Find craft beer at Hop’s Downtown Grill, then sample local brews in the tasting room at Kalispell Brewing Company.
Getting around Kalispell
Public buses and taxis provide transportation around town, but you’ll need a vehicle for exploring the surrounding parks and lakes. You can rent a car on Highway 2 East or at Glacier Park International Airport in Kalispell.