Welcome to Northwestern Montana’s Glacier country. Here you will discover unsurpassed beauty alongside a vibrant, entrepreneurial business climate. It is a place where the thriving population of animals and plants are cherished and protected by people who value family, self sufficiency and the opportunity to live, work and enjoy our beautiful mountains and valleys. We hope your stay is terrific, and if you have any questions while here, all you have to do is ask – we are a pretty friendly bunch up here and appreciate the chance to show our area off to visitors.
Glacier National Park
In 2010 this uniquely majestic world heritage site called by many the Alps of the Americas celebrated 100 years as a protected treasure of the U.S. national park system. Accessible by road, raft, horseback, or on foot, Glacier’s western gate is just 30 minutes by car from the airport. The Park is open all year although the alpine section of Going to the Sun Road closes during the winter months due heavy snowfall. At over 1 million acres the Park is a uniquely wild and beautiful American jewel. Visitors are welcome to explore its natural beauty with abundant wildlife, over 700 miles of hiking trails, pristine lakes, spectacular waterfalls, towering 10,000 foot peaks and over 20 active glaciers. More information about Glacier National Park.
Flathead Lake & Surrounding Communities
Flathead Lake is the largest natural, fresh water lake west of the Mississippi River. This magnificent body of water is a favorite for all kinds of water sports and recreation from wine cruises at sunset to a quiet kayak trip around the islands, Flathead Lake is both beautiful and pristine.
On the east side of the lake is one of the largest concentrations of cherry orchards in the United States. During the spring the entire east side is a sea of white and pink cherry blossoms. By the end of July the cherries are ready to be picked and savored.
The west side community of Lakeside focuses on summer boating, terrific weekend events and playing host to families and visitors from all over the world as they enjoy relaxing on the lake and rubbing elbows with the locals. In cold season, Lakeside is the gateway to Blacktail Mountain Ski Resort – one of the newer ski and snowboard resorts in Montana and very popular with area residents.
Polson is a small community at the South end of Flathead Lake positioned within the heart of the Salish/Kootenai Indian reservation. Known for its friendly locals and lake-centered warm season ambiance, it is home to a unique American History Museum and is very near to America’s largest herd of North American Bison at the National Bison Range a short drive from Polson.
At the north end of the lake is the delightful little town of Bigfork. This small arts community is the home of an internationally acclaimed collection of world class artists, designers and sculptors. Bigfork can justifiably brag about some superb dining choices, live professional theatre, and for the more adventurous, the Wild Mile, a uniquely challenging stretch of rapids on the Swan River – a whitewater kayaker’s dream.
The small, family-friendly town of Columbia Falls sits right at the mouth of Bad Rock Canyon, the entrance to the Flathead Valley from Glacier National Park. It is the home of a variety of industrial businesses and offers robust shopping experiences as well as plenty of home-cooking restaurants and hometown fun. Residents pride themselves on maintaining the “small town” family-oriented character, which is the backbone of this friendly community. More information.
Eureka, Montana is a quaint town located just 5 minutes south of the Canadian border and about 60 miles North of Glacier International Airport in Kalispell, Montana.
In addition to a plethora of year ‘round fun we also boast an impressive collection of shops, art galleries, fine dining, and even a movie theater. Our local Sunburst Foundation brings an impressive calendar of performing arts to the community including annual events such as Rendezvous Days, the Amish Auction, The Rodeo, The Bull Thing, Lincoln County Fair, the Outdoor Quilt Show and Salmon Fest.
As Montana's seventh largest city and the seat of Flathead County, Kalispell is a progressive, thriving community with unique shopping opportunities, diverse dining options for any pallet, easily accessible historical sites, your choice of a number of comfortable lodging locations and world class, destination healthcare facilities among other outstanding highlights. Visitors will find the best of Montana- friendly hospitality and locals willing to share tips about great places to visit, must-eat Montana treats, and insider hints about any of the Valley’s 11 championship golf courses or hiking trails. More information.
Whitefish is often referred to as Montana’s vacation capital—with year around options for just about every outdoor sport and cultural experience, this is a stay-and-play kind of place. Whitefish is located on the 7-mile long Whitefish Lake and surrounded by mountain and road biking, hiking, river rafting, kayaking, amazing photo safari destinations, wildlife viewing, stream and lake fishing for plentiful trout and other species, and world class golf on two of the region’s best courses. And don’t forget the quieter side of life. Just because you are in Montana you sure don’t have to leave spa treatments, great art, heritage crafts, locally grown produce, or delicious eating choices behind. Downtown Whitefish is famous for its diverse shopping opportunities and world class dining.