Kalispell is the largest city in the Flathead Valley. The Flathead Valley is a unique area of Montana created by the forces of glacier processes. The valley is a testament to the wonders nature can create.
Today, the Flathead Valley offers a variety of recreational activities including skiing (considering world class Whitefish Mountain Resort is nearby), fishing, camping, water sports, climbing and old fashioned exploring. The city of Kalispell is full of shopping and restaurants and is also just north of Flathead Lake, which is the USA's largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi.
For commercial flights, the nearest airport to Kalispell, Whitefish and Glacier National Park is:
2 Glacier Park International Airport (FCA IATA) (roughly 10 mi (16 km) northeast of town on U.S. Highway 2.). The nearest U.S. commercial airport to Calgary and Edmonton, served by:
Horizon Air as Alaska Airlines (Seattle); Seasonally from Portland
Allegiant (Las Vegas; seasonally from Los Angeles and Oakland)
Delta and Skywest dba Delta Connection (Minneapolis-St Paul and Salt Lake City)
Gojet and Skywest dba United Express (Denver)
There is no public transportation from the airport into town. Alternatives are rental car, taxi or ride sharing.
You can take either Exit 96 on I-90 near Missoula and head north on U.S. 93, or take Exit 364 on I-15 at Shelby and head west past Glacier National Park. U.S. 2 continues west through the mountains into northern Idaho and eventually reaches Spokane from the north, while U.S. 93 heads northwest into British Columbia, eventually reaching Cranbrook.
- Airport Shuttle Express, ☏ . Scheduled bus & shuttle services between Kalispell, Canmore, Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper and the Calgary Airport as well as local sightseeing tours for group charters.
- 3 Flathead Transit, (Bus stop) Brian's 76, Inc at 2075 Hwy 2 East, ☏ , . Bus operated by the Confederated Salish & Kootnai Tribes with the help of Montana D.O.T. and in partnership with Greyhound Lines (as booking agent) for travel up to Whitefish from Missoula through Avaro, Arlee, Ravalli, St Ignatius, Pablo, Paulson, Lakeside and Kalispell along US Hwy 93. Passengers transfer to Jefferson Lines in Missoula to get to additional destinations. $31 o.w..
- See also: Rail travel in the United States
- Amtrak Empire Builder which runs once daily (towards each direction) between Spokane & Chicago via Glacier National Park (West Glacier stop) in one direction and Libby in the opposite direction. The westbound train splits in Spokane with one half continuing towards Seattle and the other towards Portland while the eastbound train joins in Spokane for the onward trip to Chicago.
Walk, drive, bike, or take the Flathead County Eagle Transit to get around. The city isn't too large, so you shouldn't get lost.
- Conrad Mansion, 330 Woodland Ave, ☏ . Tours May-Oct: 10AM-5PM.
- Flathead Lake. 15 miles south of Kalispell on US Hwy 93. Largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi.
- Hockaday Museum of Art, 302 2nd Ave E, ☏ . Tu-Sa 10AM-5PM. Price: $5.
North Kalispell is the shopping area of the city. Stores include most of the nationwide chains.
For those who prefer the more traditional shopping mall, the Kalispell Center Mall is at 20 North Main Street. Anchored by JCPenney and Herberger's department stores, it also includes a Red Lion Hotel.
- Desoto Grill (The Desoto), 227 1st St W, Kalispell, MT 59901, ☏ . Closed Tuesdays. BBQ. Great beers and locally owned. Off the beaten path, where the locals gather. Indoor and outdoor seating. USD.
- Norm's News, 34 Main St. A combination soda fountain and newsstand, this establishment offers the usual soda fountain fare (shakes, soda, floats, burgers, etc.) and a wide selection of candy, magazines, and newspapers.
- Frugals, 1815 US Hwy 93 South. Fast fresh burgers and shakes. Drive thru only.
- Anna's Gyros and Pizza, 20 North Main St (Kalispell Center Mall). Affordable mix of Greek and all-American cuisine (e.g. corn dogs and souvlaki).
- Los Caporales Mexican Restaurant. (at least 3 locations) Real Mexican food, like enchiladas mole or verdes with real corn tortillas.
- Tiebuckers Pub and Eatery, 75 Somers Rd (A few miles south of Kalispell in the town of Somers), ☏ . Satisfactory food, friendly rural ambience and service. Includes a bar/lounge that used to feature live music, but this has been discontinued.
- Capers, 121 Main St, ☏ . Voted the best fine dining in Flathead County in 2007, this restaurant is owned by local chef Douglas Day and specializes in organic beef, buffalo and Pacific Northwest seafood.
- 1 Best Western Plus Flathead Lake Inn & Suites, 4824 US Highway 93 S (US Hwy 93 & MT-Hwy 82), ☏ , fax: . Check-in: 11AM, check-out: 3PM. $84-$130.
- 2 Motel 6, 1540 US 93 South, ☏ , fax: . $63.
- 3 Red Lion Hotel, 20 North Main St (east end of the Kalispell Center Mall on Center & Main), ☏ , fax: . $75-$135.
- Kalispell Chamber of Commerce, 15 Depot Park, toll-free: .
Kalispell is part of the market region of Spokane, Washington, despite being in a different time zone. Local Montana over-the-air TV networks such as ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox have their weekday primetime from 7PM to 10PM, while those from Spokane are from 9PM to midnight (which is quite unusual).
Roads outside of town are mostly two-lane and winding. Naturally, use extra caution when snowing. It is advisable to turn on lights during the day in any rain. This gives better visibility of your vehicle to oncoming traffic.
|Routes through Kalispell|
|Spokane ← Libby ←||W E||→ Columbia Falls → Shelby|
|Cranbrook ← Whitefish ←||N S||→ Polson → Missoula|