The development of Whitefish as a recreation town is as unique as the beauty it is famous for. Unlike many mountain destinations, Whitefish was not developed by outside investors, but by the residents themselves. Over 50 years ago, the Whitefish population bonded together with a common vision of creating a unique and memorable recreation location. Pooling their money and making decisions together, Whitefish Mountain Resort, Whitefish Lake Golf Club and the town of Whitefish are reflections of that dream, initiative and hard work. Whitefish serves up a heaping helping of rustic charm amid the rugged beauty of the Rockies. Nestled at the foot of Big Mountain and within a short distance of Glacier National Park and the Canadian border, the area offers no shortage of outdoor activities for all seasons, from skiing Whitefish Mountain Resort in the winter to cycling, horseback riding and whitewater rafting in summer. The town's historic railroad depot and quaint Central Avenue charm visitors with a taste of historic Montana. Whether you want to get off the beaten path by foot, bike or horseback, or choose to simply stroll through downtown, there is a perfect day of discoveries waiting for you.
Glacier National Park
Known as the Crown of the Continent, Glacier National Park encompasses more than one million acres of terrain. Explore glacial-carved mountain peaks and valleys, cascading waterfalls and the iconic Going-to-the-Sun Road, which runs through the heart of the park and crests the Continental Divide at Logan Pass. Though portions of the road are open year-round, the famed Going-to-the-Sun Road is fully open to cars from July until mid-October, weather dependent. Hillsides are covered in the golden changing needles of the Western Larch tree contrasted by the white of the first snowfall on the mountain peaks. Fall is a great time for wildlife watching, as mountain goats and bighorn sheep frequent the higher elevations and bears and elk roam through the lower valleys.
Flathead Lake lies in the shadows of Glacier National Park and Whitefish Mountain ski resort to the north. The Flathead and Swan rivers supply clean fresh water to Flathead Lake year-round. Created by Ice Age glaciers, almost thirty miles long and fifteen miles across at the widest point, Flathead Lake is the largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi. Two scenic highways parallel the lake. On the west side, US 93, and Route 35 on the east wind along the curving shorelines offering majestic views of the lake, mountains and the scenery that made Montana famous.
Tucked into the northwest corner of Montana, the Flathead Valley lies between Glacier National Park and Flathead Lake
Kalispell, the largest city in the Flathead Valley, is the retail and business hub of Northwest Montana.
Columbia Falls on the scenic Flathead River, is known as “The Gateway to Glacier National Park.”
Bigfork is a favorite of all those who love art, fine dining and theatre. The village is home to galleries, boutiques and shops. The Bigfork Summer Playhouse that has been entertaining audiences for more than 50 years.
Polson provides the perfect introduction to the Flathead Valley, inviting visitors to play on the lake, paddle the Flathead River, or explore the lovely Mission Valley to the south.