Kalispell, MT

Past and present blend perfectly in Kalispell, MT the hub of Montana’s Flathead Valley. Located at the junction of U.S. Highway 93 and U.S. 2, Kalispell, the county seat of Flathead County, is Montana’s seventh largest city and the largest town for 110 miles. Greater Kalispell’s population in 2005 was an estimated 34,000 people, with over 82,000 in Flathead County.

Founded in 1891, Kalispell is now a bustling small city and home to much history, culture, commercial activity and outdoor recreation. With its Old West charm, breathtaking scenery, welcoming community, casual lifestyle and exceptional outdoor recreation opportunities, it is no wonder that Kalispell was named "The Best Mountain Town in America" by Mountain Sports and Living magazine.

Art and culture are everywhere in Kalispell. Huckleberry, a 2,000-pound carved bear, greets visitors at the corner of Main and Center Streets, and murals grace historic buildings. Studios, galleries, art festivals and cultural events abound all over town. As the cultural center of the Flathead Valley, Kalispell is home to the Conrad Mansion Museum, the Museum at Central School, and the Hockaday Museum of Art. Kalispell hosts the Glacier Jazz Stampede each October, and the city sponsors a Picnic in the Park summer concert series in Depot Park. The Glacier Symphony and Chorale performs in Kalispell and throughout the Flathead Valley.

For shopping and services, Kalispell has it all: everything from a quaint historic downtown district with unique local shops, cafes, and fine dining, to major national retailers, banks and services throughout the city.

Kalispell is centrally located to the Flathead Valley's many recreation attractions:

  • 31 miles from Glacier National Park
  • 22 miles from Hungry Horse Dam
  • 17 miles from Whitefish and 23 miles from Whitefish Mountain Resort
  • 9 miles north of Flathead Lake, the largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi

But you’ll have many opportunities to experience nature right in Kalispell. Plenty of open space and recreation opportunities can be found in the city’s 20-plus parks. The 38-acre Woodland Park is a year-round family favorite, offering a rose garden, rustic log gazebos, a log pavilion, picnic areas, two miles of walking trails, a water park, swimming pool, skate board park, hockey rink and a large pond for winter skating. Lawrence Park, next door to the 27-hole Buffalo Hill Golf Course where town founder Charles Conrad once grazed his buffalo herd, offers walking trails, picnic areas, open playing fields and playgrounds.

Historical Kalispell Walking Tour

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