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Kalispell [1] is a town in Montana, near Glacier National Park.


Kalispell is the largest city in the Flathead Valley. The Flathead Valley is a unique area of Montana originally 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.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Glacier Park International Airport is 10 miles to the northeast on U.S. Highway 2. It offers regular flights to several areas in the Northwest; Missoula, the Puget Sound area (Seattle/Tacoma) at Sea-Tac Airport, Salt Lake City, Denver, and Minneapolis/St. Paul. It also offers seasonal flights to Chicago-O'Hare and Atlanta-Hartsfield.

By train[edit]

The Empire Builder Amtrak route serves Whitefish, 20 miles north of Kalispell, which runs west to Spokane and Seattle and east through the northern Plains, terminating at Chicago.

By car[edit]

To access Kalispell, 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.

By bus[edit]

Greyhound associate line [2] operates once daily between Missoula and Kalispell as well as the Whitefish Amtrak Station. Airport Shuttle Express [3] of Calgary Canada operates a year-round "charter van" service between Kalispell, Kalispell Airport, Whitefish and Calgary, Banff and Lake Louise.

Get around[edit]

Walk, drive, bike, or take the Flathead County Eagle Transit [4] to get around. The city isn't too large, so you shouldn't get lost.



  • Big Mountain Golf Club, 3230 Us Highway 93 N, (406)751-1950, [5]. 18 Holes, Built in 1996, Designed By Andy North and Roger B. Packard  edit




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 located at 20 North Main Street. Anchored by JCPenney and Herberger’s department stores, it also includes a Red Lion Hotel.



  • Norm's News, 34 Main Street. A combination soda fountain/newsstand, this establishment offers the usual soda fountain fare (shakes, soda, floats, burgers, etc) as well as a wide selection of candy, magazines, and newspapers.
  • Anna's Gyros and Pizza, in the Kalispell Center Mall at 20 North Main Street. 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.


  • A few miles south of Kalispell in the town of Somers is Tiebucker's Pub and Eatery. Satisfactory food, friendly rural ambience and service. Includes a bar/lounge that previously featured live music, but this has since been discontinued.


  • Capers, 121 Main Street. 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.



  • Best Western Plus Flathead Lake Inn and Suites, 4824 US Highway 93 S, +1 406 857-2400 (, fax: +1 406 857-2401), [6].  edit
  • Motel 6, 1540 US 93 South, +1 406 752-6355 (fax: +1 406 752-6358), [7]. $40.  edit
  • Red Lion Hotel, 20 North Main Street (downtown at the Kalispell Center Mall), +1 406 751-5050 (, fax: +1 406 751-5051), [8]. $75-$100.  edit


Stay safe[edit]


Get out[edit]

Routes through Kalispell
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