A Stunning Jewel in the Treasure State
Whitefish and the Flathead Valley are world-renowned for stunning natural beauty and easy access to some outstanding wilderness. Bordering Canada to the north and boasting one of the most spectacular National Parks – Glacier National Park, no wonder Montana is named – The Treasure State.
Towering granite peaks, lush valleys, endless forests and crystal blue lakes beckon visitors and residents alike. Whitefish and surrounding areas offer first-class golf, legendary fly-fishing, diverse cultural activities and endless outdoor recreation.
Whitefish is only 25 miles from Glacier National Park – the park has over a million acres of wilderness. A photographer’s dream – featuring impressive glaciers, alpine meadows, pristine lakes and dramatic glacier-carved valleys. 700 miles of groomed hiking trails created for those who want to experience nature close-up – observe moose, mountain goats, wolverines, lynxes, and even grizzly bears.
Whitefish Mountain Resort has over 3,000 acres of terrain for skiers and snowboarders, and the resort receives over 300 inches of snow each season. It’s the perfect place to enjoy the interior fireplace and warm up after a day on the slopes.
In summer, enjoy scenic chairlift rides, zip-lines, and alpine slides. Take a dip in the pool or bask in the sun during the warmer months.
Flathead Valley’s main feature is Flathead Lake – one of the country’s largest freshwater lakes and famously crystal clear. Flathead Lake is among the cleanest in the United States, thanks to low levels of algae.
When you’re not out on the lake boating or fishing, check out the many golf courses. Whitefish was named one of Golf Digest’s top “50 Golf Destinations” in the world. There are three golf courses over 50 years old, with mature trees and luxury log clubhouses. Those who enjoy cultural events can experience the Whitefish Performing Arts Center, which boasts many superb performances. Or enjoy the lively arts scene and local live music. Interior designers pay homage to cultural arts and different palettes that compliment any home.
The town of Kalispell provides easy access to one of Flathead’s most treasured features –Wild Horse Island State Park. Native tribes once used this island park for grazing their horses without concern of them being stolen. Wild mares still remain on the island, along with bighorn sheep and elk.
Flathead Valley has the perfect conditions to grow all kinds of fruits– such as Montana’s famous cherries! Picking these delicious fruits in season is another treasured activity for locals and visitors. The landscape and life outdoors is one of the many draws that bring people to Whitefish.
Two Indian reservations—the Flathead and Blackfeet—have top-notch trout streams, including the Blackfoot and Bitterroot rivers. Archaeological evidence indicates that Glacier’s Native American history dates back at least 10,000 years. The first Europeans who later explored this area were fur trappers in the late 1700s.
The historic Flathead Valley and Whitefish is truly a special place to explore and enjoy.