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Kalispell, MT

Kalispell, MT in Western Montana

Centrally located between Flathead Lake, Whitefish Mountain Resort and Glacier National Park, the bustling community of Kalispell has a notable Old West charm that effortlessly coincides with its lively arts and cultural scene. Kalispell's historic downtown district offers must-stop local restaurants and watering holes, plus art studios and galleries, and shops specializing in goods made right here in Montana. Tee up at one of Kalispell’s three golf clubs.

Insider Tip

Downtown Kalispell is home to cool museums, delectable local restaurants, cute boutiques and tasty watering holes. Instead of passing through, be sure to stop and explore this cool town.

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History

The quaint city of Kalispell, Montana sits among towering mountain ranges in a valley filled with crystal clear lakes. It is known for its outdoor oriented culture and its proximity to vast recreation areas like Glacier National Park and many other wilderness areas.

It was founded in 1887 as Demmersville but quickly turned into a ghost town as the Great Northern Railroad determined a city sight that it preferred. Kalispell became a city in 1891, just before the first railroad car pulled into Main Street, downtown Kalispell, on New Year's Day, 1892. A huge celebration took place immediately and a silver stake was nailed into the center tie to mark its beginning. Community members had donated silver coins to be melted down to make the stake. The railroad brought Kalispell many tourists, pioneers and businessmen. Over the years the railroad has turned the city into a booming industrial city with farmers, sawmills, and flour mills. As the largest city in northwest Montana, with a population of 13,000, it is also its trade center.

Kalispell today represents little of what it once meant to Native tribes like the Salish, Blackfoot, Kutenai, and Kalispel. Before pioneers moved into northern Montana, Native Americans hunted and gathered over a vast area of land. They subsided on buffalo, deer, and elk, and gathered plants like bitterroot, moss, wild onions, Indian potatoes, and sarvis berries. They created ways to preserve food so that it would last through colder months. In 1855 they were forced to surrender the land the claimed and move to Flathead Reservation, an area in the Lower Flathead River Basin. Around 4,000 members live on the Reservation today. You can learn more about their history by visiting a tribal museum, the People's Center, located in Pablo.

Upcoming Events

Oct 30th

Glacier Symphony, Orchestra and Chorale "Ascension" Masterworks 1

October 30th at 07:30pm

Flathead High School Performance Hall 644 4th Ave West Kalispell, Montana

Categories: Arts/Culture, General, Music/Concerts

Oct 31st

Glacier Symphony, Orchestra and Chorale

October 31st at 07:30pm

Flathead High School Performance Hall 644 4th Ave West Kalispell, Montana

Categories: Arts/Culture, General, Music/Concerts

Nov 20th

Glacier Symphony: Illumination

November 20th at 07:30pm

Flathead High School Performance Hall 644 4th Ave. W. Kalispell, MT

Categories: General, Music/Concerts

Featured Listings

Alamo and National Car Rental - Kalispell in Western Montana.

Alamo and National Car Rental - Kalispell

4170 U.S. Highway 2 E. at Glacier Park Airport
Kalispell, Montana 59901

406.257.7144

Avis Car Rental - Kalispell in Western Montana.

Avis Car Rental - Kalispell

4170 U.S. Highway 2 E. (Glacier Park International Airport)
Kalispell, Montana 59912

406.257.2727

Best Western PLUS Flathead Lake Inn and Suites in Western Montana.

Best Western PLUS Flathead Lake Inn and Suites

4824 U.S. 93 S.
Kalispell, Montana 59901

406.857.2400

Bias Brewing in Western Montana.

Bias Brewing

409 First Ave. E., Suite B
Kalispell, MT 59901

406.407.2205

BPaul Properties (d/b/a Glaciers Mountain Resort, Paul Ranch Montana, Hidden Retreats By Glacier Park) in Western Montana.

BPaul Properties (d/b/a Glaciers Mountain Resort, Paul Ranch Montana, Hidden Retreats By Glacier Park)

2500 Mission Trail
Kalispell, MT 59901

406.450.6293

Buffalo Hill Golf Club in Western Montana.

Buffalo Hill Golf Club

1176 N. Main St.
Kalispell, Montana 59901

888.342.6319

Conrad Mansion Museum  in Western Montana.

Conrad Mansion Museum

330 Woodland Ave.
Kalispell, MT 59901

406.755.2166

Discover Kalispell in Western Montana.

Discover Kalispell

15 Depot Park
Kalispell, Montana 59901

406.758.2811

Enjoy Montana Vacation Rentals in Western Montana.

Enjoy Montana Vacation Rentals

20 Summit Ave.
Somers, Montana 59932

406.203.5055

Evergreen Chamber of Commerce in Western Montana.

Evergreen Chamber of Commerce

1400 U.S. Highway 2 E.
Kalispell, Montana 59901

406.885.1212

Flathead Travel Service Inc. in Western Montana.

Flathead Travel Service Inc.

500 S. Main St.
Kalispell, Montana 59901

406.752.8700

Glacier Jet Center in Western Montana.

Glacier Jet Center

4170 U.S. Highway 2 E.
Kalispell, Montana 59901

406.755.5362

Glacier Park International Airport in Western Montana.

Glacier Park International Airport

4170 Highway 2 E.
Kalispell, Montana 59901

406.257.5994

Hampton Inn Kalispell in Western Montana.

Hampton Inn Kalispell

1140 U.S. Highway 2 W.
Kalispell, Montana 59901

800.426.7866

Hertz Rental Car - Kalispell in Western Montana.

Hertz Rental Car - Kalispell

4120 U.S. Highway 2, Glacier International Airport
Kalispell, MT 59901

406.758.2220

Hilton Garden Inn - Kalispell in Western Montana.

Hilton Garden Inn - Kalispell

1840 U.S. Highway 93 S.
Kalispell, Montana 59901

877.782.9444

Hockaday Museum of Art in Western Montana.

Hockaday Museum of Art

302 Second Avenue East
Kalispell, Montana 59901

406.755.5268

Kalispell Brewing Company in Western Montana.

Kalispell Brewing Company

412 Main St.
Kalispell, Montana 59901

406.756.BREW

Kalispell Business Improvement District & Downtown Association in Western Montana.

Kalispell Business Improvement District & Downtown Association

14 Third St. E., Suite 260
Kalispell, Montana 59901

406.253.6923

Kalispell Chamber of Commerce in Western Montana.

Kalispell Chamber of Commerce

15 Depot Park
Kalispell, Montana 59901

406.758.2803

Kalispell Grand Hotel in Western Montana.

Kalispell Grand Hotel

100 Main St.
Kalispell, Montana 59901

406.755.8100

Logan Health in Western Montana.

Logan Health

310 Sunnyview Lane
Kalispell, Montana 59901

406.752.5111

Northwest Montana Golf Association in Western Montana.

Northwest Montana Golf Association

1176 N. Main St.
Kalispell, Montana 59903

800.392.9795

Red Lion Hotel Kalispell in Western Montana.

Red Lion Hotel Kalispell

20 N. Main St.
Kalispell, Montana 59901

800.325.4000

Rocky Mountain Hi RV Park & Campground in Western Montana.

Rocky Mountain Hi RV Park & Campground

825 Helena Flats Road
Kalispell, Montana 59901

800.968.5637

Rocky Mountain Transportation in Western Montana.

Rocky Mountain Transportation

1410 E. Edgewood Drive
Whitefish, MT 59937

406.863.1200

Sherman Lodge at True Water Fly Shop in Western Montana.

Sherman Lodge at True Water Fly Shop

35 Fourth St. W.
Kalispell, Montana 59901

406.318.5900

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Kalispell in Western Montana.

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Kalispell

250 Old Reserve Dr.
Kalispell, MT 59901

406.314.6600

The Glacier Institute in Western Montana.

The Glacier Institute

Glacier National Park Field Camp
Glacier National Park, Montana 59903

406.755.1211

The Montana Club in Western Montana.

The Montana Club

1301 S. Main St.
Kalispell, Montana 59901

406.260.4401

Waters Edge Winery & Bistro Kalispell in Western Montana.

Waters Edge Winery & Bistro Kalispell

2593 U.S. Highway 2 E., Suite 8
Kalispell, Montana 59901

406.314.4193

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Airbnb

An Epic Elopement

  • 432 E. Idaho St., Suite C282 Kalispell, MT 59901
  • 407.917.5232
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Big Day Celebrations

  • 432 E. Idaho St., Suite C282 Kalispell, MT 59901
  • 407.917.5232
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Big Mountain Ciderworks

  • 1051 Old Reserve Drive Kalispell, MT 59901-8681
  • 888.682.9337
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Destinie Fouche Photography

Glacier Symphony Orchestra and Chorale

  • 69 N. Main St. Kalispell, Montana 59901
  • 406.407.7000
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Hill Media Group

  • 1734 Bluestone Dr. Kalispell, MT 59901
  • 406.534.4300
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Homewood Suites by Hilton - Kalispell

  • 195 Hutton Ranch Road Kalispell, Montana 59901
  • 406.755.8080
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Jerad Hill Photographer

  • 175 Hutton Ranch Road, #103-297 Kalispell, MT 59901
  • 406.306.0980
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Joanna Adams Photography

Mike Murray Tunes, LLC

  • 135 E. Wyoming St. Kalispell, MT 59901
  • 406.890.9767
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Northwest Montana History Museum

  • 124 Second Ave. E. Kalispell, Montana 59901
  • 406.756.8381
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SunRift Beer Company

  • 55 First Ave W.N. Kalispell, MT 59901
  • 406.309.2627
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Sweet Peaks Ice Cream

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