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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.

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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 8th

Battle of the States Bull Riding

October 8th at 07:30pm

Majestic Valley Arena 3630 U.S. Highway 93 N. Kalispell, MT

Categories: Rodeo

Oct 29th

Kalispell Harvest & Holiday Farmers Market

October 29th at 09:00am

Flathead County Fairgrounds 265 N. Meridian Road Kalispell, MT

Categories: Fall, Farmers Market, Food/Drink, Holidays

Featured Listings

Avis Car Rental - Kalispell in Western Montana.

Avis Car Rental - Kalispell

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

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

Best Western PLUS Flathead Lake Inn and Suites

4824 U.S. Highway 93 S.
Kalispell, MT 59901

Bias Brewing in Western Montana.

Bias Brewing

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

BPaul Properties  in Western Montana.

BPaul Properties

2500 Mission Trail
Kalispell, MT 59901

Buffalo Hill Golf Club in Western Montana.

Buffalo Hill Golf Club

1176 N. Main St.
Kalispell, MT 59901

Conrad Mansion Museum  in Western Montana.

Conrad Mansion Museum

330 Woodland Ave.
Kalispell, MT 59901

Discover Kalispell in Western Montana.

Discover Kalispell

15 Depot Park
Kalispell, MT 59901

Evergreen Chamber of Commerce in Western Montana.

Evergreen Chamber of Commerce

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

Flathead Travel Service Inc. in Western Montana.

Flathead Travel Service Inc.

500 S. Main St.
Kalispell, MT 59901

Glacier Jet Center in Western Montana.

Glacier Jet Center

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

Glacier Park International Airport in Western Montana.

Glacier Park International Airport

4170 Highway 2 E.
Kalispell, MT 59901

Hampton Inn Kalispell in Western Montana.

Hampton Inn Kalispell

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

Hilton Garden Inn - Kalispell in Western Montana.

Hilton Garden Inn - Kalispell

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

Hockaday Museum of Art in Western Montana.

Hockaday Museum of Art

302 Second Ave. E.
Kalispell, MT 59901

Kalispell Chamber of Commerce in Western Montana.

Kalispell Chamber of Commerce

15 Depot Park
Kalispell, MT 59901

Logan Health in Western Montana.

Logan Health

310 Sunnyview Lane
Kalispell, MT 59901

Northwest Montana Golf Association in Western Montana.

Northwest Montana Golf Association

1176 N. Main St.
Kalispell, MT 59903

Northwest Montana History Museum in Western Montana.

Northwest Montana History Museum

124 Second Ave. E.
Kalispell, MT 59901

Right on Trek in Western Montana.

Right on Trek

2593 U.S. Highway 2 E., Suite 3 Kalispell, MT 59901
Kalispell, MT 59901

Rocky Mountain Hi RV Park & Campground in Western Montana.

Rocky Mountain Hi RV Park & Campground

825 Helena Flats Road
Kalispell, MT 59901

Sherman Lodge at True Water Fly Shop in Western Montana.

Sherman Lodge at True Water Fly Shop

35 Fourth St. W.
Kalispell, MT 59901

The Glacier Institute in Western Montana.

The Glacier Institute

Glacier National Park Field Camp
Glacier National Park, MT 59903

The Montana Club in Western Montana.

The Montana Club

1301 S. Main St.
Kalispell, MT 59901

Waters Edge Winery & Bistro Kalispell in Western Montana.

Waters Edge Winery & Bistro Kalispell

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

Other Listings

406 BBQ

Abbrescia Gallery & Fine Art Restoration Studio

Aero Inn

  • 1830 U.S. Highway 93 S. Kalispell, Montana 59901
  • 406.755.3798
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Airbnb

An Epic Elopement

  • 432 E. Idaho St., Suite C282 Kalispell, MT 59901
  • 406.282.4024
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Apple Barrel Country Market

  • 3250 U.S. Highway 2 E. Kalispell, MT 59901
  • 406.755.7753
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Artemis Acres Paint Horse Ranch

  • 610 Patrick Creek Rd Kalispell, Montana 59901
  • 406.755.3723
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Ashley Creek Historic Venue at Snowline Acres

  • 3315 U.S. Highway 93. S. Kalispell, MT 59901
  • 406.752.1440
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Bespoke Ceremonies Montana

  • 339 Fourth Ave. E. Kalispell, MT 59901
  • 413.230.0771
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Best Western Plus Kalispell/Glacier Park West Hotel & Suites

  • 255 Montclair Drive Kalispell, MT 59901
  • 406.257.5255
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Big Day Celebrations

  • 432 E. Idaho St., Suite C282 Kalispell, MT 59901
  • 406.282.4024
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Big Mountain Ciderworks

  • 1051 Old Reserve Drive Kalispell, MT 59901-8681
  • 888.682.9337
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Clark Farm Silos

  • 153 Creston Hatchery Road Kalispell, MT 59901
  • 406.249.2955
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Destination DJ

Destinie Fouche Photography

Flathead Outdoors

  • 1034 Whitefish Stage Road, Suite 5 Kalispell, MT 59901
  • 406.209.8459
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Glacier Ridge Suites

  • 281 1st Ave. W. N. Kalispell, Montana 59901
  • 406.752.4333
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Glacier Symphony Orchestra and Chorale

Hertz Rental Car - Kalispell

  • 4120 U.S. Highway 2, Glacier International Airport Kalispell, MT 59901
  • 406.758.2220
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Hidden Key Escape Games

  • 896 N. Meridian Road Kalispell, MT 59901
  • 406.823.0564
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Hill Media Group

  • 1734 Bluestone Dr. Kalispell, MT 59901
  • 406.534.4300
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Historic Cottage on Foys Lake

Homewood Suites by Hilton - Kalispell

  • 195 Hutton Ranch Road Kalispell, MT 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

Lonesome Dove Guest Ranch

  • 1805 Haywire Gulch Kalispell, MT 59901
  • 406.756.3056
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Mercantile Steak

  • 30 Second St. E. Kalispell, MT 59901
  • 406.300.0808
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Mike Murray Tunes, LLC

  • 135 E. Wyoming St. Kalispell, MT 59901
  • 406.890.9767
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MontanaSky Networks

My Place Hotel

  • 755 Treeline Road Kalispell, MT 59901
  • 406.752.4847
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Norm's Soda Fountain

Pixelated Photobooth Gigs

Ranger Joe's Pizza

  • 1805 U.S. Highway 93 S. Kalispell, MT 59901
  • 406.300.1616
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SnowBike Nation

  • 121 Cardiff Ave. Kalispell, MT 59901
  • 406.206.8459
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Snowline Acres

  • 3315 U.S. Highway 93. S. Kalispell, MT 59901
  • 406.752.1440
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Snowline Acres Christmas Market

  • 3315 U.S. Highway 93 S. Kalispell, MT 59901
  • 406.752.1440
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Snowline Coffee Co.

  • 3315 U.S. Highway 93. S. Kalispell, MT 59901
  • 406.407.9508
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Snowline Guest House

  • 3315 U.S. Highway 93. S. Kalispell, MT 59901
  • 406.752.1440
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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

The Montana Scene – Kalispell

The Narrow Gate

The Rancher's Daughter

  • 274 Sixth Ave. WN Kalispell, MT 59901
  • 406.253.4806
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Western Outdoor

Wild Horse Limousine

  • 175 Hutton Ranch Road, Suite 103 Kalispell, MT 59901
  • 406.756.2290
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