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Near the Park Explore Small Towns and Communities Near the Park

Explore Small Towns and Communities Near the Park

Glacier National Park is a wonder all its own, with plenty of exploration and adventure to keep you busy for the entirety of your stay. But the communities that surround the park are infused with the same spirit of otherworldly splendor. Our charming small towns welcome visitors with restaurants, shops, museums, galleries and, best of all, authentically Montanan western hospitality.

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Map of communities outside of Glacier National Park.

To the east, St. Mary, Babb, Browning, Cut Bank and East Glacier Park provide multiple launching points for exploring the Blackfeet Nation—complete with guided tours and incredible history—and central Montana.

To the west, Essex, West Glacier, Lakeside, Hungry Horse, Coram, Martin City, Columbia Falls, Polebridge, Bigfork, Whitefish and Kalispell are ideal towns from which to base your trip. Along with easy access to the park, each community offers access to incredible outdoor recreation in the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex, expansive trail systems in the Flathead Valley, water recreation on Flathead Lake, on-mountain offerings at Whitefish Mountain Resort and incredible food and drink scenes.


BABB |

glaciermt.com/babb

Drink + Eat Local

  • Grab dinner at Two Sisters Cafe, an eye-catching roadside eatery that’s been satisfying diners for more than 25 years.
  • Enjoy a big juicy steak at the Cattle Baron Supper Club, a steakhouse born out of the Babb Bar, once one of the rowdiest watering holes in Glacier Country.

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  • Shop for necessities and souvenirs at the locally-owned and nearly century-old Thronson’s General Store.

Outdoor Adventure

  • Buy a tribal permit and fish Duck Lake, known for its unusually large brown and rainbow trout.

BIGFORK |

bigfork.org

Visitor Information

Bigfork Chamber of Commerce | 8155 State Highway 35, Bigfork | 406.837.5888

Arts + Culture

  • Take in a show at Bigfork Summer Playhouse, the finest live professional repertory theater in the northwest.
  • Go on a gallery stroll; Bigfork boasts a surprising array of art galleries.

Drink + Eat Local

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  • Shop downtown for unique jewelry, clothing and gifts.

Outdoor Adventure

Browning |

blackfeetcountry.com

Visitor Information

Blackfeet Country | 108 All Chiefs Square | 406.338.7406

Arts + Culture

  • Learn about the history and culture of area tribes at the Museum of the Plains Indian and the Blackfeet Heritage Center & Art Gallery.
  • Admire Plains Indian artwork at Lodgepole Gallery and the Blackfeet Heritage Center & Art Gallery.

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Indoor Pursuits

Outdoor Adventure

  • Stop at the viewing area on U.S. Highway 2 to look for free-roaming bison on the Blackfeet Nation Bison Reserve.

Sweet Dreams

  • Spend the night in a traditional Blackfeet tipi—complete with a fireplace in the center—at the Lodgepole Tipi Village.

COLUMBIA FALLS |

columbiafallschamber.org

Visitor Information

Columbia Falls Area Chamber of Commerce at Marantette Park | 233 13th St. E., Columbia Falls | 406.892.2072

Drink + Eat Local

Family Fun

  • Take on a treetop adventure with unforgettable views from Glacier Ziplines.
  • Don’t miss out on family fun at Montana’s largest waterpark, Big Sky Waterpark.
  • Experience the anomaly for yourself at Montana Vortex and House of Mystery—it’s internationally famous.
  • Looking for a good old-fashioned swimming pool? Visit Pinewood Park Aquatic Center.

Outdoor Adventure

  • Go green at the “must play” Meadow Lake Golf Course.
  • Enjoy picturesque Montana fly-fishing and rafting on the Flathead River.

Coram |

glaciermt.com/coram

Visitor Information

Columbia Falls Area Chamber of Commerce at Marantette Park | 233 13th St. E., Columbia Falls | 406.892.2072

Drink + Eat Local

  • Savor handcrafted whiskey and spirits “so close to Glacier you can taste it!” at Glacier Distilling.
  • Savor the bison gyros at Josephine’s, an eatery housed in an old homesteader cabin.

Family Fun

  • Crank up the fun level! The Amazing Fun Center has a maze, go-karts, mini golf, bumper boats and bankshot basketball.

Outdoor Adventure

  • Get an adrenaline rush at Glacier Highline, an aerial adventure park boasting 50 activities.
  • Bicycle 7 miles to West Glacier on the Gateway to Glacier Trail.

Sweet Dreams

Cut Bank |

cutbankchamber.com

Visitor Information

Cut Bank Area Chamber of Commerce | 59 Golf Course Road | 406.873.4041

Art + Culture

Drink + Eat Local

Family Fun

  • Take a selfie with a 27-foot-tall penguin statue that claims Cut Bank is the “coldest spot in the nation.”
  • Buy tickets for a scenic roundtrip train ride on Amtrak’s Empire Builder from Cut Bank to Whitefish, skirting the southern border of Glacier National Park.

Outdoor Adventure

  • Hike the Cut Bank Trail System along the scenic Cut Bank Creek Coulee.

Sweet Dreams

  • Fly a small plane into Cut Bank International Airport and stay the night. The airport offers overnight sleeping rooms, showers, free camping and courtesy cars for local use.

East Glacier Park |

eastglacierpark.info

Visitor Information

East Glacier Park Chamber of Commerce | 909 State Highway 49 N. | 406.226.4403

Drink + Eat Local

Outdoor Adventure

  • Play the nine holes named after Blackfeet Indian chiefs at Glacier Park Lodge Golf Course, the oldest grass greens course in Montana.
  • See Montana from horseback. Glacier Gateway Trail Rides’ Blackfeet guides lead riders to marvelous views along the edge of Glacier National Park.

Sweet Dreams

  • Set your eyes on, or better yet, rest your head at the architecturally stunning Glacier Park Lodge, a historic hotel built in 1913 by the Great Northern Railway.

Essex |

glaciermt.com/essex

Visitor Information

Columbia Falls Area Chamber of Commerce at Marantette Park | 233 13th St. E., Columbia Falls | 406.892.2072

Outdoor Adventure
  • Indulge your inner cowboy or cowgirl on a cattle drive with Bear Creek Guest Ranch.
  • Horseback ride, raft, hunt or fish the Great Bear Wilderness with Snowy Springs Outfitters.
  • Cross-country ski miles of groomed trails along the southern border of Glacier National Park.
  • Scan for mountain goats at the nearby Goat Lick Overlook.
Sweet Dreams
  • Satisfy your need to sleep and eat at the historic Izaak Walton Inn. Spend the night in a caboose or railroad car and fill your belly at the railroad-themed Dining Car Restaurant.

Hungry Horse |

glaciermt.com/hungry-horse

Visitor Information

Columbia Falls Area Chamber of Commerce at Marantette Park | 233 13th St. E., Columbia Falls | 406.892.2072

Art + Culture
  • Visit Montana’s highest dam: Hungry Horse Dam and Visitor Center.
Drink + Eat Local Outdoor Adventure
  • Camp, boat or hike: recreation abounds!
  • Head out for huckleberry picking, a quintessential Montana experience.
  • Kayak or stand-up paddleboard Hungry Horse Reservoir.
  • Sled the Flathead Valley with Swan Mountain Snowmobiling.

KALISPELL |

 discoverkalispell.com

Visitor Information

Kalispell Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitor Bureau | 15 Depot Park, Kalispell | 406.758.2811

Art + Culture
  • Visit Conrad Mansion for a slice of history and railroad glory-days architecture.
  • Discover Glacier National Park art and memorabilia at the Hockaday Museum of Art.
  • Learn the local history through interactive exhibits for the entire family at the Museum at Central School.
  • Enjoy small-town charm and western hospitality with a self-guided walking tour of Historic Downtown Kalispell.
Drink + Eat Local
  • While downtown, find several handcrafted ways to wet your whistle: Kalispell Brewing Company, Bias Brewing, SunRift Beer Company and Vilya Spirits. And with the number of coffee shops and restaurants that have opened their doors on Main Street, your night out will plan itself!
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  • Visit Historic Downtown Kalispell for locally made crafts, clothing, jewelry and souvenirs.
  • Peruse the North-End District for national-brand camping supplies, clothing and footwear.
Outdoor Adventure
  • Get a bird’s-eye view of the entire valley at Lone Pine State Park.
  • Explore Foy’s to Blacktail Trails at Herron Park—only 10 minutes from town.
  • Bike from downtown Kalispell to Flathead Lake on a non-motorized “Rails to Trails” paved trail system.
  • Golf Kalispell’s two 18-hole courses, Buffalo Hill Golf Club and Northern Pines Golf Club.

LAKESIDE / SOMERS |

lakesidesomerschamber.org

Visitor Information

Lakeside and Somers Chamber of Commerce | 100 Bierney Creek Road, Lakeside | 406.844.3715

On the Lake
  • Cruise the lake on a Far West Boat Tour.
  • Cast a line from a chartered fishing boat.
  • Play on the water with kayaking and SUP rentals/tours with Sea Me Paddle.
  • Access the lake at Somers Bay, Lakeside Marina, Volunteer Park and West Shore State Park.
Drink + Eat Local
  • Relax with a craft beer on Tamarack Brewing’s creekside patio.
  • Dine on dishes made from locally sourced ingredients at Beargrass Bistro.
  • Kick off your day with brunch from Farmhouse.

Martin City |

glaciermt.com/martin-city

Visitor Information

Columbia Falls Area Chamber of Commerce at Marantette Park | 233 13th St. E., Columbia Falls | 406.892.2072

Only in Martin City
  • Cheer on the contestants at the Barstool Ski Races during Cabin Fever Days in February.

Sweet Dreams

  • Stay in a historic log cabin surrounded by forestland at Abbott Valley Homestead.

Polebridge |

glaciermt.com/polebridge

Visitor Information

Columbia Falls Area Chamber of Commerce at Marantette Park | 233 13th St. E., Columbia Falls | 406.892.2072

Drink + Eat Local
  • Stop at the beloved Polebridge Mercantile and try a huckleberry bear claw.
  • Drink, dine and listen to live music on the lawn of the Northern Lights Saloon.
Sweet Dreams
  • Stay at the off-the-grid North Fork Hostel & Square Peg Ranch and meet visitors from all over the world.
  • Rent the Ben Rover Forest Service cabin.

St. Mary |

glaciermt.com/st-mary

Drink + Eat Local

  • Eat hearty at Johnson’s of St. Mary. The Johnson Family has been dishing up their signature American-style fare since 1950.
Outdoor Adventure
  • Walk the paved paths at St. Mary Overlook for marvelous views of the valley below.
  • Ride the East Side Shuttle between St. Mary Village and Two Medicine for easy access to two Glacier National Park entrances.

WEST GLACIER |

 glaciermt.com/west-glacier

Visitor Information

Visitor center at the Historic Belton West Glacier Train Depot | 12544 U.S. Highway 2 E. West Glacier | 406.888.5756

Drink + Eat Local
  • Indulge in fine dining at the Belton Chalet, a Great Northern Railway hotel dating back to 1910.
Family Fun Get Your Shop On, Tax Free! Outdoor Adventure Sweet Dreams

WHITEFISH |

explorewhitefish.com | whitefishchamber.org

Visitor Information

Whitefish Chamber of Commerce | 307 Spokane Ave., Suite 103, Whitefish | 877.862.3548

Exploration is easy with visitor kiosks throughout town featuring maps, travel guides and activity/event posters.

Getting There: Glacier Commuter Shuttle
  • Catch a ride with daily service from Whitefish to Apgar Visitor Center and Whitefish Mountain Resort (July 1 to September 4).
  • Bring your wheels on bicyclist-friendly buses with racks for up to three bikes.
Drink + Eat Local
  • Taste the age-old tradition of a “gravity-flow” brewhouse at Great Northern Brewing Company.
  • Get centered at Bonsai Brewing Project, a community-raised brewery featuring craft beer, live music...and yoga.
  • Taste the rugged landscape and the heart and soul of Montana at Spotted Bear Spirits.
  • Dine, drink and dance at Casey’s, Whitefish’s go-to nightclub.
Outdoor Recreation
  • Play on Whitefish Lake, with three public-access points.
  • Explore 42 miles of dog-friendly trails and scenic overlooks on The Whitefish Trail.
  • Drive one home on Whitefish Lake Golf Club’s 36-hole course.
Whitefish Mountain Resort, Summer Style
  • Soar through the trees, high above the slopes on Zip Line Tours.
  • For “an obstacle park in the trees” visit Aerial Adventure Park.
  • Take sliding to a whole new level on the Alpine Slide.
  • A must-do Montana attraction—Scenic Lift and Gondola Rides.
  • Taste Montana with mountaintop dining at the Summit House.
  • Go for a ride on smooth-flow, lift-accessed mountain-biking trails.
  • Take a hike, literally, with miles of trails to explore.

Weekly Events (Seasonal)

Tuesday

Whitefish: Shop local at the Whitefish Downtown Farmers Market.
Kalispell: Picnic in the Park at free outdoor evening concerts in Kalispell.

Wednesday

Kalispell: Picnic in the Park at free outdoor lunchtime concerts in Kalispell.
Bigfork: Shop local at the Bigfork Farmers Market.
Cut Bank: Shop Local at the Cut Bank Farmers Market.

Thursday

Columbia Falls: Shop local at the Columbia Falls Community Market.
Kalispell: Kick up your heels at Kalispell’s Thursday Fest, a weekly street festival boasting music, food and local brews, arts and crafts.

Friday

West Glacier: Shop local at the West Glacier Farmers Market.

Saturday

Kalispell: Shop local at the Kalispell Farmers Market.

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