6 Things to Do to Make the Most of Fall in Kalispell, Montana

By Discover Kalispell on Sep. 09, 2021

In Montana, summer gets loads of attention and Kalispell is no exception. And we get it summer is pretty incredible in Big Sky Country: gorgeous weather, long daylight hours, Flathead cherries and huckleberries are found in abundance and our lakes are warm enough to take a swim. Believe us when we tell you we do our best to make the most of it every year. 

But fall...fall is the season that gives us all the heart eyes for Montana. Around here, fall is often referred to as the local’s season, as it’s the time of year when you’ll find Montanans playing in Glacier National Park, diving into Flathead Lake and soaking up as much sunshine as possible. And while it may not need to be said, autumn in Montana is stunning. Plus, Kalispell has the perfect combination of pleasant temperature and gorgeous fall foliage (check out our top picks for leaf peeping here), making it one of the best places to visit, travel and adventure. 

If you’re thinking of planning a trip to Kalispell, Montana, this fall, here are six things to do while you’re here to make the most of fall. 

  1. Take a walk in the woods or hike in the mountains. With our location in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, Kalispell has endless trails and routes for hiking, walking, biking and even horseback riding. Close to Kalispell, visit Lone Pine State Park. Its foliage and trails tend to be overlooked in autumn, and both are well worth the visit. Just up the road, Herron Park and Foy’s to Blacktail Trail also get visitors into fall colors quickly. Other fall-loving hiking areas include the Swan River Nature Trail in Bigfork, Jewel Basin and the North Fork of Glacier National Park. 
  1. Cozy up by a fire pit. Temperatures drop quickly after the sun goes down, creating perfectly crisp nights that are perfect for cozying up by a fire pit and taking in Montana’s star-filled sky. In Kalispell, there are several hotels that have outdoor fire pits and some even have roasting sticks so you can enjoy a s’more with the mountains serving as your backdrop. If you’re looking for a place to stay with an outdoor fire pitch, check out SpringHill Suites, Homewood Suites and Red Lion Hotel Kalispell. (See the full list of hotels with indoor and outdoor fire pits and fireplaces.)  
  1. Sip on a warm drink. While some people go wild for pumpkin drinks in the fall, we’re big believers that there’s more to autumn drinks than just pumpkin. Our favorite fall drinks can be found at Norm’s Soda Fountain (apple cider), Ceres Bakery (coffee, espresso, tea, steamers), Sable Coffee (caramel apple cider, hot chocolate and steamed milk) and Bonelli’s Bistro (tea, espresso and steamers).
  1. Ramp up your fall decor with a visit to downtown Kalispell. The heart of most places can be found downtown, and Kalispell is no exception. Our mountain town’s downtown is home to historic buildings that house local businesses, boutiques, shops, restaurants, galleries and stores. If you’re ready to find home inspiration or pick up a few new accents or outfits for fall, we recommend grabbing a chai and strolling along our Main Street. Here are a few suggestions to get you started: Honey Home & Design, Sassafras and Sage & Cedar. 
  1. Hit up a pumpkin patch. Open in September and October, a fall visit to Kalispell should include stopping by Sweet Pickins Pumpkin Patch. It’s a great family-friendly destination, with tractor tours, a maze, local treats and pumpkins. 
  1. Visit Glacier National Park. Fall in the Crown of the Continent just might be its most beautiful season, as it combines snow-kissed mountain peaks with colorful fall foliage, active wildlife and glacial-blue streams. Plan your visit so you can drive the Going-to-the-Sun Road before it closes for the season (which typically occurs in October, weather dependent). Along the way, you’ll see the stark differences between the west side and east side of Glacier National Park (which are divided by the Continental Divide at Logan Pass). If you do plan to visit in fall - and we highly recommend that you do - be sure to pack appropriately. (Here’s a packing list.) You’ll want to bring long-sleeve tops, beanies, fleece, etc. 

For questions about fall travel to Kalispell, call us at 406-758-2811 or send us a message on Facebook

Happy fall, from Montana

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