Your Most Frequently Asked Questions About Kalispell in 2020
As we look ahead to 2021 and the return of more travel and memory-making adventures, we wanted to take a look back at the top questions we received in 2020 about visiting Kalispell. Whether you’re planning to visit soon or if you’re just in need of some fuel for your daydreams, we hope that these answers to your FAQs will help you plan your next trip to Kalispell, Montana.
- How close are you to Glacier National Park? Kalispell is 33 miles from the park, which means it’s easy to make the short drive to explore, hike, adventure or simply soak up the sunset. Plus, with our close proximity to Glacier National Park, you can spend a few hours playing in the park and still have time to enjoy a local museum, dine out at a farm-to-table restaurant and get a good night’s sleep at one of our hotels.
- Where are the best hiking trails? Well for starters, this is a tricky question. The truth: it depends on you and how flexible you are with where you hike. Some visitors are set on only hiking within Glacier National Park and with 734 miles of hikes to choose from inside the park, you may have a bit of a hard time narrowing it down. But if you’re looking for an easy hike, be sure to check out Avalanche Lake/Trail of the Cedars, Hidden Lake Overlook and Running Eagle Falls. For more, check out this list from Glacier Guides.
Incredible hiking trails can also be found in and around Kalispell, including the Lion Lake Trail in the Flathead National Forest, Lone Pine Trail at Lone Pine State Park, Danny On Trail on Big Mountain (at Whitefish Mountain Resort) and Foy’s to Blacktail Trail. See a list of trails and hiking areas here. Remember to #RecreateResponsibly while enjoying the outdoors.
- Where can we see wildlife? The short answer: everywhere. Montana is still very much an untouched destination, with many kinds of animals making their homes here. You can see bears, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, moose, elk, mountain lions and more in Glacier National Park, as well as out on the trails, rivers and lakes around the Flathead Valley and Montana. If you see wildlife outdoors, it’s vital that you give them their space, never approach them and never feed them. One of the best places to see bison (as well as a chance to see deer, elk and bears) is on the National Bison Range.
- Can I camp in Kalispell? Oh yes. There are lots of places to camp in Kalispell, whether you’re tent camping or planning to stay the night in your RV or camper. One of the newest places to lay your head is Montana Basecamp. This 50-acre RV resort sits on the southern end of Kalispell and has mountain views in every direction. You can also find great camping spots for a small fee at Montana State Parks (there are five around Flathead Lake that offer overnight camping), as well as 400 campsites within the Flathead National Forest. Free camping is allowed in the Flathead National Forest at dispersed camping sites. No matter where you camp, be sure to practice Leave No Trace principles, pick up after yourself and leave your campsite better than you found it.
- Where are the best places to eat and drink? The answer to this question is really and truly up to your palate and your preferences. However, we can tell you that local favorites include Hops Downtown Grill for elk, bison and yak burgers, BBQ at DeSoto Grill, Blue Samurai for fresh sushi, perfect paninis at Bonelli’s Bistro and pasta at ScottiBelli’s. For more, check out our restaurant guide. Be sure to wash your food down with a visit to one of the Flathead Valley’s 16 breweries, distilleries, wineries and cideries.