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Travel Tips

Information for the Best Trip Ever

No matter if it’s your first trip to Kalispell or if you’re a return visitor, we want you to have the best vacation ever. From travel tips to how to recreate responsibly and where to stay to things to do, we’re here to help you soak up every minute of your trip.

10 Things You Need To Know Before Coming To Montana

You’re planning a trip to Kalispell and we couldn’t be happier to welcome you. But before you arrive, there are a few things you need to know. From the best way to get here to insights about Glacier National Park and our mountain town’s culinary offerings, we’re sharing the 10 things you should know to make your trip the best ever.

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What to Pack for Montana

One of the easiest ways to enjoy a vacation is to ensure you have the proper clothing, attire and gear. From our location in northwest Montana, Kalispell welcomes four distinct seasons, each with their own weather patterns and temperatures. To ensure you are prepared for your visit, we’ve created packing lists for summer, fall, winter and spring.

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Visiting Montana’s Glacier National Park in 2024? Here’s What You Need to Know

Kalispell’s backyard national park, Glacier National Park, is one of the state’s must-visit destinations. With 1 million acres of glacial-carved terrain, the park is open year-round and is home to some of the most stunning landscapes in the United States. From downtown Kalispell, Glacier National Park is a scenic 32 miles from the park’s west entrance in West Glacier, Montana.

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Rain or Snow Change Your Vacation Plans? Check Out Kalispell’s Indoor Activities

Here in Kalispell, Montana, we’re fortunate to have four distinct seasons, each bringing its own set of activities, offerings and experiences to our mountain town and the surrounding area. And while we love the weather that comes with the seasons, believe us when we tell you that we understand the feelings that come when rain or snow infringes on your plans.

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Plane, Train or Car

Getting to Kalispell, Montana, is easier that it might seem. Within minutes of downtown you’ll find Glacier Park International Airport (FCA) and Amtrak’s Empire Builder Line, while a well-maintained highway system runs directly through Kalispell.


By Plane

A major hub into Montana, Glacier Park International Airport (FCA) is located in Kalispell and has year-round and seasonal direct flights to 15 cities throughout the United States. You’ll find plenty to do in Kailspell’s walkable downtown but to discover all that Kalispell and northwest Montana have to offer a rental car is recommended.

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By Train

Running through Montana’s northern tier on its route from Chicago to Seattle/Portland, Amtrak’s Empire Builder makes stops in the small town of Whitefish (about 15 miles north of Kalispell). 

Empire Builder Line Schedule and Services

By Car

In Kalispell, two major U.S. highways – 93 and 2 – meet, making it easy for visitors who want to road trip to our mountain town in northwest Montana. If you fly or take the train, a variety of car rental options are available. 

State Highway Map and Road Conditions

Canadian Border Crossing Information

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We get it. You’re ready to visit Montana. And we can’t wait to introduce you to our mountain town in the shadow of Glacier National Park. If you have questions or need assistance planning your trip, we’re here to help.

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