Tucked into the northwest corner of Montana, the Flathead Valley lies between Glacier National Park and Flathead Lake, the largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi. With the lake to the south and the other three sides protected by mountain ranges, the Flathead’s climate is surprisingly mild for an area this far north. This means the climate is always right for recreation in every season.
Whether you come to the Flathead Valley for vacation or business, you’re sure to find something to do.
Kalispell, the largest city in the Flathead Valley, is the retail and business hub of Northwest Montana. To the north is Whitefish, home of Whitefish Mountain Resort and a vibrant arts community. Columbia Falls on the scenic Flathead River, is known as “The Gateway to Glacier National Park.”
“Where Flathead Lake Begins” Bigfork is a favorite of all those who love art, fine dining and theatre. The village is home to galleries, boutiques and shops and the Bigfork Summer Playhouse that has been entertaining audiences for more than 50 years. To the south, Polson provides the perfect introduction to the Flathead Valley, inviting visitors to play on the lake, paddle the Flathead River, or explore the lovely Mission Valley to the south.
The West Shore of Flathead Lake offers a multitude of recreational activities and quaint Montana Villages and towns.
Enjoy some of the most scenic landscapes in the world as you hike through Northwest Montana.
Legendary bike trails for all levels of riders can be found throughout Flathead National Forest.
Paddle, raft or float some of the Flathead’s 219 miles of wild and scenic rivers
Glamping or "glamourous" vacation is a one-of-a-kind experience
Spectacular views and locations offering everything from a campfire to fine dining
With nine public courses, including Eagle Bend in Bigfork, Flathead Valley golf has it all.
Nothing gets you closer to nature as XC skiing does in the Flathead Valley backcountry
The pristine lakes and rivers of the Flathead Valley offer a feast of fish and a wealth of water.
Several ski areas offer more acres per skier than anywhere else in the U.S.