Introduction to Kalispell, Montana
Kalispell is located on the western slope of the Rocky Mountains and is the largest city in the northwest portion of Montana. It's located in Flathead County and bordered by the scenic Kootenai and Flathead National forests. The nearby Flathead Lake is one of the largest freshwater lakes west of the Mississippi River. Kalispell serves as a base for recreational activities in the region. The renowned Glacier National Park is approximately 30 miles away. The city's name is a Salish Indian word which translates to "flat land above the lake."
The original inhabitants were the Salish, Kalispell, Blackfoot and Kutenai Indian tribes. They hunted for the region's buffalo, deer and elk. In 1855 the Indians were forced to move to the Flathead Reservation. Kalispell was established in the early 1890s after the arrival of the railroad. Tourism and businesses began to thrive due to the trains. Farming, sawmills and flour mills wee important factors for the economy.
- The Hockaday Museum of Art
- Conrad Mansion
- Glacier Orchestra & Chorale
- Arts in the Park
- The Strawberry Festival
- Big Mountain Summer Art Festival
- Mountain Madness Air Show
- Huckleberry Days
- Big Mountain Brew Fest
The region is a popular location for outdoor activities and includes plenty of campgrounds and cabins. The majestic Glacier National Park is close by. Skiing enthusiasts enjoy the nearby Big Mountain Ski Resort. Flathead Lake is well known for fishing and provides opportunities for boating, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, bicycle riding and hiking. Logan State Park and Lone Pine State Park offer outdoor activities and scenic views.
The Thompson Chain of Lakes is dedicated to fishing. The region is popular for hunting. Residents and visitors enjoy the walking trails at Woodland City Park. Golfing enthusiasts enjoy the numerous golf courses in the region including the Big Mountain Golf Club. Mountain bike racing and triathlons occur during the summer. The city has an active nightlife and features numerous art galleries and boutiques.
The city is served by the Glacier International Airport.