KalispellKalispell is a town in Montana, near Glacier National Park. The name of the town means "flat land above the lake" in Salish, a Native American language. The population is about 23,000 (2016).
Today, the Flathead Valley offers a variety of recreational activities including skiing (considering world class Whitefish Mountain Resort is nearby), fishing, camping, water sports, climbing and old fashioned exploring. The city of Kalispell is full of shopping and restaurants and is also just north of Flathead Lake, which is the USA's largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi.
By planeThe is a city-owned airport for public general aviation use. The airport is southeast of the city center along US Hwy 93.
For commercial flights, the nearest airport to Kalispell, Whitefish and Glacier National Park is:
Glacier Park International AirportThe nearest U.S. commercial airport to Calgary and Edmonton, served by:
Horizon Air as Alaska Airlines (Seattle); Seasonally from Portland
Allegiant (Las Vegas; seasonally from Los Angeles and Oakland)
Delta and Skywest dba Delta Connection (Minneapolis-St Paul and Salt Lake City) Gojet and Skywest dba United Express (Denver)
There is no public transportation from the airport into town. Alternatives are rental car, taxi or ride sharing.
By carYou can take either Exit 96 on I-90 near Missoula and head north on U.S. 93, or take Exit 364 on I-15 at Shelby and head west past Glacier National Park. U.S. 2 continues west through the mountains into northern Idaho and eventually reaches Spokane from the north, while U.S. 93 heads northwest into British Columbia, eventually reaching Cranbrook.
phone: +1 403 509-4799Scheduled bus & shuttle services between Kalispell, Canmore, Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper and the Calgary Airport as well as local sightseeing tours for group charters.
phone: +1 406 675-2700 x1352, +1 406 275-8700address: (Bus stop) Brian's 76, Inc at 2075 Hwy 2 EastBus operated by the Confederated Salish & Kootnai Tribes with the help of Montana D.O.T. and in partnership with Greyhound Lines (as booking agent) for travel up to Whitefish from Missoula through Avaro, Arlee, Ravalli, St Ignatius, Pablo, Paulson, Lakeside and Kalispell along US Hwy 93. Passengers transfer to Jefferson Lines in Missoula to get to additional destinations.
By trainThe nearest Amtrak Station is in Whitefish, north of Kalispell along Hwy 93. The train station is at 500 Depot St in the north side of downtown Whitefish. It is only served by:
- Amtrak Empire Builder which runs once daily (towards each direction) between Spokane & Chicago via Glacier National Park (West Glacier stop) in one direction and Libby in the opposite direction. The westbound train splits in Spokane with one half continuing towards Seattle and the other towards Portland while the eastbound train joins in Spokane for the onward trip to Chicago.
Conrad Mansionphone: +1 406 755-2166address: 330 Woodland Ave
Flathead Lake15 miles south of Kalispell on US Hwy 93. Largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi.
phone: +1 406 755-5268address: 302 2nd Ave E
phone: +1 406 751-1950address: 3230 Us Highway 93 N18 holes, built in 1996, designed by Andy North and Roger B. Packard.
For those who prefer the more traditional shopping mall, the Kalispell Center Mall is at 20 North Main Street. Anchored by JCPenney and Herberger's department stores, it also includes a Red Lion Hotel.
Norm's Newsaddress: 34 Main StA combination soda fountain and newsstand, this establishment offers the usual soda fountain fare (shakes, soda, floats, burgers, etc.) and a wide selection of candy, magazines, and newspapers.
Frugalsaddress: 1815 US Hwy 93 SouthFast fresh burgers and shakes. Drive thru only.
Anna's Gyros and Pizzaaddress: 20 North Main StAffordable mix of Greek and all-American cuisine (e.g. corn dogs and souvlaki).
Los Caporales Mexican Restaurant(at least 3 locations) Real Mexican food, like enchiladas mole or verdes with real corn tortillas.
Tiebuckers Pub and Eateryphone: +1 406 857-335address: 75 Somers RdSatisfactory food, friendly rural ambience and service. Includes a bar/lounge that used to feature live music, but this has been discontinued.
Capersphone: +1 406 755-7687address: 121 Main StVoted the best fine dining in Flathead County in 2007, this restaurant is owned by local chef Douglas Day and specializes in organic beef, buffalo and Pacific Northwest seafood.
phone: +1 406 756-5964address: 19 Artemisia Way
phone: +1 406 844-0244address: 105 Blacktail Rd, Lakeside
phone: +1 406 857-2400address: 4824 US Highway 93 S
phone: +1 406 752-6355address: 1540 US 93 South
phone: +1 406 751-5050address: 20 North Main St
address: 15 Depot Park