On the western edge of Glacier National Park sits Whitefish, one of the most breathtaking towns in America. This diverse community was voted one of the “Coolest Small Towns in America” in the October 2009 issue of Budget Travel Magazine. Surrounded on three sides by mountains, and resting on the edge of Whitefish Lake, it’s the perfect setting for four-season recreation.
During the summer, guests can enjoy the amenities at Lake City Beach with its sandy beach, watercraft rentals, barbecues, picnic tables, shelters and the landscaped grounds in its public park. The Whitefish Lake Golf Club is the only 36-hole golf course in Montana and the club house restaurant serves both lunch and dinner. Fishing trails, hiking, a kids’ day camp, walking paths, horseback riding and summer music festivals are also available.
In winter the town comes alive with visitors in town to take advantage of recreational opportunities at Whitefish Mountain Ski and Summer Resort. The Glacier Nordic Center is a superb cross-country skiing facility featuring 15 kilometers of machine-groomed ski trails. The trails cover varying terrain, from hills to birch forests and along the lakeside. There are ample wildlife viewing and photography opportunities. For those who would rather be indoors, the Wave Aquatic and Fitness Center provides year-round fun.
Whitefish’s railroad history is evident in the refurbished Great Northern Railroad Depot, now home to the Stumptown Art Studio and Museum. This historic building was restored to its original 1927 Glacier Park chalet-like appearance. The museum houses community memorabilia, photographs and railroad artifacts, including Great Northern Locomotive #181; one of only seven of its kind ever built.
This alpine village’s expansive views are complimented by a lively downtown area with a variety of shopping opportunities, restaurants and even summit dining, courtesy of gondola rides that take guests up the mountainside for breathtaking views. Downtown is also home to the renowned Great Northern Brewing Company, complete with its own microbrewery and tasting room.
Conveniently located, Whitefish is just a short distance from the Flathead National Forest and the Rocky Mountain Wilderness. To its east is Columbia Falls and to the south, Kalispell. Less than 30 miles to the east is West Glacier, and the entrance to Glacier National Park.
At an elevation of 3,086 feet, this small, friendly Montana town offers the best of everything; views, recreation, wildlife, the arts, history, nostalgia and great people!Click here to visit the Whitefish Chamber of Commerce.