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Plan Your Missoula, Kalispell, and Northwest Montana Vacation

With more than 6 million acres of public land, northwest Montana might be America’s largest outdoor destination. More than 1,000 secluded mountain lakes with crystal-clear waters provide peaceful isolation for anglers. On Flathead Lake you can sail and water-ski. Thousands of miles of hiking and biking trails lace the Missoula and Bitterroot valleys and climb Big Mountain and the Mission Mountains region. In winter the land settles under a blanket of snow and the water under sheets of ice, creating a winter-sports paradise, particularly for skiers.

The region’s rivers, streams, lakes, and mountains attract outdoor adventurers, but once here, they discover playhouses, art galleries, craft breweries, and summer festivals and rodeos. In winter visitors seek out northwest Montana’s six ski areas and scores of cross-country ski trails. But some of the best times to visit are the shoulder seasons, particularly in September, when there are fewer crowds and gorgeous days.


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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Dive into downtown Missoula. The city’s thriving historic core is teeming with cultural events, eateries, concerts, craft breweries, festivals, boutiques, and farmers’ markets.
  2. Enjoy the great outdoors at Big Mountain Its picturesque slopes are awash in wildflowers in summer and entertain skiers and snowboarders in winter.
  3. Bring on the bison The National Bison Range comes alive in the spring with all the new babies.
  4. Get wet at Flathead Lake Even if you only dip your toes into the crystalline waters, the spectacular views at this mountain-lined lake are sure to please.
  5. Take the road less traveled Ride a horse, ski, or hike into the beautiful, unspoiled backcountry.

When To Go

When to Go

Most visitors to northwest Montana come in July and August, enticed by lakes, rivers, golf courses, trails, and fresh mountain air. Arts festivals...

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