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Whitefish is Perfect for Your Fall Getaway

Travel + Leisure Research Goes Primetime

Many locals call autumn in Whitefish their favorite time of year — a secret season when the busy rush of summer has slowed to a trickle, and the golden colors of fall reflect in the clear mountain streams.

Whitefish was featured on the Today show as one of the top spots in the country for fall foliage as chosen by editors at Travel + Leisure magazine.

Brian Schott

Weatherman Al Roker introduced the prime time segment saying that "the cool crisp weather and changing leaves makes it the perfect time to book a getaway to some of the most scenic areas in our country."

Listing five affordable options, Travel + Leisure features editor Nilou Motamed selected the Whitefish area and Glacier National Park for the beautiful golden leaves and a mid-October foliage peak giving travelers time to plan a trip. The colors are typically on display late September through early October.

The Lodge at Whitefish Lake won accolades for the rustic feel of its lobby and an affordable autumn rate, while the Great Northwest Oktoberfest — complete with polka music, beer, and bratwurst — was also noted as a festival that is a reason to visit. (Sept. 27-29 and Oct. 4-6)

While golden aspen trees are gorgeous, it’s really the tamarack trees (also called larch) that make the vibrant colors of the Whitefish area so special. Tamaracks look like evergreen trees, but their needles go gold and drop to the forest floor, a harbinger of winter's white blanket that will soon coat the mountains for ski and snowboard season at Whitefish Mountain Resort.