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Five Unexpected Discoveries in Whitefish

Nestled in the heart of the Glacier National Park region, Whitefish provides endless opportunities to explore in millions of acres of protected lands. Whether you want to get off the beaten path by foot, bike or horseback, or choose to simply stroll through downtown, there is a perfect day of discoveries waiting for you.

Fall colors at Bowman Lake // Photo: Brian Schott
Fall colors at Bowman Lake // Photo: Brian Schott

Visit Glacier National Park
Whitefish is only about 27 miles from the West Glacier entrance station of Glacier National Park. While the park might be busy with visitor for the majority of the summer, once fall rolls around the crowds dissipate and the fall colors realy come out. This is the perfect time of year to check a few hikes off your bucket list or go for a scenic drive on Going-to-the-Sun Road. Keep in mind, the alpine section of Going-to-the-Sun Road typically closes in early to mid-October. Keep up to date on Road Construction and Infrastructure Projects going on during fall 2022 in Glacier National Park.

Don’t Miss: Explore Whitefish has partnered with Hike 734 to provide a fall hiking guide for trails both inside and outside of Glacier National Park.

Fall colors on the Whitefish Trail // Photo: Marc O'Brien
Fall colors on the Whitefish Trail // Photo: Marc O'Brien

Forty-Seven Miles of Fun, Flowy Singletrack
Pure bliss for mountain bikers, the Whitefish Trail starts only two miles from downtown Whitefish and offers 47 miles of flowy intermediate singletrack perfect for all ages and skill abilities. Stop in one of the local bike shops for the beta on which sections of trail are riding best.

Don’t Miss: The Whitefish Trail descends from Beaver Mountain down to Beaver Lake, ending at a picturesque dock on the lake.

Drink the Scenery
Often referred to as “Montana Gold,” huckleberries are a prized local wild berry, and can be found in everything from ice cream and pie, to elaborate sauces, gourmet meals, and even beer and cocktails. Whitefish is home to a micro-brewery, a micro-distillery and a small winery that all use locally-sourced ingredients, especially the huckleberry.

Don’t Miss: Spotted Bear Spirits makes use of seasonal organic produce to compliment its house-made syrups and vodka, Bonsai Brewing Project uses Montana-grown barley and even gathers spruce tips for the Spruce Tip Porter, and Unleashed: A Winery has a tasting room that offers locally-crafted wines.

Fishing on the Flathead River with a guide from Lakestream Fly Shop
Fishing on the Flathead River with a guide from Lakestream Fly Shop

Searching for Trout

After the heat of summer, cooler fall days usher in an array of dazzling autumn colors on the Flathead River System. With incredible views in every direction and lots of water to cover, now is the time locals deem the best fly-fishing of the year.

Don’t Miss: Stop by Lakestream Outfitters in Whitefish for beta on where the fish are biting and refill your fly box.

Saddle up to the bar for "tot-chos" at The Last Chair Kitchen & Bar
Saddle up to the bar for "tot-chos" at The Last Chair Kitchen & Bar

Take in the Culture and Nightlife
Get a dose of culture with live music, theatre, and signature events. The Whitefish Theatre Company runs its top-notch season through the spring, and the Glacier Symphony and Chorale has regular performances year-round. From acoustic guitar at a wine bar to a national touring DJ to dance the night away, live music can be found most nights of the week to finish off your perfect day in Whitefish.

Don’t Miss: Sip local craft cocktails and sample some shared plates while listening to live music in the lounge at Tupelo Grille.