Kalispell is a town in Montana, near Glacier National Park. The 2010 population was 19,927.


Kalispell is the largest city in the Flathead Valley. The Flathead Valley is a unique area of Montana originally created by the forces of glacier processes. The valley is a testament to the wonders nature can create.

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.

Kalispell is part of the market region of Spokane, Washington, despite being in a different time zone. Local Montana over-the-air TV networks such as ABC, CBS, FOX, etc. have their weekday primetime from 7 pm to 10 pm, while those from Spokane are from 9 pm to midnight (which is quite unusual).

Get in

Kalispell's Main Street

By plane

Glacier Park International Airport is 10 miles to the northeast on U.S. Highway 2. It offers regular flights to: Missoula, the Puget Sound area (Seattle/Tacoma) at Sea-Tac Airport, Las Vegas, Oakland, Salt Lake City, Denver, and Minneapolis/St. Paul. It also offers seasonal flights to Chicago-O'Hare and Atlanta-Hartsfield.

By train

The Empire Builder Amtrak route serves Whitefish, 20 miles north of Kalispell, which runs west to Spokane and Seattle and east through the northern Plains, terminating at Chicago.

By car

To access Kalispell, you 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.

By bus

Get around

Walk, drive, bike, or take the Flathead County Eagle Transit to get around. The city isn't too large, so you shouldn't get lost.


Flathead Lake



North Kalispell is the shopping area of the city. Stores include most of the nationwide chains.

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.








Stay safe

Roads outside of town are mostly two-lane and winding. Naturally, use extra caution when snowing. It is advisable to turn on lights during the day in any rain. This gives better visibility of your vehicle to oncoming traffic.

Go next

Routes through Kalispell

Spokane Libby  W  E  Columbia Falls Shelby
Cranbrook Whitefish  N  S  Polson Missoula

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