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Summer Adventures

Montana Summer Adventures make memories that last a lifetime.

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1. Summer in Glacier National Park

Known as the "Crown of the Continent" Glacier National Park is home to majestic glacier carved peaks, beautiful alpine meadows, tree lined lakes, and wildlife not found elsewhere in the lower 48. The park is traversed from east to west by Going-To-The-Sun Road which is famous for its breathtaking mountain views and dazzling waterfalls, This is a hiker's park, with over 800 miles of well maintained trails. The park holds the largest concentration of grizzly bears in the lower 48 and mountain goats, bighorn sheep, moose, mountain lions and wolves also thrive in the wilderness here.

2. Columbia Falls or The Gateway to Glacier (10 miles)

A gateway to Glacier National Park, Columbia Falls is just 15 minutes from the park's west entrance. This lively Montana town—home to locally owned shops, restaurants, a brewery and a popular summer farmers market—is an ideal launching point for recreating in Glacier National Park, floating the Flathead River, playing on Flathead Lake and exploring 2 million acres in the Flathead National Forest.

3. Glacier International Airport (15 miles)

The Glacier Park International Airport services all of northwest Montana, the Flathead Valley and the cities of Kalispell, Whitefish, Columbia Falls, Bigfork, Lakeside, Polson and Libby. Daily scheduled airline service is provided by Delta Airlines, Horizon Air, United Express/SkyWest, and Allegiant Air. Major hubs serviced are: Seattle, Denver, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, with seasonal service to Chicago and Atlanta.

3. Red Bus Tours

The famous Red Buses serve as an ideal way to see and learn more about Glacier National Park. In fact, the vintage 1930s buses are part of the human history and heritage of the park. As much of the park’s scenery is vertically oriented, the roll-back tops are perfect for providing full views of the stunning mountains, and the area’s signature Big Sky. The guides are seasoned park veterans, who are here because they love the park and enjoy sharing the park with visitors.

4. Horseback Riding

Glacier National Park is one of the most precious resources in the country and there is no better way to view the “Jewel of the Continent” than to see the sites while horseback riding. Swan Mountain Outfitters is a one of a kind family owned business dedicated to making our guided horseback tours the highlight of your Glacier National Park vacation.

5. Golfing

Hit the links surrounded by majestic forests and towering mountains. Courses in nearby Columbia Falls, Whitefish, and Kalispell offer many choices for the vacationing golfer.

6. Kalispell (25 miles)

Kalispell and the Flathead Valley are home to Glacier National Park, Flathead Lake, championship golf courses, two ski resorts, unlimited trails for hiking and lakes and streams for fishing, outstanding arts and culture, charming small towns and warm western hospitality.

7. Fly Fishing

Montana is the state that made fly fishing famous! The nearby Middle and North forks of the Flathead River offer some of the best and most scenic trout fishing anywhere. Our local fly fishing shop, Lary's Fly and Supply ( can hook you up with one of several guides, according to your interests. Glacier Raft Company ( offers guided rafting trips for fishing enthusiasts. Or, head out on your own. Great fishing access to the North Fork of the Flathead River starts about a mile north of Moss Mountain Inn and there are dozens of river access points between here and the Canadian border. Access to the Middle Fork of the Flathead River is a 15 minute drive from Moss Mountain Inn. For more information on fishing regulations and fishing licenses in Montana, visit

7. Glacier Raft Company

Glacier Raft Company is Montana’s longest running and most experienced river outfitter, operating at the West Entrance to Glacier National Park for four decades. We help you make the most of your trip to Glacier National Park by offering some of the best white water rafting Montana has to offer and world-class Montana fly fishing tours.

8. Stumptown Art Studio

Connect with your inner artist at Stumptown Art Studio, a nonprofit community art center in Whitefish. Make pottery at their walk-in ceramics studio or check their schedule for special events for kids and adults.

8. Whitefish Amtrak Station (18 miles)

Planning a rail vacation has never been easier. Just make one phone call and let Amtrak Vacations do it all. We'll arrange for your train tickets, hotel reservations, car rental, sightseeing and more. Then you can sit back and enjoy the scenery and the comforts of the train as you travel to one of our many vacation destinations. Amtrak makes getting to your destination an enjoyable, memorable part of the trip.

9. Farmer's Markets

In Columbia Falls, visit the popular Community Market at the Coop, corner of Nucleus Avenue and Highway 2, just west of Glacier Bank. Runs Thursday nights 5 pm to dusk, late May - late September. The Columbia Falls Farmer's Market is on Mondays 5 - 8 pm, mid May - mid September at Marantett Park, 1101 Nucleus Avenue (corner of S Nucleus and 13th St SE) The West Glacier Farmer's Market happens Fridays 3:30 - 6:30 pm early June - early September at 765 Belton Stage Road

9. Flathead Lake

Over 30 miles long and 300 feet deep, Flathead Lake is the largest natural lake in the western United States. Go boating, fishing, or visit the beaches or state parks that dot the shores. Located about 50 miles south of Moss Mountain Inn


Hungry Horse Dam is on the South Fork of the Flathead River, 15 miles south of the west entrance to Glacier National Park and 20 miles northeast of Kalispell, Montana. The dam was built as part of the Hungry Horse Project to provide hydroelectric power and flood control. At 564 feet, the dam is the 10th highest in the U.S. In addition to static and interactive exhibits that cover local area history and the construction of Hungry Horse Dam, the Visitor Center offers free tours of the dam's crest.

9. Whitefish Mountain Resort (18 miles)

When the snow melts, Whitefish Mountain Resort becomes home to thrilling zip lines and an alpine slide, world-class downhill and cross-country mountain biking, and the unique Walk in the Treetops.


Cradled between the Continental Divide and Whitefish Mountain Range and located a mile from the northwest entrance to Glacier National Park is the electricity-free community of Polebridge. Made up of a handful of houses, cabins, a hostel and small ranches along the North Fork Road, the hub of this area is the historic Polebridge Mercantile and its neighboring Northern Lights Saloon—both powered by generators. "The Merc" is a one stop shop for locals and visitors alike and is famous throughout the state and region for its freshly baked breads and pastries, sandwiches and authentic personality. When someone finds out you went to Polebridge, the first question is always: “Did you get a huckleberry bear claw?” The surrounding area consists of some of the most remote and beautiful country in the lower 48. Take a drive to Bowman Lake or hike the Quartz Lake Loop. Or meander up to the Canadian Border and explore the northern reaches of Flathead National Forest along the way. Backpackers get dropped off at the foot of Bowman or Kintla lake to journey to Hole-In-The-Wall and Boulder Pass, the crowning glory of North American Backpacking. Polebridge is located about 28 miles north of Moss Mountain Inn on the North Fork Road, which is part paved, part gravel.
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