Kalispell Travel Guide

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Kalispell Overview

Kalispell is a booming town of about 22,000 (up 51% since 2000) located at the intersection of U. S. Highways 2 and 93, and Montana Highway 424 in Flathead County in Northwest Montana near Flathead Lake and Glacier National Park. Kalispell was established in 1891 when Fort Benton Businessman Charles E. Conrad formed the Kalispell Townsite Company with three other men and laid out the townsite. Kalispell gets its name from a Salish word meaning "flat land above the lake". Its location has long attracted tourists and settlers and the town's population has grown pretty steadily. A number of famous people have had connections with Kalispell notably the very pretty actress Michelle Williams, actress Misty Upham, and L. Ron Hubbard. Kalispell is the county seat of Flathead County. Flathead County was formed in 1893 and was named for the Flathead Valley, River and Lake which have a flat appearance. The story that the name originated due to the alleged tradition of the Salish Tribe to flatten the head of infants has been largely discounted and is probably offensive to the Salish Tribe. The beautiful Flathead County Courthouse was completed in 1905 using a design by the architectural firm of Bell & Kent.

Kalispell is located at the northwestern tip of Montana. It is 7 miles northwest of Flathead Lake, 31 miles Southwest of Glacier National Park, and is bordered on the east by Flathead National Forest, and on the west by Kootenai National Forest, both of which are known for their magnificent glacier-carved mountains.

Kalispell benefits from a flourishing art community which includes more than 2 dozen galleries and studios spread throughout the city.

Visitor accomodations include bed and breakfasts, cabins, campgrounds, RV parks, and vacation rentals as well as hotels and motels.

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Small town in Montana. It has a cute little town center. Great location for hiking, close to Glacier national park
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