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Kalispell

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Historic Sites · State Parks · Nightlife
Kalispell is a city in, and the county seat of Flathead County, Montana, United States. The 2015 Census estimates put Kalispell's population at 22,052. The Kalispell Micropolitan Statistical Area has a population of 93,068 and it is the largest city and commercial center of northwest Montana. The name Kalispell is a Salish word meaning "flat land above the lake". Kalispell is also the gateway to Glacier National Park.HistoryWorking using his own capital, Charles Edward Conrad, a businessman and banker from Fort Benton, Montana, formed the Kalispell Townsite Company with three other men. The townsite was quickly platted and lots began selling by the spring of 1891. Conrad built a large mansion in Kalispell in 1895. Kalispell was officially incorporated as a city in 1892. Since that time, the city of Kalispell has continued to grow in population reaching 19,927 in 2010. As the largest city in Northwest Montana, Kalispell serves as the county seat and commercial center of Flathead County. The city is considered a secondary trade center with a trade area of approximately 130,000. The city also is home to Kalispell Regional Medical Center, which boasts a 150-bed facility.Nestled in the Flathead valley, Kalispell is 31mi from Glacier National Park and 22mi from Hungry Horse Dam. Skiers have access to Whitefish Mountain Resort on Big Mountain and Blacktail Mountain Ski Area each 17mi away. Flathead Lake is 7mi away. Buffalo Hill Golf Club, designed by Robert Muir Graves, serves the needs of golfers.
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Conrad Mansion ©
Historic Site
Conrad Mansion
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
Lone Pine State Park ©
State Park
Lone Pine State Park
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Flathead Lake State Park ©
State Park
Flathead Lake State Park
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Northwest Montana History Museum ©
Specialty Museum
Northwest Montana History Museum
4.5
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Kalispell

Grinnell Glacier ©
Geologic Formation
Grinnell Glacier Glacier National Park
4.9
Duration: 6 hours
Glacier National Park ©
World heritage site
Glacier National Park West Glacier
4.7
Duration: 8 hours
Whitefish Mountain Resort ©
Ski Area
Whitefish Mountain Resort Whitefish
4.7
Duration: 8 hours
Highline Trail ©
Hiking Trail
Highline Trail Glacier National Park
4.8
Duration: 8 hours

Hidden gems in Kalispell

Hockaday Museum of Art ©
Art Museum
Hockaday Museum of Art
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
Wild Horse Island State Park ©
State Park
Wild Horse Island State Park
4.1
Duration: 2 hours
Thompson Chain of Lakes
Water Body
Thompson Chain of Lakes
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Northern Pines Golf Club ©
Golf Course
Northern Pines Golf Club
4.6
Duration: 2 hours

Golf in Kalispell

Village Greens Golf Course ©
Golf Course
Village Greens Golf Course
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Buffalo Hill Golf Course
Golf Course
Buffalo Hill Golf Course
3.5
Duration: 2 hours

Theme Parks in Kalispell

Woodland Water Park ©
Water Park
Woodland Water Park
4.2
Duration: 2 hours

Historic Sites in Kalispell

Saint Matthew's Church
Church
Saint Matthew's Church
4.5
Duration: 30 minutes

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