This small Western town in the glacier-carved Flathead Valley is often described in endearing terms — picturesque, quaint, cozy and charming. But no matter the descriptions, they all add up to a town with plenty of personality.
In addition to its accessible charisma, Whitefish has clear mountain air, emerald peaks, alpine vistas and a wealth of wilderness.
Like so many Montana towns, it was the introduction of the railroad (in 1904) that spurred its growth. In the late 1940s, construction of a ski resort fired up a burgeoning tourism industry, which flourishes to this day.
Originally called Stumptown, the area later was renamed for its proximity to Whitefish Lake. It’s now a year-round resort community with a full menu of fun adventures during the summer, including everything from summer festivals to incredible outdoor recreation, great food (locals swear by the garlic burger at the Bulldog Saloon), shopping, entertainment or just relaxing.