Glacier Park Collection

Six reasons to visit Whitefish this spring.

Trails

Early spring is the perfect time to explore the Whitefish Trail. This extensive trail system boasts seven trailheads, providing you with a variety of adventures to choose from. The trails are popular among mountain bikers and family hikers alike so be prepared to share these scenic paths. The Lion Mountain and Skyles trails are great for hikers looking for something close to town while the Lupfer and Beaver Lakes trails offer more remote options.

If you are interested in mountain biking, rentals are available at several locations in town including Glacier Cyclery, Great Northern Cyclery and Sportsman Ski Haus. Explore the Beaver Lakes trail for some great cross-country style biking or get your adrenaline pumping on the Spencer Mountain trail with some classic downhill riding.

Going-to-the-Sun Road

Going-to-the-Sun Road, located in Glacier National Park, is a spectacular two-lane highway that offers unforgettable scenery along its 50-mile route. In the spring, the road is open only to bikers and hikers making it a cyclists dream ride. Take your time and enjoy a packed-lunch on one of the many breathtaking vistas along the way.

Be aware of ongoing road construction and snow plow operations during this time of year. Always check with the National Park Service for current conditions before setting out on your Glacier adventure.

Wildlife Sightings

Photo credit: National Park Service

Spring is a great time of year for wildlife sightings in Montana. Grizzly bears have already been spotted in Glacier National Park this year and elk can still be seen in the valley. Take an early-morning drive on Camas Road in Glacier National Park for your best chance to see some wildlife.

Springtime is also a great time of year for shed hunting. Elk, moose and deer shed their antlers every year between January and May. These natural crowns can be found and collected on most public lands in Montana, however, this activity is prohibited in national parks. Rules and regulations vary depending on the area, so be sure to check in with local authorities before heading out.

Golf

Golf Course

There’s nothing like playing a round of golf while on vacation. Stay at Grouse Mountain Lodge this spring with our golf package, starting at $148 per person per night. This deal includes lodging, a golf cart, 18 holes, a $25 meal credit to Logan’s Bar & Grill and the complimentary shuttle.

Grouse Mountain Lodge is the perfect basecamp for all your Montana adventures and is centrally located just minutes from downtown Whitefish. Bike, walk or drive into town to further explore everything Whitefish has to offer.

Local Flavor

The snow has melted, the birds are singing and the farm lands of Flathead Valley are opening up for the season. This means that fresh produce will begin to incorporate itself into our favorite springtime dishes once again. In Whitefish, there is pride in knowing your farmer and understanding the farm-to-table process. This local quirk is evident at the Whitefish Farmer’s Market which will make its reprise in late May.

Spotted Bear Spirits, located in the Railway district of downtown Whitefish, is a craft distillery with a great vibe and inviting taste room. This popular watering hole quickly became a local favorite due to its unique cocktails, such as the Smooth Operator (pictured at right) which features Spotted Bear vodka, a raspberry shrub, lemon zest, soda and an egg white.

A red drink in a stemmed glass garnished with raspberry.

Photo Credit: Spotted Bear Spirits

Beat the Crowds

A view down Central Ave in Whitefish, MT. A tree-lined street with a view towards a snow-capped mountain.

If you’re still not convinced, we have another great reason to visit Whitefish this spring: no crowds. You’ll be rubbing shoulders with more locals than tourists this time of year so be sure to ask for their favorite tips and tricks.

Take advantage of the season and enjoy empty trails, spectacular scenery, low-priced greens, wildlife sighting opportunities and unique local flavor.

Let us be your guide. Contact our travel experts for help planning your spring getaway to Whitefish, Montana.

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