10 Things to Do in Whitefish That You Shouldn't Miss

April 7, 2018 Enriqueta Cusson

Whitefish serves up a heaping helping of rustic charm amid the rugged beauty of the Rockies. Nestled at the foot of Big Mountain and within a short distance of Glacier National Park and the Canadian border, the area offers no shortage of outdoor activities for all seasons, from skiing Whitefish Mountain Resort in the winter to cycling, horseback riding and whitewater rafting in summer. The town's historic railroad depot and quaint Central Avenue charm visitors with a taste of historic Montana.
Restaurants in Whitefish

1. Whitefish Mountain Resort

3808 Big Mountain Rd, Whitefish, MT 59937-8624 +1 800-858-3930
Excellent
72%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
3%
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1%
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4.5 based on 849 reviews

Whitefish Mountain Resort

Whitefish Mountain Resort, in northwest Montana, is noted for its laid-back vibe, world-class skiing, and unbeatable value. The resort sees an average of 300 inches of snow on its 3,000 acres, and is as well known for a pleasant lack of lift lines as for its consistently good snow conditions. 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, in addition to spectacular hiking, water sports, fly fishing, whitewater rafting, Glacier National Park, and more available in the greater Whitefish area. It is the perfect base camp for a summer visit to Montana’s majestic Flathead Valley.

Reviewed By 1908bdrake - Bozeman, Montana

The skiing was great. The snow plentiful, with fast lifts to get you up the mountain. The restaurants were delightful with better than the average resorts food. The lifties and locals were very friendly. It deserves the name Big Mountain.

2. Great Northern Brewing Company

Whitefish, MT +1 406-862-2816
Excellent
51%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
8%
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4.5 based on 116 reviews

Great Northern Brewing Company

A local brewery.

Reviewed By BenLar137 - Calgary, Canada

We were charmed by all the rail-related artifacts at this restaurant, and so we decided to have lunch there. It's a big space, with a bar area, restaurant area, and also dance floor when things get rolling. We ordered at the counter, and staff brought our meals to the table. The food is very good, the sandwich and burger were quite tasty. It's a popular spot for good reason.

3. Whitefish Depot

500 Depot St, Whitefish, MT 59937-2571 +1 406-862-0067
Excellent
52%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
9%
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0%
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1%
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4.5 based on 93 reviews

Whitefish Depot

Reviewed By CrankingChick - Tucson, Arizona

We took a walk around downtown and stopped by the picturesque historic depot built in the Tudor style (1927, National Register of Historic Places). It has been carefully maintained and restored, and still welcomes visitors arriving by rail to this day. Inside there is a small museum (free, 10am-4pm daily except Sunday) and displays about the railroad and local history. I found the Hertz rental car office particularly charming; it is the oldest Hertz licensee in the US and has been operated by the Duff family for more than 60 years. Outside there are some displays of railroad rolling stock and The Bruck, a custom-built bus-truck combination that was used to transport passengers and their luggage between Whitefish and Kalispell. The weekend we visited, there was an arts and crafts show going on the the adjacent Depot Park which offered more to explore. I really enjoyed our stroll around the depot and town; there are paved trails that lead from here to the City Beach and also south along the banks of the Whitefish River.

4. Flathead National Forest

Whitefish, MT
Excellent
83%
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5 based on 60 reviews

Flathead National Forest

A scenic hiking area which offers berrypicking.

Reviewed By clarson2016 - Eureka Springs, Arkansas

This area has everything! So peaceful, so serene. We got great pictures and met locals and visitors alike. Once is not enough. We will be back

5. Alpine Theatre Project

600 2nd St E, Whitefish Performing Arts Center, Whitefish, MT 59937-2602 +1 406-862-7469
Excellent
96%
Good
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5 based on 53 reviews

Alpine Theatre Project

Founded by 3 Broadway actors, Alpine Theatre Project brings actors direct from Broadway, film, and television to perform in musicals, plays, and concerts throughout the year. ATP artists have been in over 190 Broadway productions, and have won 5 Tony Awards, 7 Emmy Awards, 4 Golden Globe Awards, and 1 Academy Award.

Reviewed By Teri-Jon S - Missoula, Montana

We have enjoyed Alpine Theatre Project productions several times. The shows are always wonderful with amazing directing and performances by a blend of local talent and professional actors. The sets and staging are fun and truly incredible, the orchestra brilliant. It is unbelievable to find...MoreThank you so much for your review! We're thrilled you enjoy our productions, and we're honored to be a part of this wonderful community.

6. Whitefish Pottery

240 Central Ave, Whitefish, MT 59937-2662 +1 406-862-1417
Excellent
74%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
7%
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4.5 based on 56 reviews

Whitefish Pottery

Reviewed By Maria H - Temple, New Hampshire

I love this gallery/retail store. It's light and bright with a contemporary museum feel. The pottery is hand made by local artists as well as other items they sell. The prices are reasonable for a resort community. I bought usable pottery for my tiny home on wheels which are functional & look great. Highly recommend checking it out.

7. Bonsai Brewing Project

549 Wisconsin Ave, Whitefish, MT 59937-2127 +1 406-730-1717
Excellent
85%
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5 based on 43 reviews

Bonsai Brewing Project

Bonsai Brewing Project: Public House, Beer Garden, & Grill Family owned and operated craft brewery featuring 10 fresh ales, a cozy taproom, and a large outdoor seating area. The Grill offers a simple menu of house made fare. Check in for weekly events and live music. Well behaved children and dogs welcome.

Reviewed By Mark A - Lake Shore, Minnesota

Sat at the bar. Ordered a flight. The bartender really knows beer and was as friendly as one would expect. The beer was good. My favorite was the Red IRA. Got a growler for my collection!

8. City Beach

70 Lakeside Blvd, Whitefish, MT 59937 +1 406-863-2470
Excellent
57%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
1%
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4.5 based on 62 reviews

City Beach

Reviewed By BenLar137 - Calgary, Canada

Most of the land on Whitefish Lake is in private ownership, so it's wonderful to have a public beach so close to town. There isn't copious amounts of parking, and there are residents living very close, and so it might be tight in the warm days of summer. But we were there in autumn, and had the beach to ourselves. The beach is very nice, and there is a good pier and boat launch. For families looking for something low cost to do, this is excellent! The State Park charges for parking, so free parking here is treat!

9. The Whitefish Trail

Whitefish, MT 59937 +1 406-862-3880
Excellent
78%
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18%
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4.5 based on 37 reviews

The Whitefish Trail

Reviewed By JstLv2Crz - Simi Valley, California

I chose this hike because of the reviews that I read on All Trails. The trail was well maintained & actually made a loop. We ventured beyond the loop & found the trail still in great condition & very easy to walk. The trail has hikers...equestrians..& mountain bike riders so you have to stay aware of your surroundings. Lots of trees & bushes too

345 Spokane Ave, Whitefish, MT 59937-2665 +1 406-862-1084
Excellent
77%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
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4.5 based on 36 reviews

Sunti World Art Gallery

Internationally acclaimed sculptor, Sunti Pichetchaiyakul, is among the world's leading artists of portraiture and of hyper-realism. An award-winning member of the Portrait Society of America, Sunti's original bronze "Legends" are regarded for their spiritual essence and lifelike qualities, featuring detail never before seen in bronze. His gallery presents a tasteful fusion of East meets West; proudly representing world-renowned masters of fine art from North America, Europe, and Asia. Sunti World Art Gallery boasts of both culture and class, showcasing not only original masterpieces, but also offering a selection of handmade gifts from the coasts of the Bay of Bengal to the islands of the Andaman Sea.

Reviewed By clarson2016 - Eureka Springs, Arkansas

The artwork, sculptures were tastefully exhibited and the staff was very knowledgeable even though she was relatively new. Exquisite pieces!

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