Welcome to Glacier Park International Airport
The getaway to northwest Montana
As the closest airport to Glacier National Park, Glacier Park International Airport services all of northwest Montana. Notably, this includes the Flathead Valley and the cities of Kalispell, Whitefish, Columbia Falls, Bigfork, Lakeside, Polson, and Libby. The airport is serviced by most major airlines and has daily flights from Seattle, Denver, and other airline hubs. Ongoing renovations will connect the two levels of the airport, add two more gates, and redesign the security checkpoint, resulting in a more efficient airport experience for travelers.
Passengers can fly from most US cities to Glacier Park International with just one layover. Visitors can find lodging options just a short drive away from the airport while residents can take advantage of having an airport to easily connect them to all corners of the globe.
What to Love
- Close access to natural beauty and recreational offerings of the park
- Upscale dining at Whitefish Mountain Resort
- Vibrant communities immersed in natural beauty
From idyllic small towns to vibrant, bustling communities, the array of towns around the airport means that you can find one that suits your lifestyle. If you’re looking for a tranquil, tight-knit community, Lakeside might be the perfect option for you. Lakeside, located 30 minutes away from Glacier Park International Airport, is home to 2,500 residents and has become a popular tourist destination. The town has gained a reputation for its small-town charm, lakefront living, and close access to nature. Meanwhile, Kalispell is suitable for those who prefer to live in a larger town. This vibrant mountain town is home to just under 24,00 residents and is the closest town to the airport, located a short 10-minute drive away. Locals and visitors alike enjoy an upbeat ambiance with plenty to do.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
No trip to Kalispell is complete without a visit to the picturesque downtown district. Historic buildings dating back to the 1800s have been converted into local shops and restaurants that feature made-in-Montana products. If you’re looking for outdoor gear, stop by Rocky Mountain Outfitters or check out Wheaton’s Cycle, a bike shop that’s been around for more than 100 years.
Whether you're in need of a quick bite or looking to enjoy a fine-dining experience, there’s always something to satisfy your cravings. Whitefish Mountain Resort, located just 10 minutes from the airport, offers a handful of dining options. Kalispell also offers a colorful array of restaurants, such as Bonelli’s Bistro for Italian dishes or Mercantile Steak for an upscale culinary experience.
Things to Do
Regardless of your interests, the communities around Glacier Park International Airport are sure to have something for you. Art lovers will be sure to love all that’s waiting for them in Bigfork, a vibrant community with an impressive arts and cultural scene. Take in a live performance at the Bigfork Summer Playhouse, which has been a part of the community for over 60 years. This 435-seat venue hosts everything from concerts to musical theater to movies.
For an unforgettable day of adventure, spend the day at Flathead Lake. The largest natural freshwater lake in northern Montana, Flathead Lake spans over 200 square miles of water and 185 miles of shoreline. Residents and locals alike enjoy a myriad of recreational activities, including sailing, water skiing, fishing, camping, and boating.
Understandably, Glacier National Park tops the list of things to do around Glacier Park International Airport. Established in 1910, the park encompasses over 1,500 square miles and is adored for its varied outdoor activities and scenic landscape. It’s made up of turquoise lakes, glacier-carved peaks and valleys, and dense forests.
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