We’re the lucky ones. It’s easy to take for granted the fact that we live in such a beautiful place. Flathead Valley is breathtaking year-round, but especially during fall when the leaves start to change and vivid colors emerge.
We have mountains, the largest freshwater lake in the West, and plenty of outdoor activities for people of all ages. And since you know physical activity is necessary for healthy aging, now is as good a time as any to get outside and enjoy the fall foliage tours the area has to offer.
Things to Do in Flathead Valley This Fall
Whether you’re new to the area, considering moving here, or have lived here for years, we’d like to share some ideas of fall foliage tours in Flathead Valley. Enjoy!
Located in Kalispell’s eastside residential area, this mansion and museum is home to beautiful grounds that turn beautiful shades of orange, red and brown in the fall. It was built in 1895 by the city’s founder. While 2018 regular tours are closed, off-season tours begin November 1st by appointment and Christmas tours start November 24th.
Wild Horse Island
Located at Flathead Lake, Wild Horse Island is home to an old growth Ponderosa pine forest, hiking and walking trails, and plenty of wildlife. You may even encounter a group of wild horses as they roam the island. It’s only accessible by boat, but it’s well worth the trip. Not only can you enjoy the fall foliage, you can also enjoy:
- Bird watching
- Motor boating
- Wildlife viewing
- And more
Glacier National Park
If you enjoy hiking and wildlife, you have to pay a visit to Glacier National Park this fall. It offers more than 700 miles of hiking trails, most of which lead to stunning views of fall foliage. You’re sure to see various birds, plants, and trees throughout your hike.
If you’re willing to travel slightly outside Kalispell, venture over to Bigfork where you’ll find Bowman’s Orchards. You’ll experience the serenity of the cherry orchards set against the sun set and the clear waters of Flathead Lake. Cherry sales end after August, but you can still experience the beauty of the grounds this fall.
Kalispell’s Public City Parks
Did you know Kalispell is home to 30 city parks? The largest and oldest is 38-acre Woodland Park. You can certainly expect to see fall foliage there. It features walking trails, a large pond, and a playground for the grandkids. Other notable city parks include Foy’s Lake and Lawrence Park.
There’s plenty of outdoor fall activities and places to see in Flathead Valley. Just because the weather’s cooling down doesn’t mean you have to stay indoors. Grab a few friends or family members, get outside, and get moving. You’ll surely see some stunning fall foliage along the way.
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