Welcome to Fifty Grande’s Best of the U.S. Bucket List series. This is your one-stop travel guide to the best, most unique and quintessential experiences of a city, state or event. Want to know how to “do” Whitefish, Montana? We’ve got you covered. Curated by experts, vetted by in-the-know locals, this is all you need to have the best trip ever. If we’ve written a Bucket List, we recommend you go. If it’s on this list, it’s the best the city has to offer right now. Consider this your one-stop answer to “What are the best things to do in Whitefish?”
A premier Big Sky country town in a state full of them, the picturesque community of Whitefish was a modest railroad community before transforming into a humble part of Montana tourism. These days, the town is booming thanks to pandemic-related relocations and the appeal of its natural surroundings, including copious mountains, a superb golf club and its eponymous lake.
Immaculately maintained and boasting visuals worthy of a Hallmark Christmas movie, the town’s charm is the result of an inherent passion from its locals. It’s a quality found in the community’s guidelines for tourists, a campaign dubbed “Be a Friend of the Fish”, which requests visitors act in a kind, sustainable and environmentally conscious manner. (Examples: avoiding single-use plastics and opting for walking instead of car travel.) The cause is close to their hearts, considering the community is a short jaunt from Glacier National Park; the melting glaciers are a direct result of climate change.
The next time you’re looking for peaceful days and wild skies, here’s your guide to the wonders of Whitefish. (No, seriously…the sunsets can be theatrical.)