The Flathead Lake area close to Missoula, Montana offers an idyllic vacation escape, perfect for a family trip or romantic getaway. Flathead Lake camping areas and hiking trails offer access to the serene natural beauty of the region, and the shopping areas and luxury spas close to the lake offer fun and relaxing indoor adventures. If you're planning a trip here, the best way to experience everything Flathead Lake has to offer is by staying in a vacation rental. Vacation rentals are often less expensive than hotels and offer all the space you need to store your outdoor gear.
Spend your mornings downtown strolling through the quaint markets, art galleries, and local museums. In the afternoon, go fishing, biking, rock climbing, or play a round of golf on an emerald green course. Be sure to save some time to rent a boat and go waterskiing on the lake as well. After the sun goes down, experience world-class restaurants and live music or head home to your vacation rental to host a barbeque for your family and friends.
Here are a few additional suggestions:
-Go horseback riding: Visit a Flathead Lake ranch or riding stable for lessons and guided trail rides through the parks and wilderness areas.
-Explore Flathead Lake State Park: Flathead Lake camping areas lie within reach of scenic winding trails that lead to beautiful overlooks and breathtaking waterfalls. You can also take a daytrip by boat to Flathead Lake Wild Horse Island State Park.
-Go skiing and snowshoeing: During the winter the trails are covered in a pristine blanket of powdery snow and are perfect places to see elusive wildlife.
-Go fishing: Take your fly fishing gear out onto Flathead Lake or up the quiet rivers and waterways.
-Rent a boat: Rent a canoe or kayak and paddle along the shores of the lake.
-Go whitewater rafting: During the spring, the rivers run high and are the perfect place for thrilling rafting adventures in the Flathead Lake area or nearby Glacier National Park.
While you're visiting Flathead Lake, be sure to explore other nearby Montana destinations like Swan Lake and Bigfork.
As featured in USA TODAY and recommended by Travel + Leisure in its annual Villa Guide:
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