Best Montana Family Vacations

The Top 10 Vacation Hot Spots
in the Flathead Valley


Looking for a spectacular place to spend your next vacation?

One of the best Montana family vacations
is exploring the area known as the greater Flathead Valley!


This vast outdoor playground is located in Northwestern Montana, and stretches from the beautiful blue waters of Flathead Lake, to the grand peaks of Glacier National Park. This remote vacation land is filled with excellent opportunities for Montana camping, hiking, fishing, and boating, as well as unique family attractions for kids of all ages. Here are the top 10 vacation hot spots you won't want to miss!

Glacier National Park

The Park tops our list as one of the best Montana family vacations! It offers grand beauty and unique outdoor adventure for everyone.

Experience nature and wildlife up close by hiking trails that lead to breathtaking scenery, lakes, and waterfalls.

Drive the famous Going to the Sun Road, and stay in one of the historic lodges, or camp in one of the Park campgrounds. Helicopter, boat, and historic motor coach bus tours are also available.

Flathead Lake

This clear, vast lake is definitely one of the leading vacation hot spots in the area. At 28 miles in length, it is an exceptional place for fishing, swimming, boating, and other water sports. Jet ski and boat rentals are available at several locations, and there are multiple campground and lodging accommodations to choose from.

Whitefish Mountain Resort

Located on the northern end of the Flathead Valley, this ski and summer resort offers year-round adventure. Summer activities include a 4-part zip line adventure, a boardwalk above the trees, chair lift rides, and hiking and mountain biking terrain.

Hungry Horse Dam & Reservoir

Tucked away in the high mountain forests is the state's highest dam. Summer tours are available. You can also enjoy camping, boating, and fishing on the high mountain reservoir.

Jewel Basin Hiking Complex

For great hiking and biking experiences, check out the 35 miles of trails in the Jewel Basin Hiking Complex. Located in the beautiful Swan Mountains, this area offers great opportunities for both day use and overnight camping amidst beautiful forests and lakes.

Montana River Rafting

Multiple rivers in the area offer exceptional whitewater rafting and floating opportunities. Professional local rafting companies offer full and half day trips for those wanting a guided experience.

Big Sky Waterslides

One of the best Montana family vacations for kids is a trip to the fun-filled Big Sky Waterpark. With 10 waterslides, bumper cars, volleyball, and a kids' activity pool, this stop is a sure bet for family fun. Concessions, barbecue grills, and plenty of grassy picnic area add fun and versatility.

The Great Bear Adventure

This enclosed drive-through bear habitat is a favorite with kids! Located just outside of Glacier National Park, it allows visitors to see bears up close from the safety of their own car.

Amazing Ventures

The Amazing Fun Center is a major attraction that features a large, life size wooden maze, with 1.5 miles of corridors. Bumper boats, miniature golf, and bank shot basketball are also available.

House of Mystery Vortex

Experience the strange alteration of gravitational forces at this unique and historic natural vortex. This rare phenomena will leave you scratching your head in wonder, and is a sure hit for both kids and adults!

For a remote getaway that offers endless recreational opportunities and fun for the entire family, there’s no better place to go than the Flathead Valley. Enjoy!

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