No matter what time of year you need a getaway, the four-seasons fun of Whitefish is waiting to give you all the rest and relaxation you desire. When planning the perfect Montana adventure this fall, you’ll want to include plenty of time to experience everything fall in Whitefish. Whitefish and the surrounding area offer plenty of fall activities in Whitefish, fun, and fall color and flavor to keep everyone in your group happy and busy throughout the trip.

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Glacier National Park

Not only is it an UNESCO World Heritage Site, but it’s also the world’s first International Peace Park, a designation earned by the collaborative agreement of the US and Canada in 1932. Glacier National Park is just 27 miles from Whitefish and is full of fall color. You’ll encounter beautiful scenery and landscape bright with fall, wildlife, hiking trails, and more to keep you busy and exploring while you breathe fresh mountain air. See 25 named glaciers and over 1,000 species of plant life on this unforgettable outdoor experience this fall. You can get out and hike or take a scenic drive through the area. Peak fall colors can be seen from late September to late October.

Guided Tour

While taking yourself and your group on a tour through the fall colors of Whitefish is a great idea, sit back and let someone else do the driving. Sit back and relax with your camera at the ready while on a guided tour of Glacier National Park and the Flathead Valley. Your knowledgeable guide takes you along a six-hour tour that begins in Whitefish. Depending on the tour group you choose, beverages and light snacks are provided as you explore Glacier National Park, Bison Range, and many other must-see places. Keep your camera at the ready to capture breathtaking photos as you learn about the history and culture of the area. Sturdy walking shoes and layered clothing is suggested due to the weather and terrain on these fall Whitefish activities. Make sure to check if park entry fees are included in the price of the trip before booking.


Anglers in the group will love a fall fishing trip in Whitefish and the surrounding area. Whether you go with a charter company or strike out on your own, you’re bound to catch your next big fish story. You’ll fish the waters of Flathead Lake and Whitefish Lake for lake trout, or head to Lake Superior in search of whitefish. If you charter, half-day excursions keep anglers busy for about five hours, while full-day trips will have them disappearing for up to ten hours. If you’re looking for an easy way to enjoy your catch for lunch or dinner at your rental, some charter companies offer to fillet, bag, and put your catch on ice while you continue to fish. Most charter boats fit three to five people, but you can rent your own craft or wander the shores on foot on your own. Don’t forget to dress in layers and bring your sun gear, snacks, and water.

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Fall Activities in Whitefish on the Whitefish Trail

Gather your group and prepare to hit the trail. Just outside of downtown Whitefish you’ll is the Whitefish Trail. The trail is enjoyed by walkers, runners, hikers, bikers and even equestrians. Share the path that winds through over 40 miles of public and private lands in Whitefish and the surrounding area. The trail is made up of stacked loops, scenic overlooks, single-track trail, and gated logging roads for a journey like no other. See local wildlife in their natural habitat surrounded by fall colors. The trail is the result of a community collaborative project with the Whitefish Legacy Partners.

Big Sky Brews Cruise

Enjoy fall flavor and fun while you soak in fall colors too. Set out on a tasting tour of northwest Montana’s award-winning craft beer breweries. You’ll taste brews in Whitefish, Kalispell, Columbia Falls, and Flathead Lake. Load up your group and don’t worry about a designated driver, because part of the tour is reliable, safe transportation between venues. Go beyond the brew and add in visits to wineries, distilleries, and makers of hard cider. Tours last about four hours and include three stops. Samples at each stop are included, as well as bottled water and snacks to soak up the alcohol between stops. This is a 21 and older event and you must present valid ID.

Fall Fun in Whitefish

Begin and end every fun-filled fall day in and around Whitefish with a vacation rental by I Love Whitefish. We offer three-bedroom units all the way up to five-bedroom units, so you’ll find something to fit your entire group. Make a delicious home-cooked meal in a fully equipped kitchen or relax and spread out in the open floor plan living area. Retreat to the comfort and privacy of your own bedroom for a refreshing nap or good night’s sleep. Many units are close to all the activities and adventures you came to experience. Choose a premium unit for perks and upgrades like stainless steel appliances, flat screen TVs, and beautiful bathrooms.

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