As the summer temperatures begin to descend into the cooler fall digits and larger crowds of travelers begin to disappear, autumn opens up with potential of all kinds in Whitefish, Montana. This scenic destination has long been a favorite amongst outdoor adventurers and as the colors begin to change, it’s an even more appealing locale for those that have a heart for the great outdoors. Whether you’re one for seeking amazing fall hues, can’t wait to get out on the trails, or enjoy finding innovative routes to discovery, Whitefish promises to be a place where there’s a little something for everyone. When you’re in the process of planning a fun fall getaway this direction, don’t forget to add the following to your itinerary, visit Whitefish and make the most of the scenery and overall experience!
Enjoy a Fall Foliage Hike or Drive
By late September, the temperature is dropping comfortably in Whitefish while the sun is shining endlessly. With averages lingering around the high 60s and low 70s and blue skies abounding, Whitefish is the ultimate fall foliage hunter’s destination. The lush terrain that makes up this area is dotted with Tamarak and Aspens which are notoriously beautiful when their leaves change. Golds, oranges, and reds blanket the landscape between September and October making for sensational views on hikes or drives. For a comprehensive view of the fall foliage in this area, consider planning a drive through the Kootenai National Forest for fantastic and colorful sights.
Bike the Trails
Mountain biking is a popular and worthwhile activity to partake in during a trip to your fall getaway to Whitefish and perhaps never more so than in the beautiful fall season. Make the most of time on the trails this autumn by enjoying Swift Creek Trail on two wheels. Accessible at 320 Delrey Road, this short, yet challenging route comes complete with forested surroundings that lead to a gentle creek stop that doubles as a turnaround point. Bring water and a camera as this trail tends to encourage cyclists to stop once or twice and capture the view.
Get Out on the Water
Fall is the season for fantastic fishing in Whitefish, Montana, and with a landscape complete with rivers, streams, and lakes, there’s no shortage of options for those looking to get out on the water and cast a line. Whether you stick to scouring the rivers or make the most of time in the middle of Whitefish Lake, this area is known for its northern pike, yellow perch, and varying species of trout including lake, bull, cutthroat, and rainbow trout. It’s not uncommon for catches over 20 pounds to take place during this season, which is often reason enough for anglers to try their luck on the water.
Take advantage of the wonderful weather and minimal crowds by hitting the greens during your fall getaway to Whitefish. The dynamic terrain and inspiring views make time on the golf course not only fun but challenging. This area is home to a variety of courses that visitors can pick and choose from depending on their skill level and how many others they’re traveling with. Whether you land on Iron Horse Golf Club, Whitefish Lake Golf Club, or Meadow Lake Golf Course, you’ll be faced with an afternoon of fun surrounded by beautiful scenery too.
Hit the Trails on Horseback
There’s something wonderfully inspiring about taking to the trails of Whitefish on horseback, especially when the air is fresh and the colors are changing. Make the most of the scenery during your autumn visit by booking a trail ride with the team at Bar W Guest Ranch. 2 hour trail rides are available daily with a 7-day advance booking for guests 7 years of age and older. These refreshing rides are a great way to savor the Montana landscape alongside a knowledgeable guide at a leisurely pace. Those looking for more can consider booking a half-day ride on a Sunday for even more in-depth time in the great outdoors. There’s no need to be an expert on horseback prior to riding as each adventure begins with an introduction to the basics. The ride won’t begin until everyone in your group is comfortable with the process.
Enjoy a Scenic Overview
Savoring views of the mountain peaks is wonderful in fall, especially from the vantage point of the Whitefish Mountain Resort ski lift or gondola. As you ride to the summit in style, you’ll enjoy sweeping views of Whitefish Lake, Flathead Valley, and Glacier National Park. Don’t forget your camera for this incredible moment!
Visit Whitefish in the Fall
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