Destination guide

Enjoy mountain getaways in Whitefish vacation rentals

With attractions ranging from crystalline lakes to world-class skiing to scenic hiking trails, Whitefish lives up to its motto of being Montana's outdoor recreation playground. It's the gateway to the 4,000-square-kilometre Glacier National Park, home to a vast array of flora and fauna. Solo travellers and larger groups alike can spend warm summer days swimming in Whitefish Lake, and skiing at Whitefish Mountain Resort in winter. Explore the covered sidewalks of Central Avenue – Whitefish's main street – and discover locally owned shops, galleries, bars, and restaurants. With a great variety of vacation rentals, from cottages to condos to chalets, there's always a place you can call home in Whitefish.

History

Swathes of forest had to be cleared in the early 20th century to make space for the town and the Great Northern Railway in the Northern Rockies, giving rise to the area's original moniker of Stumptown. If you're a history buff, you'll be delighted to find Whitefish landmarks that are on the National Register of Historic Places. From your downtown vacation rental, you can walk to the 1921 First Presbyterian Church of Whitefish, the 1927 Whitefish train station, and the 1931 Ray E. Taylor House – also known as The Castle.

Activities

Activities and attractions in Whitefish

Do you want to discover things to do while you're in town? Travelers enjoy Whitefish for its hiking, skiing and boating. Venture out of your cozy vacation rental and check out everything that makes Whitefish a one-of-a-kind vacation spot. Here are some of the major attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Whitefish Lake Golf Club (1 mi / 1.6 km)
  • The Whitefish Trail - Lion Mountain Trailhead (2.1 mi / 3.4 km)
  • Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort (4.9 mi / 7.9 km)
  • Big Sky Waterpark (9 mi / 14.5 km)
  • Northern Pines Golf Club (10 mi / 16.1 km)
  • House of Mystery and Montana Vortex (10 mi / 16.1 km)
Weather

Seasonal weather averages in Whitefish

Whitefish is well known for its skiing. To make the most of the cold weather activities, you might consider visiting in December, February, January or March, when snowfall averages 21.46 inches and temperatures average 17°F.

Natural features

Exploring the mountains and other natural features in Whitefish

Whitefish is famous for its panoramic lake views, scenic parks and glaciers. Whether you're looking for exciting outdoor activities or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, you'll be sure to find the perfect setting for your vacation in Whitefish. These are a few of the area's most enchanting features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Riverside Park (0.4 mi / 0.7 km)
  • Whitefish Lake State Park (1.8 mi / 2.9 km)
  • The Whitefish Trail - Lion Mountain Trailhead (2.1 mi / 3.4 km)
  • Lone Pine State Park (16.3 mi / 26.2 km)
  • Foys Lake (16.9 mi / 27.2 km)
  • Apgar Visitor Center (17.7 mi / 28.4 km)
How to get there

How to get to and around Whitefish

The nearest airport is in Kalispell, MT (FCA-Glacier Park Intl.), located 8.1 mi (13.1 km) from the city center.

If you'd prefer to travel by train, the main station serving the city is Whitefish Depot.

How to get around

Getting around Whitefish from your vacation home rental

Exploring Whitefish on foot is no great hardship since it's such a small town. If you'd rather pedal your way through the streets and nearby cycling trails, you can find plenty of bikes to rent for a day or more. Public transit is available in the form of Eagle Transit's Whitefish City Bus line. It operates between 11 AM and 2 PM on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and connects the downtown area to the commercial district. There are also daily bus routes to surrounding towns like Columbia Falls and Kalispell, as well as shuttle services that can bring you to and from Glacier Park International Airport, roughly 19 km away.

Food & drink 

From chic to casual, the Whitefish foodie scene has it all

Whitefish might be tiny, but it goes big when it comes to drinking and dining. Make a reservation at one of the award-winning fine dining restaurants in town and prepare yourself for delights like succulent steaks and fire-roasted pizza, to be washed down with the finest Montana craft beers. Or hit one of the numerous laid-back cafes and eateries, where you can expect familiar favourites like garden-fresh salads and thick, juicy burgers. Book a Whitefish vacation rental for spring and you'll be right on time for the annual Feast Whitefish festival, a smorgasbord of food, drink, and live music.

Essential info

Key facts to remember during your Whitefish vacation rental stay

Whitefish sits in the centre of Montana's Flathead County, at an elevation of 923 m within the Northern Rocky Mountains and right next door to Glacier National Park. It covers an area measuring roughly 17 sq km and has an estimated population of 7,300. English is the spoken language and the currency is the US dollar. A tip of 15–20% is customary in bars and restaurants, as well as for professionals like fishing guides. Whitefish ranks among the safest places in Montana, but if you find yourself needing emergency help, just dial 911.

Where to stay near Whitefish?

Our 2019 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 1,102 house rentals near Whitefish. From 400 Houses to 130 Cabins, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Whitefish for a long holiday or a weekend break is on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when travelling to Whitefish?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in Whitefish. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Whitefish Lake Golf Club: 1,183 home rentals
  • Frank Lloyd Wright Building: 1,189 home rentals
  • The Wave: 1,196 home rentals
  • First Presbyterian Church: 1,189 home rentals
  • Stumptown Ice Den: 1,176 home rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Whitefish listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Whitefish?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 400 Houses in Whitefish. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Whitefish include:

  • Cabins: 130 lodging choices
  • Cottages: 130 lodging choices
  • Condos/Apartments: 386 lodging choices

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation homes including Chalets and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Whitefish?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 186 vacation homes with pool available in Whitefish.