10 Places to Photograph in Kalispell, MT


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RMSP will be in Kalispell on February 27th and 28th as part of our 2016 Weekend Intensive program.

After a day or two spent learning how to improve your photography skills, there’s nothing more exciting than heading out to put those skills to the test. We thought it would be a fun idea to do a little e-scouting from Missoula and give a few suggestions of places to photograph in the area.

To scout from Missoula, we took our usual route of using Google Maps and Panoramio to see what other people had photographed in the area, but Kalispell is only a few hours from Missoula, and we know a lot of its great places personally as well. We hope you’ll enjoy our suggestions, and don’t forget that you can make any location feel completely new by going at night!

  1. Glacier National Park: This pristine ecosystem covers over one million acres and is home to hundreds of different native plants and hundreds of species of animals. Scientists studying the glaciers in the park have estimated that the glaciers may disappear by 2030 so visit soon …
  2. Flathead Lake: The north end of Flathead Lake is just ten miles from Kalispell. At 24 miles long it is one of the largest freshwater lakes in the Northwestern United States and one of the cleanest lakes of its type in the world.
  3. Wild Horse Island State Park: This island is on Flathead Lake and was used by the Salish-Kootenai tribes as a place to pasture their horses to prevent other tribes from stealing them. There are now five wild horses that live on the island along with deer, bighorn sheep, and many types of birds.
  4. Cherry Orchards: If you take a drive around Flathead Lake make sure to keep an eye out for cherry orchards. The best time to photograph these orchards is early to middle May when the trees are flowering. And of course, the cherries are delicious!
  5. Conrad Mansion: This was the home of Charles Conrad who founded the city of Kalispell. The 26-room mansion has been completely restored and still has some of the original furniture. Make sure to take your camera outside too because there are three acres of manicured gardens surrounding the house.
  6. Great Northern Railway Station in Whitefish: This railway station was built in 1928 in the same style as some of the lodges in Glacier National Park built in the same era.
  7. Montana Vortex: If you’re looking for an offbeat roadside attraction, visit the House of Mystery for a tour. You will definitely walk away with some interesting pihotographs.
  8. Hot Air Balloon Rides: During the summer months get a view of Glacier National Park from a totally different perspective in a hot air balloon.
  9. If you’d like to see Glacier from above but would feel more comfortable in something enclosed, you can charter a float plane for a flight through Northern Montana through See Northwest Montana From a Float Plane.
  10. Triple D Game Farm: If you’re interested in shooting wildlife but don’t know how to go about getting great images in the wild, this is the place to go. There are a wide variety of animals on the farm in their natural surroundings, and the animals at Triple D are well cared for and respected by the staff.


Train Ride, Glacier National Park: Amtrak has train packages from 4-11 days throughout the Northern United States. Or if you’d rather do a short trip you can do the ride between Whitefish and Browning, Montana and then ride back the same day with two one-way tickets. It’s a great way to see Glacier. Check out their route map if you’d like to pick a shorter route.

Do you know of great places to photograph in Kalipell that we didn’t mention? We’d love to hear from you. Please leave your suggestions in the comments below.

If you do photograph in Kalispell, show us your favorites! Post them on our Facebook page, so we can check them out. Make sure to tag the images with “Kalispell.”