Flathead Valley is home to Flathead Lake, charming lakeside towns and the famous Flathead cherries.
As you crest Polson Hill (about an hour drive from Missoula), you'll be met with a view that is sure to knock your socks off. Sweep your head to the west and you'll see the Salish Mountains. Turn to your right and you'll see the jagged peaks of the Mission Mountains. Look straight ahead and you'll see the largest natural freshwater lake in the West. The view isn't all Flathead Lake has to offer; it is also home to phenomenal recreation opportunities that include fishing, sailing, or just taking a dip in the water. Situated near the west side of the lake is Wild Horse Island, a day-use state park where wild horses, bighorn sheep, coyotes, deer and a variety of birds make their home.