Camping is such a fun activity to do; this is the kind of outdoor activity that can be enjoyed by the entire family without exception. In fact, according to a statistics report released by KOA (Kampgrounds of America), camping is now the most popular “soft” adventure activity among baby boomers and Generation Xers. In Montana, 10 million visitors—armed with their Coleman tents and camping implements— flocked to the state in 2009 alone, making it one of the top camping destinations in the country. Montana is such a viable option especially for those who are looking for a more practical and economical way of enjoying a vacation with the family with less cost. One of the fanous landmarks in “The Great Treasure State” is Flathead Valley— the gateway to the Glacier National Park. If you haven’t been there yet, here are three reasons why you should try camping there.
There is something for every kind of visitor
Flathead Valley offers so many things to all its visitors. For example, it offers 360-degree views of surrounding mountains and lakes; it has recreation options for every age and ability; it has two nearby ski resorts and nine golf courses, and it provides access to historic small towns. Most of all, the campgrounds in the Flathead Valley provide plenty of space for campers of all kinds. During the peak season, Coleman tents are known to proliferate in these areas, especially near Flathead Lake, where fishing and boating activities provide plenty of fun for all campers. If you are planning on going fishing at Flathead Lake, the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi, then you should come prepared by bringing your fishing implements along with your camping supplies and equipment.
It is easy to get there
Another reason why camping in Flathead Valley is a good idea is because it is so easy to get there; those travelling by car or RV can simply traverse Interstate 90 to U.S. Highway 93 or take U.S. 2 into the Flathead Valley. Those who are travelling by train can take Amtrak’s Empire Builder, which travels between Seattle and Chicago, with daily stops at the Whitefish Depot daily. There are also stops at East Glacier Park, West Glacier, and Essex. Finally, those travelling by plane, Northwest Airlines, Delta/Skywest Airlines, Alaska/Horizon Airlines, and Big Sky Airlines have flights from all over the country landing at the Glacier Park International Airport. When travelling, check if your camping supplies and equipment are well-secured so that they will not be damaged in transit. For this reason, it is always best to purchase sturdy equipment such as those produced by Coleman (Coleman tents, camping chairs, stoves, lanterns, heaters, etc.)
There are so many things to do here
Flathead Valley offers so many opportunities for visitors to experience various outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, rafting, fishing, golf, wildlife viewing, even skiing and snowmobiling in the winter. If you love to travel and explore, you can also check out well-preserved forest grounds or maybe even pitch a tent and unload your camping supplies in areas such as the great Glacier National Park, the Flathead National Forest, Great Bear Wilderness, Bob Marshall Wilderness, Jewel Basin, the Ninepipe Wildlife Management Area, National Bison Range, and the Hungry Horse Dam and Reservoir.