For The Cycling Tourist, LOCAL AMENITIES
Whitefish is ideally suited to a bicycle traveler’s needs. Everything is accessible and it is easy to get around by bike or on foot.
Within the six downtown blocks are the post office, grocery store, library, a wonderful coffee house, a brewery, too many banks, health food store, several ice cream shops, the train depot, bike shop (Glacier Cyclery!), a great selection of restaurants and lodging, interesting shops and six city parks, one of which is on Whitefish River.
Within 1 mile of downtown to the south is a drugstore and an RV Park and Campground; within 1.5 miles from downtown to the west is a state park campground on Whitefish Lake. Both offer attractive tent camping for cycle tourists.
You can ride into Whitefish, drop your bicycle off at Glacier Cyclery for repairs, walk to the store for food, and relax in the park with a newspaper or postcards to write while we make that derailleur of yours shift like a dream again.
On a rainy day, lay over, spend time at the new library or sip a hot mocha at Montana Coffee Traders, tour the brewery, eat at the numerous good cafes and restaurants or hang out at Glacier Cyclery reading entries in the Bicycle Guest Register.
If your schedule allows, or your body demands an extra day off, there is even more to entertain and relax you like swimming in Whitefish Lake or riding the chair-lift to the summit of the Big Mountain at the Whitefish Mountain Resort. From the summit of the ski area are beautiful views south over the Flathead Valley, east into Glacier National Park and north into the Canadian Rockies.
On a recent cross country tandem tour, my husband and I longed to ride through a community that beckoned us to get off the saddles, and stay awhile. Whitefish is such a place, so plan your trip to start in Whitefish or schedule a rest day on your way through, I promise it will be a memorable highlight of your tour.