Planning a Ranch Vacation? Here’s Your Travel Guide


A Guide: Getting To Your Ranch Vacation by Plane, Train & Automobile

Getting Here is Easy, Its Leaving that’s Hard

There are plenty of reasons to visit NW Montana including the state’s rugged good looks, charming inhabitants (human and animal), a ranch vacation and that infamous Big Sky. Our beloved, Treasure State, is all of those amazing things and then some. Montana never disappoints and, in fact even holds a few surprises.  One fact visitors are pleasantly surprised to discover is that it’s actually easy to get here.  Whether your method of travel is planes, trains or automobiles, we’ve got you covered.

Friendly Skies

The majority of our guests take advantage of one of the numerous airlines servicing our resort community. The closest airport to Whitefish is Glacier Park International Airport, located in Kalispell, MT just 20 minutes from the Bar W (airport code is FCA). If you’re flying international, we’ve got you covered as it is an international airport with TSA security check-in.

Glacier Park International Airport is serviced by Delta, United, Allegiant Air and Alaska. During the summer months we are fortunate to receive direct summer flights from LAX, Atlanta, Portland, Oakland. Many of these flights are Saturday services which align perfectly with our 6 night dude ranch vacation packages which run Sunday to Saturday. If you take advantage of these flights and arrive on Saturday please let us know so we can help you with local hotel options for Saturday evening, activity suggestions and dining recommendations.

Whitefish is a vibrant resort community offering adventure by day and relaxing hospitality at night. We are just 4 miles from Whitefish and would be happy to provide transportation to the ranch to begin your dude ranch vacation. For guests who need airport transportation directly from the airport to the ranch we provide round-trip airport transfer for $100 up to 4 people. The best part? By the time you deplane and grab your luggage you’ll be at the ranch in 25 minutes and can stretch your legs on 3,000 acres of trails, take a refreshing swim in Spencer Lake or play yard games with your friends and family.

Ride the Rails

Interested in incorporating some nostalgia on your trip out West? Consider taking the Amtrak train which has a whistle stop located in downtown Whitefish. Designated as a national historic landmark, the Whitefish train station is located just 5 miles from the Bar W Guest Ranch and has two daily arrivals. Amtrak’s Empire Builder travels daily between Chicago and Seattle/Portland and is truly an adventure in itself.

The train offers a variety of sleeping accommodations ranging from 2 people to a family suite complete with a bathroom. Stretch your legs during your travels and visit the dining car where the food is almost as good as the scenery. Visit the Lounge Car complete with panoramic windows, roomy tables and casual seating perfect for playing cards with family or socializing with fellow travelers.

Perks include: no baggage fees, scrumptious food and complimentary pick up for our vacationers!

Road Trip

road trip attractionsFor some people it’s not the destination, it’s the journey. Does it get more iconic American than a road trip? No matter your origin point there are plenty of scenic by-ways to enjoy in route. Let us know and we’ll help plan your road trip itinerary with stops including; hot springs, ghost towns and American Indian Sites. Make sure to have your camera ready as there are photo opportunities around every turn. Not to mention excellent selfie opportunities such as the largest penguin in Montana signifying the coldest spot in the nation.

One insider tip which is helpful for road trips is the ample amount of daylight we receive. During the summer months the sun doesn’t set until 10:30 p.m. which provides ample lighting so you can cover lots of ground. Many of our arrivals travel with an RV and there is plenty of parking available at the ranch.

Whether you’re looking to get here as efficiently as possible or spend some time exploring along the way, let us know if we can help you plan your ranch vacation. It’s easy to get here; it’s leaving that’s hard.

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