Active + Adventure

Great Summer Mountain Towns

by Sarah Tuff

Whitefish, Montana

The hills are alive with: Rafting

Get elevated: Wriggling into a life vest, clipping on a helmet, and planting your posteriors on an out-of-control rubber raft will get your adrenaline up like almost nothing else. And in the river-swollen days of July and August, there are few better places to suit up than Whitefish, Montana. A handful of miles from the mountain-fringed town, the Flathead River pitches rafting parties along such class III and IV rapids as Bone Crusher and Jaws. Plus, the snow-fed river froths with some of the prettiest blue-green water in the Rockies (not to mention that it teems with Westslope cutthroat trout). The Glacier Outdoor Center near Whitefish hosts multiday rafting, horseback riding, and fly-fishing trips. Back in town, rafters peel out of wet suits for a Wheatfish Hefeweizen at the Great Northern Brewing Company. (More brews flow for the Whitefish Mountain Brewfest in late August, held at the town's own ski resort.) And the town's best après-anything accommodations are at the Good Medicine Lodge, a nine-room bed-and-breakfast with lodge pole beds, balconies overlooking the mountain, and eggs and breads to replenish all that spent energy.

Peak time: July and August

Glacier Outdoor Center
Tel: 406 888 5454

Good Medicine Lodge
Tel: 800 860 5488
Doubles from $135

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