Destination guide

Discover picture-perfect Polson

Boasting a picturesque setting on the southern shore of Flathead Lake in Montana's Lake County, Polson delights travelers with its quaint cultural attractions and million-dollar views of the Mission Mountains and surrounding countryside. Located within the boundaries of the Flathead Indian Reservation, the city plays host to annual celebrations such as the Main Street Cherry Festival and the Pacific Northwest's largest car show. Whether visiting with friends for the weekend or enjoying a longer getaway with family, Polson vacation rentals ensure you feel right at home. You'll find many rentals offer a waterfront setting along Polson Bay.

Things to do

Soak up the culture in Polson

Time away from the water can be spent at the Miracle of America Museum on Memory Lane. Widely known as the Smithsonian of the West, this family-friendly spot features a recreated pioneer village and the Montana State Fiddlers Hall of Fame, not to mention Montana's largest collection of antique artifacts. Elsewhere in town, the Polson Flathead Historical Museum provides visitors with another chance to peek into the area's past. Before heading back to your Polson vacation rental, catching a performance at the lakeside Polson Players Theatre can be a lovely way to round off the day.


Make a splash in Polson

During the summer recess, Flathead Lake will likely take center stage. Salish Point is a popular spot for jumping from the fishing piers into the warm water below, while those who want to head further out can grab a kayak or boat from one of the rental joints on the lake's shore. For something a little different, cruises typically set sail daily from the lakeside towns, offering up the chance to check out the painted rocks north of the uninhabited Cedar Island, or simply to enjoy dinner as the sun sets over the shimmering water.


Enjoy year-round fun in Polson

The climate here often sees temperatures over the summer months of July and August soar past 80, although a welcoming breeze drifting in from the lake means it typically feels a little cooler. Temperatures in the spring can be lower again, offering the perfect backdrop for checking out the bison, deer, and antelope at the National Bison Range, located within a 40-minute drive of most Polson vacation rentals. The lake's influence also means that winters here are rarely unbearable. On the contrary, the city's surrounding mountains attract those keen to hop on a snowmobile or strap on their skis.

Natural features

Find an outdoor playground near Polson

Around 5 miles west of Polson on the Flathead River, the 1000-foot boardwalk at Salish Kootenai Dam – formerly Kerr Dam – offers memorable views of the waterfall and canyon below, although the more adventurous will likely want to take on a white-water rafting challenge instead. If you fancy exploring some of the area's lush green spaces, Big Arm State Park on the lake's western shore, where activities include trout fishing, cycling, and wildlife watching, can be a great place to start. To the east, the Flathead National Forest's million acres of wilderness features wonders such as Hungry Horse Dam and the Grinnell Glacier.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Polson

Fly into Missoula, MT (MSO-Missoula Intl.), the closest airport, located 53.6 mi (86.3 km) from the city center.

Can I find a vacation rental around Polson?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 276 vacation rentals near Polson. From 136 Houses to 56 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Polson for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Polson?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Polson. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Miracle of America Museum: 141 vacation rentals
  • Kerr Dam: 132 vacation rentals
  • Mission Mountain Country Club: 172 vacation rentals
  • Polson Country Club: 142 vacation rentals
  • Wild Horse Island State Park: 383 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Polson listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Polson?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 136 Houses in Polson. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Polson include:

  • Cabins: 56 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 62 rentals available
  • Cottages: 56 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Polson?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 16 vacation rentals with pool available in Polson. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.