Destination guide

That'll be the Dayton

Small and perfectly formed, the nautical bolthole of Dayton is a tiny speck on the vast flank of Flathead Lake - one of the largest freshwater lakes in the whole of the U.S. A Dayton vacation rental is the perfect plan if you're looking to don your captain's cap and take to the water, whether you're an experienced sailor or a first-timer. It also makes the ideal jumping-off point for a trip out onto the lake to visit the intriguing state park of Wild Horse Island, while nearby Polson offers plenty of more cultural activities.

Things to do

Crafty ways for rainy days

A big draw of a Dayton vacation rental is an excursion out to the nearby state park of Wild Horse Island. It's jam-packed with wildlife, and is only accessible by boat. And if a bit of heavy weather keeps you on dry land for a day or 2, don't fret. You can get some of the good stuff down your neck at the local winery, or if you fancy venturing further afield, the county seat of Polson is only 25 minutes down the road. It's got plenty to do for all the family, including art galleries, history museums, and casinos.


Hoist the mainsail for your Dayton vacation rental

A Dayton vacation rental is all about finding your sea legs. Well, your lake legs actually. Flathead Lake has a surface area of nearly 200 square miles, and it's all yours to explore, with Dayton being the ideal launching spot. Sailing is particularly popular, since the bay has a reputation for super-steady winds and all the facilities you need to get yourself out on the water. You can bring your own craft or rent one, and if you're new to the game there's sailing tuition on offer. And the fishermen among you are going to love it, too.


A Dayton winter is a real winter

Make no mistake, winters in Dayton are winters. Its position on the banks of the lake mean they're not quite as Siberian as elsewhere in Montana, but you're still going to want to bring the heavy cold-weather armor. The coldest months are December, January, and February, where temperatures often loiter below freezing. Summers, on the other hand, are pretty perfect. While people elsewhere in the U.S. are roasting during July and August, your Dayton vacation rental should see you smugly enjoying hot sun and cool breezes.

Natural features

Wild horses won't keep you away from Dayton

Flathead Lake is a beast. It's one of the biggest lakes in the U.S. by surface area, and its deep, clean waters are home to all kinds of fishy critters. There are also quite a few islands dotting the lake's surface, including Wild Horse Island. Once used by Native Americans to pasture horses, it's home to sheep, deer, and birds, including waterfowl and raptors. And just so you don't feel cheated, there are even some wild horses, too. Much of this section of western Montana is also part of the Flathead Indian Reservation, including both Dayton and Polson.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Dayton

Fly into Kalispell, MT (FCA-Glacier Park Intl.), the closest airport, located 30.5 mi (49.2 km) from the city center.

How many vacation rentals are available around Dayton, MT?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 473 vacation rentals around Dayton. From 80 condo and apartment rentals to 95 cabin rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

What are the popular point of interests near where I can stay when traveling to Dayton?

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

  • Mission Mountain Winery: 396 vacation rentals
  • Wild Horse Island State Park: 387 vacation rentals
  • Eagle Bend Golf Club: 505 vacation rentals
  • Flathead National Forest: 138 vacation rentals
  • Big Arm State Park: 253 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Dayton listed on Vrbo 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 Condos/Apartments in Dayton?

Yes, of course. Vrbo has 80 Condos/Apartments in Dayton. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Dayton include:

  • Cabins: 95 rentals available
  • Houses: 228 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 95 rentals available

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Dayton?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 18 vacation rentals with pool available in Dayton. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.