Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of Glacier National Park, one of North America’s most pristine ecosystems, established in 1910 as the 10th U.S. national park. Its glacier-capped peaks, alpine valleys and crystal clear lakes fill more than 1 million acres (400,000 hectares) within Montana state.
Glacier Park’s 700 miles (1,126 kilometers) of hiking trails guide visitors into the wilderness to experience the park’s rugged beauty. Among towering mountains, encounter meadows carpeted with wildflowers, waterfalls and wildlife, including mountain goats and marmots in higher elevations and elk and harlequin ducks in lower valleys and streams. Choose from numerous novice hikes, from the Trail of the Cedars to St. Mary Falls.
For experienced hikers, the possibilities are almost endless for day hiking or backpacking. On the park’s east side, Ptarmigan Tunnel Trail is a strenuous 10.7-mile (17.2-kilometer) trek offering fantastic views of the glacier-carved Ptarmigan Wall. On the west side, Quartz Lake Loop from Bowman Lake Campground is a moderate 12.8-mile (20.6-kilometer) hike that swings between picturesque alpine lakes.
Bisecting Glacier Park, the Going-to-the-Sun Road is one of the world’s most scenic drives. Traversing 50 miles (80 kilometers) and reaching heights up to 6,646 feet (2,026 meters) at Logan Pass, the motorway’s engineering is as impressive as its unrivaled views. Sit back and enjoy the ride on the National Park Service’s free shuttles. For a guided, open-air tour, book a spot on a historic Red Bus. The 1930s bus fleet and historic lodges and chalets are significant parts of the park’s rich heritage.
The Going-to-the-Sun Road is open to cars after the snow is cleared, typically from mid-June through September. Cycle along the route from spring through fall. In winter, the road offers fantastic cross-country skiing.
Visit Glacier Park year-round. Most facilities, including campgrounds and lodges, however, are open only during summer. Snowshoeing and Nordic skiing are popular in winter.
Drive to Kalispell, Columbia Falls, Whitefish or Browning for easy access to park entrances. Several outfitters offer whitewater rafting, horseback riding and fishing excursions within the park. Kalispell’s Glacier Park International Airport is located 30 miles (48 kilometers) from the park’s west entrance.
Ensure you have plenty of time at Glacier National Park. Below are the best activities:
Why not think about purchasing a Private Guided Climbing Experience at Stryker Rock? It's one of the most exciting experiences available here.
For even more things to do, peruse our Kalispell things to do page.
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Situated on the waterfront, this lodge is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Lake McDonald and within 9 mi (15 km) of Mount Brown Lookout and Apgar Visitor Center. Glacier National Park and Alberta Tourist Information Center are also within 12 mi (20 km).
Situated in a national park, this motel is 8.3 mi (13.3 km) from Glacier National Park and within 32 mi (52 km) of St. Mary Visitor Center and St. Mary Falls. Virginia Falls is 32.3 mi (52 km) away.
Situated on a lake, this motel is 7.6 mi (12.2 km) from Glacier National Park and within 32 mi (52 km) of St. Mary Visitor Center and St. Mary Falls. Virginia Falls is 31.7 mi (50.9 km) away.
The view and the location near the entrance to Glacier National Park are the main attractions. The staff was friendly and helpful but we were a little surprised by the "Save Your Towels" notice. We commonly use towels for several days but most lodgings do not require us to do so. Also the driveway ...
Situated in a national park, this motel is within 6 mi (10 km) of St. Mary Falls, Glacier National Park, and Virginia Falls. St. Mary Visitor Center is 5.5 mi (8.8 km) away.
Situated on the waterfront, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Apgar Visitor Center and Lake McDonald. Glacier National Park is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) away.
Room overlooking a whitewater stream was also nicely furnished in comfortable rustic style. Andy at the front desk was extremely helpful.
If I could wake to the view from the apartment for the rest of my life I would. The location was perfect and very close to the west entrance. My husband and I are avid hikers and this place couldn't have been more perfect for us to come to after a long day on the trails. The kitchen was supplied ...