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Glacier National Park

Reach towering peaks and see breathtaking natural scenery as you make your way over, around and through mountains and waterfalls in this national park.

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.

Popular Activities at Glacier National Park

Give yourself heaps of time at Glacier National Park. Here are the best activities:

Why not think about purchasing a Private Guided Climbing Experience at Stryker Rock? It's one of the most interesting activities available here.

If you're looking for more options, check out our Kalispell things to do page.


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Lodging Near Glacier National Park

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Lake McDonald Lodge - Inside the Park
Lake McDonald Lodge - Inside the Park

Lake McDonald Lodge - Inside the Park

288 Lake Mcdonald Lodge Loop, West Glacier
     
    2.0 out of 5.0

    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. Alberta Tourist Information Center and Glacier View Golf Course are also within 12 mi (20 km).

    Swiftcurrent Motor Inn and Cabins - Inside the Park
    Swiftcurrent Motor Inn and Cabins - Inside the Park

    Swiftcurrent Motor Inn and Cabins - Inside the Park

    1256 Many Glacier Road, Babb
       
      2.0 out of 5.0

      Situated in a national park, this motel is 8.2 mi (13.3 km) from Glacier National Park and within 32 mi (52 km) of St. Mary Visitor Center and Waterton Lakes National Park. St. Mary Falls is 32.1 mi (51.7 km) away.

      Many Glacier Hotel - Inside the Park
      Many Glacier Hotel - Inside the Park

      Many Glacier Hotel - Inside the Park

      36 Many Glacier Hotel Loop, Babb
         
        3.0 out of 5.0

        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 Waterton Lakes National Park. St. Mary Falls is 31.5 mi (50.7 km) away.

        Belton Chalet $170
        Belton Chalet

        Belton Chalet

        12575 Highway 2E, West Glacier
           
          4.2
          of 5, from 94 reviews
          3.0 out of 5.0

          Situated in West Glacier, this hotel is close to Alberta Tourist Information Center, Glacier View Golf Course, and Apgar Visitor Center. Area attractions also include Amazing Fun Center and Glacier Distilling Company.

          Rising Sun Motor Inn and Cabins - Inside the Park
          Rising Sun Motor Inn and Cabins - Inside the Park

          Rising Sun Motor Inn and Cabins - Inside the Park

          Going-to-the-Sun Road, East Glacier Park
             
            2.0 out of 5.0

            Situated in a national park, this motel is within 6 mi (10 km) of St. Mary Falls, St. Mary Visitor Center, and Glacier National Park. Lake McDonald is 31.7 mi (51 km) away.

            Village Inn At Apgar - Inside the Park
            Village Inn At Apgar - Inside the Park

            Village Inn At Apgar - Inside the Park

            1039 Going-to-the-Sun Road, West Glacier
               
              2.0 out of 5.0

              Situated on the waterfront, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Lake McDonald and Apgar Visitor Center. Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex and Alberta Tourist Information Center are also within 3 mi (5 km).

              Glacier Outdoor Center $109
              Glacier Outdoor Center

              Glacier Outdoor Center

              12400 U.S. 2, West Glacier
                 
                4.7
                of 5, from 131 reviews
                3.5 out of 5.0

                Situated in West Glacier, this cabin is within 1 mi (2 km) of Alberta Tourist Information Center and Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex. Glacier View Golf Course and Apgar Visitor Center are also within 3 mi (5 km). West Glacier Station is 15 minutes by foot.

                St. Mary Lodge and Resort
                St. Mary Lodge and Resort

                St. Mary Lodge and Resort

                3 Going-To-The-Sun Road, St. Mary
                   
                  4.0
                  of 5, from 97 reviews
                  3.0 out of 5.0

                  Situated in a national park, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Glacier National Park and St. Mary Visitor Center. St. Mary Falls is 11.2 mi (18 km) away.