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Things to do in Glacier National Park

Hiking in Glacier

Hiking in Glacier is a truly magical experience. Trekking on foot might just be the best way to experience the greatness of this national park. Glacier offers hikes for everyones whether you're looking for a short hike to a multi day adventure. Check out our blog post for a list of our favorite hikes in Glacier.

Lake Mcdonald Valley

Lake Mcdonald is truly the center of attention on the west side of Glacier National park. Moving glaciers carved a u-shaped valley into the landscape forming Lake Mcdonald. The lake is the largest in the park spanning nearly ten miles. The valley offers access to beautiful hikes, horseback riding, boating and the historic Lake Mcdonald lodge.

Going-To-The-Sun Road

The Going-To-The-Sun Road is one of the most scenic roads in the United States. This epic 50 Mile drive takes a winding journey through the mountains and over the Continental Divide. Glacier National Park is wild country and wildlife can often be seen anywhere along the road. The entire road will take approximately two hours to drive and ends at the top of Logan pass.

The road can get very busy and traffic jams are not uncommon. However there are plenty of turn-outs to stretch your legs and enjoy the views. The road can be narrow in spots and passes under rock overhangs. Therefore, the park has regulations on what vehicles are allowed through. Rvs or those pulling trailers might have to take alternative routes.

Logan Pass

Logan pass is the highest point in Glacier National park that can be reached by car. The pass stands at 6,646 feet (2025 meters) and can be accessed by the Going-To-The-Sun Road. Logan Pass is part of the continental divide and is a popular tourist destination. From this point sweeping views of towering mountains, flowing wildflowers and scattered wildlife can be seen. Parking at Logan Pass can be limited. It is best to arrive before 8am if you want to find a spot.

Wild Goose Island

This tiny island can be found on Saint Mary Lake in Glacier National Park. Located off the Going-To-The-Sun Road this island is one of the most heavily photographed spots in the park. Behind the truly iconic Wild goose island the valley reveals breathtaking views of the mountains.

Many Glacier

Many Glacier is often referred to as a hikers paradise. The area is surrounded by glaciers, lakes, waterfalls and huge snow covered mountains. There is no shortage of hikes in this area though Iceberg Lake and Grinnell Glacier are the most popular. Hikes in this area average about 10 miles and are worth every step. Visitors can also stay at the Many Glacier Hotel and take boat tours across the Josephine and Swift current lakes. It is better to arrive early at this location as parking can be limited at the trailheads and lodge.

Waterton Lakes National Park

If you plan to visit Waterton Lakes on your tour through Glacier you will need to bring your passport. This national park is just north of Glacier across the Canadian border. Together Waterton Lakes National Park and Glacier National Park form The Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. Waterton is a popular location for hiking, biking, and boat tours.

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