102 Things to Do Glacier National Park & Western Montana

102 Things to Do

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102 Things to Do

Planning your trip to Western Montana and Glacier National Park and need some great ideas? Well, here is a list of 102 Things To Do while you're here to help you get started.

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  1. Experience American Indian culture by staying the night in a tipi.
  2. Rent a bike in Missoula and explore the city's plentiful biking trails.
  3. Visit Missoula's Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and learn about the role the foundation plays in elk conservation.
  4. Step into the past and explore Garnet—a modern day ghost town—on a walking tour.
  5. Pick your own sweet cherries from an orchard in Montana's Flathead Valley.
  6. Hit fresh powder at one of Glacier County's six full-service ski areas.
  7. Experience a Montana tradition and channel your inner cowboy at a local small-town rodeo.
  8. Ski down the backside of Whitefish Mountain Resort. You'll feel like you have the mountain to yourself. Plus, it offers views of the peaks of Glacier National Park.
  9. Rent an inner tube in downtown Missoula and float the Clark Fork River.

  10. Centuries in the Making

    Centuries in the Making

    Experience American Indian culture by staying the night in a tipi.

  11. Marvel in the 58 hand-painted murals adorning the walls and ceiling of the St. Ignatius Mission.
  12. Montana has great guides. Take a guided trip, with options ranging from llama trekking to whitewater rafting and fishing to trail rides.
  13. Experience the arts by catching a play at the Bigfork Summer Playhouse.
  14. Cast your line into one of Western Montana's blue-ribbon trout streams.
  15. Admire the spectacular views from Kerr Damn. The dam is a short drive from Polson and is 54 feet higher than Niagara Falls.
  16. Relive the excitement of the discovery of the Old West by taking a wagon ride.
  17. Visit the unique habitat of the Ninepipes National Wildlife Refuge. Follow it up with a visit to Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana.
  18. Relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery along the Going-to-the-Sun Road on a historic red bus tour.
  19. Find the perfect souvenir at one of Glacier Country's many antique stores.

  20. A Downhill Haven

    A Downhill Haven

    Hit fresh powder at one of Glacier County's six full-service ski areas.

  21. Follow the Lewis and Clark Trail and see where they camped at Travelers' Rest State Park.
  22. Montana is home to many species of wildlife–keep your eyes open and your camera ready.
  23. Meet Montana's heroes at the Smokejumper Visitor Center.
  24. Beat the bears to it and try a huckleberry shake.
  25. Stroll through Missoula's historic districts.
  26. Take a step into history with a visit to the Conrad Mansion Museum in Kalispell.
  27. Visit Flathead Lake's Wild Horse Island on a guided kayaking or boat tour.
  28. Hike in the Bob (aka the Bob Marshall Wilderness).
  29. Peruse the work of Montana artists at a local art gallery.

  30. Cowboy Up

    Cowboy Up

    Experience a Montana tradition and channel your inner cowboy at a local small-town rodeo.

  31. Try a bison burger.
  32. Hop aboard a hot air balloon and see the beautiful topography of Glacier Country.
  33. Take in a skijoring competition (skiing behind a horse) in Whitefish.
  34. Play a game of miniature golf.
  35. Mine for sapphires near Philipsburg. Complete your day with a visit to The Sweet Palace.
  36. Spend the night in a forest service lookout.
  37. Rent your own raft and float one of the region's rivers. Or, better yet, arrange a whitewater adventure or scenic float with a local guiding company.
  38. Take advantage of the region's plentiful snowfall and go snowshoeing.
  39. Rent a sailboat and set sail on beautiful Flathead Lake, the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi River.

  40. Go with a Guide

    Go with a Guide

    Montana has great guides. Take a guided trip, with options ranging from llama trekking to whitewater rafting and fishing to trail rides.

  41. Experience an American Indian Pow Wow celebration.
  42. Swing your clubs on one of our golf courses.
  43. Rent a motorcycle and cruise the roads and byways of Western Montana.
  44. Sleep in a train car in Essex.
  45. Kayak the man-made Brennan's Wave on the Clark Fork in downtown Missoula .
  46. Saddle up and see Glacier Country on horseback.
  47. Take a trail ride in Glacier National Park.
  48. Race go carts on Highway 2 in Coram.
  49. Admire the wildflowers. Western Montana is home to the Bitterroot, Indian Paintbrush and Bear Grass (to name a few).

  50. Ride a Red Bus

    Ride a Red Bus

    Relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery along the Going-to-the-Sun Road on a historic red bus tour.

  51. Bike through 11 tunnels and over nine steel trestles along the Hiawatha Rail trail.
  52. Cool off at a water slide park in Columbia Falls or Missoula.
  53. See beautiful views and bison at the National Bison Range in Moiese.
  54. Take a dip in one of Western Montana's beautiful lakes.
  55. Play folf at one of the local area courses.
  56. Take a gondola ride at Whitefish Mountain Resort and enjoy the spectacular surrounding views.
  57. Shop sales tax free.
  58. Fly through the air on the zip lines at Whitefish Mountain Resort.
  59. Watch the sunrise at Chief Mountain. You'll call it a perfect day even if you see nothing else.

  60. Let's Sail Away

    Let's Sail Away

    Rent a sailboat and set sail on beautiful Flathead Lake, the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi River.

  61. See the world's finest wildlife films at the International Wildlife Film Festival.
  62. Ride the hand-carved carousel in Missoula.
  63. Strap on your skates and ice skate on a frozen pond or ice rink.
  64. Experience the old west again on a wagon train or cattle drive.
  65. Kayak, canoe or boat on one of Western Montana's rivers or lakes.
  66. Hike the Ross Creek Cedar Trail and tantalize your senses with the unforgettable sites and refreshing scent of the old-growth cedar forest.
  67. Grab a meal lakeside and watch the sun go down in Woods Bay.
  68. Brave the rapids (with a guide) on the Alberton Gorge.
  69. Take a look back at the history of Glacial Lake Missoula and the Ice Age floods.

  70. Swing Away

    Swing Away

    Swing your clubs on one of our golf courses.

  71. Learn about Glacier National Park from an American Indian perspective with Sun Tours.
  72. Cut your teeth at Mission Falls—a popular ice climbing destination near St. Ignatius.
  73. Drive up to Polebridge in the North Fork. Spend an hour or a day. (We'd suggest a day). And while you're there, pick up some huckleberry coconut macaroon cookies.
  74. Participate in North American Indian Days—one of the largest gatherings of United States and Canadian tribes and celebrate the native way of life.
  75. Stop at the Windmill Village in Ravalli for one of their fresh doughnuts.
  76. Kick up your heels and enjoy the nightlife in downtown Whitefish.
  77. Head to the heart of the wilderness for a boot-stomping good time at The Jack in the Lolo Wilderness.
  78. Visit the St. Mary Mission in Stevensville.
  79. Explore the interpretive trails at Savenac Nursery, a National Historic Site in Haugan.

  80. Flying with Joy

    Flying with Joy

    Fly through the air on the zip lines at Whitefish Mountain Resort.

  81. For a close-up view of animals, visit the Koo-Koo-Sint Bighorn Sheep Viewing Site near Plains.
  82. See mining history at the Mineral County Museum in Superior.
  83. Celebrate Montana's much-loved purple berry at The Huckleberry Festival in Trout Creek.
  84. Celebrate the Fourth of July at a small-town celebration. Try Bigfork, Troy or Seeley Lake.
  85. Catch live music in Missoula.
  86. Tour Glacier Country's breweries.
  87. Bask in the blues at the Riverfront Blues Festival in Libby.
  88. Watch kayakers do their thing at the Bigfork Whitewater Festival on the Wild Mile.
  89. Have dinner at the Belton Chalet in West Glacier.

  90. Hike it Out

    Hike it Out

    Hike the M on Mount Sentinel overlooking Missoula.

  91. Sit on the porch at Lake McDonald Lodge and watch twilight linger.
  92. Listen to an interpretive talk from a ranger in Glacier National Park.
  93. Stretch your legs on the boardwalk at Logan Pass in Glacier National Park.
  94. Do yoga on the shore of Flathead Lake.
  95. Go glamping at Paws Up in Greenough.
  96. Catch a show at the Wilma Theater in Missoula.
  97. Stop and pose with a hefty Hereford along Highway 200 at Clearwater Junction.
  98. Drive the Looking Glass Highway (Hwy 49) along the eastern edge of Glacier National Park. It offers incredible views of the park and the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.
  99. Visit a Montana State Park.

  100. Explore the North Fork

    Explore the North Fork

    Drive up to Polebridge in the North Fork. Spend an hour or a day. (We'd suggest a day). And while you're there, pick up some huckleberry coconut macaroon cookies.

  101. Cross-country ski or snowshoe along the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park.
  102. Visit the University of Montana in Missoula—the state's oldest university.

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102 Things To Do in Western Montana & Glacier National Park

Western Montana's Glacier Country

News from Glacier National Park: Currently 17.0 miles of the Going-to-the-Sun Road are open for travel.

Bird Woman Falls

An icon in Glacier National Park, Bird Woman Falls is a glistening 492-foot-high waterfall that cascades down the side of Mt. Oberlin. From West Glacier, travel the Going-to-the-Sun Road to Bird Woman Falls Overlook, located on the west side of the Continental Divide.

Trail of the Cedars

This short boardwalk trail (ADA accessible) takes visitors through an old growth cedar forest. It’s also the beginning of the Avalanche Lake Trail (just over two miles long) that leads to Avalanche Lake—one of the most popular day hikes in Glacier National Park. Trail of the Cedars is located about five and a half miles north of Lake McDonald Lodge.

Drive the Going-to-the-Sun Road

If your time in Glacier National Park is limited, one must-see attraction is the Going-to-the-Sun Road. This 50-mile long road takes travelers between St. Mary and West Glacier through the heart of the park, crossing the Continental Divide at Logan Pass. There are numerous pullouts along the road, ideal for taking photographs and enjoying the scenery.

See a Glacier

As you’re traveling the Going-to-the-Sun Road, pull over at Jackson Glacier Overlook (located east of Logan Pass). The overlook offers the best opportunity to see a glacier from the road.

Many Glacier Valley

Home to incredible mountains, active glaciers, abundant wildlife and miles of hiking trails, Many Glacier is located in the northeast section of Glacier National Park. Trails leave from this valley in numerous directions, with popular hiking destinations including Iceberg Lake, Grinnell Lake and Ptarmigan Tunnel.

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