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.

Whitefish is Unexpected in the Best Ways

Take in views of glacier peaks while skiing at Whitefish Mountain Resort, and enjoy award-winning restaurants and hospitality in downtown Whitefish.


  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. Western Montana is home to great mountain biking trails. Try the Whitefish Trail, Blue Mountain or the Hiawatha Rail Trail.

  10. Centuries in the Making

    Centuries in the Making

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

  11. See Western Montana from an aerial point of view on a helicopter tour with Glacier Jet Center.
  12. Marvel in the 58 hand-painted murals adorning the walls and ceiling of the St. Ignatius Mission.
  13. Montana has great guides. Take a guided trip, with options ranging from llama trekking to whitewater rafting and fishing to trail rides.
  14. Experience the arts by catching a play at the Bigfork Summer Playhouse.
  15. Enjoy the calming and healing effects of one of Glacier Country's natural hot springs.
  16. Admire the spectacular views from Kerr Damn. The dam is a short drive from Polson and is 54 feet higher than Niagara Falls.
  17. Relive the excitement of the discovery of the Old West by taking a wagon ride.
  18. Visit the unique habitat of the Ninepipes National Wildlife Refuge. Follow it up with a visit to Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana.
  19. Follow the Lewis and Clark Trail and see where they camped at Travelers' Rest State Park.

  20. A Downhill Haven

    A Downhill Haven

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

  21. Rediscover your inner child by sledding down the snowy hills of Glacier Country.
  22. Visit the Glacier Institute for a hands-on educational adventure.
  23. Meet Montana's heroes at the Smokejumper Visitor Center.
  24. Rent a canoe or kayak and paddle the Clearwater Canoe Trail near Seeley Lake.
  25. Beat the bears to it and try a huckleberry shake.
  26. Be adventurous. Plan a rock climbing trip with an experienced guide.
  27. Check out the mysterious vortex along Highway 2 near Columbia Falls .
  28. Stroll through Missoula's historic districts.
  29. Join Missoulians for lunch and live music at Caras Park every Wednesday from June – August.

  30. Cowboy Up

    Cowboy Up

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

  31. Take a step into history with a visit to the Conrad Mansion Museum in Kalispell.
  32. Visit Flathead Lake's Wild Horse Island on a guided kayaking or boat tour.
  33. Hike in the Bob (aka the Bob Marshall Wilderness).
  34. Peruse the work of Montana artists at a local art gallery.
  35. Try a bison burger.
  36. Rent wave runners and head to a nearby lake.
  37. Mine for sapphires near Philipsburg. Complete your day with a visit to The Sweet Palace.
  38. Spend the night in a cozy cabin.
  39. See the Grizzlies up close. Catch a game at the University of Montana.

  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. Rent a sailboat and set sail on beautiful Flathead Lake, the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi River.
  42. Experience an American Indian Pow Wow celebration.
  43. Swing your clubs on one of our golf courses.
  44. Rent a motorcycle and cruise the roads and byways of Western Montana.
  45. Sleep in a train car in Essex.
  46. Saddle up and see Glacier Country on horseback.
  47. Admire the wildflowers. Western Montana is home to the Bitterroot, Indian Paintbrush and Bear Grass (to name a few).
  48. Bike through 11 tunnels and over nine steel trestles along the Hiawatha Rail trail.
  49. Meet a Great Horned Owl at the Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge, a birders' paradise.

  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. Cool off at a water slide park in Columbia Falls or Missoula.
  52. Check out the view of Kootenai Falls (near Libby and Troy) from the swinging bridge.
  53. Take a dip in one of Western Montana's beautiful lakes.
  54. Play folf at one of the local area courses.
  55. Fly through the air on the zip lines at Whitefish Mountain Resort.
  56. See the world's finest wildlife films at the International Wildlife Film Festival.
  57. Ride the hand-carved carousel in Missoula.
  58. Water ski on Lake Como, Whitefish Lake or Seeley Lake.
  59. Experience the old west again on a wagon train or cattle drive.

  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. Kayak, canoe or boat on one of Western Montana's rivers or lakes.
  62. Hike the Ross Creek Cedar Trail and tantalize your senses with the unforgettable sites and refreshing scent of the old-growth cedar forest.
  63. Take a Walk in the Treetops at Whitefish Mountain Resort.
  64. Stroll through a piece of the South at the Daly Mansion in Hamilton. The mansion was home to Marcus Daly—one of Montana's Copper Kings.
  65. Brave the rapids (with a guide) on the Alberton Gorge.
  66. Take a look back at the history of Glacial Lake Missoula and the Ice Age floods.
  67. Take a beading class at The People's Center in Pablo.
  68. Learn about Glacier National Park from an American Indian perspective with Sun Tours.
  69. Cut your teeth at Mission Falls—a popular ice climbing destination near St. Ignatius.

  70. Swing Away

    Swing Away

    Swing your clubs on one of our golf courses.

  71. Cozy up to your sweetie on a winter sleigh ride.
  72. Participate in North American Indian Days—one of the largest gatherings of United States and Canadian tribes and celebrate the native way of life.
  73. Pick up some homemade rolls or fresh produce at a local Hutterite colony near Cut Bank.
  74. Experience Broadway in Montana at a performance from the Alpine Theatre Project in Whitefish.
  75. Celebrate the logging industry by attending Logger Days in Darby.
  76. Attend a local county fair.
  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. For a close-up view of animals, visit the Koo-Koo-Sint Bighorn Sheep Viewing Site near Plains.

  80. Flying with Joy

    Flying with Joy

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

  81. See mining history at the Mineral County Museum in Superior.
  82. Celebrate the Fourth of July at a small-town celebration. Try Bigfork, Troy or Seeley Lake.
  83. Visit a farmers market and pick up locally grown and locally made goods.
  84. Catch live music in Missoula.
  85. Tour Glacier Country's breweries.
  86. Bask in the blues at the Riverfront Blues Festival in Libby.
  87. Watch kayakers do their thing at the Bigfork Whitewater Festival on the Wild Mile.
  88. Drive the Montana Scenic Loop
  89. Sit on the porch at Lake McDonald Lodge and watch twilight linger.

  90. Hike it Out

    Hike it Out

    Hike the M on Mount Sentinel overlooking Missoula.

  91. Listen to an interpretive talk from a ranger in Glacier National Park.
  92. Stretch your legs on the boardwalk at Logan Pass in Glacier National Park.
  93. Ride Amtrak's Empire Builder from East Glacier to Whitefish.
  94. Go glamping at Paws Up in Greenough.
  95. Catch a show at the Wilma Theater in Missoula.
  96. Listen to the sounds of the Glacier Symphony in the Flathead Valley.
  97. Stop and pose with a hefty Hereford along Highway 200 at Clearwater Junction.
  98. Visit a Montana State Park.
  99. Munch on sweet potato fries—a local favorite.

  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. Take in the golden colors of our fall foliage. Try a drive along the southern border of Glacier National Park, through the Seeley-Swan Valley and down the Bitterroot Valley.

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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 12.5 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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