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. Sleep under the big blue sky—and maybe catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights—at one of Western Montana's many campgrounds.
  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. Experience a Montana tradition and channel your inner cowboy at a local small-town rodeo.
  6. 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.
  7. See Western Montana from an aerial point of view on a helicopter tour with Glacier Jet Center.
  8. Rent an inner tube in downtown Missoula and float the Clark Fork River.
  9. Montana has great guides. Take a guided trip, with options ranging from llama trekking to whitewater rafting and fishing to trail rides.

  10. Centuries in the Making

    Centuries in the Making

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

  11. Enjoy the calming and healing effects of one of Glacier Country's natural hot springs.
  12. Cast your line into one of Western Montana's blue-ribbon trout streams.
  13. Discover beautiful Glacier Country in winter via snowmobile. Try the trails in Seeley Lake, the Bitterroot Valley and the Flathead Valley.
  14. Admire the spectacular views from Kerr Damn. The dam is a short drive from Polson and is 54 feet higher than Niagara Falls.
  15. Visit the unique habitat of the Ninepipes National Wildlife Refuge. Follow it up with a visit to Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana.
  16. Relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery along the Going-to-the-Sun Road on a historic red bus tour.
  17. Rent a canoe and enjoy the peace and serenity of Montana's lakes and rivers.
  18. Meet Montana's heroes at the Smokejumper Visitor Center.
  19. Beat the bears to it and try a huckleberry shake.

  20. A Downhill Haven

    A Downhill Haven

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

  21. Be adventurous. Plan a rock climbing trip with an experienced guide.
  22. Check out the mysterious vortex along Highway 2 near Columbia Falls .
  23. Stroll through Missoula's historic districts.
  24. Take a step into history with a visit to the Conrad Mansion Museum in Kalispell.
  25. Visit Flathead Lake's Wild Horse Island on a guided kayaking or boat tour.
  26. Peruse the work of Montana artists at a local art gallery.
  27. Try a bison burger.
  28. Rent wave runners and head to a nearby lake.
  29. Hop aboard a hot air balloon and see the beautiful topography of Glacier Country.

  30. Cowboy Up

    Cowboy Up

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

  31. Take in a skijoring competition (skiing behind a horse) in Whitefish.
  32. Take advantage of the region's plentiful snowfall and go snowshoeing.
  33. See the Grizzlies up close. Catch a game at the University of Montana.
  34. Rent a sailboat and set sail on beautiful Flathead Lake, the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi River.
  35. Experience an American Indian Pow Wow celebration.
  36. Swing your clubs on one of our golf courses.
  37. Sleep in a train car in Essex.
  38. Kayak the man-made Brennan's Wave on the Clark Fork in downtown Missoula .
  39. Saddle up and see Glacier Country on horseback.

  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. Take a trail ride in Glacier National Park.
  42. Race go carts on Highway 2 in Coram.
  43. Admire the wildflowers. Western Montana is home to the Bitterroot, Indian Paintbrush and Bear Grass (to name a few).
  44. Bike through 11 tunnels and over nine steel trestles along the Hiawatha Rail trail.
  45. Meet a Great Horned Owl at the Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge, a birders' paradise.
  46. Cool off at a water slide park in Columbia Falls or Missoula.
  47. See beautiful views and bison at the National Bison Range in Moiese.
  48. Check out the view of Kootenai Falls (near Libby and Troy) from the swinging bridge.
  49. Take a dip in one of Western Montana's beautiful lakes.

  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. Shop sales tax free.
  52. Fly through the air on the zip lines at Whitefish Mountain Resort.
  53. Stop by and say hi to the friendly volunteers at the Ronan Visitor Center. They'll probably give you pie.
  54. Water ski on Lake Como, Whitefish Lake or Seeley Lake.
  55. Experience the old west again on a wagon train or cattle drive.
  56. Kayak, canoe or boat on one of Western Montana's rivers or lakes.
  57. Hike the Ross Creek Cedar Trail and tantalize your senses with the unforgettable sites and refreshing scent of the old-growth cedar forest.
  58. 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.
  59. Hike the M on Mount Sentinel overlooking Missoula.

  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. Take a look back at the history of Glacial Lake Missoula and the Ice Age floods.
  62. Take a beading class at The People's Center in Pablo.
  63. Learn about Glacier National Park from an American Indian perspective with Sun Tours.
  64. Jam to music at The River City Roots Festival in Missoula.
  65. Cut your teeth at Mission Falls—a popular ice climbing destination near St. Ignatius.
  66. Fill up your belly on wild huckleberries.
  67. Take a boat ride in Glacier National Park with Glacier Park Boat Company.
  68. Stop at the Windmill Village in Ravalli for one of their fresh doughnuts.
  69. Celebrate the logging industry by attending Logger Days in Darby.

  70. Swing Away

    Swing Away

    Swing your clubs on one of our golf courses.

  71. Head to the heart of the wilderness for a boot-stomping good time at The Jack in the Lolo Wilderness.
  72. Visit the St. Mary Mission in Stevensville.
  73. Explore the interpretive trails at Savenac Nursery, a National Historic Site in Haugan.
  74. For a close-up view of animals, visit the Koo-Koo-Sint Bighorn Sheep Viewing Site near Plains.
  75. Celebrate Montana's much-loved purple berry at The Huckleberry Festival in Trout Creek.
  76. Take the scenic drive to Yaak on Route 508 and see Yaak Falls—a beautiful waterfall whose surrounding exposed rocks are some of the oldest in the world.
  77. Celebrate the Fourth of July at a small-town celebration. Try Bigfork, Troy or Seeley Lake.
  78. Catch live music in Missoula.
  79. Tour Glacier Country's breweries.

  80. Flying with Joy

    Flying with Joy

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

  81. Watch kayakers do their thing at the Bigfork Whitewater Festival on the Wild Mile.
  82. Drive the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park Loop.
  83. View a collection of scarecrows at Stevensville's annual Scarecrow Festival.
  84. Have dinner at the Belton Chalet in West Glacier.
  85. Sit on the porch at Lake McDonald Lodge and watch twilight linger.
  86. Listen to an interpretive talk from a ranger in Glacier National Park.
  87. Do yoga on the shore of Flathead Lake.
  88. Ride Amtrak's Empire Builder from East Glacier to Whitefish.
  89. Plan a girl's getaway and indulge in some Montana-themed spa treatments.

  90. Hike it Out

    Hike it Out

    Hike the M on Mount Sentinel overlooking Missoula.

  91. Go glamping at Paws Up in Greenough.
  92. Treat yourself to a scoop of ice cream from Big Dipper in Missoula or Sweet Peaks in Whitefish.
  93. Catch a show at the Wilma Theater in Missoula.
  94. Listen to the sounds of the Glacier Symphony in the Flathead Valley.
  95. 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.
  96. Visit a Montana State Park.
  97. Drive the East Side Highway between Hamilton and Florence.
  98. Cross-country ski or snowshoe along the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park.
  99. Visit the University of Montana in Missoula—the state's oldest university.

  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. 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.
  102. Climb some of the best lines in the United States near Kila, Kalispell and Eureka with Rock Climb Montana.

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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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