Travel Tips Glacier National Park & Western Montana

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Insider corrie

I'm a mom and my kids love to throw rocks in the water. Seriously, they could do this for eight hours a day. The best place for rock throwing is anywhere along the North Fork River, as the boat access points are great. If you're looking to skip rocks, visit the head of Lake McDonald or Silver Dollar Beach on St. Mary Lake.

- Corrie

Insider dave

I've spent a lot of time in Glacier and savored every second. The best day I can think of would be a day of either whitewater rafting or fly-fishing with Glacier Raft Co. and then heading into the park to Polebridge for dinner. Polebridge is a town run on a generator that is worth the dirt road drive to access it, wonderful Montana cookin' in a valley without equal in the world.

- Dave

Insider kelsey

If you find yourself in Glacier National Park during the rush of summer, especially July or August, don't hesitate to get away from the crowds and do a little exploring in areas that don't see as much foot traffic. The Bob Marshall Wilderness complex is Glacier's next-door neighbor, and home to all of the same beauty as the park, with a fraction of the visitors. Heading east on Highway 2 from West Glacier, there are multiple trailheads (several with signs) visible from the road. One option is to drive the 46 miles to the confluence of Bear Creek and the Middle Fork, park, and follow the river a mile or two into the Great Bear section of the wilderness area. Just don't forget to stop by the Snow Slip Inn for a cold one with the locals on your way home!

- Kelsey

Insider ryan

Check out West Glacier's "Old Bridge." From the village of West Glacier, stroll 1/2 mile east on Old Bridge Road and you'll discover an architectural stalwart that has stood the test of time and the temper of Mother Nature. Commonly referred to as "The Old Bridge," this scaffold of concrete and timber is the original entrance to Glacier National Park. Now limited to foot and bike traffic the bridge offers great photo opportunities as well as links to the Boundary Trail and Headquarters bike path. The sandy beaches below the bridge are a perfect place to soak up some sun or kick back for picnic at the river's edge.

- Ryan

Insider tracie

Pack a picnic and sit on the beach at Holland Lake. Skip rocks and watch the mountains and clouds reflect off the water. Afterward, head to Holland Lake Lodge for a homemade cookie and flavored soda for the car ride home.

- Tracie

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Travel Tips From Western Montana Locals

Western Montana's Glacier Country

News from Glacier National Park: Currently all of the Going-to-the-Sun Road is 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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