Travel Tips Glacier National Park & Western Montana

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Insider becky

Early June is my favorite time in Montana, period. Lush green valleys, white mountain peaks and no crowds make it the perfect time to get outside. Additionally, you can bike the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park without car traffic! Leave your rig at the Avalanche Lake trailhead and pedal past the towering peaks up to Logan Pass. The ride down is an adrenaline rush!

- Becky

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 paul

A common thing to do in Missoula is hike the 'M'. Easy enough for the family and impossible to get lost. If you make it up to this big concrete marker make sure you hike a little bit more towards the east to get a gander at the historic Hellgate Canyon. Here you should get a great view of the Clark Fork River as it enters the valley.

- Paul

Insider alana

A perfect afternoon in northwest Montana is a trip up Bear Creek Road into the Cabinet Mountains to pick huckleberries, followed by a trip to the local Dairy Queen in Libby. And if you're here in the fall, you can call in advance and schedule your very own personal family tour of Libby Dam. A favorite day for me in the winter would be to ski Turner Mountain with a stop for peanuts, pizza and Moose Drool at the Red Dog Saloon on the way home.

- Alana

Insider julie

Heading west on Highway 200? Make sure to stop by the gift shop at the Lakeside Motel & Resort. Ice cream, Montana made products and very friendly people.

- Julie

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Travel Tips From Western Montana Locals

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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