Going-to-the-Sun Road

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A spectacular and scenic 52-mile highway through Glacier National Park, which crosses the Continental Divide at Logan Pass in Montana.
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haveboozewilltravel
California622 contributions
If you can obtain a $2 ticket online to drive the Going to the Sun Highway this summer from 6AM-5PM, your experience will greatly be enhanced with much less crowds and available parking. After 5PM the road is open to everyone and there are long lines at the east and west entrance to Glacier Nt. Park. Do not attempt to drive a motor home over Logan Pass as the road is too narrow!

Going to the Sun Highway may be North America's most spectacular drive so allow several hours to linger at the various pullouts, especially Logan Pass. Even before 5PM, the parking lot at Logan Pass may be full as well as the area around Avalanche campground. Early in the morning is your best bet. Do not forget to stop at Apgar at the west entrance, preferably early in the morning to see the magnificent view of Lake McDonald from the south end. Eddie's Cafe at Apgar is currently the only dine in restaurant open in the park itself and opens for breakfast at 7:30. It is a great way to start your day!

After seeing the sights along Going to the Sun Highway, don't miss spending at least a day in the Many Glacier area (road from Babb to Many Glacier is being worked on and is currently very dusty and rough with delays possible, but well worth the effort!) and Two Medicine Lake to see Running Eagle Falls and the lake itself. The Many Glacier area is probably the premiere hiking area in the park and a visit to the Many Glacier Hotel with its spectacular location is a must! Take the short hike from the hotel to Swiftcurrent Falls (no sign is posted).
Written July 6, 2021
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coolwestsider
Milwaukee, WI35 contributions
Family
This is an experience of a lifetime to be in the crown jewel of US national parks (in my opinion). We did GNP as a third leg of our vacation after Grand Teton and Yellowstone. This engineering marvel of a road takes top honors as the epic experience. I had planned this vacation for a while and had done extensive preparation. Both NPS website and google search have been providing plenty of information that NPS was instituting a ticket system for going to the sun road, so I purchased the $2 entry ticket 60 days ahead. I had no problem and that worked out really well. As for this road itself, there is no word to describe it. We entered from the west entrance on Thursday. After driving past lake McDonald, the elevation starts picking up and the drive is not for the faint of hearts, however, every lookout that you could find parking at gives you an insane view of the park. After we passed The Loop which is the only switchback, we found a lookout area and picnicked. No other lunch has ever tasted better. We got to Logan Pass around 1 pm and as it’s mentioned plenty of times, the parking lot was full. We circled the a few times, couldn’t find parking and headed towards St Mary’s. We ended up doing the St Mary’s and Virginia Falls hike which in itself is one of the best and popular hikes off of this road. We really wanted to hike at least a park of the Highline Trail which starts at Logan Pass, so we returned on Saturday. We noticed a lot of cars leaving towards west entrance and the park relatively less full. After circling Logan pass parking lot couple of times, we found parking. It was around 2 pm. The Highline trail is epic and even my parents who are over 70 did about 1.5 mile on it. What an experience. Oh, we saw marmots and mountain goats on various parts of going to the sun road. We then drove down towards 2 medicine lake. Both St Mary and Two Medicine Lakes are stunning. Not enough to days to even cover a small portion of the park. So we will be coming back.
Written July 11, 2021
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Mel52088
Woodville, WI152 contributions
Family
Always a beautiful experience. Get the GSPY app in advance and spend $8 to download an audio tour and learn about what you’re looking at and where some worthwhile pull-offs are located. Don’t rush through. Give yourself ample time to enjoy the landscape and engineering feat of the road.

We were camping in St Mary’s, so we automatically had a GTTS pass. I enjoy the pass system. The parks are becoming overrun and causing issues. Next time we visit, we might do the shuttle so we can enjoy stops along the road without dealing with parking, which is still difficult to find even with limited access.
Written August 6, 2022
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Michael M
Silver Spring, MD19 contributions
Family
What an unfortunate trip! We traveled across the country to Glacier for my daughter's graduation trip only to be denied entry. Despite having a park pass, the Going to the Sun Road tickets sold out within seconds each day. I spent most of the trip getting up before 8am trying to get them, to no avail. So, we drive an hour and a half up a gravel road to at least see Bowman Lake, only to be told the parking "just filled up" and were turned away. We spent a boatload of money to see nothing. I get why they are doing this, but there has to be a better way!
Written June 17, 2021
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Joan F
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You need a permit to visit the park and you can either get it months in advance or try to get it the day before at 7:00 AM PST, which is difficult. We did get passes, and the first day we went to the East entrance. It was very busy and on weekends the shuttle runs, but it doesn't run as often as they say and it may be full, so you may wait an hour to go. June 27, part of the Road to the Sun was closed, you couldn't pass the Logan's pass, so people couldn't drive the whole park. The second day, we drove 2 ½ hours from Whitefish to go to the West entrance. At 9:30 AM no one was there to check our pass and the trails that early weren't busy. My recommendation, IF Logan's pass is still closed and you don't have a pass, you may want to try going at 6:45 AM to the West Gate (St. Mary's) and you could get in. The waterfall hike was beautiful. Don't forget your Bear Spray.
Written June 30, 2022
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rockcole
Doylestown, PA557 contributions
We have been to most of the National Parks and as far as scenery this Park is by far the prettiest. You drive along the going-to the-sun road. It is single lane each way but plenty of opportunities to park. It took us three hours and worth every minute.

We entered at the East Gate and ran into a problem. They are limiting the number of cars - you need a reservation. It was 9 AM and the ranger said generally reservations open up around 11. ???

Fortunately the ranger at the entrance booth mentioned that reservations were required unless you have a National Park Senior Pass! We do!!Thank You!!!!!
Written September 26, 2021
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Gayle F
Williamsburg,189 contributions
Family
From 6 in the morning until 4 In the afternoon you need a reservation to enter the park. Either a reservation for the car or a reservation a shuttle bus. Or staying in in lodging in the park. Otherwise you CANNOT.and I repeat CANNOT enter the park. Before 6 and after 4 is allowed, but from 10 at night to 6 in the morning there is road construction and part of the road is closed.
We came in at 4 and drove entire road. YEAH!!!!!! Loved the mountains and the trees and the waterfalls. I am so glad we got to drive though the park.
Written July 19, 2022
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lahanson
Lake Benton, MN398 contributions
This road has an amazing view, but it's a lot of driving to see it all. And if you want to stop and see things you have to keep your eyes peeled for parking spots. And then of course starting in 2021 you will need ticket to drive the road. Some tickets are released 60 days in advance and then some are released 2 days in advance. Those tickets are hard to get. They are released at 8 AM mountain time each day and they are gone by 8:01 AM. And really if you aren't staying in the park or have some other reservation in the park that is the only way to get in.
Written August 17, 2021
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michellehouse
Evansville, IN262 contributions
I know people have complained about the new ticketed system but I was able to get a pass 60 days before my travel date without any problems. We got to the West Entrance about 8AM and the road was already fairly busy. I'm assuming that ticket entry has made morning crowds a little worse with people trying to get in before 6AM without a ticket. But we were able to drive West to East and able to stop at just about all the pull outs. Avalanche Lake and Logan Pass were full no matter how what time of day we passed by (we only tried Logan Pass once on the way East and again on the way West). We stopped at Sun Point (got there about 8:45-9) and the parking lot was empty. We hiked the 3 falls trail (about 5ish miles out and back) with minimal other hikers on the way out (much busier on the way back). We picnicked after our hike at Sun Point before finishing at the East Visitor's Center where the kids turned in Jr Ranger books. We drove back West (we were staying in Whitefish) and stopped at a pull out by Lake Mcdonald and let the kids burn off steam by splashing around in the lake.
Written August 4, 2021
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Scuba instructor
San Diego, CA12 contributions
Couples
Glacier National Park is one of the most beatiful parks in the USA, but they now have a strange process to limit entry. Now they require a 2 dollar ticket that you can only get online two days in advance and they sell out in a matter of minutes. There is no way to plan a trip if you are from out of state. The workers at the park were interviewed on the news saying other roads in the park were open if you don't have the ticket, but this is simply not true. We went around different areas and we were turned away. We were told to come back after 5 pm or before 6 am. There was such a line at 5 pm, that I don't see how this can be good for the park. So much for our annual pass!
Written May 29, 2021
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