Things to Do in Glacier National Park

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Things to Do in Glacier National Park


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Top Attractions in Glacier National Park

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Remote natural beauty surrounded by mountains, featuring crystal-clear waters and pebbled shores. Enjoy kayaking, boat tours with vintage vessels, and wildlife viewing.
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Mountain pass featuring panoramic views, diverse wildlife, and challenging drives. Early arrival recommended for parking; shuttle service available. Enjoy scenic trails and a continental divide.
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Scenic 6-mile hike through shaded woods and past waterfalls, culminating in a picturesque lake view. Varied landscapes cater to families and moderate-level hikers.
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Scenic mountain trail with varied difficulty, cliffside paths, and wildlife encounters. Early morning hikes recommended for serene views and lighter foot traffic.
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Glacier National Park's serene lake provides tranquil boat tours with narrative stops, scenic hikes to waterfalls, and classic mountain vistas, ideal for nature exploration.
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Flat, easy-access trail leading to a distinctive waterfall emerging from the mountain, with a serene half-mile walk amid labeled local flora and a chance to refresh in the natural pool below.
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  • Mindy
    Louisville, KY190 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I did a solo road trip and hit 10 of the National Parks. This hike was my favorite, it’s a must while in Glacier. It’s 10.6 miles round trip, great elevation gains and breathtaking views the entire way!! It took me just under 4 hours to complete it. I didn’t pass too many people on my way up, but did on my way back. When I got back to the parking lot it was packed so I recommend going early
    Written December 8, 2023
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  • Kathy R
    United States32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful - Tues after Memorial Day, not much traffic which was great - didn't go in the Lodge, wasn't clear signage that it was open to the public. Going to the Sun road closed just past there at Avalanche pass so not much to do but turn around and come back out of the Park.
    Written June 4, 2024
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  • nowpacking
    Dallas, TX3,233 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We drove up on one of the last days of September that you could get through before the first snow closed the Road to the Sun! Unfortunately it was very busy and we had to drive around the parking lot with about 20 other cars to wait for a parking spot!
    The visitor’s center was closed as well as the bathrooms!
    We walked around the paths wanting to see the Big Horn Sheep or the Mountain Goats but they were not there. There are gorgeous views in several directions so we enjoy them on a beautiful sunny day.
    Written October 6, 2023
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  • Marcello017
    Jacksonville, FL265 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Relatively easy trial with amazing views. It begins at the parking of cedar loop trail. Beautiful view on the gorge in the first mile.
    The trail is well marked and normally full of people. Trail arrives at the end of the Lake, view is simply amazing, but you can continue on the right side of the lake till the end and it is possible to take different type of pictures.
    Amazing trees on the way, cedars and red cedars are amazing.
    Written June 17, 2024
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  • Chas87714
    Port Neches, TX504 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    You need to plan before you go.... The boat ride on Lake McDonald was incredible. I also opted to hike the "Highline Trail" and tour the Going to the Sun Road with a third party vendor, and those slots fill up fast. If you are driving, the "going to the Sun" Road is a must do. There are many stops along the road to enjoy, wildlife, waterfalls, river views, and lakes.
    If you are a hiker, there are tons of options from very short hikes with kids, to strenuous hikes for people in good condition. Do a little research on options before you go.
    Written January 3, 2024
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  • travels4jen
    North Carolina314 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful lake with several stops to enjoy a picnic. Didn’t realize when we saw Wild Goose Island that the area was used in films, including the opening scene of The Shining. Would love to take a boat tour sometime.
    Written October 1, 2023
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  • Michael M
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Perhaps the most scenic hike in North America. Stunning panoramic scenery the entire hike that doesn’t even look real. The lake is beautiful - surrounded by thousand foot cliffs - and yes, it had icebergs in it. I would highly recommend hiring a Glacier Park guide. We used Lillian and she was highly informative and entertaining.
    Written July 1, 2023
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  • Sara T
    Ellicott City, MD966 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    To get to these falls, you first hike to St. Mary’s falls. Gorgeous hike, just one gorgeous view after another! The hike was a little longer than I was used to, but I’m glad I went to the end!
    Written August 6, 2023
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  • digitalroc
    Calgary, Canada2,070 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Waterton Lakes National Park and Glacier National Park are two amazing national parks that I get an opportunity to visit once a year on average while camping near the border. I encourage everyone to at least make one visit in your lifetime, as there is nothing like it!
    Written September 15, 2023
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  • Chas87714
    Port Neches, TX504 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I was shocked how beautiful this waterfall is. It is a must do if you are in the area. It comes straight out of the mountain at low flow, creating a beautiful waterfall. It was a short, easy hike. Most of the trail is paved with blacktop.
    Written September 20, 2023
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  • F C
    Plano, TX11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We love this lake!!! It is easy to get to if you have an SUV (through gravel road). But once you get there, the lake is just right there! You can walk around the lake or just sit enjoy the quietness. The water is sooo clean. We went at the end of August and had no problem finding a parking space. However, we heard friends going in early Aug and couldn't find parking.
    Written October 18, 2023
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  • FLtrotter
    St. Augustine, FL354 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Two medicine lake and campground area are well worth a visit. In May, a chilly but nice day we saw the beautiful lake and campground area where a flock of bighorn sheep were running about. Again not crowded in May we parked in lot across from ranger station and walked a distance to the campground area. Here the sheep seemed abundant. There was a trail around the lake we took for a bit before turning back. Later we took a trail to Appistoki Falls. The trail itself starts level but climbs pretty fast and narrows dramatically as well is close to the cliff edge so I think there is some warning in that. But the view from up there is a great panoramic.
    Written June 13, 2024
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