Glacier National Park is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Located in Montana, this park features some of the region’s most enchanting views. There are many things to do and places to see within the park, so it’s important to plan your trip well. Continue reading to learn how you can make the most of your visit.


When to Visit

Any time of the year is a fantastic time to visit Glacier National Park. However, locals recommend stopping by during September, when the temperatures are moderate and the animals are most active. The only downside of visiting during the fall and winter is that many establishments close to the park are closed for the season, so you should prepare for self-sufficiency. Camping is allowed in the park, but from November through April, most of the lodges and other visitor services are inaccessible, and many roads are closed due to the snow. The peak tourist season is July and August, when all shuttles, roads, and activities are open.


What to Do

There are more than 700 miles of hiking trails in Glacier National Park, and you can do anything from short hikes to extended backpacking trips. Stop by a visitor center to get current information about your intended route. If this is your first visit to the park, consider signing up for a guided hike with a ranger for an educational experience. During the winter, rangers lead snowshoe trips. The park is also home to boat tours, biking opportunities, fishing, and ranger-led activities.


What to See

There are so many stunning features to see in Glacier National Park. If you’re visiting during the summer, the ultimate must-see feature is the Going-to-the-Sun Road. Take the shuttle or drive your car along this route to see incredible views of the park. Other popular destinations include North Fork, Goat Haunt, Many Glacier, and St. Mary. Bring your camera!


The Flathead Valley Winter Adventure Guide is a comprehensive resource for visitors to Kalispell, MT, and the surrounding area. It provides information about lodging, restaurants, and things to do. For more information, call (406) 758-4456.


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