102 Things to Do Glacier National Park & Western Montana

102 Things to Do

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102 Things to Do

Planning your trip to Western Montana and Glacier National Park and need some great ideas? Well, here is a list of 102 Things To Do while you're here to help you get started.

  1. Rent a bike in Missoula and explore the city's plentiful biking trails.
  2. Sleep under the big blue sky—and maybe catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights—at one of Western Montana's many campgrounds.
  3. Visit Missoula's Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and learn about the role the foundation plays in elk conservation.
  4. Rub shoulders with Glacier National Park's rangers and help your little one earn a badge in the park's junior ranger program.
  5. Hit fresh powder at one of Glacier County's six full-service ski areas.
  6. Ski down the backside of Whitefish Mountain Resort. You'll feel like you have the mountain to yourself. Plus, it offers views of the peaks of Glacier National Park.
  7. Western Montana is home to great mountain biking trails. Try the Whitefish Trail, Blue Mountain or the Hiawatha Rail Trail.
  8. See Western Montana from an aerial point of view on a helicopter tour with Glacier Jet Center.
  9. Rent an inner tube in downtown Missoula and float the Clark Fork River.

  10. Centuries in the Making

    Centuries in the Making

    Experience American Indian culture by staying the night in a tipi.

  11. Montana has great guides. Take a guided trip, with options ranging from llama trekking to whitewater rafting and fishing to trail rides.
  12. Enjoy the calming and healing effects of one of Glacier Country's natural hot springs.
  13. Cast your line into one of Western Montana's blue-ribbon trout streams.
  14. Admire the spectacular views from Kerr Damn. The dam is a short drive from Polson and is 54 feet higher than Niagara Falls.
  15. Relive the excitement of the discovery of the Old West by taking a wagon ride.
  16. Relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery along the Going-to-the-Sun Road on a historic red bus tour.
  17. Follow the Lewis and Clark Trail and see where they camped at Travelers' Rest State Park.
  18. Montana is home to many species of wildlife–keep your eyes open and your camera ready.
  19. Rediscover your inner child by sledding down the snowy hills of Glacier Country.

  20. A Downhill Haven

    A Downhill Haven

    Hit fresh powder at one of Glacier County's six full-service ski areas.

  21. Rent a canoe and enjoy the peace and serenity of Montana's lakes and rivers.
  22. Visit the Glacier Institute for a hands-on educational adventure.
  23. Meet Montana's heroes at the Smokejumper Visitor Center.
  24. Rent a canoe or kayak and paddle the Clearwater Canoe Trail near Seeley Lake.
  25. Check out the mysterious vortex along Highway 2 near Columbia Falls .
  26. Stroll through Missoula's historic districts.
  27. Join Missoulians for lunch and live music at Caras Park every Wednesday from June – August.
  28. Take a step into history with a visit to the Conrad Mansion Museum in Kalispell.
  29. Visit Flathead Lake's Wild Horse Island on a guided kayaking or boat tour.

  30. Cowboy Up

    Cowboy Up

    Experience a Montana tradition and channel your inner cowboy at a local small-town rodeo.

  31. Try a bison burger.
  32. Rent wave runners and head to a nearby lake.
  33. Hop aboard a hot air balloon and see the beautiful topography of Glacier Country.
  34. Stop by the local chamber or visitor information center and ask about historical walking tour information.
  35. Play a game of miniature golf.
  36. Spend the night in a forest service lookout.
  37. Rent your own raft and float one of the region's rivers. Or, better yet, arrange a whitewater adventure or scenic float with a local guiding company.
  38. Spend the night in a cozy cabin.
  39. Rent a sailboat and set sail on beautiful Flathead Lake, the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi River.

  40. Go with a Guide

    Go with a Guide

    Montana has great guides. Take a guided trip, with options ranging from llama trekking to whitewater rafting and fishing to trail rides.

  41. Experience an American Indian Pow Wow celebration.
  42. Swing your clubs on one of our golf courses.
  43. Sleep in a train car in Essex.
  44. Take a trail ride in Glacier National Park.
  45. Take your boat and fishing pole to Painted Rocks Reservoir in the Bitterroot Valley.
  46. Admire the wildflowers. Western Montana is home to the Bitterroot, Indian Paintbrush and Bear Grass (to name a few).
  47. Bike through 11 tunnels and over nine steel trestles along the Hiawatha Rail trail.
  48. Meet a Great Horned Owl at the Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge, a birders' paradise.
  49. Cool off at a water slide park in Columbia Falls or Missoula.

  50. Ride a Red Bus

    Ride a Red Bus

    Relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery along the Going-to-the-Sun Road on a historic red bus tour.

  51. Take a dip in one of Western Montana's beautiful lakes.
  52. Play folf at one of the local area courses.
  53. Shop sales tax free.
  54. Fly through the air on the zip lines at Whitefish Mountain Resort.
  55. Watch the sunrise at Chief Mountain. You'll call it a perfect day even if you see nothing else.
  56. Stop by and say hi to the friendly volunteers at the Ronan Visitor Center. They'll probably give you pie.
  57. See the world's finest wildlife films at the International Wildlife Film Festival.
  58. Ride the hand-carved carousel in Missoula.
  59. Strap on your skates and ice skate on a frozen pond or ice rink.

  60. Let's Sail Away

    Let's Sail Away

    Rent a sailboat and set sail on beautiful Flathead Lake, the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi River.

  61. Kayak, canoe or boat on one of Western Montana's rivers or lakes.
  62. Stroll through a piece of the South at the Daly Mansion in Hamilton. The mansion was home to Marcus Daly—one of Montana's Copper Kings.
  63. Hike the M on Mount Sentinel overlooking Missoula.
  64. Grab a meal lakeside and watch the sun go down in Woods Bay.
  65. Brave the rapids (with a guide) on the Alberton Gorge.
  66. Take a look back at the history of Glacial Lake Missoula and the Ice Age floods.
  67. Take a beading class at The People's Center in Pablo.
  68. Learn about Glacier National Park from an American Indian perspective with Sun Tours.
  69. Cozy up to your sweetie on a winter sleigh ride.

  70. Swing Away

    Swing Away

    Swing your clubs on one of our golf courses.

  71. Participate in North American Indian Days—one of the largest gatherings of United States and Canadian tribes and celebrate the native way of life.
  72. Pick up some homemade rolls or fresh produce at a local Hutterite colony near Cut Bank.
  73. Take a boat ride in Glacier National Park with Glacier Park Boat Company.
  74. Experience Broadway in Montana at a performance from the Alpine Theatre Project in Whitefish.
  75. Celebrate the logging industry by attending Logger Days in Darby.
  76. Head to the heart of the wilderness for a boot-stomping good time at The Jack in the Lolo Wilderness.
  77. Visit the St. Mary Mission in Stevensville.
  78. Keep history alive with a stroll through the Tobacco Valley Historical Village in Eureka —a collection of restored buildings and structures from the 1880s to 1920s.
  79. Explore the interpretive trails at Savenac Nursery, a National Historic Site in Haugan.

  80. Flying with Joy

    Flying with Joy

    Fly through the air on the zip lines at Whitefish Mountain Resort.

  81. For a close-up view of animals, visit the Koo-Koo-Sint Bighorn Sheep Viewing Site near Plains.
  82. See mining history at the Mineral County Museum in Superior.
  83. Take the scenic drive to Yaak on Route 508 and see Yaak Falls—a beautiful waterfall whose surrounding exposed rocks are some of the oldest in the world.
  84. Celebrate the Fourth of July at a small-town celebration. Try Bigfork, Troy or Seeley Lake.
  85. Visit a farmers market and pick up locally grown and locally made goods.
  86. Catch live music in Missoula.
  87. Tour Glacier Country's breweries.
  88. Watch kayakers do their thing at the Bigfork Whitewater Festival on the Wild Mile.
  89. View a collection of scarecrows at Stevensville's annual Scarecrow Festival.

  90. Hike it Out

    Hike it Out

    Hike the M on Mount Sentinel overlooking Missoula.

  91. Have dinner at the Belton Chalet in West Glacier.
  92. Sit on the porch at Lake McDonald Lodge and watch twilight linger.
  93. Stretch your legs on the boardwalk at Logan Pass in Glacier National Park.
  94. Do yoga on the shore of Flathead Lake.
  95. Ride Amtrak's Empire Builder from East Glacier to Whitefish.
  96. Plan a girl's getaway and indulge in some Montana-themed spa treatments.
  97. Catch a show at the Wilma Theater in Missoula.
  98. Listen to the sounds of the Glacier Symphony in the Flathead Valley.
  99. Drive the Looking Glass Highway (Hwy 49) along the eastern edge of Glacier National Park. It offers incredible views of the park and the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.

  100. Explore the North Fork

    Explore the North Fork

    Drive up to Polebridge in the North Fork. Spend an hour or a day. (We'd suggest a day). And while you're there, pick up some huckleberry coconut macaroon cookies.

  101. Visit a Montana State Park.
  102. Climb some of the best lines in the United States near Kila, Kalispell and Eureka with Rock Climb Montana.


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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 northwest 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.