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. Experience American Indian culture by staying the night in a tipi.
  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. Pick your own sweet cherries from an orchard in Montana's Flathead Valley.
  5. Rub shoulders with Glacier National Park's rangers and help your little one earn a badge in the park's junior ranger program.
  6. Hit fresh powder at one of Glacier County's six full-service ski areas.
  7. 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.
  8. Western Montana is home to great mountain biking trails. Try the Whitefish Trail, Blue Mountain or the Hiawatha Rail Trail.
  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. Marvel in the 58 hand-painted murals adorning the walls and ceiling of the St. Ignatius Mission.
  12. Montana has great guides. Take a guided trip, with options ranging from llama trekking to whitewater rafting and fishing to trail rides.
  13. Experience the arts by catching a play at the Bigfork Summer Playhouse.
  14. Discover beautiful Glacier Country in winter via snowmobile. Try the trails in Seeley Lake, the Bitterroot Valley and the Flathead Valley.
  15. Visit the unique habitat of the Ninepipes National Wildlife Refuge. Follow it up with a visit to Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana.
  16. Find the perfect souvenir at one of Glacier Country's many antique stores.
  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. Beat the bears to it and try a huckleberry shake.
  25. Be adventurous. Plan a rock climbing trip with an experienced guide.
  26. Check out the mysterious vortex along Highway 2 near Columbia Falls .
  27. Stroll through Missoula's historic districts.
  28. Join Missoulians for lunch and live music at Caras Park every Wednesday from June – August.
  29. Take a step into history with a visit to the Conrad Mansion Museum in Kalispell.

  30. Cowboy Up

    Cowboy Up

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

  31. Peruse the work of Montana artists at a local art gallery.
  32. Try a bison burger.
  33. Rent wave runners and head to a nearby lake.
  34. Hop aboard a hot air balloon and see the beautiful topography of Glacier Country.
  35. Stop by the local chamber or visitor information center and ask about historical walking tour information.
  36. Take in a skijoring competition (skiing behind a horse) in Whitefish.
  37. Play a game of miniature golf.
  38. Mine for sapphires near Philipsburg. Complete your day with a visit to The Sweet Palace.
  39. Spend the night in a forest service lookout.

  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. 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.
  42. Spend the night in a cozy cabin.
  43. Rent a sailboat and set sail on beautiful Flathead Lake, the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi River.
  44. Experience an American Indian Pow Wow celebration.
  45. Swing your clubs on one of our golf courses.
  46. Saddle up and see Glacier Country on horseback.
  47. Take a trail ride in Glacier National Park.
  48. Take your boat and fishing pole to Painted Rocks Reservoir in the Bitterroot Valley.
  49. Race go carts on Highway 2 in Coram.

  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. Admire the wildflowers. Western Montana is home to the Bitterroot, Indian Paintbrush and Bear Grass (to name a few).
  52. Meet a Great Horned Owl at the Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge, a birders' paradise.
  53. Cool off at a water slide park in Columbia Falls or Missoula.
  54. See beautiful views and bison at the National Bison Range in Moiese.
  55. Take a dip in one of Western Montana's beautiful lakes.
  56. Take a gondola ride at Whitefish Mountain Resort and enjoy the spectacular surrounding views.
  57. Fly through the air on the zip lines at Whitefish Mountain Resort.
  58. Watch the sunrise at Chief Mountain. You'll call it a perfect day even if you see nothing else.
  59. See the world's finest wildlife films at the International Wildlife Film Festival.

  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. Water ski on Lake Como, Whitefish Lake or Seeley Lake.
  62. Kayak, canoe or boat on one of Western Montana's rivers or lakes.
  63. Take a Walk in the Treetops at Whitefish Mountain Resort.
  64. Take a look back at the history of Glacial Lake Missoula and the Ice Age floods.
  65. Take a beading class at The People's Center in Pablo.
  66. Learn about Glacier National Park from an American Indian perspective with Sun Tours.
  67. Jam to music at The River City Roots Festival in Missoula.
  68. Cozy up to your sweetie on a winter sleigh ride.
  69. Fill up your belly on wild huckleberries.

  70. Swing Away

    Swing Away

    Swing your clubs on one of our golf courses.

  71. Experience Broadway in Montana at a performance from the Alpine Theatre Project in Whitefish.
  72. Stop at the Windmill Village in Ravalli for one of their fresh doughnuts.
  73. Visit the St. Mary Mission in Stevensville.
  74. 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.
  75. Explore the interpretive trails at Savenac Nursery, a National Historic Site in Haugan.
  76. Drive or cycle the Lake Koocanusa Scenic Byway.
  77. For a close-up view of animals, visit the Koo-Koo-Sint Bighorn Sheep Viewing Site near Plains.
  78. Celebrate Montana's much-loved purple berry at The Huckleberry Festival in Trout Creek.
  79. Celebrate the Fourth of July at a small-town celebration. Try Bigfork, Troy or Seeley Lake.

  80. Flying with Joy

    Flying with Joy

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

  81. Catch live music in Missoula.
  82. Tour Glacier Country's breweries.
  83. Bask in the blues at the Riverfront Blues Festival in Libby.
  84. Watch kayakers do their thing at the Bigfork Whitewater Festival on the Wild Mile.
  85. Drive the Montana Scenic Loop
  86. Drive the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park Loop.
  87. View a collection of scarecrows at Stevensville's annual Scarecrow Festival.
  88. Have dinner at the Belton Chalet in West Glacier.
  89. Sit on the porch at Lake McDonald Lodge and watch twilight linger.

  90. Hike it Out

    Hike it Out

    Hike the M on Mount Sentinel overlooking Missoula.

  91. Stretch your legs on the boardwalk at Logan Pass in Glacier National Park.
  92. Plan a girl's getaway and indulge in some Montana-themed spa treatments.
  93. Go glamping at Paws Up in Greenough.
  94. Treat yourself to a scoop of ice cream from Big Dipper in Missoula or Sweet Peaks in Whitefish.
  95. Catch a show at the Wilma Theater in Missoula.
  96. Listen to the sounds of the Glacier Symphony in the Flathead Valley.
  97. Stop and pose with a hefty Hereford along Highway 200 at Clearwater Junction.
  98. 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.
  99. Visit a Montana State Park.

  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. Munch on sweet potato fries—a local favorite.
  102. Drive the East Side Highway between Hamilton and Florence.


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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.