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.

Whitefish is Unexpected in the Best Ways

Take in views of glacier peaks while skiing at Whitefish Mountain Resort, and enjoy award-winning restaurants and hospitality in downtown Whitefish.


  1. Sleep under the big blue sky—and maybe catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights—at one of Western Montana's many campgrounds.
  2. Step into the past and explore Garnet—a modern day ghost town—on a walking tour.
  3. Pick your own sweet cherries from an orchard in Montana's Flathead Valley.
  4. Experience a Montana tradition and channel your inner cowboy at a local small-town rodeo.
  5. 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.
  6. Western Montana is home to great mountain biking trails. Try the Whitefish Trail, Blue Mountain or the Hiawatha Rail Trail.
  7. See Western Montana from an aerial point of view on a helicopter tour with Glacier Jet Center.
  8. Rent an inner tube in downtown Missoula and float the Clark Fork River.
  9. Marvel in the 58 hand-painted murals adorning the walls and ceiling of the St. Ignatius Mission.

  10. Centuries in the Making

    Centuries in the Making

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

  11. Experience the arts by catching a play at the Bigfork Summer Playhouse.
  12. Enjoy the calming and healing effects of one of Glacier Country's natural hot springs.
  13. Discover beautiful Glacier Country in winter via snowmobile. Try the trails in Seeley Lake, the Bitterroot Valley and the Flathead Valley.
  14. Relive the excitement of the discovery of the Old West by taking a wagon ride.
  15. Relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery along the Going-to-the-Sun Road on a historic red bus tour.
  16. Find the perfect souvenir at one of Glacier Country's many antique stores.
  17. Montana is home to many species of wildlife–keep your eyes open and your camera ready.
  18. Rediscover your inner child by sledding down the snowy hills of Glacier Country.
  19. Rent a canoe and enjoy the peace and serenity of Montana's lakes and rivers.

  20. A Downhill Haven

    A Downhill Haven

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

  21. Beat the bears to it and try a huckleberry shake.
  22. Be adventurous. Plan a rock climbing trip with an experienced guide.
  23. Check out the mysterious vortex along Highway 2 near Columbia Falls .
  24. Stroll through Missoula's historic districts.
  25. Join Missoulians for lunch and live music at Caras Park every Wednesday from June – August.
  26. Take a step into history with a visit to the Conrad Mansion Museum in Kalispell.
  27. Hike in the Bob (aka the Bob Marshall Wilderness).
  28. Try a bison burger.
  29. Rent wave runners and head to a nearby lake.

  30. Cowboy Up

    Cowboy Up

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

  31. Stop by the local chamber or visitor information center and ask about historical walking tour information.
  32. Take in a skijoring competition (skiing behind a horse) in Whitefish.
  33. Mine for sapphires near Philipsburg. Complete your day with a visit to The Sweet Palace.
  34. 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.
  35. Take advantage of the region's plentiful snowfall and go snowshoeing.
  36. Rent a sailboat and set sail on beautiful Flathead Lake, the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi River.
  37. Experience an American Indian Pow Wow celebration.
  38. Swing your clubs on one of our golf courses.
  39. Rent a motorcycle and cruise the roads and byways of Western Montana.

  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. Kayak the man-made Brennan's Wave on the Clark Fork in downtown Missoula .
  42. Saddle up and see Glacier Country on horseback.
  43. Take a trail ride in Glacier National Park.
  44. Take your boat and fishing pole to Painted Rocks Reservoir in the Bitterroot Valley.
  45. Race go carts on Highway 2 in Coram.
  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. Cool off at a water slide park in Columbia Falls or Missoula.
  49. See beautiful views and bison at the National Bison Range in Moiese.

  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. Check out the view of Kootenai Falls (near Libby and Troy) from the swinging bridge.
  52. Take a dip in one of Western Montana's beautiful lakes.
  53. Play folf at one of the local area courses.
  54. Shop sales tax free.
  55. Fly through the air on the zip lines at Whitefish Mountain Resort.
  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. 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.
  62. Hike the M on Mount Sentinel overlooking Missoula.
  63. Grab a meal lakeside and watch the sun go down in Woods Bay.
  64. Brave the rapids (with a guide) on the Alberton Gorge.
  65. Jam to music at The River City Roots Festival in Missoula.
  66. Cut your teeth at Mission Falls—a popular ice climbing destination near St. Ignatius.
  67. Cozy up to your sweetie on a winter sleigh ride.
  68. 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.
  69. Pick up some homemade rolls or fresh produce at a local Hutterite colony near Cut Bank.

  70. Swing Away

    Swing Away

    Swing your clubs on one of our golf courses.

  71. Take a boat ride in Glacier National Park with Glacier Park Boat Company.
  72. Stop at the Windmill Village in Ravalli for one of their fresh doughnuts.
  73. Kick up your heels and enjoy the nightlife in downtown Whitefish.
  74. Head to the heart of the wilderness for a boot-stomping good time at The Jack in the Lolo Wilderness.
  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. See mining history at the Mineral County Museum in Superior.
  79. Celebrate Montana's much-loved purple berry at The Huckleberry Festival in Trout Creek.

  80. Flying with Joy

    Flying with Joy

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

  81. 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.
  82. Visit a farmers market and pick up locally grown and locally made goods.
  83. Catch live music in Missoula.
  84. Tour Glacier Country's breweries.
  85. Bask in the blues at the Riverfront Blues Festival in Libby.
  86. Watch kayakers do their thing at the Bigfork Whitewater Festival on the Wild Mile.
  87. Drive the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park Loop.
  88. View a collection of scarecrows at Stevensville's annual Scarecrow Festival.
  89. Have dinner at the Belton Chalet in West Glacier.

  90. Hike it Out

    Hike it Out

    Hike the M on Mount Sentinel overlooking Missoula.

  91. Sit on the porch at Lake McDonald Lodge and watch twilight linger.
  92. Stretch your legs on the boardwalk at Logan Pass in Glacier National Park.
  93. Ride Amtrak's Empire Builder from East Glacier to Whitefish.
  94. Plan a girl's getaway and indulge in some Montana-themed spa treatments.
  95. Go glamping at Paws Up in Greenough.
  96. Treat yourself to a scoop of ice cream from Big Dipper in Missoula or Sweet Peaks in Whitefish.
  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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102 Things To Do in Western Montana & Glacier National Park

Western Montana's Glacier Country

News from Glacier National Park: Currently 12.5 miles of the Going-to-the-Sun Road are open for travel.

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 northeast 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.

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