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. Pick your own sweet cherries from an orchard in Montana's Flathead Valley.
  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. 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. 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. Relive the excitement of the discovery of the Old West by taking a wagon ride.
  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. Rent a canoe or kayak and paddle the Clearwater Canoe Trail near Seeley Lake.
  24. Beat the bears to it and try a huckleberry shake.
  25. Stroll through Missoula's historic districts.
  26. Take a step into history with a visit to the Conrad Mansion Museum in Kalispell.
  27. Rent wave runners and head to a nearby lake.
  28. Stop by the local chamber or visitor information center and ask about historical walking tour information.
  29. Play a game of miniature golf.

  30. Cowboy Up

    Cowboy Up

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

  31. Mine for sapphires near Philipsburg. Complete your day with a visit to The Sweet Palace.
  32. Spend the night in a forest service lookout.
  33. 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.
  34. Take advantage of the region's plentiful snowfall and go snowshoeing.
  35. Spend the night in a cozy cabin.
  36. See the Grizzlies up close. Catch a game at the University of Montana.
  37. Rent a sailboat and set sail on beautiful Flathead Lake, the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi River.
  38. Experience an American Indian Pow Wow celebration.
  39. Swing your clubs on one of our golf courses.

  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 a motorcycle and cruise the roads and byways of Western Montana.
  42. Sleep in a train car in Essex.
  43. Kayak the man-made Brennan's Wave on the Clark Fork in downtown Missoula .
  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. Cool off at a water slide park in Columbia Falls or Missoula.
  49. Take a dip in one of Western Montana's beautiful lakes.

  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 gondola ride at Whitefish Mountain Resort and enjoy the spectacular surrounding views.
  52. Shop sales tax free.
  53. Fly through the air on the zip lines at Whitefish Mountain Resort.
  54. Watch the sunrise at Chief Mountain. You'll call it a perfect day even if you see nothing else.
  55. See the world's finest wildlife films at the International Wildlife Film Festival.
  56. Ride the hand-carved carousel in Missoula.
  57. Strap on your skates and ice skate on a frozen pond or ice rink.
  58. Kayak, canoe or boat on one of Western Montana's rivers or lakes.
  59. 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.

  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. Hike the M on Mount Sentinel overlooking Missoula.
  62. Grab a meal lakeside and watch the sun go down in Woods Bay.
  63. Take a look back at the history of Glacial Lake Missoula and the Ice Age floods.
  64. Take a beading class at The People's Center in Pablo.
  65. Learn about Glacier National Park from an American Indian perspective with Sun Tours.
  66. Jam to music at The River City Roots Festival in Missoula.
  67. Cut your teeth at Mission Falls—a popular ice climbing destination near St. Ignatius.
  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. 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. 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. Celebrate the logging industry by attending Logger Days in Darby.
  75. Visit the St. Mary Mission in Stevensville.
  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 the Fourth of July at a small-town celebration. Try Bigfork, Troy or Seeley Lake.
  79. Bask in the blues at the Riverfront Blues Festival in Libby.

  80. Flying with Joy

    Flying with Joy

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

  81. Watch kayakers do their thing at the Bigfork Whitewater Festival on the Wild Mile.
  82. Drive the Montana Scenic Loop
  83. Drive the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park Loop.
  84. View a collection of scarecrows at Stevensville's annual Scarecrow Festival.
  85. Have dinner at the Belton Chalet in West Glacier.
  86. Listen to an interpretive talk from a ranger in Glacier National Park.
  87. Do yoga on the shore of Flathead Lake.
  88. Ride Amtrak's Empire Builder from East Glacier to Whitefish.
  89. Plan a girl's getaway and indulge in some Montana-themed spa treatments.

  90. Hike it Out

    Hike it Out

    Hike the M on Mount Sentinel overlooking Missoula.

  91. Go glamping at Paws Up in Greenough.
  92. Treat yourself to a scoop of ice cream from Big Dipper in Missoula or Sweet Peaks in Whitefish.
  93. Catch a show at the Wilma Theater in Missoula.
  94. Stop and pose with a hefty Hereford along Highway 200 at Clearwater Junction.
  95. Visit a Montana State Park.
  96. Munch on sweet potato fries—a local favorite.
  97. Drive the East Side Highway between Hamilton and Florence.
  98. Cross-country ski or snowshoe along the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park.
  99. Visit the University of Montana in Missoula—the state's oldest university.

  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. Take in the golden colors of our fall foliage. Try a drive along the southern border of Glacier National Park, through the Seeley-Swan Valley and down the Bitterroot Valley.
  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.