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. Rent a bike in Missoula and explore the city's plentiful biking trails.
  3. Sleep under the big blue sky—and maybe catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights—at one of Western Montana's many campgrounds.
  4. Visit Missoula's Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and learn about the role the foundation plays in elk conservation.
  5. Step into the past and explore Garnet—a modern day ghost town—on a walking tour.
  6. Pick your own sweet cherries from an orchard in Montana's Flathead Valley.
  7. Experience a Montana tradition and channel your inner cowboy at a local small-town rodeo.
  8. 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.
  9. Western Montana is home to great mountain biking trails. Try the Whitefish Trail, Blue Mountain or the Hiawatha Rail Trail.

  10. Centuries in the Making

    Centuries in the Making

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

  11. Rent an inner tube in downtown Missoula and float the Clark Fork River.
  12. Experience the arts by catching a play at the Bigfork Summer Playhouse.
  13. Enjoy the calming and healing effects of one of Glacier Country's natural hot springs.
  14. Cast your line into one of Western Montana's blue-ribbon trout streams.
  15. Discover beautiful Glacier Country in winter via snowmobile. Try the trails in Seeley Lake, the Bitterroot Valley and the Flathead Valley.
  16. Admire the spectacular views from Kerr Damn. The dam is a short drive from Polson and is 54 feet higher than Niagara Falls.
  17. Relive the excitement of the discovery of the Old West by taking a wagon ride.
  18. Visit the unique habitat of the Ninepipes National Wildlife Refuge. Follow it up with a visit to Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana.
  19. Relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery along the Going-to-the-Sun Road on a historic red bus tour.

  20. A Downhill Haven

    A Downhill Haven

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

  21. Montana is home to many species of wildlife–keep your eyes open and your camera ready.
  22. Rediscover your inner child by sledding down the snowy hills of Glacier Country.
  23. Rent a canoe and enjoy the peace and serenity of Montana's lakes and rivers.
  24. Meet Montana's heroes at the Smokejumper Visitor Center.
  25. Rent a canoe or kayak and paddle the Clearwater Canoe Trail near Seeley Lake.
  26. Be adventurous. Plan a rock climbing trip with an experienced guide.
  27. Check out the mysterious vortex along Highway 2 near Columbia Falls .
  28. Stroll through Missoula's historic districts.
  29. Hike in the Bob (aka the Bob Marshall Wilderness).

  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. 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. Mine for sapphires near Philipsburg. Complete your day with a visit to The Sweet Palace.
  36. Take advantage of the region's plentiful snowfall and go snowshoeing.
  37. Spend the night in a cozy cabin.
  38. See the Grizzlies up close. Catch a game at the University of Montana.
  39. Experience an American Indian Pow Wow celebration.

  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. Saddle up and see Glacier Country on horseback.
  45. Take a trail ride in Glacier National Park.
  46. Take your boat and fishing pole to Painted Rocks Reservoir in the Bitterroot Valley.
  47. Admire the wildflowers. Western Montana is home to the Bitterroot, Indian Paintbrush and Bear Grass (to name a few).
  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. See beautiful views and bison at the National Bison Range in Moiese.
  52. Check out the view of Kootenai Falls (near Libby and Troy) from the swinging bridge.
  53. Take a dip in one of Western Montana's beautiful lakes.
  54. Take a gondola ride at Whitefish Mountain Resort and enjoy the spectacular surrounding views.
  55. Shop sales tax free.
  56. Watch the sunrise at Chief Mountain. You'll call it a perfect day even if you see nothing else.
  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. Water ski on Lake Como, Whitefish Lake or Seeley Lake.
  62. Experience the old west again on a wagon train or cattle drive.
  63. Take a Walk in the Treetops at Whitefish Mountain Resort.
  64. Hike the M on Mount Sentinel overlooking Missoula.
  65. Grab a meal lakeside and watch the sun go down in Woods Bay.
  66. Brave the rapids (with a guide) on the Alberton Gorge.
  67. Take a beading class at The People's Center in Pablo.
  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. 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.
  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. Celebrate the logging industry by attending Logger Days in Darby.
  75. Attend a local county fair.
  76. Visit the St. Mary Mission in Stevensville.
  77. 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.
  78. Explore the interpretive trails at Savenac Nursery, a National Historic Site in Haugan.
  79. See mining history at the Mineral County Museum in Superior.

  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. Celebrate the Fourth of July at a small-town celebration. Try Bigfork, Troy or Seeley Lake.
  83. Visit a farmers market and pick up locally grown and locally made goods.
  84. Catch live music in Missoula.
  85. Tour Glacier Country's breweries.
  86. Bask in the blues at the Riverfront Blues Festival in Libby.
  87. Watch kayakers do their thing at the Bigfork Whitewater Festival on the Wild Mile.
  88. Drive the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park Loop.
  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. 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. Treat yourself to a scoop of ice cream from Big Dipper in Missoula or Sweet Peaks in Whitefish.
  95. Stop and pose with a hefty Hereford along Highway 200 at Clearwater Junction.
  96. 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.
  97. Visit a Montana State Park.
  98. Drive the East Side Highway between Hamilton and Florence.
  99. Cross-country ski or snowshoe along the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National 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. Visit the University of Montana in Missoula—the state's oldest university.
  102. 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.

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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.