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.

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  1. Experience American Indian culture by staying the night in a tipi.
  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. Hit fresh powder at one of Glacier County's six full-service ski areas.
  5. Western Montana is home to great mountain biking trails. Try the Whitefish Trail, Blue Mountain or the Hiawatha Rail Trail.
  6. See Western Montana from an aerial point of view on a helicopter tour with Glacier Jet Center.
  7. Marvel in the 58 hand-painted murals adorning the walls and ceiling of the St. Ignatius Mission.
  8. Montana has great guides. Take a guided trip, with options ranging from llama trekking to whitewater rafting and fishing to trail rides.
  9. Enjoy the calming and healing effects of one of Glacier Country's natural hot springs.

  10. Centuries in the Making

    Centuries in the Making

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

  11. Admire the spectacular views from Kerr Damn. The dam is a short drive from Polson and is 54 feet higher than Niagara Falls.
  12. Relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery along the Going-to-the-Sun Road on a historic red bus tour.
  13. Follow the Lewis and Clark Trail and see where they camped at Travelers' Rest State Park.
  14. Rediscover your inner child by sledding down the snowy hills of Glacier Country.
  15. Rent a canoe and enjoy the peace and serenity of Montana's lakes and rivers.
  16. Visit the Glacier Institute for a hands-on educational adventure.
  17. Meet Montana's heroes at the Smokejumper Visitor Center.
  18. Rent a canoe or kayak and paddle the Clearwater Canoe Trail near Seeley Lake.
  19. Check out the mysterious vortex along Highway 2 near Columbia Falls .

  20. A Downhill Haven

    A Downhill Haven

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

  21. Stroll through Missoula's historic districts.
  22. Join Missoulians for lunch and live music at Caras Park every Wednesday from June – August.
  23. Take a step into history with a visit to the Conrad Mansion Museum in Kalispell.
  24. Visit Flathead Lake's Wild Horse Island on a guided kayaking or boat tour.
  25. Hike in the Bob (aka the Bob Marshall Wilderness).
  26. Try a bison burger.
  27. Rent wave runners and head to a nearby lake.
  28. Hop aboard a hot air balloon and see the beautiful topography of Glacier Country.
  29. Stop by the local chamber or visitor information center and ask about historical walking tour information.

  30. Cowboy Up

    Cowboy Up

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

  31. Take in a skijoring competition (skiing behind a horse) in Whitefish.
  32. Play a game of miniature golf.
  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. Spend the night in a cozy cabin.
  36. Experience an American Indian Pow Wow celebration.
  37. Rent a motorcycle and cruise the roads and byways of Western Montana.
  38. Sleep in a train car in Essex.
  39. Kayak the man-made Brennan's Wave on the Clark Fork in downtown Missoula .

  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. Saddle up and see Glacier Country on horseback.
  42. Take your boat and fishing pole to Painted Rocks Reservoir in the Bitterroot Valley.
  43. Admire the wildflowers. Western Montana is home to the Bitterroot, Indian Paintbrush and Bear Grass (to name a few).
  44. Bike through 11 tunnels and over nine steel trestles along the Hiawatha Rail trail.
  45. Cool off at a water slide park in Columbia Falls or Missoula.
  46. See beautiful views and bison at the National Bison Range in Moiese.
  47. Check out the view of Kootenai Falls (near Libby and Troy) from the swinging bridge.
  48. Take a dip in one of Western Montana's beautiful lakes.
  49. Take a gondola ride at Whitefish Mountain Resort and enjoy the spectacular surrounding views.

  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. Shop sales tax free.
  52. Fly through the air on the zip lines at Whitefish Mountain Resort.
  53. Stop by and say hi to the friendly volunteers at the Ronan Visitor Center. They'll probably give you pie.
  54. See the world's finest wildlife films at the International Wildlife Film Festival.
  55. Strap on your skates and ice skate on a frozen pond or ice rink.
  56. Water ski on Lake Como, Whitefish Lake or Seeley Lake.
  57. Kayak, canoe or boat on one of Western Montana's rivers or lakes.
  58. Hike the Ross Creek Cedar Trail and tantalize your senses with the unforgettable sites and refreshing scent of the old-growth cedar forest.
  59. Take a Walk in the Treetops at Whitefish Mountain Resort.

  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. Grab a meal lakeside and watch the sun go down in Woods Bay.
  63. Brave the rapids (with a guide) on the Alberton Gorge.
  64. Take a look back at the history of Glacial Lake Missoula and the Ice Age floods.
  65. Learn about Glacier National Park from an American Indian perspective with Sun Tours.
  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. Fill up your belly on wild huckleberries.
  69. Participate in North American Indian Days—one of the largest gatherings of United States and Canadian tribes and celebrate the native way of life.

  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. Experience Broadway in Montana at a performance from the Alpine Theatre Project in Whitefish.
  73. Stop at the Windmill Village in Ravalli for one of their fresh doughnuts.
  74. Kick up your heels and enjoy the nightlife in downtown Whitefish.
  75. Celebrate the logging industry by attending Logger Days in Darby.
  76. Attend a local county fair.
  77. Head to the heart of the wilderness for a boot-stomping good time at The Jack in the Lolo Wilderness.
  78. For a close-up view of animals, visit the Koo-Koo-Sint Bighorn Sheep Viewing Site near Plains.
  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. 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. Bask in the blues at the Riverfront Blues Festival in Libby.
  86. Drive the Montana Scenic Loop
  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. Listen to an interpretive talk from a ranger 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. Listen to the sounds of the Glacier Symphony in the Flathead Valley.
  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. Drive the East Side Highway between Hamilton and Florence.

  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. Cross-country ski or snowshoe along the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park.
  102. Visit the University of Montana in Missoula—the state's oldest university.


102 Things To Do in Western Montana & Glacier National Park

Western Montana's Glacier Country

News from Glacier National Park: Currently all of the Going-to-the-Sun Road is 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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