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. Sleep under the big blue sky—and maybe catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights—at one of Western Montana's many campgrounds.
  2. Visit Missoula's Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and learn about the role the foundation plays in elk conservation.
  3. Step into the past and explore Garnet—a modern day ghost town—on a walking tour.
  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. Experience a Montana tradition and channel your inner cowboy at a local small-town rodeo.
  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. 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. Relive the excitement of the discovery of the Old West by taking a wagon ride.
  17. Visit the unique habitat of the Ninepipes National Wildlife Refuge. Follow it up with a visit to Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana.
  18. Find the perfect souvenir at one of Glacier Country's many antique stores.
  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. Rent a canoe or kayak and paddle the Clearwater Canoe Trail near Seeley Lake.
  23. Beat the bears to it and try a huckleberry shake.
  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. Visit Flathead Lake's Wild Horse Island on a guided kayaking or boat tour.
  28. Hike in the Bob (aka the Bob Marshall Wilderness).
  29. Peruse the work of Montana artists at a local art gallery.

  30. Cowboy Up

    Cowboy Up

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

  31. Try a bison burger.
  32. Rent wave runners and head to a nearby lake.
  33. Hop aboard a hot air balloon and see the beautiful topography of Glacier Country.
  34. Take in a skijoring competition (skiing behind a horse) in Whitefish.
  35. Mine for sapphires near Philipsburg. Complete your day with a visit to The Sweet Palace.
  36. 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.
  37. Spend the night in a cozy cabin.
  38. See the Grizzlies up close. Catch a game at the University of Montana.
  39. Rent a sailboat and set sail on beautiful Flathead Lake, the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi River.

  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. Experience an American Indian Pow Wow celebration.
  42. Swing your clubs on one of our golf courses.
  43. Rent a motorcycle and cruise the roads and byways of Western Montana.
  44. Sleep in a train car in Essex.
  45. Saddle up and see Glacier Country on horseback.
  46. Take a trail ride in Glacier National Park.
  47. Take your boat and fishing pole to Painted Rocks Reservoir in the Bitterroot Valley.
  48. Race go carts on Highway 2 in Coram.
  49. Admire the wildflowers. Western Montana is home to the Bitterroot, Indian Paintbrush and Bear Grass (to name a few).

  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. Bike through 11 tunnels and over nine steel trestles along the Hiawatha Rail trail.
  52. Meet a Great Horned Owl at the Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge, a birders' paradise.
  53. See beautiful views and bison at the National Bison Range in Moiese.
  54. Check out the view of Kootenai Falls (near Libby and Troy) from the swinging bridge.
  55. Take a dip in one of Western Montana's beautiful lakes.
  56. Play folf at one of the local area courses.
  57. Shop sales tax free.
  58. Fly through the air on the zip lines at Whitefish Mountain Resort.
  59. Stop by and say hi to the friendly volunteers at the Ronan Visitor Center. They'll probably give you pie.

  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. Kayak, canoe or boat on one of Western Montana's rivers or lakes.
  62. Hike the Ross Creek Cedar Trail and tantalize your senses with the unforgettable sites and refreshing scent of the old-growth cedar forest.
  63. Grab a meal lakeside and watch the sun go down in Woods Bay.
  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. 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. 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. Pick up some homemade rolls or fresh produce at a local Hutterite colony near Cut Bank.
  72. Take a boat ride in Glacier National Park with Glacier Park Boat Company.
  73. Experience Broadway in Montana at a performance from the Alpine Theatre Project in Whitefish.
  74. Stop at the Windmill Village in Ravalli for one of their fresh doughnuts.
  75. Kick up your heels and enjoy the nightlife in downtown Whitefish.
  76. 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.
  77. Drive or cycle the Lake Koocanusa Scenic Byway.
  78. For a close-up view of animals, visit the Koo-Koo-Sint Bighorn Sheep Viewing Site near Plains.
  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. Celebrate Montana's much-loved purple berry at The Huckleberry Festival in Trout Creek.
  82. 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.
  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. Drive the Montana Scenic Loop
  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. Listen to an interpretive talk from a ranger in Glacier National Park.
  92. Stretch your legs on the boardwalk at Logan Pass in Glacier National Park.
  93. Do yoga on the shore of Flathead Lake.
  94. Plan a girl's getaway and indulge in some Montana-themed spa treatments.
  95. Listen to the sounds of the Glacier Symphony in the Flathead Valley.
  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. Munch on sweet potato fries—a local favorite.
  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.

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