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. 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. 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. 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. See Western Montana from an aerial point of view on a helicopter tour with Glacier Jet Center.
  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. Visit the unique habitat of the Ninepipes National Wildlife Refuge. Follow it up with a visit to Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana.
  17. Relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery along the Going-to-the-Sun Road on a historic red bus tour.
  18. Follow the Lewis and Clark Trail and see where they camped at Travelers' Rest State Park.
  19. Montana is home to many species of wildlife–keep your eyes open and your camera ready.

  20. A Downhill Haven

    A Downhill Haven

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

  21. Rediscover your inner child by sledding down the snowy hills of Glacier Country.
  22. Rent a canoe and enjoy the peace and serenity of Montana's lakes and rivers.
  23. Visit the Glacier Institute for a hands-on educational adventure.
  24. Meet Montana's heroes at the Smokejumper Visitor Center.
  25. Beat the bears to it and try a huckleberry shake.
  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. Rent wave runners and head to a nearby lake.
  34. Stop by the local chamber or visitor information center and ask about historical walking tour information.
  35. Take in a skijoring competition (skiing behind a horse) in Whitefish.
  36. Play a game of miniature golf.
  37. Spend the night in a forest service lookout.
  38. Take advantage of the region's plentiful snowfall and go snowshoeing.
  39. See the Grizzlies up close. Catch a game at the University of 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. Rent a sailboat and set sail on beautiful Flathead Lake, the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi River.
  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. Kayak the man-made Brennan's Wave on the Clark Fork in downtown Missoula .
  46. Saddle up and see Glacier Country on horseback.
  47. Race go carts on Highway 2 in Coram.
  48. Admire the wildflowers. Western Montana is home to the Bitterroot, Indian Paintbrush and Bear Grass (to name a few).
  49. Check out the view of Kootenai Falls (near Libby and Troy) from the swinging bridge.

  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 dip in one of Western Montana's beautiful lakes.
  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. Stop by and say hi to the friendly volunteers at the Ronan Visitor Center. They'll probably give you pie.
  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. Hike the Ross Creek Cedar Trail and tantalize your senses with the unforgettable sites and refreshing scent of the old-growth cedar forest.

  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. 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. Celebrate the logging industry by attending Logger Days in Darby.
  76. Head to the heart of the wilderness for a boot-stomping good time at The Jack in the Lolo Wilderness.
  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. Drive or cycle the Lake Koocanusa Scenic Byway.
  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. Celebrate the Fourth of July at a small-town celebration. Try Bigfork, Troy or Seeley Lake.
  83. Bask in the blues at the Riverfront Blues Festival in Libby.
  84. Watch kayakers do their thing at the Bigfork Whitewater Festival on the Wild Mile.
  85. Drive the Montana Scenic Loop
  86. Drive the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park Loop.
  87. View a collection of scarecrows at Stevensville's annual Scarecrow Festival.
  88. Sit on the porch at Lake McDonald Lodge and watch twilight linger.
  89. Stretch your legs on the boardwalk at Logan Pass in Glacier National Park.

  90. Hike it Out

    Hike it Out

    Hike the M on Mount Sentinel overlooking Missoula.

  91. Do yoga on the shore of Flathead Lake.
  92. Ride Amtrak's Empire Builder from East Glacier to Whitefish.
  93. Plan a girl's getaway and indulge in some Montana-themed spa treatments.
  94. Go glamping at Paws Up in Greenough.
  95. Catch a show at the Wilma Theater in Missoula.
  96. Listen to the sounds of the Glacier Symphony in the Flathead Valley.
  97. 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.
  98. Visit a Montana State Park.
  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. Climb some of the best lines in the United States near Kila, Kalispell and Eureka with Rock Climb Montana.

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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 29.0 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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