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.

Set Your Sights on Glacier National Park.

Bask in the beauty, revel in the rugged. Explore the Backbone of the World.


  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. Experience a Montana tradition and channel your inner cowboy at a local small-town rodeo.
  7. Western Montana is home to great mountain biking trails. Try the Whitefish Trail, Blue Mountain or the Hiawatha Rail Trail.
  8. Marvel in the 58 hand-painted murals adorning the walls and ceiling of the St. Ignatius Mission.
  9. Montana has great guides. Take a guided trip, with options ranging from llama trekking to whitewater rafting and fishing to trail rides.

  10. Centuries in the Making

    Centuries in the Making

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

  11. Cast your line into one of Western Montana's blue-ribbon trout streams.
  12. Relive the excitement of the discovery of the Old West by taking a wagon ride.
  13. Visit the unique habitat of the Ninepipes National Wildlife Refuge. Follow it up with a visit to Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana.
  14. Follow the Lewis and Clark Trail and see where they camped at Travelers' Rest State Park.
  15. Montana is home to many species of wildlife–keep your eyes open and your camera ready.
  16. Rediscover your inner child by sledding down the snowy hills of Glacier Country.
  17. Rent a canoe and enjoy the peace and serenity of Montana's lakes and rivers.
  18. Rent a canoe or kayak and paddle the Clearwater Canoe Trail near Seeley Lake.
  19. Beat the bears to it and try a huckleberry shake.

  20. A Downhill Haven

    A Downhill Haven

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

  21. Be adventurous. Plan a rock climbing trip with an experienced guide.
  22. Check out the mysterious vortex along Highway 2 near Columbia Falls .
  23. Stroll through Missoula's historic districts.
  24. Join Missoulians for lunch and live music at Caras Park every Wednesday from June – August.
  25. Take a step into history with a visit to the Conrad Mansion Museum in Kalispell.
  26. Visit Flathead Lake's Wild Horse Island on a guided kayaking or boat tour.
  27. Hike in the Bob (aka the Bob Marshall Wilderness).
  28. Peruse the work of Montana artists at a local art gallery.
  29. Try a bison burger.

  30. Cowboy Up

    Cowboy Up

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

  31. Rent wave runners and head to a nearby lake.
  32. Hop aboard a hot air balloon and see the beautiful topography of Glacier Country.
  33. Take in a skijoring competition (skiing behind a horse) in Whitefish.
  34. Spend the night in a forest service lookout.
  35. Take advantage of the region's plentiful snowfall and go snowshoeing.
  36. Spend the night in a cozy cabin.
  37. See the Grizzlies up close. Catch a game at the University of Montana.
  38. Rent a motorcycle and cruise the roads and byways of Western Montana.
  39. Sleep in a train car in Essex.

  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. Kayak the man-made Brennan's Wave on the Clark Fork in downtown Missoula .
  42. Saddle up and see Glacier Country on horseback.
  43. Take a trail ride in Glacier National Park.
  44. Take your boat and fishing pole to Painted Rocks Reservoir in the Bitterroot Valley.
  45. Race go carts on Highway 2 in Coram.
  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. Meet a Great Horned Owl at the Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge, a birders' paradise.
  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. Play folf at one of the local area courses.
  53. Take a gondola ride at Whitefish Mountain Resort and enjoy the spectacular surrounding views.
  54. Shop sales tax free.
  55. Fly through the air on the zip lines at Whitefish Mountain Resort.
  56. Watch the sunrise at Chief Mountain. You'll call it a perfect day even if you see nothing else.
  57. Stop by and say hi to the friendly volunteers at the Ronan Visitor Center. They'll probably give you pie.
  58. Ride the hand-carved carousel in Missoula.
  59. Water ski on Lake Como, Whitefish Lake or Seeley Lake.

  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. Hike the M on Mount Sentinel overlooking Missoula.
  64. Grab a meal lakeside and watch the sun go down in Woods Bay.
  65. Take a look back at the history of Glacial Lake Missoula and the Ice Age floods.
  66. Take a beading class at The People's Center in Pablo.
  67. Fill up your belly on wild huckleberries.
  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. Pick up some homemade rolls or fresh produce at a local Hutterite colony near Cut Bank.

  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. Kick up your heels and enjoy the nightlife in downtown Whitefish.
  74. Celebrate the logging industry by attending Logger Days in Darby.
  75. Head to the heart of the wilderness for a boot-stomping good time at The Jack in the Lolo Wilderness.
  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. 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. Tour Glacier Country's breweries.
  84. Bask in the blues at the Riverfront Blues Festival in Libby.
  85. Watch kayakers do their thing at the Bigfork Whitewater Festival on the Wild Mile.
  86. Drive the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park Loop.
  87. View a collection of scarecrows at Stevensville's annual Scarecrow Festival.
  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. Do yoga on the shore of Flathead Lake.
  93. Go glamping at Paws Up in Greenough.
  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. Visit a Montana State Park.
  97. Munch on sweet potato fries—a local favorite.
  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. 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 20.5 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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