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. Rub shoulders with Glacier National Park's rangers and help your little one earn a badge in the park's junior ranger program.
  4. Hit fresh powder at one of Glacier County's six full-service ski areas.
  5. Experience a Montana tradition and channel your inner cowboy at a local small-town rodeo.
  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. Enjoy the calming and healing effects of one of Glacier Country's natural hot springs.
  9. Cast your line into one of Western Montana's blue-ribbon trout streams.

  10. Centuries in the Making

    Centuries in the Making

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

  11. Discover beautiful Glacier Country in winter via snowmobile. Try the trails in Seeley Lake, the Bitterroot Valley and the Flathead Valley.
  12. Admire the spectacular views from Kerr Damn. The dam is a short drive from Polson and is 54 feet higher than Niagara Falls.
  13. Relive the excitement of the discovery of the Old West by taking a wagon ride.
  14. Visit the unique habitat of the Ninepipes National Wildlife Refuge. Follow it up with a visit to Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana.
  15. Find the perfect souvenir at one of Glacier Country's many antique stores.
  16. Follow the Lewis and Clark Trail and see where they camped at Travelers' Rest State Park.
  17. Meet Montana's heroes at the Smokejumper Visitor Center.
  18. Beat the bears to it and try a huckleberry shake.
  19. Be adventurous. Plan a rock climbing trip with an experienced guide.

  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. Hike in the Bob (aka the Bob Marshall Wilderness).
  24. Peruse the work of Montana artists at a local art gallery.
  25. Try a bison burger.
  26. Rent wave runners and head to a nearby lake.
  27. Stop by the local chamber or visitor information center and ask about historical walking tour information.
  28. Take in a skijoring competition (skiing behind a horse) in Whitefish.
  29. Mine for sapphires near Philipsburg. Complete your day with a visit to The Sweet Palace.

  30. Cowboy Up

    Cowboy Up

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

  31. 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.
  32. Spend the night in a cozy cabin.
  33. See the Grizzlies up close. Catch a game at the University of Montana.
  34. Experience an American Indian Pow Wow celebration.
  35. Swing your clubs on one of our golf courses.
  36. Rent a motorcycle and cruise the roads and byways of Western Montana.
  37. Sleep in a train car in Essex.
  38. Kayak the man-made Brennan's Wave on the Clark Fork in downtown Missoula .
  39. Take a trail ride in Glacier National Park.

  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. Take your boat and fishing pole to Painted Rocks Reservoir in the Bitterroot Valley.
  42. Admire the wildflowers. Western Montana is home to the Bitterroot, Indian Paintbrush and Bear Grass (to name a few).
  43. Meet a Great Horned Owl at the Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge, a birders' paradise.
  44. Check out the view of Kootenai Falls (near Libby and Troy) from the swinging bridge.
  45. Take a dip in one of Western Montana's beautiful lakes.
  46. Play folf at one of the local area courses.
  47. Shop sales tax free.
  48. Fly through the air on the zip lines at Whitefish Mountain Resort.
  49. Watch the sunrise at Chief Mountain. You'll call it a perfect day even if you see nothing else.

  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. Stop by and say hi to the friendly volunteers at the Ronan Visitor Center. They'll probably give you pie.
  52. Ride the hand-carved carousel in Missoula.
  53. Strap on your skates and ice skate on a frozen pond or ice rink.
  54. Experience the old west again on a wagon train or cattle drive.
  55. Hike the Ross Creek Cedar Trail and tantalize your senses with the unforgettable sites and refreshing scent of the old-growth cedar forest.
  56. Hike the M on Mount Sentinel overlooking Missoula.
  57. Brave the rapids (with a guide) on the Alberton Gorge.
  58. Take a look back at the history of Glacial Lake Missoula and the Ice Age floods.
  59. Take a beading class at The People's Center in Pablo.

  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. Learn about Glacier National Park from an American Indian perspective with Sun Tours.
  62. Jam to music at The River City Roots Festival in Missoula.
  63. Cut your teeth at Mission Falls—a popular ice climbing destination near St. Ignatius.
  64. Cozy up to your sweetie on a winter sleigh ride.
  65. Fill up your belly on wild huckleberries.
  66. 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.
  67. Participate in North American Indian Days—one of the largest gatherings of United States and Canadian tribes and celebrate the native way of life.
  68. Experience Broadway in Montana at a performance from the Alpine Theatre Project in Whitefish.
  69. Stop at the Windmill Village in Ravalli for one of their fresh doughnuts.

  70. Swing Away

    Swing Away

    Swing your clubs on one of our golf courses.

  71. Kick up your heels and enjoy the nightlife in downtown Whitefish.
  72. Celebrate the logging industry by attending Logger Days in Darby.
  73. Attend a local county fair.
  74. Head to the heart of the wilderness for a boot-stomping good time at The Jack in the Lolo Wilderness.
  75. Explore the interpretive trails at Savenac Nursery, a National Historic Site in Haugan.
  76. Drive or cycle the Lake Koocanusa Scenic Byway.
  77. For a close-up view of animals, visit the Koo-Koo-Sint Bighorn Sheep Viewing Site near Plains.
  78. See mining history at the Mineral County Museum in Superior.
  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. Celebrate the Fourth of July at a small-town celebration. Try Bigfork, Troy or Seeley Lake.
  82. Catch live music in Missoula.
  83. Tour Glacier Country's breweries.
  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. Sit on the porch at Lake McDonald Lodge and watch twilight linger.
  88. Listen to an interpretive talk from a ranger in Glacier National Park.
  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. Ride Amtrak's Empire Builder from East Glacier to Whitefish.
  92. Plan a girl's getaway and indulge in some Montana-themed spa treatments.
  93. Treat yourself to a scoop of ice cream from Big Dipper in Missoula or Sweet Peaks in Whitefish.
  94. Catch a show at the Wilma Theater in Missoula.
  95. Listen to the sounds of the Glacier Symphony in the Flathead Valley.
  96. Stop and pose with a hefty Hereford along Highway 200 at Clearwater Junction.
  97. Munch on sweet potato fries—a local favorite.
  98. Drive the East Side Highway between Hamilton and Florence.
  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.


102 Things To Do in Western Montana & Glacier National Park

Western Montana's Glacier Country

News from Glacier National Park: Currently 17.0 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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