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. 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. Experience a Montana tradition and channel your inner cowboy at a local small-town rodeo.
  5. See Western Montana from an aerial point of view on a helicopter tour with Glacier Jet Center.
  6. Rent an inner tube in downtown Missoula and float the Clark Fork River.
  7. Montana has great guides. Take a guided trip, with options ranging from llama trekking to whitewater rafting and fishing to trail rides.
  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. Relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery along the Going-to-the-Sun Road on a historic red bus tour.
  14. Find the perfect souvenir at one of Glacier Country's many antique stores.
  15. Montana is home to many species of wildlife–keep your eyes open and your camera ready.
  16. Rent a canoe or kayak and paddle the Clearwater Canoe Trail near Seeley Lake.
  17. Beat the bears to it and try a huckleberry shake.
  18. Be adventurous. Plan a rock climbing trip with an experienced guide.
  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. Peruse the work of Montana artists at a local art gallery.
  27. Rent wave runners and head to a nearby lake.
  28. Stop by the local chamber or visitor information center and ask about historical walking tour information.
  29. Take in a skijoring competition (skiing behind a horse) in Whitefish.

  30. Cowboy Up

    Cowboy Up

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

  31. Mine for sapphires near Philipsburg. Complete your day with a visit to The Sweet Palace.
  32. Spend the night in a forest service lookout.
  33. Take advantage of the region's plentiful snowfall and go snowshoeing.
  34. Spend the night in a cozy cabin.
  35. Rent a sailboat and set sail on beautiful Flathead Lake, the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi River.
  36. Swing your clubs on one of our golf courses.
  37. Kayak the man-made Brennan's Wave on the Clark Fork in downtown Missoula .
  38. Take your boat and fishing pole to Painted Rocks Reservoir in the Bitterroot Valley.
  39. Admire the wildflowers. Western Montana is home to the Bitterroot, Indian Paintbrush and Bear Grass (to name a few).

  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. Meet a Great Horned Owl at the Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge, a birders' paradise.
  42. Cool off at a water slide park in Columbia Falls or Missoula.
  43. See beautiful views and bison at the National Bison Range in Moiese.
  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. Take a gondola ride at Whitefish Mountain Resort and enjoy the spectacular surrounding views.
  48. Shop sales tax free.
  49. Fly through the air on the zip lines at Whitefish Mountain Resort.

  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. Watch the sunrise at Chief Mountain. You'll call it a perfect day even if you see nothing else.
  52. See the world's finest wildlife films at the International Wildlife Film Festival.
  53. Strap on your skates and ice skate on a frozen pond or ice rink.
  54. Kayak, canoe or boat on one of Western Montana's rivers or lakes.
  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. Take a Walk in the Treetops at Whitefish Mountain Resort.
  57. Hike the M on Mount Sentinel overlooking Missoula.
  58. Grab a meal lakeside and watch the sun go down in Woods Bay.
  59. Take a look back at the history of Glacial Lake Missoula and the Ice Age floods.

  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. Take a beading class at The People's Center in Pablo.
  62. Learn about Glacier National Park from an American Indian perspective with Sun Tours.
  63. Jam to music at The River City Roots Festival in Missoula.
  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. Pick up some homemade rolls or fresh produce at a local Hutterite colony near Cut Bank.
  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. Celebrate the logging industry by attending Logger Days in Darby.
  72. Head to the heart of the wilderness for a boot-stomping good time at The Jack in the Lolo Wilderness.
  73. Visit the St. Mary Mission in Stevensville.
  74. 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.
  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. 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. Catch live music in Missoula.
  84. Tour Glacier Country's breweries.
  85. Bask in the blues at the Riverfront Blues Festival in Libby.
  86. Drive the Montana Scenic 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. Do yoga on the shore of Flathead Lake.
  92. Ride Amtrak's Empire Builder from East Glacier to Whitefish.
  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. Stop and pose with a hefty Hereford along Highway 200 at Clearwater Junction.
  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. Visit a Montana State Park.
  98. Munch on sweet potato fries—a local favorite.
  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.