102 Things to Do Glacier National Park & Western Montana

102 Things to Do

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. Sleep under the big blue sky—and maybe catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights—at one of Western Montana's many campgrounds.
  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. 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. Rent an inner tube in downtown Missoula and float the Clark Fork River.
  12. Montana has great guides. Take a guided trip, with options ranging from llama trekking to whitewater rafting and fishing to trail rides.
  13. Experience the arts by catching a play at the Bigfork Summer Playhouse.
  14. Enjoy the calming and healing effects of one of Glacier Country's natural hot springs.
  15. Discover beautiful Glacier Country in winter via snowmobile. Try the trails in Seeley Lake, the Bitterroot Valley and the Flathead Valley.
  16. Admire the spectacular views from Kerr Damn. The dam is a short drive from Polson and is 54 feet higher than Niagara Falls.
  17. Visit the unique habitat of the Ninepipes National Wildlife Refuge. Follow it up with a visit to Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana.
  18. Follow the Lewis and Clark Trail and see where they camped at Travelers' Rest State Park.
  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. Meet Montana's heroes at the Smokejumper Visitor Center.
  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. Check out the mysterious vortex along Highway 2 near Columbia Falls .
  25. Visit Flathead Lake's Wild Horse Island on a guided kayaking or boat tour.
  26. Try a bison burger.
  27. Rent wave runners and head to a nearby lake.
  28. Hop aboard a hot air balloon and see the beautiful topography of Glacier Country.
  29. Stop by the local chamber or visitor information center and ask about historical walking tour information.

  30. Cowboy Up

    Cowboy Up

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

  31. Spend the night in a forest service lookout.
  32. 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.
  33. See the Grizzlies up close. Catch a game at the University of Montana.
  34. Swing your clubs on one of our golf courses.
  35. Rent a motorcycle and cruise the roads and byways of Western Montana.
  36. Sleep in a train car in Essex.
  37. Kayak the man-made Brennan's Wave on the Clark Fork in downtown Missoula .
  38. Take a trail ride in Glacier National Park.
  39. Take your boat and fishing pole to Painted Rocks Reservoir in the Bitterroot Valley.

  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. Admire the wildflowers. Western Montana is home to the Bitterroot, Indian Paintbrush and Bear Grass (to name a few).
  42. Bike through 11 tunnels and over nine steel trestles along the Hiawatha Rail trail.
  43. Meet a Great Horned Owl at the Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge, a birders' paradise.
  44. Cool off at a water slide park in Columbia Falls or Missoula.
  45. See beautiful views and bison at the National Bison Range in Moiese.
  46. Take a dip in one of Western Montana's beautiful lakes.
  47. Play folf at one of the local area courses.
  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. Stop by and say hi to the friendly volunteers at the Ronan Visitor Center. They'll probably give you pie.
  53. Ride the hand-carved carousel in Missoula.
  54. Strap on your skates and ice skate on a frozen pond or ice rink.
  55. Water ski on Lake Como, Whitefish Lake or Seeley Lake.
  56. Experience the old west again on a wagon train or cattle drive.
  57. Kayak, canoe or boat on one of Western Montana's rivers or lakes.
  58. 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.
  59. Hike the M on Mount Sentinel overlooking Missoula.

  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. Grab a meal lakeside and watch the sun go down in Woods Bay.
  62. Brave the rapids (with a guide) on the Alberton Gorge.
  63. Take a beading class at The People's Center in Pablo.
  64. Cut your teeth at Mission Falls—a popular ice climbing destination near St. Ignatius.
  65. Cozy up to your sweetie on a winter sleigh ride.
  66. Fill up your belly on wild huckleberries.
  67. Pick up some homemade rolls or fresh produce at a local Hutterite colony near Cut Bank.
  68. Stop at the Windmill Village in Ravalli for one of their fresh doughnuts.
  69. Celebrate the logging industry by attending Logger Days in Darby.

  70. Swing Away

    Swing Away

    Swing your clubs on one of our golf courses.

  71. Attend a local county fair.
  72. Visit the St. Mary Mission in Stevensville.
  73. 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.
  74. Drive or cycle the Lake Koocanusa Scenic Byway.
  75. For a close-up view of animals, visit the Koo-Koo-Sint Bighorn Sheep Viewing Site near Plains.
  76. Celebrate Montana's much-loved purple berry at The Huckleberry Festival in Trout Creek.
  77. Celebrate the Fourth of July at a small-town celebration. Try Bigfork, Troy or Seeley Lake.
  78. Visit a farmers market and pick up locally grown and locally made goods.
  79. Tour Glacier Country's breweries.

  80. Flying with Joy

    Flying with Joy

    Fly through the air on the zip lines at Whitefish Mountain Resort.

  81. Bask in the blues at the Riverfront Blues Festival in Libby.
  82. Drive the Montana Scenic Loop
  83. View a collection of scarecrows at Stevensville's annual Scarecrow Festival.
  84. Sit on the porch at Lake McDonald Lodge and watch twilight linger.
  85. Listen to an interpretive talk from a ranger in Glacier National Park.
  86. Stretch your legs on the boardwalk at Logan Pass in Glacier National Park.
  87. Do yoga on the shore of Flathead Lake.
  88. Ride Amtrak's Empire Builder from East Glacier to Whitefish.
  89. Plan a girl's getaway and indulge in some Montana-themed spa treatments.

  90. Hike it Out

    Hike it Out

    Hike the M on Mount Sentinel overlooking Missoula.

  91. Go glamping at Paws Up in Greenough.
  92. Catch a show at the Wilma Theater in Missoula.
  93. Listen to the sounds of the Glacier Symphony in the Flathead Valley.
  94. Stop and pose with a hefty Hereford along Highway 200 at Clearwater Junction.
  95. 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.
  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. 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.

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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.