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. Sleep under the big blue sky—and maybe catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights—at one of Western Montana's many campgrounds.
  2. Visit Missoula's Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and learn about the role the foundation plays in elk conservation.
  3. Pick your own sweet cherries from an orchard in Montana's Flathead Valley.
  4. Rub shoulders with Glacier National Park's rangers and help your little one earn a badge in the park's junior ranger program.
  5. Hit fresh powder at one of Glacier County's six full-service ski areas.
  6. Experience a Montana tradition and channel your inner cowboy at a local small-town rodeo.
  7. 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.
  8. Western Montana is home to great mountain biking trails. Try the Whitefish Trail, Blue Mountain or the Hiawatha Rail Trail.
  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. Experience the arts by catching a play at the Bigfork Summer Playhouse.
  12. Cast your line into one of Western Montana's blue-ribbon trout streams.
  13. Discover beautiful Glacier Country in winter via snowmobile. Try the trails in Seeley Lake, the Bitterroot Valley and the Flathead Valley.
  14. Admire the spectacular views from Kerr Damn. The dam is a short drive from Polson and is 54 feet higher than Niagara Falls.
  15. Visit the unique habitat of the Ninepipes National Wildlife Refuge. Follow it up with a visit to Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana.
  16. Relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery along the Going-to-the-Sun Road on a historic red bus tour.
  17. Find the perfect souvenir at one of Glacier Country's many antique stores.
  18. Montana is home to many species of wildlife–keep your eyes open and your camera ready.
  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. Visit the Glacier Institute for a hands-on educational adventure.
  22. Meet Montana's heroes at the Smokejumper Visitor Center.
  23. Check out the mysterious vortex along Highway 2 near Columbia Falls .
  24. Stroll through Missoula's historic districts.
  25. Take a step into history with a visit to the Conrad Mansion Museum in Kalispell.
  26. Hike in the Bob (aka the Bob Marshall Wilderness).
  27. Peruse the work of Montana artists at a local art gallery.
  28. Rent wave runners and head to a nearby lake.
  29. Hop aboard a hot air balloon and see the beautiful topography of Glacier Country.

  30. Cowboy Up

    Cowboy Up

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

  31. Stop by the local chamber or visitor information center and ask about historical walking tour information.
  32. Take in a skijoring competition (skiing behind a horse) in Whitefish.
  33. Play a game of miniature golf.
  34. Spend the night in a forest service lookout.
  35. Spend the night in a cozy cabin.
  36. See the Grizzlies up close. Catch a game at the University of Montana.
  37. Swing your clubs on one of our golf courses.
  38. Sleep in a train car in Essex.
  39. Kayak the man-made Brennan's Wave on the Clark Fork in downtown Missoula .

  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 a trail ride in Glacier National Park.
  42. Take your boat and fishing pole to Painted Rocks Reservoir in the Bitterroot Valley.
  43. Race go carts on Highway 2 in Coram.
  44. Admire the wildflowers. Western Montana is home to the Bitterroot, Indian Paintbrush and Bear Grass (to name a few).
  45. Bike through 11 tunnels and over nine steel trestles along the Hiawatha Rail trail.
  46. Cool off at a water slide park in Columbia Falls or Missoula.
  47. See beautiful views and bison at the National Bison Range in Moiese.
  48. Check out the view of Kootenai Falls (near Libby and Troy) from the swinging bridge.
  49. Play folf at one of the local area courses.

  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 gondola ride at Whitefish Mountain Resort and enjoy the spectacular surrounding views.
  52. Watch the sunrise at Chief Mountain. You'll call it a perfect day even if you see nothing else.
  53. Stop by and say hi to the friendly volunteers at the Ronan Visitor Center. They'll probably give you pie.
  54. See the world's finest wildlife films at the International Wildlife Film Festival.
  55. Ride the hand-carved carousel in Missoula.
  56. Strap on your skates and ice skate on a frozen pond or ice rink.
  57. Hike the Ross Creek Cedar Trail and tantalize your senses with the unforgettable sites and refreshing scent of the old-growth cedar forest.
  58. Take a Walk in the Treetops at Whitefish Mountain Resort.
  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 look back at the history of Glacial Lake Missoula and the Ice Age floods.
  64. Learn about Glacier National Park from an American Indian perspective with Sun Tours.
  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. 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.
  68. Participate in North American Indian Days—one of the largest gatherings of United States and Canadian tribes and celebrate the native way of life.
  69. Experience Broadway in Montana at a performance from the Alpine Theatre Project in Whitefish.

  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. Attend a local county fair.
  73. Head to the heart of the wilderness for a boot-stomping good time at The Jack in the Lolo Wilderness.
  74. Visit the St. Mary Mission in Stevensville.
  75. Explore the interpretive trails at Savenac Nursery, a National Historic Site in Haugan.
  76. Drive or cycle the Lake Koocanusa Scenic Byway.
  77. See mining history at the Mineral County Museum in Superior.
  78. Celebrate Montana's much-loved purple berry at The Huckleberry Festival in Trout Creek.
  79. Visit a farmers market and pick up locally grown and locally made goods.

  80. Flying with Joy

    Flying with Joy

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

  81. Catch live music in Missoula.
  82. Tour Glacier Country's breweries.
  83. Watch kayakers do their thing at the Bigfork Whitewater Festival on the Wild Mile.
  84. Drive the Montana Scenic Loop
  85. View a collection of scarecrows at Stevensville's annual Scarecrow Festival.
  86. Have dinner at the Belton Chalet in West Glacier.
  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. Do yoga on the shore of Flathead Lake.

  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. Go glamping at Paws Up in Greenough.
  93. Treat yourself to a scoop of ice cream from Big Dipper in Missoula or Sweet Peaks in Whitefish.
  94. Listen to the sounds of the Glacier Symphony in the Flathead Valley.
  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. 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.