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. 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. Hit fresh powder at one of Glacier County's six full-service ski areas.
  5. Western Montana is home to great mountain biking trails. Try the Whitefish Trail, Blue Mountain or the Hiawatha Rail Trail.
  6. See Western Montana from an aerial point of view on a helicopter tour with Glacier Jet Center.
  7. Rent an inner tube in downtown Missoula and float the Clark Fork River.
  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. Discover beautiful Glacier Country in winter via snowmobile. Try the trails in Seeley Lake, the Bitterroot Valley and the Flathead Valley.
  13. Admire the spectacular views from Kerr Damn. The dam is a short drive from Polson and is 54 feet higher than Niagara Falls.
  14. Relive the excitement of the discovery of the Old West by taking a wagon ride.
  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. Montana is home to many species of wildlife–keep your eyes open and your camera ready.
  18. Rediscover your inner child by sledding down the snowy hills of Glacier Country.
  19. Rent a canoe and enjoy the peace and serenity of Montana's lakes and rivers.

  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. Check out the mysterious vortex along Highway 2 near Columbia Falls .
  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. Hike in the Bob (aka the Bob Marshall Wilderness).
  27. Try a bison burger.
  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. Take in a skijoring competition (skiing behind a horse) in Whitefish.
  32. Play a game of miniature golf.
  33. Mine for sapphires near Philipsburg. Complete your day with a visit to The Sweet Palace.
  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 sailboat and set sail on beautiful Flathead Lake, the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi River.
  39. Experience an American Indian Pow Wow celebration.

  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. Swing your clubs on one of our golf courses.
  42. Rent a motorcycle and cruise the roads and byways of Western Montana.
  43. Take a trail ride in Glacier National Park.
  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. Meet a Great Horned Owl at the Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge, a birders' paradise.
  47. Cool off at a water slide park in Columbia Falls or Missoula.
  48. See beautiful views and bison at the National Bison Range in Moiese.
  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. Play folf at one of the local area courses.
  52. Take a gondola ride at Whitefish Mountain Resort and enjoy the spectacular surrounding views.
  53. Shop sales tax free.
  54. Fly through the air on the zip lines at Whitefish Mountain Resort.
  55. Watch the sunrise at Chief Mountain. You'll call it a perfect day even if you see nothing else.
  56. Stop by and say hi to the friendly volunteers at the Ronan Visitor Center. They'll probably give you pie.
  57. Ride the hand-carved carousel in Missoula.
  58. Experience the old west again on a wagon train or cattle drive.
  59. Kayak, canoe or boat on one of Western Montana's rivers or lakes.

  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. Hike the Ross Creek Cedar Trail and tantalize your senses with the unforgettable sites and refreshing scent of the old-growth cedar forest.
  62. Take a Walk in the Treetops at Whitefish Mountain Resort.
  63. Hike the M on Mount Sentinel overlooking Missoula.
  64. Brave the rapids (with a guide) on the Alberton Gorge.
  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. Learn about Glacier National Park from an American Indian perspective with Sun Tours.
  68. Cut your teeth at Mission Falls—a popular ice climbing destination near St. Ignatius.
  69. Cozy up to your sweetie on a winter sleigh ride.

  70. Swing Away

    Swing Away

    Swing your clubs on one of our golf courses.

  71. Fill up your belly on wild huckleberries.
  72. Participate in North American Indian Days—one of the largest gatherings of United States and Canadian tribes and celebrate the native way of life.
  73. Pick up some homemade rolls or fresh produce at a local Hutterite colony near Cut Bank.
  74. Experience Broadway in Montana at a performance from the Alpine Theatre Project in Whitefish.
  75. Stop at the Windmill Village in Ravalli for one of their fresh doughnuts.
  76. Kick up your heels and enjoy the nightlife in downtown Whitefish.
  77. Celebrate the logging industry by attending Logger Days in Darby.
  78. Attend a local county fair.
  79. Visit the St. Mary Mission in Stevensville.

  80. Flying with Joy

    Flying with Joy

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

  81. Explore the interpretive trails at Savenac Nursery, a National Historic Site in Haugan.
  82. For a close-up view of animals, visit the Koo-Koo-Sint Bighorn Sheep Viewing Site near Plains.
  83. See mining history at the Mineral County Museum in Superior.
  84. Celebrate the Fourth of July at a small-town celebration. Try Bigfork, Troy or Seeley Lake.
  85. Visit a farmers market and pick up locally grown and locally made goods.
  86. Catch live music in Missoula.
  87. Watch kayakers do their thing at the Bigfork Whitewater Festival on the Wild Mile.
  88. Drive the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park Loop.
  89. View a collection of scarecrows at Stevensville's annual Scarecrow Festival.

  90. Hike it Out

    Hike it Out

    Hike the M on Mount Sentinel overlooking Missoula.

  91. Sit on the porch at Lake McDonald Lodge and watch twilight linger.
  92. Listen to an interpretive talk from a ranger in Glacier National Park.
  93. Stretch your legs on the boardwalk at Logan Pass in Glacier National Park.
  94. Plan a girl's getaway and indulge in some Montana-themed spa treatments.
  95. Catch a show at the Wilma Theater in Missoula.
  96. Stop and pose with a hefty Hereford along Highway 200 at Clearwater Junction.
  97. Visit a Montana State Park.
  98. Munch on sweet potato fries—a local favorite.
  99. Drive the East Side Highway between Hamilton and Florence.

  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.