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. Sleep under the big blue sky—and maybe catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights—at one of Western Montana's many campgrounds.
  4. Visit Missoula's Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and learn about the role the foundation plays in elk conservation.
  5. Step into the past and explore Garnet—a modern day ghost town—on a walking tour.
  6. Pick your own sweet cherries from an orchard in Montana's Flathead Valley.
  7. Hit fresh powder at one of Glacier County's six full-service ski areas.
  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. See Western Montana from an aerial point of view on a helicopter tour with Glacier Jet Center.
  12. Marvel in the 58 hand-painted murals adorning the walls and ceiling of the St. Ignatius Mission.
  13. Cast your line into one of Western Montana's blue-ribbon trout streams.
  14. Discover beautiful Glacier Country in winter via snowmobile. Try the trails in Seeley Lake, the Bitterroot Valley and the Flathead Valley.
  15. Admire the spectacular views from Kerr Damn. The dam is a short drive from Polson and is 54 feet higher than Niagara Falls.
  16. Relive the excitement of the discovery of the Old West by taking a wagon ride.
  17. Visit the unique habitat of the Ninepipes National Wildlife Refuge. Follow it up with a visit to Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana.
  18. Find the perfect souvenir at one of Glacier Country's many antique stores.
  19. Follow the Lewis and Clark Trail and see where they camped at Travelers' Rest State Park.

  20. A Downhill Haven

    A Downhill Haven

    Hit fresh powder at one of Glacier County's six full-service ski areas.

  21. Rediscover your inner child by sledding down the snowy hills of Glacier Country.
  22. Rent a canoe and enjoy the peace and serenity of Montana's lakes and rivers.
  23. Meet Montana's heroes at the Smokejumper Visitor Center.
  24. Rent a canoe or kayak and paddle the Clearwater Canoe Trail near Seeley Lake.
  25. Check out the mysterious vortex along Highway 2 near Columbia Falls .
  26. Take a step into history with a visit to the Conrad Mansion Museum in Kalispell.
  27. Peruse the work of Montana artists at a local art gallery.
  28. Rent wave runners and head to a nearby lake.
  29. Play a game of miniature golf.

  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. 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.
  34. See the Grizzlies up close. Catch a game at the University of Montana.
  35. Rent a sailboat and set sail on beautiful Flathead Lake, the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi River.
  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. Saddle up and see Glacier Country on horseback.

  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. Race go carts on Highway 2 in Coram.
  43. Bike through 11 tunnels and over nine steel trestles along the Hiawatha Rail trail.
  44. Meet a Great Horned Owl at the Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge, a birders' paradise.
  45. See beautiful views and bison at the National Bison Range in Moiese.
  46. Check out the view of Kootenai Falls (near Libby and Troy) from the swinging bridge.
  47. Take a dip in one of Western Montana's beautiful lakes.
  48. Play folf at one of the local area courses.
  49. Take a gondola ride at Whitefish Mountain Resort and enjoy the spectacular surrounding views.

  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. Shop sales tax free.
  52. Fly through the air on the zip lines at Whitefish Mountain Resort.
  53. Watch the sunrise at Chief Mountain. You'll call it a perfect day even if you see nothing else.
  54. Stop by and say hi to the friendly volunteers at the Ronan Visitor Center. They'll probably give you pie.
  55. See the world's finest wildlife films at the International Wildlife Film Festival.
  56. Strap on your skates and ice skate on a frozen pond or ice rink.
  57. Water ski on Lake Como, Whitefish Lake or Seeley Lake.
  58. Kayak, canoe or boat on one of Western Montana's rivers or lakes.
  59. Hike the Ross Creek Cedar Trail and tantalize your senses with the unforgettable sites and refreshing scent of the old-growth cedar forest.

  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 Walk in the Treetops at Whitefish Mountain Resort.
  62. Hike the M on Mount Sentinel overlooking Missoula.
  63. Grab a meal lakeside and watch the sun go down in Woods Bay.
  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. Take a boat ride in Glacier National Park with Glacier Park Boat Company.
  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. Stop at the Windmill Village in Ravalli for one of their fresh doughnuts.
  72. Kick up your heels and enjoy the nightlife in downtown Whitefish.
  73. Drive or cycle the Lake Koocanusa Scenic Byway.
  74. For a close-up view of animals, visit the Koo-Koo-Sint Bighorn Sheep Viewing Site near Plains.
  75. See mining history at the Mineral County Museum in Superior.
  76. Celebrate Montana's much-loved purple berry at The Huckleberry Festival in Trout Creek.
  77. 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.
  78. Celebrate the Fourth of July at a small-town celebration. Try Bigfork, Troy or Seeley Lake.
  79. Catch live music in Missoula.

  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. Watch kayakers do their thing at the Bigfork Whitewater Festival on the Wild Mile.
  83. Drive the Montana Scenic Loop
  84. Drive the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park Loop.
  85. Have dinner at the Belton Chalet in West Glacier.
  86. Listen to an interpretive talk from a ranger in Glacier National Park.
  87. Stretch your legs on the boardwalk at Logan Pass in Glacier National Park.
  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. Treat yourself to a scoop of ice cream from Big Dipper in Missoula or Sweet Peaks in Whitefish.
  93. Catch a show at the Wilma Theater in Missoula.
  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. 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. 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.