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. Step into the past and explore Garnet—a modern day ghost town—on a walking tour.
  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. Hit fresh powder at one of Glacier County's six full-service ski areas.
  5. Rent an inner tube in downtown Missoula and float the Clark Fork River.
  6. Marvel in the 58 hand-painted murals adorning the walls and ceiling of the St. Ignatius Mission.
  7. Montana has great guides. Take a guided trip, with options ranging from llama trekking to whitewater rafting and fishing to trail rides.
  8. Experience the arts by catching a play at the Bigfork Summer Playhouse.
  9. Enjoy the calming and healing effects of one of Glacier Country's natural hot springs.

  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. Visit the unique habitat of the Ninepipes National Wildlife Refuge. Follow it up with a visit to Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana.
  15. Relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery along the Going-to-the-Sun Road on a historic red bus tour.
  16. Montana is home to many species of wildlife–keep your eyes open and your camera ready.
  17. Rent a canoe and enjoy the peace and serenity of Montana's lakes and rivers.
  18. Visit the Glacier Institute for a hands-on educational adventure.
  19. Rent a canoe or kayak and paddle the Clearwater Canoe Trail near Seeley Lake.

  20. A Downhill Haven

    A Downhill Haven

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

  21. Beat the bears to it and try a huckleberry shake.
  22. Stroll through Missoula's historic districts.
  23. Join Missoulians for lunch and live music at Caras Park every Wednesday from June – August.
  24. Visit Flathead Lake's Wild Horse Island on a guided kayaking or boat tour.
  25. Peruse the work of Montana artists at a local art gallery.
  26. Try a bison burger.
  27. Hop aboard a hot air balloon and see the beautiful topography of Glacier Country.
  28. Play a game of miniature golf.
  29. Mine for sapphires near Philipsburg. Complete your day with a visit to The Sweet Palace.

  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. Experience an American Indian Pow Wow celebration.
  35. Swing your clubs on one of our golf courses.
  36. Sleep in a train car in Essex.
  37. Kayak the man-made Brennan's Wave on the Clark Fork in downtown Missoula .
  38. Saddle up and see Glacier Country on horseback.
  39. Take a trail ride in Glacier National Park.

  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. Race go carts on Highway 2 in Coram.
  42. Admire the wildflowers. Western Montana is home to the Bitterroot, Indian Paintbrush and Bear Grass (to name a few).
  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. Check out the view of Kootenai Falls (near Libby and Troy) from the swinging bridge.
  46. Take a dip in one of Western Montana's beautiful lakes.
  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. Stop by and say hi to the friendly volunteers at the Ronan Visitor Center. They'll probably give you pie.
  52. See the world's finest wildlife films at the International Wildlife Film Festival.
  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. 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. 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.

  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 M on Mount Sentinel overlooking Missoula.
  62. Brave the rapids (with a guide) on the Alberton Gorge.
  63. Take a beading class at The People's Center in Pablo.
  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. 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. 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. Attend a local county fair.
  74. Head to the heart of the wilderness for a boot-stomping good time at The Jack in the Lolo Wilderness.
  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. 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.

  80. Flying with Joy

    Flying with Joy

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

  81. Celebrate the Fourth of July at a small-town celebration. Try Bigfork, Troy or Seeley Lake.
  82. Catch live music in Missoula.
  83. Tour Glacier Country's breweries.
  84. Watch kayakers do their thing at the Bigfork Whitewater Festival on the Wild Mile.
  85. Drive the Montana Scenic Loop
  86. Drive the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park Loop.
  87. View a collection of scarecrows at Stevensville's annual Scarecrow Festival.
  88. Sit on the porch at Lake McDonald Lodge and watch twilight linger.
  89. Listen to an interpretive talk from a ranger in Glacier National Park.

  90. Hike it Out

    Hike it Out

    Hike the M on Mount Sentinel overlooking Missoula.

  91. Stretch your legs on the boardwalk at Logan Pass in Glacier National Park.
  92. Do yoga on the shore of Flathead Lake.
  93. Ride Amtrak's Empire Builder from East Glacier to Whitefish.
  94. Treat yourself to a scoop of ice cream from Big Dipper in Missoula or Sweet Peaks in Whitefish.
  95. Catch a show at the Wilma Theater in Missoula.
  96. Listen to the sounds of the Glacier Symphony in the Flathead Valley.
  97. Stop and pose with a hefty Hereford along Highway 200 at Clearwater Junction.
  98. 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.
  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. 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.

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