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. 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. 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. See Western Montana from an aerial point of view on a helicopter tour with Glacier Jet Center.

  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. Marvel in the 58 hand-painted murals adorning the walls and ceiling of the St. Ignatius Mission.
  13. Enjoy the calming and healing effects of one of Glacier Country's natural hot springs.
  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. Rent a canoe and enjoy the peace and serenity of Montana's lakes and rivers.
  22. Visit the Glacier Institute for a hands-on educational adventure.
  23. Meet Montana's heroes at the Smokejumper Visitor Center.
  24. Beat the bears to it and try a huckleberry shake.
  25. Be adventurous. Plan a rock climbing trip with an experienced guide.
  26. Check out the mysterious vortex along Highway 2 near Columbia Falls .
  27. Stroll through Missoula's historic districts.
  28. Join Missoulians for lunch and live music at Caras Park every Wednesday from June – August.
  29. Take a step into history with a visit to the Conrad Mansion Museum in Kalispell.

  30. Cowboy Up

    Cowboy Up

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

  31. Hike in the Bob (aka the Bob Marshall Wilderness).
  32. Peruse the work of Montana artists at a local art gallery.
  33. Try a bison burger.
  34. Rent wave runners and head to a nearby lake.
  35. Hop aboard a hot air balloon and see the beautiful topography of Glacier Country.
  36. Stop by the local chamber or visitor information center and ask about historical walking tour information.
  37. Play a game of miniature golf.
  38. Mine for sapphires near Philipsburg. Complete your day with a visit to The Sweet Palace.
  39. Spend the night in a forest service lookout.

  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. Spend the night in a cozy cabin.
  42. Rent a sailboat and set sail on beautiful Flathead Lake, the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi River.
  43. Experience an American Indian Pow Wow celebration.
  44. Swing your clubs on one of our golf courses.
  45. Rent a motorcycle and cruise the roads and byways of Western Montana.
  46. Kayak the man-made Brennan's Wave on the Clark Fork in downtown Missoula .
  47. Saddle up and see Glacier Country on horseback.
  48. Take a trail ride in Glacier National Park.
  49. Race go carts on Highway 2 in Coram.

  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. Bike through 11 tunnels and over nine steel trestles along the Hiawatha Rail trail.
  52. Meet a Great Horned Owl at the Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge, a birders' paradise.
  53. Cool off at a water slide park in Columbia Falls or Missoula.
  54. See beautiful views and bison at the National Bison Range in Moiese.
  55. Check out the view of Kootenai Falls (near Libby and Troy) from the swinging bridge.
  56. Take a dip in one of Western Montana's beautiful lakes.
  57. Take a gondola ride at Whitefish Mountain Resort and enjoy the spectacular surrounding views.
  58. Shop sales tax free.
  59. Fly through the air on the zip lines at Whitefish Mountain Resort.

  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. See the world's finest wildlife films at the International Wildlife Film Festival.
  62. Water ski on Lake Como, Whitefish Lake or Seeley Lake.
  63. Take a Walk in the Treetops at Whitefish Mountain Resort.
  64. 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.
  65. Hike the M on Mount Sentinel overlooking Missoula.
  66. Grab a meal lakeside and watch the sun go down in Woods Bay.
  67. Brave the rapids (with a guide) on the Alberton Gorge.
  68. Take a look back at the history of Glacial Lake Missoula and the Ice Age floods.
  69. Take a beading class at The People's Center in Pablo.

  70. Swing Away

    Swing Away

    Swing your clubs on one of our golf courses.

  71. Learn about Glacier National Park from an American Indian perspective with Sun Tours.
  72. Jam to music at The River City Roots Festival in Missoula.
  73. Cut your teeth at Mission Falls—a popular ice climbing destination near St. Ignatius.
  74. Fill up your belly on wild huckleberries.
  75. 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.
  76. Pick up some homemade rolls or fresh produce at a local Hutterite colony near Cut Bank.
  77. Take a boat ride in Glacier National Park with Glacier Park Boat Company.
  78. Experience Broadway in Montana at a performance from the Alpine Theatre Project in Whitefish.
  79. Kick up your heels and enjoy the nightlife in downtown Whitefish.

  80. Flying with Joy

    Flying with Joy

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

  81. Celebrate the logging industry by attending Logger Days in Darby.
  82. Attend a local county fair.
  83. Head to the heart of the wilderness for a boot-stomping good time at The Jack in the Lolo Wilderness.
  84. Explore the interpretive trails at Savenac Nursery, a National Historic Site in Haugan.
  85. Celebrate Montana's much-loved purple berry at The Huckleberry Festival in Trout Creek.
  86. Celebrate the Fourth of July at a small-town celebration. Try Bigfork, Troy or Seeley Lake.
  87. Bask in the blues at the Riverfront Blues Festival in Libby.
  88. Watch kayakers do their thing at the Bigfork Whitewater Festival on the Wild Mile.
  89. Drive the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park Loop.

  90. Hike it Out

    Hike it Out

    Hike the M on Mount Sentinel overlooking Missoula.

  91. Have dinner at the Belton Chalet in West Glacier.
  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. Go glamping at Paws Up in Greenough.
  95. Listen to the sounds of the Glacier Symphony in the Flathead Valley.
  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. Visit the University of Montana in Missoula—the state's oldest university.

  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.