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. Rent a bike in Missoula and explore the city's plentiful biking trails.
  2. Visit Missoula's Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and learn about the role the foundation plays in elk conservation.
  3. Step into the past and explore Garnet—a modern day ghost town—on a walking tour.
  4. Pick your own sweet cherries from an orchard in Montana's Flathead Valley.
  5. Experience a Montana tradition and channel your inner cowboy at a local small-town rodeo.
  6. 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.
  7. Western Montana is home to great mountain biking trails. Try the Whitefish Trail, Blue Mountain or the Hiawatha Rail Trail.
  8. See Western Montana from an aerial point of view on a helicopter tour with Glacier Jet Center.
  9. Rent an inner tube in downtown Missoula and float the Clark Fork River.

  10. Centuries in the Making

    Centuries in the Making

    Experience American Indian culture by staying the night in a tipi.

  11. Marvel in the 58 hand-painted murals adorning the walls and ceiling of the St. Ignatius Mission.
  12. Montana has great guides. Take a guided trip, with options ranging from llama trekking to whitewater rafting and fishing to trail rides.
  13. Experience the arts by catching a play at the Bigfork Summer Playhouse.
  14. Enjoy the calming and healing effects of one of Glacier Country's natural hot springs.
  15. Discover beautiful Glacier Country in winter via snowmobile. Try the trails in Seeley Lake, the Bitterroot Valley and the Flathead Valley.
  16. Admire the spectacular views from Kerr Damn. The dam is a short drive from Polson and is 54 feet higher than Niagara Falls.
  17. Relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery along the Going-to-the-Sun Road on a historic red bus tour.
  18. Follow the Lewis and Clark Trail and see where they camped at Travelers' Rest State Park.
  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. Visit the Glacier Institute for a hands-on educational adventure.
  22. Meet Montana's heroes at the Smokejumper Visitor Center.
  23. Rent a canoe or kayak and paddle the Clearwater Canoe Trail near Seeley Lake.
  24. Beat the bears to it and try a huckleberry shake.
  25. Check out the mysterious vortex along Highway 2 near Columbia Falls .
  26. Stroll through Missoula's historic districts.
  27. Join Missoulians for lunch and live music at Caras Park every Wednesday from June – August.
  28. Visit Flathead Lake's Wild Horse Island on a guided kayaking or boat tour.
  29. Hike in the Bob (aka the Bob Marshall Wilderness).

  30. Cowboy Up

    Cowboy Up

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

  31. Try a bison burger.
  32. Rent wave runners and head to a nearby lake.
  33. Hop aboard a hot air balloon and see the beautiful topography of Glacier Country.
  34. Play a game of miniature golf.
  35. Mine for sapphires near Philipsburg. Complete your day with a visit to The Sweet Palace.
  36. Spend the night in a forest service lookout.
  37. 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.
  38. Take advantage of the region's plentiful snowfall and go snowshoeing.
  39. Rent a sailboat and set sail on beautiful Flathead Lake, the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi River.

  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. Experience an American Indian Pow Wow celebration.
  42. Rent a motorcycle and cruise the roads and byways of Western Montana.
  43. Take your boat and fishing pole to Painted Rocks Reservoir in the Bitterroot Valley.
  44. Race go carts on Highway 2 in Coram.
  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. Take a dip in one of Western Montana's beautiful lakes.
  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. Shop sales tax free.
  52. Stop by and say hi to the friendly volunteers at the Ronan Visitor Center. They'll probably give you pie.
  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. 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. Cozy up to your sweetie on a winter sleigh ride.
  67. Fill up your belly on wild huckleberries.
  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. Pick up some homemade rolls or fresh produce at a local Hutterite colony near Cut Bank.

  70. Swing Away

    Swing Away

    Swing your clubs on one of our golf courses.

  71. Take a boat ride in Glacier National Park with Glacier Park Boat Company.
  72. Experience Broadway in Montana at a performance from the Alpine Theatre Project in Whitefish.
  73. Stop at the Windmill Village in Ravalli for one of their fresh doughnuts.
  74. Attend a local county fair.
  75. Keep history alive with a stroll through the Tobacco Valley Historical Village in Eureka —a collection of restored buildings and structures from the 1880s to 1920s.
  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. Have dinner at the Belton Chalet in West Glacier.
  89. Sit on the porch at Lake McDonald Lodge and watch twilight linger.

  90. Hike it Out

    Hike it Out

    Hike the M on Mount Sentinel overlooking Missoula.

  91. Listen to an interpretive talk from a ranger in Glacier National Park.
  92. Do yoga on the shore of Flathead Lake.
  93. Catch a show at the Wilma Theater in Missoula.
  94. Listen to the sounds of the Glacier Symphony in the Flathead Valley.
  95. 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.
  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. 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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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.