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Welcome to Western Montana’s Glacier Country. As you can see, Western Montana is a pretty big place. To help make your visit smoother, we’ve divided our region into two sections: the northern tier and the southern tier. Each area is a vacation in itself—supported by a friendly group of people who are happy to share their love for Glacier Country with visitors. From river guides to restaurateurs local street vendors to artists, the people who live and work here are authentic, welcoming and service-minded—with the goal of making your time in Western Montana positively memorable.

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Northern Tier

One Big Playground

Hands down, the northern tier of Glacier Country has the most roof racks loaded with bikes, kayaks, skis and canoes, making it a great place to get away and play. Greeting you first is Flathead Lake—the largest natural freshwater lake in the West. And chances are if you’re here for long, you’ll venture onto one of the many backcountry roads that lead to wild places like the Cabinet Mountain Wilderness, Glacier National Park and the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Be sure to stop and listen for the quiet reverence found among the wild and scenic corners of the region. And after you’re done exploring, take time to stroll through the many charming communities in the area, each with its own distinct flavor, personality and charm.

Southern Tier

Outdoor Recreation, Hidden Gems & Culture Abound

Somehow the southern tier of Glacier Country has managed to find the perfect balance of history, culture and outdoor recreation. Home to the lush Bitterroot, Clark Fork, Blackfoot, Missoula and Seeley valleys, this region is filled to the brim with gorgeous vistas, high mountain peaks and Montana’s cultural hub—Missoula. Combine all of that with thriving small towns, enchanting downtowns, galleries and a flourishing local arts scene and you have something deliciously special.

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Western Montana's Glacier Country

News from Glacier National Park: Currently all of the Going-to-the-Sun Road is open for travel.

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 northeast 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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