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Insider becky

Early June is my favorite time in Montana, period. Lush green valleys, white mountain peaks and no crowds make it the perfect time to get outside. Additionally, you can bike the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park without car traffic! Leave your rig at the Avalanche Lake trailhead and pedal past the towering peaks up to Logan Pass. The ride down is an adrenaline rush!

- Becky

Insider tracie

Pack a picnic and sit on the beach at Holland Lake. Skip rocks and watch the mountains and clouds reflect off the water. Afterward, head to Holland Lake Lodge for a homemade cookie and flavored soda for the car ride home.

- Tracie

Insider kelsey

If you find yourself in Glacier National Park during the rush of summer, especially July or August, don't hesitate to get away from the crowds and do a little exploring in areas that don't see as much foot traffic. The Bob Marshall Wilderness complex is Glacier's next-door neighbor, and home to all of the same beauty as the park, with a fraction of the visitors. Heading east on Highway 2 from West Glacier, there are multiple trailheads (several with signs) visible from the road. One option is to drive the 46 miles to the confluence of Bear Creek and the Middle Fork, park, and follow the river a mile or two into the Great Bear section of the wilderness area. Just don't forget to stop by the Snow Slip Inn for a cold one with the locals on your way home!

- Kelsey

Insider sammi

Take the boat cruise on St. Mary Lake. I personally think it is the most accessible, most dramatic and quiet, although you may feel some wind. The boat cruise there is great and underutilized. Follow it up by eating at Johnson's cafe in St. Mary. Amazing.

- Sammi

Insider racene

One of my favorite activities on a lazy summer day? Drop by the Dairy Hut in Seeley Lake for a cold treat and meander down to Lindey’s Steak House lawn along the bay of the lake to take in the sounds and sights of summer. Try dipping your toes in the water or laying your head back to soak up the sun.

- Racene

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Western Montana's Glacier Country

News from Glacier National Park: Currently 17.0 miles of the Going-to-the-Sun Road are 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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