Travel Tips Glacier National Park & Western Montana

Travel Tips

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Travel Like A Local

Want the insider scoop on what to see and do in Western Montana? Get the 411 from the locals.

Set Your Sights on Glacier National Park.

Bask in the beauty, revel in the rugged. Explore the Backbone of the World.


Insider donnie

The only way to really see Whitefish like a local is to get into the mindset of a Montanan. That means you need to throw out your itinerary, relax, take a deep breath, and enjoy life at the pace nature intended. If you've made it to northwest Montana, you're already ¾ of the way to the best vacation you've ever had. The last ¼ is just remembering to enjoy it.

- Donnie

Insider alana

A perfect afternoon in northwest Montana is a trip up Bear Creek Road into the Cabinet Mountains to pick huckleberries, followed by a trip to the local Dairy Queen in Libby. And if you're here in the fall, you can call in advance and schedule your very own personal family tour of Libby Dam. A favorite day for me in the winter would be to ski Turner Mountain with a stop for peanuts, pizza and Moose Drool at the Red Dog Saloon on the way home.

- Alana

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 debbie

Visit the Bitterroot Valley for award-winning sushi at 2nd Street Sushi and Asian Cuisine in Hamilton. Sushi in Montana? Absolutely!

- Debbie

Insider julie

Heading west on Highway 200? Make sure to stop by the gift shop at the Lakeside Motel & Resort. Ice cream, Montana made products and very friendly people.

- Julie

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Travel Tips From Western Montana Locals

Western Montana's Glacier Country

News from Glacier National Park: Currently 29.0 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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