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Glacier National Park
Vacation Travel Guide

Reach towering peaks and see breathtaking natural scenery as you make your way over, around and through mountains and waterfalls in this national park.

Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of Glacier National Park, one of North America’s most pristine ecosystems, established in 1910 as the 10th U.S. national park. Its glacier-capped peaks, alpine valleys and crystal clear lakes fill more than 1 million acres (400,000 hectares) within Montana state.

Glacier Park’s 700 miles (1,126 kilometers) of hiking trails guide visitors into the wilderness to experience the park’s rugged beauty. Among towering mountains, encounter meadows carpeted with wildflowers, waterfalls and wildlife, including mountain goats and marmots in higher elevations and elk and harlequin ducks in lower valleys and streams. Choose from numerous novice hikes, from the Trail of the Cedars to St. Mary Falls.

For experienced hikers, the possibilities are almost endless for day hiking or backpacking. On the park’s east side, Ptarmigan Tunnel Trail is a strenuous 10.7-mile (17.2-kilometer) trek offering fantastic views of the glacier-carved Ptarmigan Wall. On the west side, Quartz Lake Loop from Bowman Lake Campground is a moderate 12.8-mile (20.6-kilometer) hike that swings between picturesque alpine lakes.

Bisecting Glacier Park, the Going-to-the-Sun Road is one of the world’s most scenic drives. Traversing 50 miles (80 kilometers) and reaching heights up to 6,646 feet (2,026 meters) at Logan Pass, the motorway’s engineering is as impressive as its unrivaled views. Sit back and enjoy the ride on the National Park Service’s free shuttles. For a guided, open-air tour, book a spot on a historic Red Bus. The 1930s bus fleet and historic lodges and chalets are significant parts of the park’s rich heritage.

The Going-to-the-Sun Road is open to cars after the snow is cleared, typically from mid-June through September. Cycle along the route from spring through fall. In winter, the road offers fantastic cross-country skiing.

Visit Glacier Park year-round. Most facilities, including campgrounds and lodges, however, are open only during summer. Snowshoeing and Nordic skiing are popular in winter.

Drive to Kalispell, Columbia Falls, Whitefish or Browning for easy access to park entrances. Several outfitters offer whitewater rafting, horseback riding and fishing excursions within the park. Kalispell’s Glacier Park International Airport is located 30 miles (48 kilometers) from the park’s west entrance.

Top Hotels Close to Glacier National Park

Lake McDonald Lodge - Inside the Park
Lake McDonald Lodge - Inside the Park
2 out of 5
288 Lake Mcdonald Lodge Loop, West Glacier, MT
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Situated on the waterfront, this lodge is steps from Waterton Glacier International Peace Park and Lake McDonald. Sperry Trailhead and Johns Lake Trailhead are ...

Lake McDonald Lodge - Inside the Park
Many Glacier Hotel - Inside the Park
Many Glacier Hotel - Inside the Park
3 out of 5
36 Many Glacier Hotel Loop, Babb, MT
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Situated on a lake, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Waterton Glacier International Peace Park and Grinnell Glacier Trailhead. Swiftcurrent Trailhead and ...

Many Glacier Hotel - Inside the Park
Swiftcurrent Motor Inn and Cabins - Inside the Park
Swiftcurrent Motor Inn and Cabins - Inside the Park
2 out of 5
1256 Many Glacier Road, Glacier National Park, Babb, MT
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Situated in a national park, this motel is steps from Waterton Glacier International Peace Park and Swiftcurrent Trailhead. Iceberg Ptarmigan Trailhead and Grinnell ...

Swiftcurrent Motor Inn and Cabins - Inside the Park
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Best Lodging Options Near Glacier National Park

Lake McDonald Lodge - Inside the Park
Lake McDonald Lodge - Inside the Park
2 out of 5
288 Lake Mcdonald Lodge Loop, West Glacier, MT
Lake McDonald Lodge - Inside the Park
Many Glacier Hotel - Inside the Park
Many Glacier Hotel - Inside the Park
3 out of 5
36 Many Glacier Hotel Loop, Babb, MT
Many Glacier Hotel - Inside the Park
Swiftcurrent Motor Inn and Cabins - Inside the Park
Swiftcurrent Motor Inn and Cabins - Inside the Park
2 out of 5
1256 Many Glacier Road, Glacier National Park, Babb, MT
Swiftcurrent Motor Inn and Cabins - Inside the Park
Glacier Outdoor Center
Glacier Outdoor Center
3.5 out of 5
12400 U.S. 2, West Glacier, MT
Glacier Outdoor Center
West Glacier Cabin Village
West Glacier Cabin Village
4.5 out of 5
350 River Bend Rd., West Glacier, MT
West Glacier Cabin Village
Belton Chalet
Belton Chalet
3 out of 5
12575 Highway 2E, West Glacier, MT
Belton Chalet
Rising Sun Motor Inn and Cabins - Inside the Park
Rising Sun Motor Inn and Cabins - Inside the Park
2 out of 5
Going-to-the-Sun Road, East Glacier Park, MT
Rising Sun Motor Inn and Cabins - Inside the Park
Village Inn At Apgar - Inside the Park
Village Inn At Apgar - Inside the Park
2 out of 5
1039 Going-to-the-Sun Road, West Glacier, MT
Village Inn At Apgar - Inside the Park
Home Located Inside GNP at Apgar Village!
Home Located Inside GNP at Apgar Village!
West Glacier, MT
Home Located Inside GNP at Apgar Village!
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