Welcome to Glacier National Park
Seize the opportunity to live in one of the most beautiful parks on earth
Established in May of 1910, Glacier National Park has a history that’s almost as rich as its natural beauty. It became the country’s tenth national park, advertised by newspapers for its alpine scenery and breathtaking glaciers. The great Northern Railway enticed visitors to visit by adding new hotels, horse trails through the backcountry, and chalets.
Since its historic origins, Glacier National Park continues to stand the test of time as one of the best national parks in the United States. It’s well-loved for its majestic, spectacular views and abundance of outdoor activities. With so much to offer, it’s no surprise that approximately 1.7 million visitors flock to visit this picturesque park each year.
What to Love
- Spectacular views and rural beauty
- A rich history dating back over 110 years
- Laid-back and peaceful lifestyle
Whether you’re visiting northern Montana or are lucky enough to live the life of a local, you’ll soon be introduced to the laid-back and peaceful lifestyle that abounds here. It’s no surprise that life here revolves around the majestic park. This appeals to outdoor enthusiasts, adventurers, or anyone who wants to orient themselves in all that nature has to offer. With scenery that’s bold, dramatic, and inspiring, it’s the perfect family destination.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
After spending a day hiking or biking, there’s a good chance that you’ll have worked up an appetite. Lucky for you, dining options are plentiful in Glacier National Parks Lodges. You can look forward to local, organic food served with spectacular views of the scenery behind. Lake McDonald Lodge and Many Glacier Hotel provide visitors with a varied mix of dining options, spanning from regional Montana cuisine to buffet-style favorites.
Meanwhile, West Glacier Village is a one-stop-shop for all of your shopping needs. Stop in the West Glacier Mercantile to stock up on trail snacks and supplies, or head over to Camp Store for the latest and greatest hiking and camping gear. If you’re looking for a souvenir to take home, the West Glacier Gift Shop is the place to go.
Things to Do
Explore the 1.1 million areas of wilderness that make up one of the oldest national parks in the United States. An outdoorsman paradise, this expansive park offers an exciting array of things to do. The park boasts over 700 miles of hiking trails, providing opportunities for everything from short hikes to extended backpacking trips.
Lake McDonald is the largest lake in Glacier National Park and stretches for 10 miles. The lake is located in Lake McDonald Valley, which serves as the hub of activity on the west side of the park. The valley is now filled with inspiring hikes, diverse species of plants and animals, historic chalets, and the lake is the center of it all. This picturesque lake is nearly 500 feet deep, the direct result of glacial carving.
Going-to-the-Sun Road is a highlight that you won’t want to miss. The road expands 50 miles and crosses the Continental Divide. Along the way, you’ll be awed with impressive glaciers, beautiful valleys, and vibrant wildflowers. St. Mary marks the Eastern end of the Going-to-the-Sun Road and is the perfect place to find upscale lodge rooms and plenty of shopping and dining options.
For a chance to see the incredible vistas, head to Logan Pass. This summit is the highest elevation reachable by car and, once you get to the top, you’ll be rewarded with sweeping views.
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