Glacier National Park

While Glacier National Park's scenic wonders are best appreciated on foot or horseback (access to its Granite Park Chalet lodging requires a hike of at least four miles), a driver traversing its 50-mile Going to the Sun Road still encounters rugged mountain beauty at every bend.

Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park
Lake McDonald

Avalanche Creek, Glacier National Park
Avalanche Creek

Avalanche Creek and mountains, Glacier National Park
Avalanche Creek and mountains

View from Logan Pass, Glacier National Park
View from Logan Pass

The Logan Pass Visitor Center, atop the Continental Divide, may enjoy the most spectacular location, but the views from Lake McDonald and Avalanche Creek aren't far behind. North of the eastern entrance to the park, a shorter road leads to the Many Glacier area.

St. Mary's Lake, Glacier National Park
St. Mary's Lake

Horseback riders in mountains on east side of Glacier National Park
Horseback riders in mountains on east side of park

Sherburne Lake, Glacier National Park
Sherburne Lake

Many Glacier Hotel and mountains, Glacier National Park
Many Glacier Hotel and mountains

The scenery continues north of the Canadian border in Waterton Lakes National Park, accessible from the east side of Glacier National Park. Those wishing an alternate route back across the Continental Divide can take U.S. 2, a winding mountain road just south of the park; the Divide is marked with an obelisk from the Theodore Roosevelt International Highway.


NPS site:

Peter Lesica, A Flora of Glacier National Park, Montana

Erik Molvar, Best Easy Day Hikes Glacier and Waterton Lakes

Erik Molvar, Hiking Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks

Susan Olin, Insiders Guide to Glacier National Park (3d ed.)

David Rockwell, Exploring Glacier National Park

Russ Schneider, Fishing Glacier National Park (2d ed.)

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