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With glacier-capped mountains, brilliant aquamarine lakes, stunning alpine scenery, and some of the most exciting hiking trails in the country, it’s no wonder that Glacier National Park is called the “Crown of the Continent.”

If you want to see waterfalls, wildlife, and mountain slopes covered in a blanket of wildflowers, put Glacier National Park on your list. This is the type of national park that just begs you to get out of the car and go exploring. Take a boat ride across Lake McDonald, paddle a kayak on Swiftcurrent Lake, or take your pick from epic hiking trails scattered throughout the park.

Here are the best things to do in Glacier National Park. Enjoy!

Important Update for 2021: There are numerous road construction projects in and outside of the park. The road to Many Glacier will be open, but due to a major construction project, expect delays of up to 40 minutes. The road to Many Glacier will close on 9/19/21. There is also road construction near St. Mary and along Going-to-the-Sun Road, which could cause minor delays. Visit the NPS website for full details.
 
If you will be visiting the park between May 28 and September 6, you will need a timed entry ticket to drive Going-to-the-Sun Road. Learn more here.

About Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park is located in northern Montana, on the border with Canada. Just across the border sits Waterton Lakes National Park. Together, these two parks form Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, the world’s first international peace park.

Glacier officially became a national park in 1910. In 2019, Glacier National Park was the 10th most visited park, making this one of the most popular national parks to visit in the United States.

There are several regions of Glacier National Park. Going-to-the-Sun Road cuts across the center of the park and this is the most popular and most crowded section of the park. Just to the north is Many Glacier, a wildlife rich, gorgeous area with some of the park’s best hikes. Two Medicine and the North Fork are more remote areas. If you want to leave the crowds behind and journey into the backcountry, visit Goat Haunt.

The park remains open all year, however, Going-to-the-Sun Road, the main thoroughfare through the park, is only open during the summer months (typically from late June/early July through mid-October).

Glacier National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

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Best Things to do in Glacier National Park

1. Going-to-the-Sun Road

Going-to-the-Sun Road is not only the most scenic drive in Glacier National Park, it’s also one of the most beautiful drives in the United States. For 50 miles, this road twists and turns through the mountains and over the Continental Divide. It tops out at Logan Pass, where you can park, stretch your legs, enjoy the view, and even take your pick from several hiking trails that start here.

To drive the entire length of Going-to-the-Sun Road, it takes approximately two hours, depending on traffic and how frequently you stop for photos. And the first time you drive this road, it’s jaw-dropping.

Expect a lot of cars on this road and frequent traffic jams. There are numerous turn-outs where you can park, get out of your car, and safely enjoy the view.

In my opinion, the stretch of road between The Loop and Logan Pass is the best, but it’s also quite nice from Logan Pass to St. Mary Visitor Center.

Logan Pass Glacier National Park

Going-to-the-Sun Road and Logan Pass, view from the Highline Trail

PRO TRAVEL TIP: There are regulations to the type of vehicle allowed on Going-to-the-Sun Road. Vehicles longer than 21 feet or taller than 10 feet are not permitted on the road. The road is very narrow with rock overhangs, so larger vehicles are too big for these tight spots. Therefore, if you are in an RV or pulling a trailer, you most likely will not be able to drive Going-to-the-Sun Road. You can still get the experience, just take the park shuttle or a Red Bus Tour.

When is Going-to-the-Sun Road open? Typically, this road is open from the end of June/early July through mid-October. Opening and closing dates are dependent on snowfall. Get updates on the official national park website.

2. Logan Pass

At 6,646 feet (2025 meters), Logan Pass is the highest point on Going-to-the-Sun Road and part of the Continental Divide. This is the highest point in Glacier National Park that can be reached by car.

From here, enjoy sweeping views across Glacier National Park. Jagged mountains, fields of wildflowers, and the chance to see bighorn sheep, mountain goats, and other wildlife are the highlights.

Logan Pass Glacier National Park

View of the mountains and wildflowers along the trail to Hidden Lake, near Logan Pass

Two popular hiking trails start at Logan Pass: Hidden Lake and the Highline Trail.

Parking at Logan Pass: Logan Pass is an extremely popular place to visit in Glacier National Park, not only for the views but also for the hikes. There is a large car park but it fills up fast!! During our visit in early August, the parking lot was completely full by 8 am. I recommend that you get here no later than 7:45 am if you want a spot. Otherwise, you will have to park on a turn-out on Going-to-the-Sun Road and hike up to Logan Pass.

In 2021, I have heard reports that the parking lots are filling as early as 6 am. Visitors without timed entry reservations are entering the park before 6 am, which is before the first timed entry time slot. Because of this, parking lots are filling much earlier than “typical” years. So, even if you have an early timed entry slot, you might want to enter the park early to make sure you get a parking spot.

3. Go Hiking in Glacier National Park

There is no better way to experience the beauty and majesty of Glacier National Park than from a hiking trail. And there are many to choose from.

Whether you are looking for a short, easy hike out to an alpine lake or an epic trail into the backcountry, you have a lot to choose from.

Here is a list of some of the best trails in Glacier, starting with short, easy hikes and ending with longer, full day (and very worthwhile!!) hikes. All distances are round-trip.

Trail of the Cedars: 1 mile, flat, easy. This boardwalk and gravel trail winds its way through a thick forest of cedar trees. The highlight is the view of Avalanche Gorge. This is a loop trail and you can walk it in either direction.

Trail of the Cedars Glacier National Park

Trail of the Cedars

 

Avalanche Gorge Glacier

Avalanche Gorge

Avalanche Lake: 4.5 miles, 700 feet elevation gain, moderate. This trail starts at Trail of the Cedars and continues along Avalanche Creek until you get to Avalanche Lake. It’s a nice hike with views of a lovely lake. The lake makes a nice picnic spot. This is a popular trail so try to start your hike early (by 7:30 am).

Avalanche Lake Glacier National Park

Avalanche Lake

Hidden Lake Overlook: 2.8 miles, 460 feet elevation gain, easy to moderate. This is one of the most popular hikes in Glacier National Park. To get to the overlook, it’s an uphill hike on boardwalks and a dirt trail. Not only do you get to see Hidden Lake, but there’s a good chance that you will spot mountain goats and maybe even bighorn sheep.

Hidden Lake Glacier

Hidden Lake

 

Hiking Glacier National Park

Hidden Lake Trail

St. Mary Falls: 1.7 miles, 260 feet elevation gain, easy. From the small car park on Going-to-the-Sun Road, it’s a mostly downhill walk to the waterfall. This area was hit by a wildfire in the past, so there is very limited shade on the trail, and in the summer, it can feel surprisingly warm. You can continue to Virginia Falls, adding on another 1.6 miles to this hike.

Trail to St. Mary's Falls Glacier National Park

Trail to St. Mary Falls

 

St. Mary's Falls Glacier National Park

St. Mary Falls

Highline Trail: 11.6 miles, 800 feet elevation gain, 3000 feet elevation loss, moderate. This point-to-point hike is one of the best in the park. Start at Logan Pass and then it’s an overall downhill walk to the Loop. You’ll walk on a trail that clings to the cliffs above Going-to-the-Sun Road for amazing views of the park. This is our favorite hike in Glacier. Learn more here.

Best Hike Glacier

Highline Trail

 

Hike Glacier

Another view from the Highline Trail

Apikuni Falls: 2 miles, 700 feet elevation gain, moderate. This is a short, popular hike to a waterfall that is located in the Many Glacier area of the park.

Cracker Lake: 12.6 miles, 1400 feet elevation gain, strenuous. Cracker Lake is a brilliantly colored aquamarine lake in the Many Glacier area.

Grinnell Glacier: 10.6 miles, 1600 feet elevation gain, strenuous. This hike has it all: stunning alpine scenery, waterfalls, emerald green lakes, a glacier, and a great chance to spot wildlife. We saw moose, mountain goats, and bear on this hike. Located in Many Glacier, you can shave off 3.4 miles by taking the boat across Swiftcurrent and Josephine Lakes. Learn more here. 

Grinnell Glacier

Grinnell Glacier

Iceberg Lake: 9.6 miles, 1200 feet elevation gain, strenuous. We have not hiked this, yet, but have been told by many people that this is their favorite hike in Glacier National Park. It’s a stunning hike to a beautiful lake. For 2.7 miles, you will share the trail to Ptarmigan Tunnel and get to see Ptarmigan Falls.

Ptarmigan Tunnel: 10.6 miles, 2300 feet elevation gain, strenuous. This is another hike that gets rave reviews. It’s less trafficked than other trails in the area, so if you like the idea of hiking without the crowds, this is a good one to consider.

4. Many Glacier

This is one of the most beautiful areas of Glacier National Park. Yes, it even beats Going-to-the-Sun Road. With massive, snow-covered mountains, lakes, waterfalls, and of course, glaciers, this is a hiker’s paradise.

Swiftcurrent Lake Glacier National Park

Swiftcurrent Lake and Many Glacier Hotel

 

Best things to do in Glacier National Park

View from the hiking trail to Grinnell Glacier

Grinnell Glacier and Iceberg Lake are the most popular hikes in the area, but there are literally ten more hikes to choose from. Most of them are longer hikes, coming in at around 10 miles, but they are worth every step you take on the trail.

If you are not a big hiker, you can still get a lot out of your visit here. Stay in the historic Many Glacier Hotel and ride the boat across Swiftcurrent and Josephine Lakes. Just driving the roads here we spotted black bear and other wildlife.

PRO TRAVEL TIP: If you plan to visit Many Glacier on a day trip from another area of the park, try to get here at 8 am. Parking is limited at the trailheads and lodges and on one of the days we were here, park staff were turning visitors away.

5. Visit the Two Medicine Area

Two Medicine is the area of the park that was first visited, before Going-to-the-Sun Road was constructed in 1932. This is a great area of the park for day hikes and to venture out into the backcountry. It doesn’t see the same number of visitors as Going-to-the-Sun Road or Many Glacier, so this area feels off-the-beaten-path.

For a list of hikes and things to do, click here.

6. Lake McDonald Valley

Lake McDonald is the largest lake in the park. Sitting on the edge of the lake is the historic Lake McDonald Lodge, built in 1914.

From the lake, take your pick from numerous hikes or go horseback riding. You can also take a boat tour of the lake.

Lake McDonald Glacier National Park

Lake McDonald

7. Red Bus Tour

Ride a vintage 1930’s bus for a tour of the park. This is considered to be the oldest touring fleet of buses anywhere in the world.

There are numerous tour options to choose from. Take a scenic ride along Going-to-the-Sun Road, visit Many Glacier, or Two Medicine. Tours can last up to 9.5 hours, depending on which one you choose, with prices up to roughly $50 per person. Book your tickets in advance because they do sell out.

Tours run from the end of June through mid-September.

Click here for full details.

8. See Wild Goose Island

Wild Goose Island is a tiny island located on Saint Mary Lake and it is one of Glacier’s most photographed spots.

You might also recognize Wild Goose Island from the opening scene of the movie “The Shining.” In fact, the first few minutes of the movie were filmed at Glacier National Park, with video clips of Wild Goose Island, Saint Mary Lake, and Going-to-the-Sun Road.

Wild Goose Island

To get this view, park in the small parking lot on Going-to-the-Sun road, labeled “Wild Goose Island Lookout” on Google Maps.

9. Take a Boat Tour on One of Glacier’s Lakes

The first things that might come to mind when you think of Glacier National Park are probably mountains and glaciers. But this is also a land of lakes.

If you want to take a break from scenic drives and hiking trails, consider taking a boat tour or renting kayaks for a different experience.

Josephine Lake

Josephine Lake

In Many Glacier, you can sit back and take a boat tour of Swiftcurrent or Josephine Lakes. You can also rent kayaks at the Many Glacier Hotel and kayak on Swiftcurrent Lake.

Lake McDonald, Two Medicine Lake, and Saint Mary Lake are also popular places to go on a guided boat tour or to rent kayaks.

Click here to learn more.

10. Waterton Lakes National Park

Glacier National Park and Waterton Lakes National Park form the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park.

Waterton Lakes is located in Canada. It feels like a quieter, mellower version of Glacier National Park.

Prince of Wales Hotel

Waterton Lake

One of the best things to do is to take a guided boat tour on Waterton Lake. You will cross the border back into the United States, see remote Goat Haunt, and look for wildlife.

Hiking and biking are popular things to do here, as well as some experiences you wouldn’t expect to have in a national park. Have high tea at the Prince of Wales Hotel, go shopping at the boutique stores in the town of Waterton, or take your pick from one of many great restaurants in town.

You can day trip here from Glacier National Park or spend a night or two. If you have the time in your itinerary, this is a very nice place to take a break from the summer crowds that flock to Glacier.

Glacier National Park Fees and Hours of Operation

Glacier National Park is open 365 days of the year. However, numerous roads in the park are closed due to snow, from September through June. For full details, visit the national park service website. 

The entrance fee is $35 and is valid for 7 days.

Get updates on road conditions and trail closures, as you plan your trip and just before your visit, on the National Park Service website.

How to Plan Your Time

Ideally, plan on spending a minimum of two days at Glacier National Park. Even more time is better and you could easily spend a week here and never run out of things to do.

With one day, drive Going-to-the-Sun Road and visit the sights along the drive: Logan Pass, Hidden Lake, Lake McDonald, the Trail of Cedars, Avalanche Lake, and Saint Mary Lake. If you are a big hiker, get to Logan Pass by 7:30 am and hike the Highline Trail.

With two days, follow our one-day recommendation. Spend day two in Many Glacier and hike one of the trails.

With three or more days, add more time to Many Glacier, visit Two Medicine, or visit Waterton Lakes National Park.

Click here to read our post about sample itineraries for Glacier National Park.

What We Did

So far, we have visited Glacier National Park twice. The first time, Tim and I just visited the park in one day, driving Going-to-the-Sun Road and hiking Avalanche Lake and Hidden Lake. It was nice, but we had no idea what we were missing by skipping Many Glacier.

On our more recent visit (August 2019), Kara and I spent four and a half days in Glacier. We spent a day and a half in Many Glacier, one day in Waterton, and two days along Going-to-the-Sun Road (one of these days we hiked the Highline Trail). It was not enough time. There are still so many hikes to come back and do. Two Medicine and the North Fork areas are still on our to-do list.

Mountain Goat

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Where We Stayed

We booked our trip last minute (in June for a trip in August). Since we visited so many different areas, and because I booked our hotels so late, we stayed at five different hotels in five nights. In Many Glacier, I could not find a hotel or lodge that had availability for two or more consecutive nights. So, I recommend booking your hotels as far in advance as possible.

Many Glacier Hotel. This is a grand, historic hotel. It looks amazing on the outside and has an enormous, rustic lobby with stunning views of Swiftcurrent Lake. Kara and I stayed in a standard room. It was a very basic room with a double bed and private bathroom. There is no air conditioning, but it is cool at night so that was not an issue. However, it’s an old hotel. The floors creak and the walls are thin, so if you are a light sleeper, bring ear plugs.

Important Note: There is no Wi-Fi in the rooms and the Wi-Fi is very limited in the lobby. There is no cellular service in Many Glacier. I actually made a collect call to Tim (when was the last time I did that?!) simply because I couldn’t even send a text message. Kara and I were traveling on our own, on a “girls trip,” and since we drove up from Yellowstone, I wanted to let Tim know that we got in safely.

Many Glacier Hotel

Many Glacier Hotel

Swiftcurrent Motor Inn. I liked it here. Again, it’s very basic, with no Wi-Fi, cellular service or air conditioning. But we stayed in a building tucked away in the trees and it was very nice. Our room was enormous, the beds were comfy, and it felt more peaceful than staying at the Many Glacier Hotel.

Northland Lodge. This is where we stayed at Waterton Lakes. We had one bedroom with a private bathroom in a house. Again, it’s nothing fancy, but it was clean, quiet, and they had Wi-Fi!! That was important because now that we were in Canada, I could not use the cellular service without paying an additional fee. The Prince of Wales Hotel is another option in Waterton, but they do not offer Wi-Fi, so that’s why we chose the Northland Lodge.

Great Northern Resort. This place is wonderful. It is located in West Glacier, so it is a great place to stay to be near Lake McDonald and Avalanche Lake. We had an enormous room with two beds, air conditioning, and great Wi-Fi. I would stay here again.

Best Western Rocky Mountain Lodge, Whitefish. This is where we stayed our last night at Glacier. The following day we had a flight home so I wanted to stay near the airport. Unless you are having a hard time finding accommodations inside the park, I wouldn’t recommend staying in Whitefish. It’s a 40-minute drive just to get to the west entrance and can take an hour and a half or longer to get to Logan Pass. However, after your visit, Whitefish is a great place to stay. There’s a lot to do here, with outdoor activities and family-friendly experiences.


If you have any questions about Glacier National Park, let us know in the comment section below.

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Best Things to do in Glacier National Park

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  1. Julie, if Many Glacier Valley is closed as it is scheduled to do so around mid September, this makes Grinnel Glacier hike out of the question, yes? Does that mean there’s also no access to Swiftcurrent and Josephine Lake? Trying to get our itinerary down between the 3 parks (Teton, Y S, and Glacier). Doing 3 days in Teton, 4 in YS and 3 in Glacier but I feel like I want to stay in Glacier longer to do more hikes and I just think I’d love it more in Glacier for photography so I’m thinking of eliminating 1 day from YS and adding one to Glacier instead. But if Many Glacier is inaccessible, I might just keep our current schedule.

    Thanks
    Grace

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      Yes, unfortunately, the road into Many Glacier will be closed on 9/19. The NPS website says that the Many Glacier area will be closed as of September 20, which I think is to everything…even if you wanted to hike or bike in. So, unless you will be here before the 20th, you won’t be able to see the Many Glacier area. However, you can still hike along Going to the Sun Road and hike in the Two Medicine area. I know that it must be a bummer to miss this part of Glacier, but it could be a future trip at some point. Tim and I are talking about returning, hopefully sometime soon, to go hiking again. It’s really one of the most beautiful US national parks and the kind of place that can be visited many times. Cheers, Julie

  2. My husband and I spent a few days at Glacier several years ago, fell in love with it, and have always wanted to return. Luckily, we got another opportunity to travel to Montana and we will be arriving at Glacier in a few days. Unfortunately, we were not able to get tickets for Going to the Sun Road. Are there any other places within Glacier we will be able to access and do things without having to utilize the GTTSR?

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      Without GTSR tickets, you can visit Many Glacier and Two Medicine. You can also go hiking around Lake McDonald. Outside of the park, you can visit Whitefish and Kalispell, which are also nice. Cheers, Julie

  3. Hi there! I have found your site to be very helpful in planning a trip to the Tetons, Yellowstone, and Glacier this summer. I see you drove from Yellowstone to Glacier, which I will be doing as well. Any tips or advice on the best way? I will be staying in Mammoth Springs, then travel to the Many Glacier Hotel. I will only have one full day in Glacier (the day after my driving day), so I was considering going a more western route from Mammoth Springs, and taking the Going to the Sun Road before going to Many Glacier for the night, for a little extra sightseeing. Do you think this sounds doable (I know it will be a long day)? Thanks!

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      If you haven’t seen it yet, here is the link to our road trip itinerary, which describes the eastern route that we took on our most recent trip.

      However, when Tim and I did this many years ago, we drove around Flathead Lake and through Kalispell, which is a very pretty drive. If, on this same day, you also plan to drive Going to the Sun Road to Many Glacier, it is doable, but it will be a very long day. The drive comes in around 10 hours (without stops) versus 7 hours if you take the eastern route. So yes, you can do it, and it gives you the next day to go hiking in the Many Glacier area, which is outstanding. If you have time and are a fast hiker, you could hike to Hidden Lake at Logan Pass on the day you drive to Glacier. It might be nice at the end of the day, when crowds are low. But it just depends on your timing, your energy level, and just know that you still have about an hour drive to get to Many Glacier hotel.

      Cheers, Julie

  4. Hi. I really enjoyed your article. You are quite the adventurous lady!
    My husband and I rented a very nice cabin in Horse Head in the middle of May 2022. We are 8 miles from the West entrance to Glacier. Any suggestions as to what we may accomplish in that week given there will still be snowy roads? It sounds like everything may be a challenge due to the road conditions? We wanted to go that time of year…we like having the place to ourselves. Ha!

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      As you probably know, Going to the Sun Road won’t be open in May. From your location, it will be easy to visit Lake McDonald, Avalanche Lake, and Trail of the Cedars. You can visit the east side of the park, but to get there you will have to drive Route 2. Most likely, there will be more to do on the east side of the park than the west side, so you will probably do this drive several times. You can visit Many Glacier and the Two Medicine areas (on separate days is ideal). There are hiking trails in each area. The hikes in Many Glacier tend to be on the longer side (10+ miles), so if that’s too far, you can hike to Apikuni Falls and see Swiftcurrent Lake. Outside of the park, there is a lot to do at Kalispell Lake and Whitefish. I’m hazy on the to do lists for these places, since it has been about 20 years since I have been there, but a little research on the internet will provide lots of info. Keep checking the National Park Service website for updates on park conditions and road closures as it gets closer to May 2022. Cheers, Julie

  5. It’s our 50th anniversary and we have been planning this Glacier trip coupled with a Dude Ranch and Yellowstone for 2 years. We were originally scheduled to be in Glacier on July 14 for 3 days. We had to reschedule last week due to work and now we are going to Glacier on July 9 for 3 days. We got all flights, hotel rooms, car rental, and other reservations changed for our new dates. My one problem is my ticket to Going To the Sun Road is on July 14. I understand I have now passed the 60 day in advance purchase of the GTSR ticket. Now I have to wait until July 7 to try and get the ticket. Do you have any suggestions of other options of purchasing the ticket or transferring my present ticket from the 14th to the 9th? I would not want to go to Glacier without being able to go on the GTSR. But it’s a lot of pressure to wait until the 2 days before we are to arrive in Glacier to get my ticket. Plus we will be in Yellowstone NP on the July 7 (not sure of access to internet). Any suggestions?

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      Happy early 50th anniversary! That is a wonderful milestone. I am not familiar with any other ways to get a ticket. You could contact the national park service about changing your dates. If the Red Bus Tours are operating, you could reserve tour with them, just to make sure you get to experience Going to the Sun Road. Cellular service is spotty in Yellowstone, particularly inside of the park. If you happen to be staying in Gardiner or West Yellowstone you should be able to access the internet (this is where we stay and I had no issues getting on the internet). But I understand the pressure of having to wait until right before your visit to get tickets. Good luck! Cheers, Julie

  6. Now reading the comments I’m getting nervous about things being open! We’re going June 4-10, 2021. This will be our first time and I’m trying to cram in AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE.

    Below is our loose itinerary:
    (Is this realistic????)

    Sat: stay at st Mary’s, hike to st. Mary lake, st. Mary’s falls, possibly kayak there, and then trail of cedars/avalanche lake or sun point trail.

    Sun: stay at st Mary’s, red bus tour (9am-5pm) is this worth it???

    Mon: stay at many glacier, hike grinnell glacier by taking boat from many glacier,

    Tues:stay at many glacier, high line trail(possibly)

    Wed:stay at great northern resort, lake McDonald all day

    Thurs: fly home not sure what time flights are. Do something close to hotel. Suggestions?

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      Be aware of the travel delays getting in and out of Many Glacier (up to 40 minutes). Going to the Sun Road usually does not open until July. What that means is that most likely, you will not be able to travel across the park on this road. However, some sections might be open in early June. From St. Mary, you might be able to drive to St Marys falls or maybe Logan Pass. From west Glacier, you might be able to drive to Avalanche Lake, but I doubt that you will be able to go all of the way to Logan Pass from West Glacier. So, if you want to visit Avalanche Lake, you will have to do this from the Great Northern Resort. Since Going to the Sun Road will most likely be closed, you can get from the east to the west side of the park on Highway 2. You can get road updates on the national park service website. It does not look like you can book a Red Bus Tour right now. And even if you could, the bus tour can only take you on the roads that are open. In my opinion, skip the Red Bus Tour and you can self-drive the same route. It’s better to hike the Highline Trail when you are staying at St Mary (if you can drive to Logan Pass) since it is a shorter drive from here.

      Here’s another version of your itinerary: SAT: Stay St. Mary, St. Mary Lake, St. Mary falls SUN: Stay St. Mary, hike the Highline Trail if you can drive to Logan Pass; if you can’t get there consider visiting Two Medicine MON: Stay Many Glacier, hike Grinnell Glacier MON: more time in Many Glacier, drive to West Glacier in the afternoon TUES: Lake McDonald and Avalanche WED: more time in West Glacier or spend some time in Whitefish THUR: fly home

      Cheers, Julie

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  7. We are planning a visit to Glacier National park in July. I have a 4 yr old Autistic child. Is it a good idea to plan a trip with 4 yr old? Can we take stroller? Will it be feasable to take stroller? We are planning a 2 days trip. What are the must see attractions? We dont want to make it hectic becasue of young kids. Any recommendation on kids friendly lodges? Thanks for any advise!

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      Yes, I think that it is a good idea to travel with a 4 year old. With 2 days, you have lots of time to see the main sights without it being too hectic. There aren’t many places in the park where you can use a stroller. Maybe on Trail of the Cedars and around the lodges but that is about it. If you want to hike out to Hidden Lake or Avalanche Lake then you won’t be able to use a stroller.

      With kids, the must see spots are Going to the Sun Road, Logan Pass, and Trail of the Cedars. I recommend hiking out to Hidden Lake. It’s a relatively easy walk and along the way you have a good chance to see mountain goats. Avalanche Lake is more strenuous and might be too much for your 4 year old. But you could relax by Lake McDonald or drive out to Many Glacier if the east side of the park opens up this year. For lodging inside of the park, check the National park service website. The only park lodging we have stayed in so far was in Many Glacier and that’s questionable if it will be open this year. But outside of the park there are several options in West Glacier (we use Booking.com to make most of our hotel recommendations). Cheers, Julie

  8. Hi Julie!

    Thank you for such a detailed guide to Glacier National Park. We are hoping to visit there in the future and will definitely be referring back to your website as I plan our trip. The pictures are awesome also! Thanks again! Cheers

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  9. Hi Julie! We’re considering a trip to Glacier next month, but we’re not sure if we should postpone since the East side is closed. What are your thoughts about sites that we would miss? I’d really like to go, but I don’t want to miss anything that’s a true gem! Thanks in advance for your thoughts!

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      If it were me, I’d skip Glacier this year. Just this past week I heard reports of how crowded it is. And just a few days ago one of our fans on Instagram said they could only enter through West Glacier and couldn’t go past Avalanche Lake area (so they did not see Logan Pass). Next year should be better, just check the NPS website for updates on the road construction. We just did Rocky Mountain and the parks in Colorado and had a blast. And right now we are in Olympic. Just one day so far but it’s awesome!!! If you haven’t been to Olympic or Mount Rainier yet, they are similar to Glacier and most (but not everything) is open. Cheers, Julie

  10. Hey… Really love your guides… I am aAritra from India and i also love traveling… Can you pls tell me how many days i need to cover all these without any day hike as I will be visiting America with my parents who are much older and cannot hike.. Pls waiting 4 your response!!!

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      Hello Aritra. Thanks for writing in to us. If you don’t want to do any big day hikes, give yourself 2 days for Glacier National Park. With one day, visit the sites along Going-to-the-Sun Road. On day 2, visit Many Glacier. If you go this year, just be aware that there is road construction at Many Glacier, so this will impact travel plans. I recommend checking the park website for updates on construction and any other park closures that may occur. You can stay in West Glacier, at Lake McDonald, St. Mary, or in Many Glacier. Cheers, Julie

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