With some of the country’s most amazing lakes, mountains, and glaciers, Montana is an ideal destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Relax at the cozy Grouse Mountain Lodge and explore Glacier National Park. Since becoming America’s 10th national park in 1910, Glacier has been delighting visitors with its many lakes, mountains, glaciers, and meadows. Here are a few must-see areas of the park and the best activities in each one.
Grouse Mountain Lodge
Stay at Grouse Mountain Lodge for a luxurious Montana getaway. It’s located in Whitefish, Montana, just west of Glacier National Park and minutes from Downtown Whitefish and Flathead Lake. In addition to comfortable rooms, suites, and lofts, Grouse Mountain Lodge has a day spa, fitness center, a fire pit, and multiple outdoor hot tubs. Situated near five incredible courses, the lodge is a golfer’s paradise. Book the Fall Golf Package to enjoy 18 holes of golf for two with a golf cart at the course of your choice as well as a $25 meal credit for on-site restaurant Logan’s.
The 50-mile Going-to-the-Sun Road is a scenic drive that winds east to west through many of Glacier National Park’s most well known features. We recommend driving the entire road, which takes about two hours. You’ll pass by stunning sights including glaciers, valleys, waterfalls, and wildlife at every turn. The paved road is perfect for biking as well. Rent a bike and choose a stretch of the road to take on.
Go Boating on Lake McDonald
Spend some time out on the beautiful blue water of Glacier National Park’s largest lake. The area around Lake McDonald used to be filled with huge glaciers and has since become a truly beautiful lake surrounded by mountains. Visit the Glacier Park Boat Company, which has been in operation since 1938. You can rent your own rowboat or motorboat, or sign up for one of their hour-long scenic cruises. You’ll be taken across the lake on board the historic DeSmet, Glacier Park Boat Company’s flagship vessel which was built in 1930.
Picnic at Logan Pass
Drive up to Logan Pass, the highest elevation in the park that you can get to by car. At Logan Pass, huge mountains tower over expansive fields of wildflowers. This popular spot is one of the best places in the park to see wildlife, so keep an eye out for mountain goats, bighorn sheep, and even grizzly bears. Logan Pass is the perfect place to stop for lunch, so be sure to pack a picnic to enjoy while you take in the stunning views around you.
Hike Through Many Glacier
Many Glacier is another of the park’s most iconic areas, well known for the active glaciers you can see among the mountains and lakes. Many Glacier has some of the park’s best hiking trails. For a short jaunt, try the Apikuni Falls trail, a 1.7-mile round-trip hike that leads to a birds-eye lookout over a waterfall. We also like the Iceberg Lake hike, a longer option at 9.7 miles round-trip. The trail passes by incredible mountain views and waterfalls, eventually arriving at Iceberg Lake, an alpine lake named for the icebergs that float in it.