When it comes to national parks, Glacier National Park is one of the most revered and sought out places in the United States. With over 700 miles of trails and 1,583 square miles of wilderness, Glacier is a hiker’s haven for those looking to get into the remote countryside of the West. It’s pristine bodies of water, rugged mountain ranges, alpine forests and sprawling meadows make for some of the most beautiful views the great states have to offer.
Glacier Park is colloquial as the Crown of the Continent, and for good reason. When viewing the sites of the park, the word majesty can best describe what surrounds you. Its mighty mountains crash straight down into crystal bodies of still water. It’s rolling valleys go on for miles, covered in wildflowers and buzzing with wildlife. There are a great many things to do in Glacier, and you truly can’t go wrong with any of them. However, we’ve put together an insider’s list of our favorite places to go and adventures to take as a quick visitor’s go-to.
This stretch of road connects the east and west sides of the park and offers some of the best lookouts along the way. It takes around two hours to drive the entire 50 miles of road and is available to cyclists upon certain hours of the day. As for bodies of water, we can’t talk about the magnificent Lake MacDonald. Chances are, you’ve seen a photo or two of her. The largest lake in Glacier, it stretches 10 miles long and a mile across, reaching 472 feet at its deepest point. The mountains that plummet into its shoreline make for an incredible view and a natural rain block. Lastly, for those who are really feeling adventurous, we highly recommend the North Folk. Accessible only by private vehicle, it requires an all-day drive on unpaved roads. However, it’s accessibility, lack of cell phone signal and teeming wildlife populations make it a destination worth working for.