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Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park in northern Montana is the king of the mountain escape. Way up here exists an untouched world that’s only for the bold.

The park is home to massive peaks and deep valleys, plus grizzlies and mountain goats. Created by the glaciers that inform its name, it’s one of America’s most special natural places.

There’s also plenty to experience in nearby Whitefish. This popular town offers the perfect basecamp for Glacier adventures. Shops, restaurants, cafes… it’s a nice contrast to the wilds of the park.

With more than 700 miles of trails and a whopping 762 lakes, Glacier National Park is the outdoor lover’s dream. Out here, you can touch the sky.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

Top Attractions

Many associate Glacier National Park with its breathtaking and pristine lakes. And while there are endless high-alpine gems to discover, two of the most iconic include the 10-mile Lake McDonald and and St. Mary Lake. Both offer a plethora of trailheads to choose from so you can further explore the area.

Must-Do Activity

A scenic drive along the Going-to-the-Sun Road is an awe-inspiring experience, only available during warm weather months (typically July through mid-October). This winding 50-mile highway along the Continental Divide showcases incredible views you won't see anywhere else. Access this breathtaking drive by reserving a permit before your trip.

Off the Beaten Path

You might be planning a trip to Glacier filled with hiking, biking, fishing and camping, but for a different kind of fun, whitewater rafting is the way to go! Float gently down a river or get your heart rate up with a thrilling whitewater adventure with experienced guides.

Insider's Tip

If you haven't heard of hiker/biker campsites, now you have. A limited number of campsites in Glacier National Park are specially reserved for those hiking or biking in—exactly how it sounds! If you're biking through the park, consider checking out one of these shared sites.

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