Whitefish / Glacier National Park
Known as the Crown of the Continent and the Backbone of the World, Glacier National Park is one of the most beautiful destinations on earth. Located in Montana, the park is home to more than 1 million acres with diverse terrain that includes a lush rainforest, ancient cedar trees, wildflower-filled meadows, glacial-carved peaks, glistening lakes and incredible hiking trails. Open year-round, each season in Glacier National Park delivers distinct experiences like biking the Going-to-the-Sun Road in the spring, kayaking or standup paddleboarding Lake McDonald and the emerald waters of the Flathead River in the summer, watching wildlife and wild autumn colors in the fall, and snowshoeing among a quiet forest of giant snow-covered trees during winter. Details courtesy of visitglacierpark.com.
Things To Do
No matter what time of year you visit, there are endless things to do in Glacier National Park. From watching the sunset at the Apgar Boat Dock to taking in the sights along the Going-to-the-Sun Road and snowshoeing near Marias Pass to watching a grizzly bear forage for berries on huckleberry bushes, there are abundant activities to help you experience the best of Glacier Park.
Inside the park, guided activities include horseback trail rides, day hikes, boat tours, red bus tours, Sun Tours and snowshoe walks, while outside the park—especially in West Glacier—visitors will find fly-fishing outfitters and raft companies that will take you along the Middle Fork of the Flathead River as it creates the southwest boundary of Glacier National Park.
If it’s your first time to Montana and the region, be sure to stop in at a local visitor center or one of the visitor centers inside the park. Park rangers at Apgar Visitor Center, St. Mary Visitor Center and Logan Pass Visitor Center can provide you with the latest road and trail updates, as well as things to do and see while you’re in Glacier National Park. Details courtesy of visitglacierpark.com.
Food & Culture
From the cultural heritage of our First Nations to the museums, galleries, live music and performing arts of our thriving small towns, the greatness of the arts and culture landscape in Western Montana is on par with that of the natural one. With events like film festivals, art gallery walks, Broadway-caliber shows, musical theater, live concerts and local orchestras, nature’s inspiration is apparent around every street corner.
Montana is home to seven Indian reservations and the federally recognized Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians, all rich strongholds of American Indian heritage and places where tradition is revered, landscapes are sacred and annual gatherings offer glimpses into the way of life of the Indian people.
This cultural heritage is a rich, colorful tapestry of art, music, dance, storytelling, industry and leisure. Time-honored traditions like pow wows honor the spirit of the American Indian while telling an imperative story that dates back generations. Within Glacier Country, you’ll find the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation and the Blackfeet Tribe of the Blackfeet Reservation. Details courtesy of visitglacierpark.com.