Glacier National Park, hidden within the majestic Montana Rockies, is a mesmerising wilderness. The trails through the ancient forests are winding and filled with the scent of pine, and you will see wildlife roaming freely. Discover the enchantment of Glacier National Park, where melting glaciers, alpine meadows, sculpted valleys, and crystal-clear lakes await!
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Best Things to Do in Glacier National Park
Your visit to Glacier will be an unforgettable experience and well worth the visit! There are many incredible things to see and do in Glacier National Park:
- Drive along the 50-mile Going-to-the-Sun Road for stunning views of Glacier National Park's peaks and valleys.
- Hike to Hidden Lake for stunning views of the mountains and a beautiful alpine lake.
- Board a scenic boat tour that takes you across the picturesque St. Mary Lake.
- Check out Logan Pass for wildlife viewing.
- Kayak or paddle board on the pristine waters of Lake McDonald.
- Experience the thrill of whitewater rafting on the Flathead River.
- Drive the Many Glacier Road which boasts breathtaking views of majestic peaks, crystal-clear alpine lakes, and the park's magnificent glaciers.
- Visit the historic Lake McDonald Lodge.
- Hike the Highline Trail which offers breathtaking views of the rugged mountains, alpine meadows, and glacial valleys.
- Learn about the park's history and culture at St. Mary Visitor Center before exploring.
- Enjoy Glacier National Park's natural beauty up close by camping in one of the park's designated campgrounds.
Seasons in Glacier National Park
Summer: the park is fully open, and all activities and facilities are available. The weather is warm, and the days are long, making it a great time to visit. However, it's also the peak season, so expect crowds.
Spring/Fall: These shoulder seasons offer cooler weather and fewer crowds. However, some facilities and activities may be closed or limited.
Winter: the park is open but with limited access and facilities. The snow transforms the park into a winter wonderland, and it's a great time for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling.
The park has something to offer every month of the year so the best time to visit varies depending on what you want to do and your personal preferences. The best time to visit Glacier National Park is between late May and early September when all park roads are open and the weather is mild. However, the park can be busy during this period, and reservations are recommended.
Travelling Around Glacier National Park
A great way to travel around Glacier National Park is by car. There are also shuttle buses available in the summer months that operate along the Going-to-the-Sun Road. Biking and hiking are also popular options for exploring the park.
Best hikes in Glacier National Park
There are many fantastic trails to explore if you want to experience the park's natural beauty by foot. Want to find the best trails or easiest hikes in Glacier National Park? We recommend checking out the official park website or AllTrails where you can find the perfect trail for your trip to Glacier National Park.
Glacier National Park entrance fee
The cost to visit Glacier National Park depends on the type of entrance pass or ticket you choose, the mode of transportation, the duration of your visit, and the activities you plan to do.
Glacier National Park charges an entrance fee that grants you access to the park for a certain number of days. As of May 2023, the entrance fees were as follows:
- Private vehicle - 7 day permit (summer) - $35.00
- Single entry (summer) - $20.00
- Motorcycle - $30.00
- Going-to-the-Sun Road Entry Reservation Ticket - $2.00
- Private vehicle - 7 day permit (winter) - $25.00
- Single entry (winter) - $15.00
- Motorcycle (winter) - $20.00
Check the official National Park Service website for more detailed information on fees. There may be additional charges for specific activities within the park.
Depending on your trip plans, an annual 'America the Beautiful' interagency pass can be great value. As of May 2023, the annual pass cost $80 for US citizens between 16-62 or international visitors. Each pass covers entrance fees at lands managed by the National Park Service and US Fish & Wildlife Service and also standard amenity fees (day use fees) at lands managed by the US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and US Army Corps of Engineers. A pass covers the pass owner and all occupants in a personal vehicle at sites that charge per vehicle or, the pass owner and up to three additional adults (16 and over) at sites that charge per person. Children ages 15 or under are admitted free.
Plan your trip to Glacier National Park
Before you visit Glacier National Park, we recommend checking the official National Park Service website for the most up-to-date information to confirm operating hours, weather, passes and fees, reservations, and any restrictions on road access, services and activities.
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If you're unsure about what to bring for your trip to Glacier National Park, take a look at our packing list for national parks. It should help you to prepare for your Glacier Park adventure!
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