Three Highlights of Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park is one of those national parks that people say they would love to visit. Yet, they don’t make the trek. It is located in the northwest part of Montana, and it is off of any major highway. That’s what makes the road trip to Glacier National Park so much better. It makes for an awesome road trip! Are you thinking about going? Here are three reasons why you need to start planning your visit to Glacier National Park today.

LAKE MCDONALD 

Lake McDonald is a must visit while exploring Glacier National Park.

Lake McDonald

It’s the largest lake in Glacier National Park. Here you can find views that you simply won’t find anywhere else. Here is where you can also catch the world famous, “Red Bus Tours.”

red bus tours

AVALANCHE LAKE

You may be thinking that Avalanche Lake is another hiking trail. True, it is a hiking trail, yet it offers a family friendly hike. It’s four miles round trip and there is some uphill climbing to the lake. Our boys hiked this trail when they were 6 and 10. There is some hiking involved, but the views at the end of the train make for the perfect place to have a picnic. I would highly recommend getting up early before the parking lot fills during the summer season. The views of the lake are stunning, be sure to stroll around it for different views.

Avalanche Lake

I have not hiked to Avalanche Lake in the evening, but I have been told that the views around dusk are stunning. If you do hike near sunset, pack and plan accordingly. There are pit toilets on this trail and my experience has been that it’s good to remember to pack toilet paper in your pack. The photo opportunities along this trail are amazing, so make time to take it all in.

Spider Web on Trail to Avalanche lake

GOING TO THE SUN ROAD 

The Going To The Sun Road is the main road that crosses Glacier National Park. There are several pull outs along this road and I would highly suggest that you make time to utilize them. We stopped and pulled out our folding chairs and had sandwiches at one point. A few tunnels along the route and a Weeping Wall with magical views, make the drive one of the best in the world.

Tunnel in Glacier National Park

As with any road trip, mother nature often determines how it all goes. On our first day in Glacier National Park, the Going To The Sun Road was closed part way up due to ice. It’s important to remember that the weather can change on a dime when driving through the mountains. We were able to drive up to the Weeping Wall and join several other national park visitors patiently waiting for the road to open.

Parking on Going To The Sun Road

We ended up going over the pass the next day, as the ice had melted. The views with a fresh blanket of snow and ice were stunning!

Glacier National Park

After you spend a full day exploring Glacier National Park, head into Kalispell. Here you can dine at Norm’s. Order a burger and a shake and you are good to go! Glacier National Park is one of those national parks that once you visit, the park will be calling your name for a return visit.

 

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28 comments on “Three Highlights of Glacier National Park

  1. Cool- I love that hike! I am also always sure to have toilet paper in tow~ those little houses are not always stocked!

  2. We hiked Avalanche Lake in the evening last August. The best part was that people seem to leave the park enmass around 5pm- so we had no trouble parking and didn’t see many people.
    We even saw a black bear at the lake!

  3. Looks amazing! Glacier National Park is definitely on my list, as I am a huge national park lover! Nature there looks so beautiful and tempting. I would love to go for a hike on those surroundings and visit the lakes.

  4. Lake McDonald is enchanting and every other AMAZING word you can think to describe it!

  5. Wow! I am just glued to the scenic beauty of this place. Amazing pictures! Hope to visit it some day.

  6. Sandy N Vyjay on said:

    Glacier National Park looks stunning. A road trip through this park is definitely the stuff that dreams are made of. What stunning landscapes. I loved the picture of Lake McDonald, it looks so ethereal and enchanting.

  7. I think of the three listed, Avalanche Lake is my favorite! I’ve never gone hiking but to get those glorious views, I’d be willing to try it out for sure!

  8. I simply liked the place, it is absolutely gorgeous. And the names are also so interesting – Avalanche Lake! I would definitely like to visit this place.

  9. Glacier Park is gorgeous!!! Wow! I haven’t been to the US yet, but I’ve actually read a lot of posts about Glacier Park recently and it has definitely caught my attention!
    I’m not much of a hiker though, but I do love being outdoors and experiencing the beauty and serenity of nature.

  10. Yes, this park is similar to some of the beautiful mountains that you do have in Canada. Plan a visit- you won’t be disappointed.

  11. Yes, Lake McDonald will take your breath away. And as usual, the photo does not live up to the majestic view that it has.

  12. Thank you~ It’s a very photographic place in our world!

  13. Looks like a great day trip with the family! I would also love to hike the Avalanche Lake in the evening. I’m pretty sure it is stunning! You have great photos, btw. 🙂

  14. I haven’t been to USA yet! I hope visit in future and check out all the fabulous national parks that it has! Of the 3 you’ve list, Avalanche Lake looks the most gorgeous of it all!

  15. Abigail Sinsona on said:

    I’ve seen photos of many national parks in North America, but the ones with lakes in them are notably the most breathtaking. The serene Lake McDonald is so photogenic. It must have taken my breath away if I were to see it in person! Just unparalleled beauty that even the most beautiful photos can’t do justice!

  16. kathymarris on said:

    What a spectacular National Park. It reminds me of Canada, and this would make sense since Montana is so close to the border. I would really like to travel through the northern state of the US and seem some of your National Parks.

  17. Wow! The scenery is stunning, and the views from the hiking trails look amazing. I don’t think there’s any such thing as too many lakes – the photos alone would make it worthwhile!

  18. Would love to visit Glacier NP and Montana. The pictures look gorgeous

  19. You would love this national park. There is so much to do and there is beauty all around you.

  20. This national park is so beautiful, it’s truly hard to put into words.

  21. Montana looks beautiful and I hope we make it there some day. I would really like to do that hike around Avalanche Lake and see the beautiful Lake McDonald. A picnic in this park would be awesome.

  22. Carolina Colborn on said:

    I thought Chief Mountain was another highlight of Glacier National Park!

  23. I didn’t heard of this place. May be now I’ll research on this destination for my future trip. Thanks for informing through the post.

  24. Lake McDonald looks gorgeous! I have always wanted to visit Montana.

  25. I love the picture of Avalanche lake. When I got to States, I will definitely visit this place. It looks so peaceful and just stunning.

  26. Have always wanted to visit Glacier. I’ve heard it’s many people’s favorite park. Thanks for sharing some highlights!

  27. I loved this post because it brought back so many great memories! You know we think Glcier is a very special place. I was just thinking earlier this week that I really had not done posts on Glacier other than the initial one and needed to go do another one. Thanks for the nudge to go look at my photos again!

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