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Glacier National Park


The name says it all, Glacier National Park was formed by the Glaciers of the last great Ice Age. Giant glaciers covered the area that is modern day Montana, and as the end of the last Ice Age dawned, these glaciers began to move, and cut large grooves in the rock. When all was said and done, mountain ranges had replaced the glaciers. Referred to as the “Crown of the Continent Ecosystem,” the over one hundred lakes, two mountain ranges, and thousands of species of plants and animals make Glacier National Park is one of the greatest nature preserves in the United States, as well as one of its most popular tourist attractions. Stay in nearby Whitefish for a few days before your adventure to this historic National Park.

Going-To-The-Sun Road

One of the great engineering marvels of the Twentieth Century, the Going-To-The-Sun Road is the ultimate way to see Glacier National Park. The road, which at its best hugs the mountainsides as it winds through over fifty miles of the park. While driving on the Going-To-The-Sun Road one can see such landmarks as Lake McDonald, or Logan’s pass, as well as the Weeping Wall—a fantastic waterfall that seeps out the side of the cliffs. One point of interested, The Going-To-The-Sun Road is featured in the opening credits of Stanley Kubrick’s horror masterpiece The Shinning. Needless to say, this is the first place to start while visiting Glacier National Park.

Hiking

There are many great places to hike while visiting Glacier National Park, but probably the most satisfying in the Trail of Cedars. The trail—located off of the Going-To-The-Sun Road—is a paved path through some of the most magnificent trees around, Cedars. The Cedars tower above the trail, some of which can get up to eighty feet tall. The trail loops around, but also continues on to a beautiful waterfall, and the scenic Avalanche Lake.

Glaciers

While seeing the sights, don’t forget to visit the grandfathers of Glacier National Park—the actual glaciers. Glacier National Park is still home to glaciers, including Jackson and Blackfoot glaciers, who used to be connected as one. Glacier National Park is one of the very few places left in the United States where you can still glimpse these mighty hunks of ice.

Rising Sun

The area of Glacier National Park known as Rising Sun has the best camping in the park. It’s designated grounds offer brilliants views of the mountain and fantastic access to St. Mary’s Lake, the second largest lake in the park. Rising Sun also has a camp store, motel, and guest cabins.

Wildlife

Glacier National Park is a fantastic place to view thousands of species of plants (including Montana beautiful native flowers) and hundreds of species of animals. Grizzly Bears, Wolverines, Badgers, Moose, Mountain Lion, and hundreds more all call this area home. While visiting, bring your camera and go animal watching, you're bound to find something that is photo worthy.