Exploring Glacier National Park

Often referred to as the “Backbone of the World” and the “Crown of the Continent”, Glacier National Park is a place with grandiose presence and undeniable beauty. Wowing visitors for years with its emerald valleys, wild meadows, incredible mountain peaks and breathtaking waterfalls it is unlike any other place on planet earth. There is so much to do and see starting at the wild North Fork, down to the backcountry lookout towers, professional guided hikes and many historic attractions.  One thing is for sure, a great adventure awaits you in northwest Montana’s Glacier National Park.

The park encompasses a vast area of spectacular landscape, vivid wildflowers and incredibly diverse wildlife. If hiking is your thing, then Glacier National Park is a paradise.  At Glacier you'll have the awesome opportunity to explore the park’s forested footpaths, remarkable hillside bridle paths or the phenomenal 734 miles of maintained trails. The park also offers guided hiking trips which you can sign up for in advance. For more information on hiking the park, visit the National Park Service’s Website here… Glacier National Park Website

Some of the more non-traditional but fun ways to explore Glacier National Park include:

1. Explore Glacier via tour boat with the Glacier Park Boat Company.  The boat tour company dates back to 1938 when a banker from Kalispell, MT purchased the contract to provide boat tour services in the park and it’s been a family business ever since.

2. The famous Glacier National Park Red Bus Tour is a great way to take it all in.  The Red Bus tour service has been around for over 100 years.

3. Sun Tours offer a unique perspective of the park via Going-to-the-Sun-Road in Blackfeet Country.  All of the guides are lifelong residents of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation so they know the park like the back of their hand. 

The world renowned Going-to-the-sun-road is a major attraction at Glacier National Park. The road transverse 50 miles through the park from West Glacier to St. Mary, intersecting the continental divide at the Logan Pass.  The road is normally opened to all to visitors from early June and closes mid to late September when the snow starts falling.

If you’re planning a trip to Glacier National Park then you’ll want to consider staying in Whitefish.  Whitefish is a super fun northwest Montana town and is just a short drive from Glacier.  A great place to start your search is right here at Whitefish Escapes.  We help manage a wide variety of luxury Montana vacation rentals so chances are good you’ll find something that fits your needs.  We have properties located in the heart of downtown Whitefish, we have lake houses and we have ski-in ski-out Big Mountain rentals.

Glacier National Park is truly one of the most beautiful places in the world. Anyone that loves the outdoors needs to experience it at least once in their lives.  We are somewhat spoiled living in Whitefish because we are so close and can visit Glacier often.  However, every time we go back we discover something new and beautiful.  We hope you have the opportunity to come see with your eyes what is impossible to describe with words.