Glacier National Park is home to countless waterfalls, snowcapped mountains and brilliant alpine scenery. It is located along the border of Waterton Lakes National Park Canada and the northwest corner of Montana. It is popularly called the Crown of the Continent and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In 2019, the park attracted an impressive 3.05 million visitors, according to figures released by Statista.
Here’s a look at why so many people visit this park each year.
1. Adventurous Hiking Trails
Hiking trails sprawling across 700 miles take you around lakes and meadows, offer a stunning experience to each traveler, according to an article by US Local Guide. The trails of the Cedar run for a mile and are quite flat and easy to trek. Make sure to clap and make noise or carry bells to keep the animals away.
2. Drive Through Going-to-the-Sun Road
The Cedar trails end at Going-to-the-Sun road, which offers a 2-hour drive across 50 miles. The experience is extremely thrilling, since the roads are narrow and you will be on edge most of the time. Stop by the Weeping Wall or Wild Goose Island to click pictures. This road is one of the most breathtaking drives in the country, with mesmerizing viewing points and landmarks.
3. Visit Lake McDonald
This is the largest and most popular lake in Glacier National Park. It is a result of direct glacial carving and runs for 10 miles and is 500 feet deep, according to an article by the National Park Service. You can hang out at the adjacent beach, go kayaking or on a boat tour, and spot magnificent eagles here. Visit the McDonald Lodge too, which was established way back in 1914.
4. Reach the Logan Pass
This is the highest point (2,025 meters) of the Going-to-the-Sun road and the starting point of Hidden Lake Trail and Highline Trail. One can enjoy sweeping views of wildflower fields, mountain goats and sheep, and gorgeous mountains from the top. The pass is at its best during early August to late September.
5. Explore the Apgar Nature Center
Established in 1929, the nature center is a delight for young travelers. Loads of junior programs, interactive activities and educational displays await you here. The talk shows are held in the open, making it a beautiful experience, amidst the natural surroundings. You can also enjoy puppet shows and dine at the restaurants here.
If you are looking for a pleasant day trip, Glacier National Park can be an excellent choice.