GLACIER NATIONAL PARK (USA)

INTRODUCTION

Situated in the northwestern corner of Montana and bordered by Idaho and Canada, Glacier National Park was established in 1910 as America’s tenth national park. Carved by glaciers, the park features some of the world’s most astonishing geology. A scenic drive provides incredible views of cascading creeks, mountain peaks, and colorful prairie flowers. The park’s most famous drive traverses the 50-mile ‘Going to the Sun Road’. The Glacier National Park borders Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada — the two parks put together are known as the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park.

KEY ATTRACTIONS

Going to the Sun Highway – The most spectacular viewpoints in the park are along this road. Highlights include Lake McDonald, Logan Pass at the Continental Divide, Rising Sun, and St. Mary Lake.

Looking Glass Hill Road – has an excellent view of Lower Two Medicine Lake from the top of the hill.

Chief Mountain International Highway - connects Glacier National Park with Waterton Lakes in Canada.

Sperry Glacier – Sperry Glacier Overlook can be reached by a steep climb up a trail from the Sperry Chalet. You emerge at Comeau Pass to be greeted by breathtaking views of the Little Matterhorn, Bearhat Mountain, and Mt. Reynolds. Another mile, takes you to the edge of the glacier, where there is now a sign with information about the glacier’s history. This trail is also one of the best places in the park to see families of mountain goats up close. The glacier itself is worth seeing.

Lake McDonald and St Mary Lakes – The first and second largest lakes in the park, on the west and east side of the continental divide, respectively. The lakes provide opportunities for various activities like boating, swimming, fishing, and some of the most beautiful sunsets and sunrises in the park.

Glacier Park Lodge Lobby- Built in 1913 on the eastern edge of the park, the Glacier Park Lodge was one of Great Northern’s luxurious hotels that provided an entry point from the railroad into the park.

Iceberg Lake- Iceberg Lake is aquamarine with glacial silt, and surrounded by steep, glacier-carved cliff faces. On the way there (hiking), you will have the opportunity to see the Ptarmigan Falls and the Ptarmigan Wall.

GETTING AROUND

Having a vehicle is the best way to get around the park although some shuttle buses do operate on popular route like the Going-to-the-Sun Road (free) and even all the way to Waterton. A popular way to tour the park, although a little expensive, is on the Jammer a red bus.