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Glacier National Park - A Guide to Have an Adventurous American Trip

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Glacier National Park lies in the wilderness of Montana’s huge and beautiful Rocky Mountains. It is one of the most stunning national parks in America. The lakes of Montana represent the rugged and wild nature of the state. You can make reservations in advance for summer season wilderness camping. Witness abundant wildlife at the Glacier National Park as it has 71 animal species and 276 documented types of birds. So, it is truly a paradise for animal and nature lovers. When you check out USA packages, make sure to have Glacier National Park in your travel plans. To enter the park you would need a pass for 7 days which can be obtained digitally through National Park Service’s website. These many days are usually required to see the major highlights of this glacier’s carved peaks and valleys running into the Canadian border. Experience the picturesque view of the glacial lakes, deep forests, waterfalls, alpine meadows, and ice rivers at Glacier National Park.

Best Things to Do in Glacier National Park

You can do fishing, enjoy hiking trails and have picnic lunches in the glacier park. Roaming around in the West Glacier area via bike is one of the favourite activities that tourists enjoy here. Let’s take a look at some of the best things that you can do in Glacier National Park.

  • Glacier National Park has some of the best hiking trails such as Granite Park Chalet, Grinnell Glacier and the trail towards Avalanche Lake. It offers marine and terrestrial wilderness where you will enjoy the scenic beauties of waterfalls, wildflower meadows, and turquoise waters, coupled with switchbacks.
  • Most of the people who come to visit this park spend a day in Glacier Bay on large cruise ships as part of a longer cruise originating at a major west coast city. The spectacular scenery and wildlife of Glacier Bay make it a highlight of the Alaskan cruise in the Glacier National Park. The ship travels into the heart of the fair-weather mountains for a trip into the ice age.
  • There are 3 campgrounds located around this lake which includes Apgar campground, Fish Creek campground, and Sprague Creek campground. There are many coffee shops, dining rooms and lodges too around these campsites. You can also camp at off-sites such as Gunsight Lake, Dawson Pass or Pitamakan Pass.


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Places to Visit in Glacier National Park

If you love photography and you want to gaze upon the mesmerizing northern lights, you can visit Lake McDonald and the North Fork in Glacier National Park. If you are also one of the sunrise lovers you can watch the sunrise on Grinnell Point from Swiftcurrent Lake which in its true sense is a sight to behold. Here are some of the major highlights where you can stopover while visiting Glacier National Park.

  • Lake McDonald is the largest lake in Glacier National Park with purely clear water & multi-coloured rocks. This lake is considered a treasure for people who like fishing because here you get an array of fish. These include west slope cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, bull trout, lake trout, lake superior whitefish, mountain whitefish, kokanee salmon, and others.
  • Saint Mary Falls located in Glacier National Park is considered to be a moderately challenging hiking trail in Montana. If you are going to Saint Mary Falls visit you can also go to Virginia Falls which is not very far away from it. Here you can also enjoy Canoeing, Rafting and Kayaking.
  • Nestled in the rocky hillside, Granite Park Chalet is located in the heart of Glacier National Park. Many people refer to it as a loop trail. Its trailhead begins at Logan Pass on the Going-to-the-Sun Road.
  • Jackson Glacier Overlook in Glacier National Park is one of the places that you must add to your itinerary. It offers picturesque views of the peaks and valleys of Mount Jackson. Mount Jackson is a beautiful mountain located in the Lewis Range of Glacier National Park in North America. Both the mountain and its namesake Jackson Glacier are easily seen from the Going-to-the-Sun Road in the Glacier National Park. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the park as it gives a spectacular view of the 7th largest glacier in North America.
  • Garden Wall is a steep alpine area within Glacier National Park well known during the summer season to be heavily covered in dozens of varied species of flowering plants. It is a popular trail among tourists for backpacking, camping and hiking.


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Adventures and Activities at Glacier National Park

National Park Service at Glacier National Park provides a lot of amusement activities for kids and young adults. You can have fun riding on the horses around Lake McDonald and Apgar Village. Other than this there are many other activities popular among tourists which include: -

  • River Rafting: Camping and indulging in wild river adventures along the beautiful Montana river banks is a really exciting activity if you are an adventurous person. The Middle and North Fork of the Flathead are two of Montana’s wildest rivers where you can do river rafting.
  • Bike Riding: Spring is the best season for bikers because that time of the year has the best road-weather conditions. Tourists usually add biking to their plan to enjoy the lovely mountainous scenes of Montana at the Sun Road.
  • Canoeing & Kayaking: You can rent or launch your own kayaks and canoes in the swift current lake and Lake McDonald.
  • Boating: Enjoy non-motorized and motorized boating on Tally Lake. There you will see densely forested shorelines giving way to dark and calm waters on this deep Montana lake.
  • Hot Air Balloon Ride: Do you want to feel the joy of being freely suspended in the air? Try a hot air balloon ride at the park and enjoy the scenic beauty of Montana’s Rockies.
  • Zip Lining: You can try zip lining at the Flathead valley of Glacier National Park. Other than zip lining you can also enjoy log walking, rock climbing and Tarzan swinging in the park.

The Best Time to Visit Glacier National Park

The best time to visit Glacier National Park is late June through mid-September. Even though the park is open year-round, most people visit this park during the summer season. Montana is filled with visitors all throughout July and August when the weather is conducive for all the adventurous activities that you are planning to do. November to April is the off-season if you wish to plan a low-priced trip to the US. During the winter season, passes to the Glacier National Park drop to $25 for 7 days.

Glacier National Park has a little something for everyone, whether you are a hiker, a climber, a biker rider or just a nature lover. You will surely love your time here!

December 26, 2022


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