10 Must-See Sights When Visiting Glacier National Park

Insider tips on visiting one of the most beautiful national parks in the world.

Montana’s Glacier National Park is a jewel of astounding natural scenery, incredible wildlife and impressive man-made structures. Where do you even begin to explore this jaw-dropping place? We have some suggestions on sights to see when visiting Glacier National Park.

  • Many Glacier, visiting Glacier National Park

    Many Glacier
    The hub of Glacier National Park’s eastern side, the Many Glacier area rewards with towering, snow-touched mountains and numerous glacier-fed lakes. In the shadow of the glacier, on the shore of Swiftcurrent Lake, is a historic 215-room mountain chalet and the park’s largest hotel.

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  • Lake McDonald, visiting Glacier National Park

    Lake McDonald
    Glacier National Park’s largest lake is 10 miles wide and lined with forested peaks. The water’s so clear that you can see the smooth, colorful pebbles that line its floor. Facilities include the campgrounds and lodges in Apgar Village and the Swiss chalet-style Lake McDonald Lodge.

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  • Going to the Sun Road, visiting Glacier National Park

    Going-to-the-Sun Road
    Anyone familiar with the opening scene of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining will recognize this stunning mountain road, which twists and turns for nearly 50 miles through Montana’s Rocky Mountains, passing by—or, if you’re traveling westbound, right through—a natural waterfall, alongside gleaming lakes and across the Continental Divide.

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  • Grinnell Glacier, visiting Glacier National Park

    Grinnell Glacier
    Audubon Society founder and explorer George Bird Grinnell discovered what’s arguably the park’s best-known glacier in 1885. Its rapidly melting surface has since become a worldwide symbol of global warming. A 5.3-mile hike from Many Glacier Hotel to the still-vast ice sheet rewards with ample wild flowers and possible grizzly sightings.

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  • Iceberg Lake, visiting Glacier National Park

    Iceberg Lake
    In the shadows of Mount Wilbur to the south and Iceberg Peak to the west, this lake in the park’s northeastern corner gets its name from the iceberg chunks often seen floating in its frigid aquamarine waters.

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  • Chief Mountain, visiting Glacier National Park

    Chief Mountain
    Straddling the park’s eastern border with the neighboring Blackfeet Indian Reservation, Chief Mountain is one of Glacier’s most iconic and sacred geological formations. The sedimentary rock monolith juts up 1,500 feet—making it popular with climbers—and is visible for more than a 100 miles.

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  • Two Medicine, visiting Glacier National Park

    Two Medicine
    Another area sacred to the Blackfeet Nation, Two Medicine comprises three lakes in the park’s southeastern section. The area is known for its scenic hiking trails and boat tours.

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  • Garden Wall, visiting Glacier National Park

    Garden Wall
    Rising steeply up the side of Going-to-the-Sun Road just west of 6,646-foot high Logan Pass, the aptly named Garden Wall sprouts to life with wildflowers throughout the summer, when you can also see bighorn sheep perched on its rocky face. Hike Glacier National Park’s Highline Trail for an up-close peek.

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  • Redrock Falls, visiting Glacier National Park

    Redrock Falls
    A cascading series of falls named for the red rocks found throughout the area; neighboring Redrock Lake is often a great place to spot moose. Both are easily reached from a nearby trailhead.

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  • Red jammer, visiting Glacier National Park

    Red Jammers
    Since the 1930s, these famous red buses—called “jammers” because of the sound the gears made when shifting on the steep roads of the park—have been transporting people visiting Glacier National Park. The fleet of 33 vintage vehicles with roll-back tops remains as beloved as ever. If you’re interested in a ride, book it early.

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  • Many Glacier, visiting Glacier National Park
  • Lake McDonald, visiting Glacier National Park
  • Going to the Sun Road, visiting Glacier National Park
  • Grinnell Glacier, visiting Glacier National Park
  • Iceberg Lake, visiting Glacier National Park
  • Chief Mountain, visiting Glacier National Park
  • Two Medicine, visiting Glacier National Park
  • Garden Wall, visiting Glacier National Park
  • Redrock Falls, visiting Glacier National Park
  • Red jammer, visiting Glacier National Park

The experts at AAA Travel can help you plan an independent getaway to Glacier or book an escorted vacation that sees many of the park’s top sights with no hiking required.

Interested in exploring Glacier National Park on an escorted vacation? Contact a AAA Travel Counselor for details and information about booking.

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Rose Stadt, AAA Travel Counselor, Vallejo, Calif.

More and more people want to customize their escorted trips with longer stays in certain cities or visits to specific sites. I make sure the independent pieces fit seamlessly with the tour.

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