One Weekend in Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park is a behemoth of a park; covering more than 1,500 square miles. With 700 miles of hiking trails, a dozen campgrounds, numerous lakes and rivers, even thinking about tackling this place in a weekend impossible. But if you do only have a few days here is a list of things you can do to maximize your time there.

Photo By: Jeremy Pawlowski

Photo By: Jeremy Pawlowski

Photo By: Jeremy Pawlowski

Photo By: Jeremy Pawlowski

Photo By: Jeremy Pawlowski

Photo By: Jeremy Pawlowski

Going-to-the-Sun Road

A National Historic Landmark itself, this 53 mile drive is a must if you're in Glacier. The only road that runs all the way through the park, be prepared to make lots of stops as there seems to be another photo opportunity everywhere you look. If you happen to visit during the winter months be advised that parts of this road will often become impassable due to snow!

Fish Creek Campground

With more than thirteen campgrounds throughout the park there is something for everyone, regardless of where you enter Glacier or your experience level with camping. Fish Creek is close to the West entrance of this National Park and Lake McDonald is just a short walk from these sites. Fish Creek and St. Mary's Campground are the only two in the park that accept reservations so if you are worried about securing a site make sure to call ahead.

Lake McDonald

If you've looked at pictures of this National Park before you were most likely looking at photos of Lake McDonald. The largest lake within the park it offers some of the most iconic views; glass like water with a mountainous backdrop. Take a dip in the chilly water to cool down after a day of exploring the park.

McDonald Creek

Don't let the name creek fool you, the rushing water of this river is fueled by snow melt high in the mountains of Glacier National Park and is enough to create powerful waterfalls throughout its path to Lake McDonald. There are strategically placed turn off points on Going to the Sun Road where you can pull over to get spectacular views of the water.

Rocky Point Trail

A quick and easy 2 mile loop that will start and end right by the Fish Creek campground. With little elevation gain this hike is perfect for the whole family and makes for a great way to start a day in the park. A little more than half a mile into this trail you'll be greeted with with sweeping views of Lake McDonald.

Polebridge

Twenty miles south of the Canadian border lies the small community of Polebridge. With no electricity the handful of structures here hold onto their rustic charm. Be sure to stop in the mercantile which is known for their fresh baked goods and the saloon for a cold one after a long day of hiking. If you happen to be in the park during the 4th of July Polebridge hosts a parade that shouldn't be missed.

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