Discover Glacier National Park
Only have one day to discover Glacier? Well, the good news is that it can be done, it just depends on the type of experience you are looking for. If you are looking to see as much as possible, we would suggest an Historic Red Bus tour. This is an amazing way to see and learn about Glacier. You will sit back in a restored 1930 touring bus as the driver winds his way thru the park you will hear the history, and information about the park. There are several tours ranging from 4 – 8 hours. When you book a red bus tour, you also don't have to worry about getting a vehicle reservation.
We also have recommendations for exploring Glacier National Park on your own. First, make sure you have your vehicle reservation and park pass. More details on that can be found here.
Now that you have your required passes, drive east 20 minutes from Columbia Falls, Montana on highway 2. Head to the west entrance of Glacier Notional Park located by West Glacier. Before you enter the park, make sure you have plenty of water, durable shoes and attire, picnic food, bear spray and sunscreen. Bear spray can be rented inside the park at Apgar Village if you forget!
Once you enter at the west entrance, be sure to stop in at the Apgar Visitor Center as you will find endless information on the park. Once inside Glacier you will have the opportunity to take the iconic, scenic drive over the Going-to-the-Sun Road. Plan for this drive to take approximately 3-4 hours without stops, although we do recommend stopping. One place that is accessible for all is the Trail of the Cedars. It is the only trail in the park that is wheel chair accessible. Along the trail you will find western hemlocks, red cedars, a footbridge over Avalanche Creek and beautiful views. Don't forget your camera!
After you get back in your vehicle, continue on the Going-to-the-Sun Road to the top where you will want to stop at Logan Pass . The visitor center is located at the highest point along the infamous road. This is the perfect place to eat that picnic lunch you brought! After lunch, continue on to St. Mary's and then hit highway 2 and it will take you back to Columbia Falls.
After a long day of hiking and driving, be sure to stop for dinner at one of the local restaurants located in West Glacier, Hungry Horse, Coram, or Columbia Falls. View the Chamber's member directory now to find the perfect place that sounds good to you!