Our family recently returned home from the glorious Glacier National Park. I’ve looked forward to our adventure there ever since we left Yellowstone a few years ago. Yes, yes, I may just be a national park junkie. One park leaves me in awe with wishes to go back and stay longer while simultaneously spurring me on to all the other parks out there. National parks are really that wonderful!
As I relive all the beauty of Montana, I can’t help but share some of our family’s highlights. These seven stops in and around Glacier definitely top our list! If you’re planning a trip to Glacier National Park, definitely get these places on your radar.
Running Eagle Falls Trail
At just .6 miles round trip, a hike to Running Eagle Falls Trail, also called Trick Falls, is perfect for everyone in the family. Plus, the story behind this area is quite the little history lesson. Don’t miss the reader board at the beginning!
Don’t think you can take your kids to a saloon … well, in Montana you can! With a peanut shell covered floor and true Montanans at almost every booth, you’ll get a real taste of Montana here. The pizza is delish (and cheap!) and mom and dad can even sip a brew if they want. Cash only, so come prepared.
If you appreciate gourmet ice cream, get yourself to Sweet Peaks! When at Glacier the Whitefish and Kalispell locations are both close. I’ll forever be dreaming of the Huckleberry and Griz Tracks flavors – ohmygoodness, yum!
If you want to see the wonders of Glacier National Park up close, you’ve got to stop by the Apgar Nature Center. Bear skins, sheep horns, eagle talons and more … it’s pretty awesome to touch, feel, and ask questions about all the wildlife. We loved learning here!
From west Glacier to east, the 50 miles of Going-to-the-Sun Road is quite a sight to see! Truly, the views will stay with you for a lifetime! Drive your own vehicle or sign up for a red bus tour to experience Going-to-the-Sun.
Holy moly, yes, it is as beautiful as all the pictures reveal. The rocks are really that bright and colorful and the serene landscape will leave you wishing you could build a little cabin and stay forever.
Junior Ranger Program
While in the park stop by any visitor center and pick up a Junior Ranger Program booklet. Take a class, complete a few pages, and return to the center to get sworn in as a Junior Ranger. The pins the kids receive are a super fun keepsake! There are even badges you can earn from home before or after your national park visit.