Glacier National Park
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  • bassaidai88
    Hagerstown, Maryland557 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awe inspiring views
    There is 10 miles of road construction going on that can be miserable if you don't time your trip accordingly. We entered the park at 5:30 am and breezed through all that. You really need to enter that early if you want a parking spot at the upper visitors center, which was full by 7:15 am. For those with limited park time, we found parking down at the sun point picnic area convenient with restrooms. You can hike from there to sun point and then to Baring Falls. Cool off in the spray from the waterfall. On the way out of the park, grab an ice cream cone at the Agpar Village. We'll back to explore other areas too.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 6 August 2023
  • Tmclemons
    Raleigh, North Carolina23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A MUST do trip of a Lifetime!
    The preparations for this trip were extensive. I started planning a year out and still didn't know everything I needed to know. Besides the park pass you also need a vehicle reservation for Going to the Sun Road. You can get around it by going in to the park before 6 am or after 3pm. I thought we could still get the shuttle from outside the gate but NOT the case. We had to hike into Apgar Visitor's Center for 2-3 miles and then wait for the shuttle for one and half hours! The scenery and trails were all worth it but just be prepared! I would go in before 6am if I had to do it again and park at Apgar Visitor Center and take the Express Shuttle to Logan Pass.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 6 August 2023
  • Mia E
    26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful and Breathtaking Nature!
    Absolutely breathtaking scenery! ❤️Got the parking pass for both Glacier park and going-to-the-sun road from nps.gov . Did hiking and whitewater rafting. Parking would be difficult on a summer season. Shuttle buses are available in the park. Just enjoy the beautiful nature !!!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 August 2023
  • Robert P N
    Los Angeles, California2,249 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely Stunning and not Crowded
    What makes Glacier so stunning is that they limit the number of visitors per day to the park. You must have a reservation or a reservation with a tour group, dinner, or hotel within the park. Make sure to plan ahead and not just show up, otherwise you will be disappointed. We booked the car tour, the boat tour, and dinner at the lodge. Great fun
    Visited July 2023
    Written 27 August 2023
  • kurt l
    Richland, Washington158 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome National Park
    So far, the most beautiful scenery I've seen in America. Granted, I haven't been east in fall, but the Going to the Sun Highway was magnificent. Plenty of pull-offs to photograph and capture the scope nature sports. My friend and I did the ride on motorcycles. Spectacular, and we felt safe during the entire ride.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 30 August 2023
  • Victor B
    Tucson, Arizona4,128 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular views. GET a car registration pass on line (required)! Bring food and drink in a cooler! Go to Logan’s pass!
    Amazing mountains and views and lakes, even though you don’t see a lot of “Glaciers”! You MUST have a vehicle registration to get into the park, in addition to paying to get in! This has to be done on-line the day before, and you are not guaranteed to get one! If you done get one, get to the park well before 6am and the gates are open, and while it’s an early morning for you, it gets you into the park. Once in, go to Logan’s Pass. There are some great hikes from there (hidden valley lake trail) but the parking lots fills up very fast! The Lake McDonald Lodge is cool to stay at, eat, or take a boat ride. Also, boat rides leave out of Sunrise by the St Mary’s visitor center. The visitor centers do not have food. Bring your own food and drinks in a cooler in your car! Consider taking the bus that takes you throughout the park. It’s a hop on, hop off bus and saves you the hassle of parking if it’s crowded! Go and enjoy the spectacular views! VictorB
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 August 2023
  • jimichongaJC
    Stevensville, Montana653 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous visuals on the Road to the Sun - book the Red Bus!
    The Red Bus Tour (reserve way early!) was the way to go. It permitted unfettered viewing of the gorgeous mountain views via the open canopy top without having to deal with traffic or crowds. And my oh my what visual majesty is to be seen on the Road to the Sun. The Western Alpine Tour (about 4 hrs) covers most of the best sites in the park along the Road at just the right distance and time. And the driver adds helpful guidance of the premier features and history and folklore of the park. It's a great way to experience the park for the first time as we did...and assures you'll want more on a return trip. Glacier is truly a national treasure!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 September 2023
  • travels4jen
    314 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely stunning!
    Stunning views! Visited GNP the last week of September and was surprised how crowded it was. We thought the crowds would have thinned out by then but we enjoyed our time. However, there is road construction inside the West entrance that caused some minor delays, but we weren’t in any rush. We attempted Logan pass on 2 separate days but parking lot was always full. Cars were circling and waiting for others to leave, causing traffic jams in the lot so we just kept driving toward St. Mary’s. We decided to return to Whitefish by way of East Glacier, and the views of the park from that area were more stunning than inside the park! Pretty drive and dodged a few bull in the road. It was nice to see nothing but land, land, and more land instead of housing developments and construction everywhere like home. One day, we drove the GTTSR towards West Glacier and enjoyed the landscape more in that direction, much prettier. Tip: for a nice picture with the entrance sign, the St. Mary’s entrance has beautiful views in the background, while the West entrance will only be a view of the sign. Great visit to a beautiful national park!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 30 September 2023
  • John B
    Sutton-on-Sea, United Kingdom330 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome Glacier National Park
    First Time we've driven the " Going to the Sun" road, tried once before and it was shut but boy it was an awesome drive. Mountain after Mountain and waterfalls too. Logan Pass has gift shops and information but in spite of being the wrong time of year to see wildlife its one of the best experiences we've had in the U.S.A.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 October 2023
  • RGCG
    Illinois136 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic National Park Second Only To Alaska
    We visited in Sept 2023 after Labor Day. You can drive through the park without a permit at this point. Traffic was on the heavy side and parking can be an issue in certain spots. The views were outstanding and only second to Alaska. We enjoyed many of the hiking trails in different areas of the park. Scenery is simply breathtaking. We took two boat rides while at GNP and both were very nice. On our final day there 9/20 we got to see the first snow hit the peaks. This was a top 5 trip for us. Would love to come back some day.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 November 2023
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Jenny M
Ankeny, IA463 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Couples
What a fantastic park. You can hike, ride your bike, take a tour and even stay (camp or inn) in the park. Logan pass has snow and you can only walk 1.5 miles on the Hidden Lake trail due to bears. Lots of lakes, mountains and waterfalls to see. Recommend driving on going to the Sun road from East side, no need for reservations and less people.
Written 11 July 2024
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CLi
Columbus, OH35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Family
I spent the one week in the park in three lodges.
* Many Glacier Hotel: 5 stars
* Rising Sun Motor Inn: 3 stars
* Lake McDonald Lodge: 4 stars

Many Glacier Hotel:
It is convenient to get the boat tour if you want to save som time and energy to hike Grinnell Glacier.
The onsite restaurant, The Ptarmigan Dining Room and Swiss Lounge are great. All the entrees are excellent to me. (We spent four meals there, including 2 lunch and 2 dinners. We didn't came across a bad one)
The hotel has wifi, but it might not be good when you are in your own room. However, ATT has their own Passpoint service for wifi (not mobile), if you are ATT customers.
Half of the rooms do not have the elevator to access.
The parking lot is a small hike. So, it is better to load your stuff at the lodge, rather than have you carry them from the parking lot.
The reservation of the hotel could be used as the reservation to enter the park from 6AM-3PM.

It is not too far from Iceburger Lake Trail. So, I am not sure it is worthy to switch a hotel to the Swiftcurrent Motor Inn just for this trail. (Some reviews say many glacier hotel is better, but I do not have experience to compare). The NELLS at Swiftcurrent Lodge is good for fast food.

Rising Sun Motor Inn:
I was thinking to use the reservation to substitute the reservation to going-to-the-sun road; however, it is not required in 2024 if entering the road from East Entrance.
Therefore I would recommend St Mary Village (just outside the entrance) rather than Rising Sun Motor Inn this year. (Disclaimer, I do not have experience with St Mary Village, but I bet it would not be worse than Rising Sun Motor Inn)

There is no mobile signals, and wifi is only available in the lobby. (There are only three chairs there. There are benches outside the office, which could have signals sometime. )
The onsite restaurant, TWO DOG FLATS, is not recommended, at least for what I ordered: ROAST BEEF CLUB & FLAT IRON STEAK.
The restaurant in St Mary Village, SNOWGOOSE BAR GRILL, is MUUUCH BETTER. We took the RIBEYE and SHRIMP & GRITS there.
(And the gift shop is slightly cheaper than the in-park ones, which might be my hallucination)

Lake McDonald Lodge:
The reservation of the Lodge could be used as the reservation to going to the sun road from the West Entrance.

The front desk told me wifi could only cover the lobby area, and there should be no wifi in my cabin, but actually there was one in my cabin. (what a good surprise)

The onsite restaurant is good! My expedience on Russell’s Fireside Dining Room is not too good. It is not about the food, but the waiter. I hope it was just my own experience on this specific waiter during this specific meal.
I want to call out JAMMER JOES, the one outside the building of the lobby. At lunch, it provides Salad and Pizza Buffet. It is a good place to get vegetables (and definitely meat pizza)!
Written 8 July 2024
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mozzavella
sydney151 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This was one of the places that made me want to come to the USA. I did not have the opportunity to drive through the Going to the Sun road as it was still closed due to the season. We started at the West Entrance, the vista was fantastic, loved the Mountains. Did some walks, came across Deer, did not see any Bears. Toilets are located along the road with rest areas. The next day was the East Entrance. The Visitor centre was closed. This side of the Park was even better. I would highly recommend going here if nearby on vacation. It took me 20 years to get here, shame the Glaciers are nearly gone.
Written 29 June 2024
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Bill H
Traverse City, MI943 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Solo
Drove 6+ hrs from my resort location in Idaho to Kalispell, MT just to see this park and take the Going To The Sun road. Left my motel and got to the park at 9:30 am. Showed my senior pass and was waved thru. Just a short distance later I encountered a checkpoint and was infomed that I could not proceed since I had not pre-registered my vehicle. (How does one do that with a rental car?) This ranger directed me back to the enterance to "register" my car. The ranger at that office informed me I would have had to do it in advance on line. He also told me that only registered cars are allowed on the Sun road between 9am and 3pm but if I wanted to waste the next 5 hours I would be welcomed to start out at 3.
Two days wasted due to poor upfront info.
Written 9 June 2024
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Brinda Rajiv
Dubai, United Arab Emirates51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Beautiful Hiking experience.

Amazing hiking and sometime it gets boring with same view but ultimately when you reach the final point it is like having reached another world with turquoise colored lakes, lush greenery, snow capped mountains. The weather has been very good and best for hiking.
Written 1 June 2024
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Jason P
Golden, CO2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Hey folks, just want to make sure people are aware. We are actually going (maybe) in July 2024 to Glacier. We spent weeks on reservation.gov this past winter to get a campsite in the park. Then just started in April looking at things closer. You now need a vehicle reservation to get into most parts of the park. We are staying at Fish Creek Campground on Lake McDonald. They will let us drive to the campground once we pay for a park pass but we can't go anywhere else. The Going to the Sun road requires a vehicle pass which are all sold out (as do the other two roads). You can go in before 6 AM is the basic option. They supposedly give away some passes the night before but there is no internet available in the park. Ugh. What a mess.
Written 7 April 2024
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Kevin B
Mount Juliet, TN3,747 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
It's hard to put into words the amount of beauty that is contained within this park. My wife and I were lucky to be able to come here late last July and it was truly one of the best places we've ever visited. We stayed at a fantastic B&B in Columbia Falls and it was an easy drive from there to the park (only about 20 minutes). We spent 2 days in the park as we were on a road trip and we didn't have vehicle reservations for the first morning, so we decided to drive along the southern edge of the park and then up the eastern edge to enter at the St. Mary's area. This was very fun and the whole drive was very scenic, so I definitely recommend that if you miss out on reservations. The advantage was that we were driving back to our hotel when we got to the Going to the Sun Road, so it was a nice way to make sure we still had time to find a place for dinner after the park.

St. Mary is a beautiful area and it's so very picturesque. We did a short hike to Virginia Falls and that was very fun, though it's mostly exposed, so make sure you have good sun protection on a hot summer day. We loved being able to see all the gorgeous sites along the Going to the Sun road and it's truly a drive that you have to experience once in your life. We also had the good fortune to find a parking spot near the Avalanche Lake Trail (very, very popular, so make sure you're here early) and this was one of our favorite hikes that we've ever done; the spectacular view of Avalanche Lake is truly worth the 5-6 mile roundtrip hike.

We realized later that we could have spent our entire vacation exploring Glacier National Park and it's 100% a place that we will visit again in the future. It's just the best!
Written 6 February 2024
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RGCG
Illinois136 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
We visited in Sept 2023 after Labor Day. You can drive through the park without a permit at this point. Traffic was on the heavy side and parking can be an issue in certain spots. The views were outstanding and only second to Alaska. We enjoyed many of the hiking trails in different areas of the park. Scenery is simply breathtaking. We took two boat rides while at GNP and both were very nice. On our final day there 9/20 we got to see the first snow hit the peaks. This was a top 5 trip for us. Would love to come back some day.
Written 26 November 2023
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Sightseer11488
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Scheduling Calendar:
- 1.5 years in advance: Hotel/lodge(s) reservations especially if you are staying inside the park.
- 11 months ahead of time: Rental Car
- 6 to 11 months ahead of time: Flights
- January of the year of your trim: Vehicle Passes
Written 10 October 2023
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John B
Sutton-on-Sea, UK330 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
First Time we've driven the " Going to the Sun" road, tried once before and it was shut but boy it was an awesome drive. Mountain after Mountain and waterfalls too. Logan Pass has gift shops and information but in spite of being the wrong time of year to see wildlife its one of the best experiences we've had in the U.S.A.
Written 8 October 2023
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