Montana boasts no shortage of stunning vistas, but those contained within this 1,013,572-acre haven might be the most impressive. The dramatic scenery in Glacier National Park fluctuates between lush evergreen forests, alpine meadows, broad valleys and craggy mountaintops etched by the dense ice formations for which the park is named.
Hundreds of crystalline lakes, ponds and rivers formed by snowmelt also abound. The largest body of water, Lake McDonald, draws a majority of riders and hikers, but the less frequented Two Medicine Lake offers a rare slice of wild splendour to those who make the trek.
While the noble mountain goat is the official symbol of Glacier National Park, you can expect to see the occasional lone moose, your fair share of grizzly bears, and if you’re really lucky, a rare glimpse at a wolverine or Canadian lynx.
The park itself represents a large swath of North America that has been largely undisturbed by human civilization. Be transported back in time to where nature was king, before mobile phones and Wi-Fi. Glacier’s hiking trails allow you to switch off from the office and switch on to nature.
Don’t miss venturing out onto the turquoise waters of Many Glacier or Lake McDonald on a historic wooden boat. Get a different perspective as you glide along the water, looking up at the majestic mountains the Blackfleet Indian tribe calls “the backbone of the world”.
Hop on a tour or rent a row boat, canoe, motorboat or even a paddleboard and explore at your own pace, perhaps with a spot of fishing, depending on your choice of watercraft.