Welcome to Glacier Country, Montana’s westernmost region that’s home to millions of acres of terrain and some of the most breathtaking places in the nation, including natural wonders of Glacier National Park, the crystal clear waters of Flathead Lake and the peaks of the Mission Mountains. Here, under Montana’s big sky, you’ll find adventures and experiences like none other.
Wondering where to start your visit in Montana’s Glacier Country? There are several not-to-be missed destinations in Western Montana, including Glacier National Park, the Flathead Valley and the Seeley-Swan Valley.
Glacier National Park
Located three hours north of Missoula is Glacier National Park. Fondly called the Crown of the Continent, the park is home to spectacular views and diverse landscapes that ranges from lush valleys to stunning glacial-carved terrain. While summer is the busiest season in Glacier National Park, it is open year-round. Spring is one of the quietest seasons in the park and provides travelers with early season hiking and biking opportunities along the Going-to-the-Sun Road. Autumn offers visitors remarkable views of the park’s colorful foliage and is ideal for wildlife viewing, where winter offers a snow-covered haven and beautiful setting for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and spectacular scenery. To get off-the-beaten path during the summer months, plan to spend your days exploring Glacier National Park’s Two Medicine Valley or driving along the Camas Road on the west side of the park.
A little over an hour’s drive north of Missoula, the Flathead Valley is filled with beautiful scenery, charming small towns and wonderful venues for outdoor recreation. Located in the center of this region is the awe-inspiring Flathead Lake, the largest freshwater lake in the West. Spanning 30 miles long and almost 15 miles wide, this lake provides ample opportunity for fishing, swimming and boating activities, as well as plenty of camping options at state parks along the lake’s shores. One thing to note: the southern half of Flathead Lake is within the boundary of the Flathead Indian Reservation. Recreationists must purchase a tribal recreation permit when recreating on the reservations and permits are available at area sporting goods stores.
Nestled between the Swan and Mission Mountains and located a 45-minute drive from Missoula is Montana’s Seeley-Swan Valley. This area is filled to the prim with year-round outdoor recreation opportunities on its large trail systems, endless lakes and snow-capped peaks. Visitors to the valley can enjoy hiking, biking, snowmobiling and water fun, coupled with small town charm in Seeley Lake, Condon and Swan Lake. Recommended activities include paddling boating on Seeley Lake, hiking to Holland Lake Falls or snowmobiling on more than 350 miles of groomed trails.
Whether you are looking for adventure or a peaceful escape, Glacier Country Tourism can provide you with the tools and information needed to make the most of your trip to Montana. Peruse our website for ideas on things to do, places to stay and where to go. For more planning assistance, order a free travel guide here, call us 800.338.5072 or tweet us at @GlacierMT.