Virtual Travel: Explore Glacier National Park in Montana

On my roadtrip from Jackson Hole to San Juan Island, I knew I wanted to visit Glacier National Park. Located in Northwestern Montana, not too far from the Canadian border, this national park is one that many only ever dream of seeing.

After seeing Grand Teton and Yellowstone, I needed to add more national parks to my agenda. I didn’t know a lot about Glacier, but the photos I saw were breathtaking. In my mind, a visit to Glacier National Park meant snow-capped peaks, glacial waterfalls, and lots of mountain goats.

While everything I imagined was correct, my brain had been incapable of imagining exactly how incredible this place is.

The alpine landscapes of Glacier National Park make it seem as if you’ve suddenly been transported to another part of the world. Even without doing any climbing, you feel like a mountaineer. The Going-to-the-Sun Road winds through mountain passes, taking you right into the heart of this vast wilderness.

The park season is just a few months in the height of summer, as snow and bad weather requires closing the main roads most of the year. I made my visit Glacier National Park at the end of September, just after many of the facilities closed down, and just before part of the Going-to-the-Sun road was shut off. The park was mostly empty, as the weather had already turned very cold by that time of year.

Mountains, snow, alpine lakes, phenomenal views, and great hiking are just a few reasons to visit Glacier National Park. These 20 photos will give you a few more reasons!

Looking across Swiftcurrent Lake
Going-to-the-Sun Road
Two Medicine Lake at sunrise
Running Eagle Falls

A boat on Swiftcurrent Lake
The shores of Two Medicine Lake at dawn

Valley overlook
Looking down St. Mary Valley
Snow-covered mountains in September
No shortage of mountains & waterfalls in Glacier
Another sunrise
Many Glacier Hotel
Going-to-the-Sun Mountain

Hidden Lake Overlook


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20 Photos to Inspire You to Visit Grand Teton National Park

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The alpine lakes, snow-capped mountains, and lush forest are just a few of the reasons you should visit Glacier National Park. These photos will definitely inspire you to come see it for yourself.

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By Courtney Minor

Wandering around and writing about it.

10 comments

  1. Wow – these photos are seriously spectacular! Colour me inspired! Will definitely have to visit this national park in this lifetime. #flyawayFriday

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  2. So beautiful!! The irony is that I was supposed to be at Glacier Park in 2006 but I didn’t go because I didn’t have enough money for a flight ticket… Will go there one day for sure!

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  3. Glacier National Park looks SO gorgeous! I’m DEFINITELY inspired now! Thanks so much for joining us again on FlyAwayFriday! I LOVE your style of writing, photography and layout of your blog. If you would be interested in being interviewed over on my blog, let me know – I’d love to have you for my September guest! xo

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  4. Such a gorgeous place! I’m DYING to go to Glacier National Park soon bad!! It looks like you had such a wonderful time. Thank you for sharing and can’t see your blog link up post this week!

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