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!
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