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About Montana Glacier Country
Located in western Montana, Glacier Country embodies everything that one pictures when imagining the state’s natural beauty. The area bursts with scenic landscapes and an abundance of wildlife, making it the ultimate playground for outdoor adventure. Stay in Glacier Country vacation rentals in the woods or in the center of town for the perfect vacation.
This park, which covers more than 1,500 square miles, is located in parts of western Montana and two provinces in Canada, Alberta and British Columbia. If you intend to cross over into the Canadian side of the park, make sure everyone in the family has the appropriate documentation required to cross the border.
There are a few different entrances into the park. The west entrance is located near Kalispell and Whitefish, Montana, and can be reached by traveling along Highway 2. The other entrances are near a town called Browning and can be reached by Highway 89. No matter which entrance you choose though, Glacier Country and its surrounding environment offers plenty of places for you to stay.
The climate in Glacier National Park varies widely from season to season. The area is at its warmest during the summer with June being the hottest month. Temperatures at this time of year typically reach between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. The coldest season is winter, with cold temperatures typically beginning in November. Temperatures can range from -40 degrees to 50 degrees, and winter can bring over 200 inches of snow. Both autumn and spring see milder temperatures. When planning your stay in Glacier Country vacation rentals, keep in mind that April is the wettest time of year to visit, while autumn is the most beautiful thanks to the turning of the leaves in the park.
Things to do
Glacier Country is well-known for its beautiful scenery, rugged mountains, majestic wildlife, and pristine lakes. No matter which of the many vacation rentals in Glacier Country you choose, you will always be surrounded by opportunities that allow you to get out and enjoy the fresh air. Some of the most popular things to see and do include:
- Going-to-the-Sun Road: Located within Glacier National Park, this highway stretches for 52 miles past some of the most beautiful scenery Montana has to offer. It crosses the Continental Divide at Logan Pass, and it is well worth the drive.
- Discovery Cabin in Apgar Village: It’s a great opportunity to take advantage of learning all about the parks and animals that make their home in the area.
- Hiking: Many people, more than half of the park’s visitors, in fact, take advantage of the hundreds of miles of hiking trails. Hike to Kootenai Falls Swinging Bridge for incredible views or explore the paths that surround Hidden Lake and Flathead Lake.
- Guided Tours: Explore the park on a variety of guided tours, including horseback, boat, bus, and raft. Glacier Raft Company, Rock Climb Montana, and Swan Mountain Outfitters Day Tours are some of the many companies that operate tours in the area.
- Lake McDonald Valley: You won’t want to miss seeing the park’s deepest lake once occupied by massive glaciers. It’s currently home to an abundance of wildlife, too.
Food & Dining
While many Glacier Country vacation rentals have their own full-service kitchens, there are many great places to dine throughout the area. If you have spent all day outdoors, chances are you have worked up quite an appetite. Whether you are looking for a full meal, a big breakfast to start out the day, or a quick bite to eat, some of the best food can be found at these great restaurants and eateries:
- Tupelo Grille (Whitefish, MT)
- Three Forks Grille (Columbia Falls, MT)
- Tamarack Brewing Company (Missoula, MT)
- Sweet Peaks Ice Cream (Whitefish, MT)
When to Visit Glacier Country
Glacier Country has a lot to offer year-round, but September through May is peak tourist season. If you are trying to decide when you’d like to come for a visit, consider these seasonal events:
- Guided Snowshoe Walks: Enjoy the solitude of this winter wonderland during these guided walks that take place from January through March.
- Fall Foliage: If you want to come to see the beautiful fall foliage, you will want to visit the west side of Glacier National Park in mid-September and the east side toward the end of the month.
If you are looking for the perfect family vacation with plenty of adventure, breathtaking scenery, and a ton of outdoor and recreational activities, think Glacier Country. With so many Glacier Country vacation rentals to choose from and a seemingly endless array of things to do, this destination will leave you speechless.
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