Glacier National Park Travel Guide

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Free Things To Do in Glacier National Park

If you have extra time, Trail of the Cedars is worthwhile.
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    Things to do in Glacier National Park
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    #1 in Glacier National Park
    Hiking, Recreation, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Hiking, Recreation, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
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    Housed in a small cabin built in 1929, the Apgar Nature Center sits in a grove of cedar trees and is one of the official park visitor centers. The nature center features interactive activities for kids: children can feel a grizzly bear's fur, listen and identify birds by their "songs"

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    Lake McDonald
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    #2 in Glacier National Park
    Hiking, Recreation, Free
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    More than Full Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Hiking, Recreation, Free
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    More than Full Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    Lake McDonald, the largest lake in the park, is the major hub of activity on the west side. Carved out by massive glaciers thousands of years ago, the valley is home to the rustic Lake McDonald Lodge – one of the park's most popular accommodations – and several historic chalets.

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    Trail of the Cedars
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    #3 in Glacier National Park
    Hiking, Recreation, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND
    Hiking, Recreation, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    One of two wheelchair and stroller accessible trails in the park, Trail of the Cedars is a short loop hike – less than a mile – that begins and ends onGoing-to-the-Sun Road, meaning you can hike it in either direction. The hike features a raised boardwalk that passes through a

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    Going-to-the-Sun Road
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    #4 in Glacier National Park
    Sightseeing, Free
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    Half Day to Full Day
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    Sightseeing, Free
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    Half Day to Full Day
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    Going-to-the-Sun Road is a paved, two-lane highway that snakes through Glacier National Park, dividing the park into east and west regions and crossing the Continental Divide atLogan Pass. One of the most spectacular scenic drives in America, this road is both a National Historic Landmark and a Civil Engineering Landmark

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    Logan Pass
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    #5 in Glacier National Park
    Hiking, Recreation, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Hiking, Recreation, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    The visitor center at Logan Pass is located in the middle of the park off theGoing-to-the-Sun Road, less than 20 miles west of the St. Mary visitor center and about 30 miles north of theApgar Visitor Center. Offering maps and trip-planning information, the center also features exhibits, restrooms, water fountains,

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    Iceberg Lake Trail
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    #7 in Glacier National Park
    Hiking, Recreation, Free
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    More than Full Day
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    Hiking, Recreation, Free
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    More than Full Day
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    The Iceberg Lake Trail is a favorite among experienced hikers, who are treated to stunning views of Mount Wilbur, Iceberg Peak and the Continental Divide upon reaching the snow and ice-filled lake. The hike begins behind the cabins at Swiftcurrent Lake and shares the Ptarmigan Tunnel Trail for the first

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    Grinnell Glacier
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    #9 in Glacier National Park
    Hiking, Natural Wonders, Recreation, Free
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    More than Full Day
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    Hiking, Natural Wonders, Recreation, Free
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    More than Full Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    Named for anthropologist and conservationist George Bird Grinnell, the Grinnell Glacier is one of the most-photographed attractions in the park. The Grinnell Glacier hike is a little more than 10 miles round-trip and, at the viewpoint, reaches 1,600 feet in altitude. Hikers can take a shortcut to the trailhead by

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    Highline Trail
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    #10 in Glacier National Park
    Hiking, Recreation, Free
    TYPE
    More than Full Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Hiking, Recreation, Free
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    More than Full Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    One of the most popular hiking trails in the park – and one of the most strenuous – the Highline Trail follows the Continental Divide and features stunning scenery of glacial valleys, alpine meadows and a famous ledge called the Garden Wall. Here, the trail narrows to just a few

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