If this isn't the most beautiful national park in the country, it is certainly a contender. Here you'll discover jagged peaks, deep-blue glacier lakes, evergreen forests, knife-edged ridges, and one of the most outstanding populations of wildlife in the U.S. -- grizzly and black bear, mountain lions, wolves, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, elk, deer, and moose all roam this park. If you want your kids to share your love of the outdoors, share this national treasure with them.
Glacier is glorious in every season, but getting around it without snowshoes can be very difficult in the winter. The single road spanning the park, the Going-to-the-Sun Road, is open only from late May or early June until mid-October, depending upon the weather. Going-to-the-Sun Road is crowded in the summer -- especially in July and August -- but if you want to avoid the crowds in Glacier you can head to areas like Many Glacier.
The weather can be unpredictable even in summer's moderate 78-degree averages. Pack accordingly, dress in layers, and bring raingear. Get more weather info.
The nearest airports are Glacier Park International Airport (FCA),29 miles southwest of the park, and Great Falls International Airport (GTF), 143 miles southeast of the park. Rental cars are available at both airports. If you're driving, you can reach the park from U.S. Highways 2 and 89. Amtrak serves West Glacier and Essex are also served year-round and East Glacier in the summer.
Car travel is the most common way to get around Glacier in summer, but in 2007 the park launched a free shuttle service between many of the campgrounds, trailheads, attractions, and visitors center.
National Parks Passes are valid at Glacier National Park. Find out more on NPS.gov.