Sitting on the northern border of Montana is Glacier National Park, hailed as one of North America’s most intact ecosystems. With the park’s countless facilities and jaw-dropping attractions, this has become a destination that welcomes almost two million tourists per year. As a World Heritage Site that boasts of extensive wonders of nature, visiting Glacier National Park is definitely worthwhile.
The only road that penetrates deep into the Glacier is called Going-to-the-Sun Road. The road trip is an experience in itself, most especially that it is serviced by the park’s famous and historic Red Jammer Bus, also considered as one of the park’s attractions. The drive to the Going-to-the-Sun Road is actually one of the highlights of the trip, as the 50-mile road trip lets the visitor witness the marvels of the park’s interiors. The exciting drive means touring around the lush mountainsides and having sight of North Montana’s impressive backdrop. Being a National Historic Landmark, Going-to-the-Sun Road is definitely the most stunning drive in Glacier National Park.
The park’s lakes attract visitors for a thrilling wooden boat ride. Lake McDonald is named as Glacier’s largest lake courtesy of its 10-mile length and 472-feet depth. The glacier that etched Lake McDonald valley is estimated to be 2,200 feet thick. On the southwest of Lake McDonald is where Apgar is found, a quaint tiny village where inns and campgrounds are located, as well as coffee and ice cream shops. If there are kids in tow, the Apgar Discovery Cabin will be a hit as this small attraction is filled with posters, maps and a variety of activities for children.
The Glacier is an image of North America’s gigantic swath boasting of 700 miles of hiking paths. To hike is no doubt the perfect way to explore Glacier’s wealth of wonders and splendid landscapes. There are horseback tours as well, and the route leads the visitors to the historic parts of Glacier National Park. Note that there are also specialty lodgings for visitors who are staying for a night or two, and there are decent dining options available in different spots of Glacier National Park.
Glacier National Park is an example of how impressive the work of nature is. Every visitor will be awed with its natural scenery set in a stunning terrain and the varied wildlife it protects. In a world where daily routine equates to demands and pressures, a visit to Glacier National Park melts all the hustle and the bustle of urban living.