Day 1 - 1 Apr 2019
Content: We begin our Going-To-The-Sun-Road drive on the East or West Entrance of Glacier National Park. We found ourselves going in and out of the West Entrance more. We believe it is the most popular area, and we found that we liked the activities a lot more.
Day 1 - 1 Apr 2019
Content: Lake McDonald is one of my absolute favorite places for sunrise and sunset, and lucky you, you’ll get to make a pit stop here during your drive up Going-To-The-Sun-Road – should you enter from the west, that is. Therefore, you can’t miss the lake since it is one of the first places you see along Going-To-The-Sun-Road. There are picnic sites, boat docks, and canoe rentals available around Lake Mcdonald’s shore, too. Anddddd the Apgar area has gift shops plus an ice cream shop for you to enjoy!
Content: For a quick pit stop, check out McDonald Falls! The falls is also one of the first stops on Going-To-The-Sun-Road. You can’t miss it since there is a large parking lot to make a stop there as well as a viewing platform. Take a second to close your eyes and listen to the flow of McDonald Creek feeding into the falls! The total distance is sits at .7 miles.
Content: If you’re looking for a leisurely scenic hike to enjoy along Going-To-The-Sun-Road, go for Trail Of The Cedars! The trail is known for its ease and beauty, making it another popular option for families visiting Glacier National Park. There are various scenic stops along Trail Of The Cedars. And did you know that some of the trees along the trail are over 500 years old? Talk about crazy! If you don’t feel like walking anymore, opt to hang out on the benches along the trail. I mean, it’s an extremely peaceful stop along Going-To-The-Sun-Road. Trail Of The Cedars would be another great spot for a picnic!
Content: Have you ever seen a wall cry? Haha, well you’re about to! Weeping Wall refers to a section of cliff that has quite a bit of snowmelt flowing down it. The wall quite literally looks sad LOL, but in the best of ways because it’s a beautiful sight. Sometimes when there is heavy rainfall, you’ll see people in their Jeeps splashing through the water build up on the road.
Content: The bend is located right before the Logan Pass Visitors Center when you’re driving eastbound, so you can’t miss it. If you find the small trail across from the parking area, you’ll get a top down view of Weeping Wall and the surrounding area! I especially love this part of Going-To-The-Sun-Road when there are wildflowers out!
Content: The Logan Pass Visitors Center will most likely be your hub should you choose to do some hiking around Glacier National Park, one of the most popular being the Highline Trail! You can also go here to take in the 360 views the Visitors Center is surrounded by – they’re jaw-dropping! If anything, stop at Logan Pass Visitors Center to get a bathroom break in or a park map before continuing on your drive through Going-To-The-Sun-Road.
Content: The Garden Wall is a sharp ridgeline in Glacier National Park. As a matter of fact, it is a part of the continental divide! In the summer, the Garden Wall gets smothered with wildflowers. You can only get to the Garden Wall if you hike to the Granite Park Chalet.
Content: I loved going here for sunset – the peaks turned the most fantastic pink you have ever seen! There are also marmots and mountain goats you will most likely see along your hike. They tend to hang out very close to the trails so hike with caution and never approach wildlife as it could end badly for you! Hidden Lake Lookout sits at 700 feet of elevation gain and a distance of 1.5 miles. I would consider Hidden Lake to be one of my favorite spots along Going-To-The-Sun-Road!
Content: St Mary Falls is an extremely popular waterfall in Glacier National Park, and the easiest way to get there is hiking from the St Mary Falls Cutoff Trailhead. You can also choose to make this a longer hike by starting at Sun Point Parking lot, which will put you on the St Mary Lake shoreline. The falls ate 35 feet high. There are three tiers to it, but the lower two are the easiest to spot!
Content: Virginia Falls is a 3.6mi round trip hike. It includes a multi-tiered waterfall that will not disappoint! Virginia Falls is said to be about 50ft or so. Hikers can keep their adventure going by walking along St Mary Lake Trail, which will give them an overview of St Mary Lake. Pretty solid stop along Going-To-The-Sun-Road if you ask me!
Content: From a wildfire, the trees here burned and created quite the beautiful contrast to the area. You’ll also get a bright look at the mountains beyond the trees! Plus, you’ll have no problem seeing Baring Falls, St Mary Falls and Virginia Falls – their trailheads are right there!
Content: Wild Goose Islands is a photographers spot along Going-To-The-Sun-Road if I’ve ever seen one. You’ll have a view of the island sitting pretty in the middle of St Mary Lake. And oh man, the mountain views are something else! During our trip, we stopped at the picnic area here so we could enjoy a bite to eat before heading off on another adventure.
Content: We were in such shock that Glacier National Park had a Visitors Center as beautiful as this one. It was the only place we had cell service during our entire visit, and there are bathrooms. We could have also gone into the Visitors Center for free wifi – a nice bonus. If you’re heading eastbound, this is the last stop along Going-To-The-Sun-Road. Otherwise, this is where you will start your journey going west!