Glacier National Park in Montana is a paradise for nature enthusiasts and adventurers alike. With its majestic mountains, pristine lakes, and abundant wildlife, it offers a wide range of activities for every type of traveler. In this guide, we’ll take you through a perfect 72-hour itinerary that will help you make the most of your time in this breathtaking national park.
Day One: Exploring the Going-to-the-Sun Road
Your adventure begins with a drive along the famous Going-to-the-Sun Road, a scenic highway that winds its way through Glacier National Park. You’ll need a permit to access the road, so make sure to obtain one before your trip. Check out our blog for more information on obtaining permits for various park activities.
As you make your way along the road, be sure to stop at the Logan Pass Visitor Center. From there, take a short hike to Hidden Lake, where you’ll be rewarded with stunning views of the surrounding mountains and a tranquil alpine lake. Don’t forget to pack some snacks and water for your hike.
Afterward, continue your drive and stop for a picnic lunch at the Jackson Glacier Overlook. Here, you can marvel at the impressive Jackson Glacier and enjoy the panoramic vistas. As the day comes to a close, head to Under Canvas Glacier, where you’ll check in and settle into your luxurious tent. Indulge in some s’mores and stargaze in the vast Montana sky in the evening.
Day Two: Avalanche Lake Hiking and Relaxation
Start your day with complimentary guided yoga at Under Canvas Glacier, allowing you to stretch and rejuvenate before embarking on the day’s adventures. Fuel up with a premium espresso and a healthy, hot breakfast from Ember’s Café, and you’ll be ready for an exciting day in the park.
Today’s adventure is a half-day hike to Avalanche Lake, a stunning body of water nestled amidst towering peaks and dense forests. The 5.9-mile out-and-back trail offers breathtaking views and is known for its abundant wildlife sightings. From the parking lot, you’ll begin hiking from the Trail of the Cedars Trailhead. Parking spaces are limited, so we recommend getting here early (before 8 a.m., but the earlier, the better) or later in the day, like after 4 p.m., to ensure you can snag a parking spot. Be sure to bring your camera to capture the glacier-fed waterfalls and spectacular viewpoints along the lake, reflecting back the stunning natural surroundings.
Enjoy your delicious grab-n-go lunch from Under Canvas at the Avalanche Creek Picnic area to refuel and relax. Take a moment to immerse yourself in the peaceful ambiance and enjoy the serenity of the park. Before returning, take a dip in this serene alpine lake to fully appreciate its splendor.
In the afternoon, return to Under Canvas Glacier and unwind around a cozy bonfire. Share stories with fellow travelers or simply bask in the warmth of the fire as you reflect on the day’s adventures.
Day Three: Fishing and Exploring Whitefish
For a unique experience, enjoy a guided fly-fishing tour through Under Canvas. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of the surrounding rivers and lakes as you try your hand at this beloved outdoor activity. You’ll have the opportunity to learn from experienced guides who can help you master the art of fly fishing.
After your fishing adventure, head to the charming town of Whitefish, Montana, for a delightful lunch. This picturesque town offers a variety of dining options for every taste. Some recommended eateries include Casey’s Bar and Grill, Tupelo Grille, and Loula’s Café.
While in Whitefish, take some time to explore the town’s unique shops. From local boutiques to art galleries, there’s something for everyone. Be sure to visit Montana Shirt Co., Sage & Cedar, and The Walking Man Frame Shop & Gallery for a fun and memorable shopping experience.
Where to Stay Near Glacier National Park
If you’re seeking an upscale, outdoor experience near Glacier National Park, look no further than Under Canvas Glacier. Located just 7-miles from the park’s west entrance, our safari-style and treehouse tents are designed harmoniously with the surrounding wilderness. Under Canvas Glacier provides easy access to the park’s extensive trail network, allowing you to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Montana’s “Big Sky Country.”
Glacier National Park is a treasure trove of natural wonders, and with this perfect 72-hour itinerary, you can make the most of your visit. From scenic drives and breathtaking hikes to fishing adventures and charming town exploration, this national park offers an unforgettable experience for all who venture into its wilderness. So pack your bags, obtain your permit, and get ready for an extraordinary adventure in Glacier National Park.