With so much to do in Whitefish, it’s almost hard to squeeze it all into one trip. There is one thing, however, that we recommend putting on your “must-see” list. With over 100 million visitors to date (and counting), Glacier National Park is a national treasure, home to an incredible 762 lakes and 175 mountains. With more than a million acres of natural beauty, Glacier National Park is an attraction that should be on everyone’s bucket list. And if it happens to be on yours, here are a few fun facts to know about this Montana marvel.
Going-To-The-Sun Road is a Must
Opened in 1933, this 53-mile scenic drive will expose you to some of the most beautiful natural views in the nation. This National Historic Landmark crosses the Continental Divide and features stunning glaciers and gorgeous wildlife. One thing visitors may not know is that a vehicle reservation is required for accessing the Going-to-the-Sun Road Corridor from May 27th through September 11th. A park pass (7-day, annual, or lifetime) is also required at the time of entry. Additionally, a North Fork Vehicle Reservation to access the North Fork area of the park through the Polebridge Entrance Station.
It’s Perfect For Hiking Lovers
For the outdoor enthusiast, there’s no place quite like Glacier National Park. Did you know there are more than 700 miles of hiking trails? Additionally, the trails vary from easy hikes such as Running Eagle Falls to longer hikes such as the 11-mile trail like Highline Trail. Be sure to block out at least one day to experience these trails!
There’s a Chance You’ll See Some Endangered Wildlife
Glacier is home to some of the most beautiful creatures on this planet. In addition to being home to over 200 species of birds and over 70 mammals, the park also protects dwindling species and several animals considered to be threatened including grizzly bears, Canada Lynx, and bull trout.
If you’re planning a trip to Whitefish, be sure Glacier National park is on your list of sights to see! For more information on Vehicle Registration for Going-to-the-Sun Road, click here.