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Glacier N.P.
Travel Planning
Glacier N.P.

Glacier National Park at a Glance

Enjoy the splendor and remoteness of the Rocky Mountains in Glacier National Park. 

To get a feel for the park, set out on Going-to-the-Sun-Road. This monumental feat of engineering winds along rocky mountain ledges, dives into tunnels and plunges down steep alpine meadows. Stop at the various pull-outs to admire the nearly vertical fields full of white, bottle brush-like Bear Grass, the distant blue of an alpine lake, or the jagged edges of a nearby mountain. 

Visitors to Glacier will find little chipmunks scurrying through their tent sites and black bears roaming through the back country meadows. Take a boat out on Lake McDonald at sunrise to catch the pink glow on the mountains that ring this glassy glacial lake. In the far northern corner of the park, Glacier becomes international and American and Canadian citizens can hike through each other's countries as long as they bring a passport.

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May - September
Low Season
October - April
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      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Glacier Park International Airport
      • Major Airport Missoula International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      All travelers to the United States are required to hold a valid passport; the passport should be valid for six months beyond your departure from the U.S. The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows citizens of 37 participating countries to travel within the United States without a visa for 90 days; travelers must have valid Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval prior to travel, return travel tickets and a passport with a photo and an electronic chip. Visitors not eligible for VWP must apply for a non-immigrant visa. For more information, visit the U.S. State Department's travel website.

      Getting Around
      Public Transportation
      • Bus Glacier Shuttle System
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      7,283 miles
      Estimated Drive Time
      132 hour(s)
      Need to Know

      Severe Weather Glacier experiences snow and cold winter weather. Parts of the park close down during this time so it is important to check in to see what's open. During the summer, thunderstorms or rain could affect your trip so come prepared.

      Safety Concerns Glacier Park is quite remote and cell coverage is limited to specific areas. Back country explorers should educate themselves on safety and self reliance before they go out. All travelers should be aware of how unforgiving the outdoors can be.

      Health Concerns Hypothermia during the winter or during cold summer weather is a concern. Dressing in layers and keeping clothes dry helps protect travelers from this danger. Mosquitoes, sun-burn and overheating can occur during summer so dress appropriately, wear sun and bug protection and drink plenty of water.