Established in 1910, Glacier National Park’s fairytale scenery and numerous recreational activities make it one stop that should be on every visitor’s bucket list.
The Park (as it’s locally known) is located just 40 miles North of Marina Cay Resort.
Pack a lunch, pile in the car, and in 45 minutes you’ll be rolling through the quaint hamlet of West Glacier, home to the Park’s main western entrance.
Going to the Sun Road
From there, continue west along the famous Going to the Sun Road, which takes you over 6,646 ft Logan Pass and the Continental Divide.
Completed in 1910 Going to the Sun Road is the only road that bisects the entire width of the Park and has been awarded one of the best mountain roads in America.
You won’t be disappointed by spectacular landscapes and amazing mountain top views as you drive along the way.
Marina Cay’s Pro Tip: Whether you drive your own vehicle or ride the Park shuttle to the summit, get there early in the day for the smallest crowds and easiest parking.
Day Hikes in The Park
Glacier National Park also offers 70+ day hike trails all with amazing sights of mountains, streams and lakes.
You could find yourself in a beautiful setting whether you are a photographer, nature enthusiast or someone who wants to see a place they have never seen before.
One of our favorite short day hikes is Avalanche Lake. While it’s just over 2 miles from the parking lot with 730 ft of elevation gain, you’ll arrive at the lake feeling like you’re deep in the backcountry surrounded by pristine wilderness.
For a more family friendly version (also wheelchair accessible) simply stay low on the lovely Trail of the Cedars loop.
After a beautiful drive or hike you can make your way down to Lake McDonald Lodge or Apgar village, both located on the gorgeous crystal clear glacial waters of Lake McDonald.
Both locations offer food, beverage, and a chance for you and your family to stretch your legs while you take in the views.
Just be sure to enjoy a Flathead specialty: huckleberry shakes, ice cream, and pie!