2021 Must-Do Activities Outside Glacier National Park
Activities To Do Outside Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park is one of the most beautiful places in North America, this is no secret. The new ticketing system for Going-to-the-Sun Road at the park this summer is selling out fast. We don’t want you to miss out on an incredible experience during your visit to the area. During the summer when the park is seeing a lot of visitors, we want you to keep in mind that there is endless beauty and things to do right outside of Glacier National Park. We have created a list of some of the must-do activities outside of Glacier National Park.
Our Must-do Activities Outside of Glacier National Park:
7. Ride a Bike
Glacier Raft Company is the longest-running Montana raft company and is located right outside Glacier National Park. Fill your day with stunning scenery and adventure. We offer daily and multi-day whitewater rafting trips. Paddle through class II-III rapids down the beautiful Middle and North Forks of the Flathead River. Our trips are great for families whether you looking for a thrill-seeking adventure or just want to spend the day relaxing on the water.
The Flathead River is known for its picturesque landscapes, crystal clear waters, and colorful stones. It is also home to Montana’s state fish, the Westslope Cutthroat Trout, and several other species of fish. Glacier Anglers is located just one mile from Glacier National Park. Our experienced guides are endorsed by ORVIS, and we offer services for any skill level. Learn how to fly fish on our ponds or take your skills out onto the river with our Fly Fishing School.
Photo Credit: Glacier Highline
Get your aerial adventure on at Glacier Highline. They offer a treetop adventure with over 50 different highline and ropes course activities! Cool off from the heat on their water obstacle course. If heights aren’t your thing, they have low ropes and inflatable obstacles closer to the ground. Glacier Highline is located in Coram, Montana near Glacier National Park.
“We have something for everyone! Treat your kids to our ALL-ACCESS ADVENTURE PASS after one of those long Glacier hikes! We also have a great restaurant on site serving up tons of good food and drinks!” – Keshia Fisher Partner/Office Manager
Spend your summer day in the treetops at this family-friendly adventure park!
Visit Hungry Horse; the Friendliest Dam Town in the West! Enjoy everything huckleberry and the town’s unique history. Just around the bend off of Highway 2, you will find yourself at the Hungry Horse Dam. Completed in 1953, this is one of the largest concrete arch dams in the United States at 564ft. It also has the highest spillway in the world at 490 feet. This dam site is in a deep narrow canyon surrounded by 25 mountain peaks. The reservoir at the top of the dam is 34 miles long with 23,800 acres that offer amazing recreational opportunities such as boating, water skiing, island camping, huckleberry picking, and fishing.
Photo Credit: Glacier View Golf Course
Play 18 holes of golf at the Glacier View Golf Course. You may have trouble keeping your eye on the ball with the breathtaking views of Glacier National Park.
“What makes us unique is the fantastic views into the park, surrounding mountains, and various wildlife that like to visit the course from bears to elk. We are low-key, laid back, and family-friendly,” says General Manager and Head Professional, Bob Mueller.
The greens are some of the best-kept greens in the area. You won’t be disappointed. After playing a round, quench your thirst and grab a bite to eat at the clubhouse!
Drink Like a Local! A good drink always tastes better after a day of exploring the exhilarating Glacier National Park. We highly recommend visiting the Glacier Distilling Company in Coram, Montana. They produce an array of whiskeys made from Montana grains and brandy distilled from local fruit.
Owner Nic Lee invites you to, “Enjoy tasting flights of the spirits at the Whiskey Barn, relax with a cocktail at Josephine’s Speakeasy, and take home a bottle of Bearproof Huckleberry Whiskey!”
If you are looking for entertainment and craft beer, stop by the Stonefly Lounge located in Coram, MT. Their live music venue hosts touring bands and local artists that will surely get you grooving. There are many great places to drink like a local to name them all. Our two honorable mentions are Packers Roost and Paul Bunyan.
7. Ride a Bike
Photo Credit: Gateway to Glacier Trail
A great way to explore the area near Glacier National Park is by riding a bike. Bring your own bike or rent one from Sky Eco off Highway 2 and ride the Gateway to Glacier Trail! Gateway to Glacier Trail is a non-profit organization that is building trails and paths in the Greater Glacier area.
“We built Gateway to Glacier Trail to create an off-highway path for cyclists, walkers, runners, and adventurers of all ages and abilities to safely enjoy the beautiful views along the Glacier National Park corridor. The seven-mile paved path runs from Hungry Horse to West Glacier and provides breathtaking views, leading to the doorstep of the west entrance of Glacier National Park.” – Jeremiah Martin, Board President, Gateway to Glacier Trails.
You can find more information on their trail projects in the area here.
When you’re ready to book your Glacier National Park Fly Fishing Trip, we hope you’ll consider joining Glacier Raft Company. Our love for rivers and their ecosystem, experience, and customer service make us the perfect match for your guided fly fishing experience.