If you ask the locals, they'll tell you that fall is one of the best times of year to visit Glacier National Park. Many of the services inside the park are available through mid- to late-September, making it easy to explore autumn activities. Topping the list: viewing fall foliage. With a stunning juxtaposition of rising mountain peaks, high alpine valleys and bright shades of red and yellow, the diversity of the park offers visitors many different perspectives on fall's changing colors.

Recommended destinations for viewing fall foliage in and around the park include the North Fork Road, Essex, Bowman Lake and Two Medicine. For an up-close look at the colors of fall—and to experience one of Montana's most distinct activities—plan to bring your bike and ride the Going-to-the-Sun Road.

Fall is also the perfect time of year to watch wildlife, as many animals prepare to fatten up for the winter hibernation. While wildlife are active during autumn, be sure to keep your distance and never feed or approach them. Instead, bring binoculars and view them from a safe distance.  

Additional fall activities include kayaking on Lake McDonald, taking a guided boat tour with Glacier Park Boat Company, exploring the park's hiking trails with a guide or taking a horseback trail ride with Swan Mountain Outfitters.

For more on fall in Glacier National Park, visit glaciermt.com.