Summer

Welcoming the majority of Glacier National Park's visitors, summer is the busiest season for the Crown of the Continent.

Providing the most accessibility for visitors, summer's most popular activities include driving the Going-to-the-Sun Road, taking a red bus tour or Sun Tour, hiking on the park's 734 miles of trails, stargazing from Logan Pass, taking a horseback trail ride, attending an interpretive talk from a park ranger and cruising on the cool waters of Lake McDonald and St. Mary Lake on a guided boat tour.

To get off-the-beaten-path, plan to explore the wild corner of the park known as the North Fork. Home to Bowman and Kinta lakes, the North Fork is one of the most undiscovered regions of the park and offers summer travelers a quiet respite in a scenic setting. While there, be sure to make time to visit Polebridge and its world-famous mercantile, located 1 mile from the North Fork entrance. 

In terms of accommodations, summer offers in-park lodging at Many Glacier Hotel, Lake McDonald, Rising Sun Motor Inn, Swiftcurrent Motor Inn, Motel Lake McDonald, Apgar Village Lodge and the Village Inn, as well as two backcountry chalets and 13 campgrounds with more than 1,000 campsites.

There are also numerous things to do outside of Glacier National Park's boundaries during the summer months, including guided fly-fishing trips, helicopter tours, whitewater rafting, scenic floats and overnight river trips, as well as visiting the Blackfeet Nation on the east side of the park.

For more on summer in and around Glacier National Park, visit glaciermt.com.