Glacier National Park: it’s one of the most beautiful places in the world. Known as the “Crown of the Continent,” Glacier offers some truly stunning scenery. If you’ve ever driven into the park and glanced up, suddenly, to find yourself face-to-face with the continental divide and Going to the Sun Road, you know what we mean.
Beyond the beauty, though, there are dozens of reasons to plan a vacation in GNP this year. Here are a few of our favorites.
Head to Glacier for Your Next Family Vacation
Looking for the place to take your family this summer? Here are five great reasons to consider Glacier National Park:
1. Glacier is Part of the World’s First International Peace Park
When GNP was established in 1932, the vision was to demonstrate the friendship between the U.S. and Canada. As such, Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberton, Canada was designated the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park.
Today, the parks work together to support conservation, preservation, management, and research efforts. If you want more scenery, pop over the border into Banff and check out the Canadian side of the park! Keep in mind that this is international travel, so you’ll need to bring your passport.
2. GNP Offers Ancient and Native History
Did you know that evidence of human activity in GNP dates back more than 12,000 years? During the retreat of the glaciers deposited during the Ice Age, humans occupied the landscape. The area was popular among settlers and was sacred territory for local tribes, including the Kootenai, Salish, and Blackfeet.
To this day, the Blackfoot Reservation sits on the eastern border of the park. Many of the landscapes within the park (like Chief Mountain, for example) are still considered sacred by the tribe.
3. Glacier Offers Many Different Attractions
In addition to the fact that Glacier is home to more than 700 miles of hiking trails, it’s also an excellent place to go fishing, hiking, biking, horseback riding, or whitewater rafting. No matter what you want to do, you’ll find it in Glacier.
4. Glacier is a Pristine Ecosystem
If you’ve been feeling the itch to relax, unplug, and get away from the stress of daily life, Glacier is an excellent place to unplug. Home to more than 71 species of mammals alone, Glacier’s ecosystem has remained mostly undisturbed since the land was opened.
Today, visitors to the park are likely to see bears, mountain goats, moose, and more.
5. It’s a Great Place to Relax, Unwind, and Create Memories
Don’t let Glacier’s rugged nature fool you – it’s also home to some of the most beautiful, unique accommodations in the world. Great Northern Resort, for example, offers lodging, guided whitewater rafting and fishing trips, and full wedding facilities.
All these things combine to make your visit to GNP comfortable, luxurious, and unforgettable. Planning a wedding? What better place to say “I do” than on a hill overlooking the beautiful trees and mountains of Glacier National Park?
Planning Your Trip to Glacier
If you’ve been waiting to visit Glacier or Northwest Montana, don’t wait another day to plan your adventure. Great Northern Resort is here to help you access the amenities and attractions you want so you can enjoy a truly unforgettable experience. Contact us today to book a room or learn more about our trips and amenities.