Glacier National Park - Going to the Sun Road
Let me start off by saying that if you haven’t made it to Glacier National Park, then YOU HAVE TO. This park blew every single one of my expectations away! On this trip I was traveling with my pup. Even though the National Park services have a lot of restrictions on traveling through parks with your pet…that did not affect us seeing the beauty the park truly holds. Since we were limited on the hiking trails we could do (the only one we could do was the main bike trail), we decided to drive the Going-to- the-sun Road. You can access the road from either the West Glacier entrance or the Saint Mary entrance on the east side of the park….we started from West Glacier. The road stretches 32 miles (in one direction) across the park and has some of the most incredible views I have ever seen! As you travel along the road some of the main attractions you pass are Lake McDonald, Bird Woman falls, Weeping Wall, Jackson Glacier overlook and St. Mary Lake. Once we got to the St. Mary entrance we turned around and drove it in the opposite direction (64 miles round trip) in search of a camping spot. Campgrounds in the park tend to fill up fast in the summer months so I suggest getting there before 12 pm to the secure the one you want. Almost every campground was full by the time we reached the park (3 pm) but luckily we were able to get a spot at Avalanche Creek campground which was right along the Going-to- the-sun Road (it was beautiful…but I mean, isn’t everything in Glacier?!). If you aren’t an avid hiker, traveling with pets, or just want a leisurely way to enjoy the park then the Going-to- the-Sun Road is an incredible way to immerse yourself in Glacier’s natural beauty.
- Entrance fee: $30 per vehicle (7 days)
- Entrance fee: $15 per individual (7 days)
- America the beautiful pass: $80/year
- Campground fees: range from $10-$23/night. I HIGHLY recommend getting this pass! $80 one-time fee and you can get into ALL National Parks for a year.
- Avalanche creek (where we stayed): $20/night