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Summer Adventures

A year round vacation destination, Montana has something to offer everyone.

Montana Summer Adventures make memories that last a lifetime.

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Rieke’s Bayside Gallery

Owned and operated by Gary and Tammy Riecke, the gallery is located in downtown Bigfork, which is situated in northwest Montana on Flathead Lake. Only 70 miles from the National Bison Range and 35 miles from Glacier National Park, Bigfork is known for it's excellent dining, fine art galleries, and one of the best regional theatres in the Northwest. We feature some of the finest area artists as well as nationally known artists from all over the United States. We are proud to share them with you.

Going to the Sun Road

The Going-to-the-Sun Road was completed in 1932 and is a spectacular 50 mile, paved two-lane highway that bisects the park east and west. It spans the width of Glacier National Park, crossing the Continental Divide at 6,646-foot-high Logan Pass. It passes through almost every type of terrain in the park, from large glacial lakes and cedar forests in the lower valleys to windswept alpine tundra atop the pass. Scenic viewpoints and pullouts line the road, so motorists can stop for extended views and photo opportunities.

Three Forks Grille (10 miles)

Providing handmade dishes that combine quality Montana grown products and Mediterranean ingredients fusing traditional and contemporary culinary trends. With a focus on fresh and local ingredients visitors will find a a cozy atmosphere accompanied by menu that is sustainable, seasonal, and delicious.

Apgar Village (7 miles)

Apgar is located on the west side of the park about one mile in from the West Entrance. Apgar has one of the most popular campgrounds in Glacier Park, and is always quite filled. Apgar Village is also home to a visitors' center, a general store, and a large gift shop. Apgar Village is also the starting point for almost all Red Jammer bus tours on the Going-to-the-Sun Road. Apgar's campground is connected to the village by a road, and a bike path through the woods, in which smaller wildlife can be seen.

Bicycling

Western Montana by bike is the perfect way to cover our epic terrain while breathing in the fresh mountain air. Clip in for a multi-day cycling adventure, pedal up the awe-inspiring Going-to-the-Sun Road, shred a single-track mountain biking trail or find a family-friendly path like the Route of the Hiawatha or the Bitterroot Trail.

Bigfork & Flathead Lake (32 miles)

There's nothing more thrilling than seeing Bigfork in the summertime as visitors come from all over America and the world to see the sights and play. With access to pristine rivers, world-renowned national parks, wildlife, nightlife, the largest natural lake in the western United States, sky-high mountains, a championship golf course, storybook scenery, world-class theater and more, there's a reason we live for this season!

Camas Creek (12 miles south of park)

The Camas Creek Trail is a lightly maintained trail that runs through meadows of tall grasses and Douglas-fir woodlands to Trout Lake. It is a favored route for horseback packing accessing the Camas Creek Valley.

Columbia Falls or The Gateway to Glacier (10 miles)

A gateway to Glacier National Park, Columbia Falls is just 15 minutes from the park's west entrance. This lively Montana town—home to locally owned shops, restaurants, a brewery and a popular summer farmers market—is an ideal launching point for recreating in Glacier National Park, floating the Flathead River, playing on Flathead Lake and exploring 2 million acres in the Flathead National Forest.

Crown of the Continent (1/2 Mile)

The Crown of the Continent Discovery Center is located at 12000 US Highway 2; just a mile and a half from the west entrance to Glacier National Park. We have a coffee & spirits bar, ice cream parlor, gift and outdoor gear shop, information and activity booking center and horseback riding corral trips available on the property. Additionally, we are surrounded on all sides by business partners that offer helicopter tours, hiking, fishing, whitewater rafting and lodging, making the Discovery Center the ideal one stop shop for your Crown of the Continent adventure vacation!

Fishing

Montana is legendary for its outstanding fly fishing and the waters that surround Glacier National Park are no exception. At least once, you should treat yourself to their extraordinary fly fishing adventure while visiting Glacier National Park. We offer daily and multi-day guided trips on the beautiful North and Middle Forks of the Flathead River, and multi-day trips into the Great Bear Wilderness to fish the acclaimed Upper Middle Fork.

Glacier National Park (1/2 Mile)

A hiker’s paradise, Glacier National Park provides an exceptional back-country experience, the perfect summer vacation for families and adventurers.

Grand Teton National Park (540 miles)

Few landscapes in the world are as striking and memorable as that of Grand Teton National Park. Grand Teton has a lot to offer whatever your interests. Mountains, valleys, lakes, rivers and skies are home to diverse and abundant forests, wildflowers and wildlife. The park also has a rich cultural history with old homesteads and cattle ranches to explore and photograph. Walk on a trail built by the Civilian Conservation Corps or one that American Indians or fur trappers might have used in the 1820s. Ride a bike or paddle a canoe. There is something for everyone.

Hiking and Backpacking

Over half of the visitors to Glacier National Park report taking a hike. With over 700 miles of trail providing outstanding opportunities for both short hikes and extended backpacking trips, there is something for everyone interested.

HUNGRY HORSE RESERVOIR (15 miles)

Hungry Horse Dam is on the South Fork of the Flathead River, 15 miles south of the west entrance to Glacier National Park and 20 miles northeast of Kalispell, Montana. The dam was built as part of the Hungry Horse Project to provide hydroelectric power and flood control. At 564 feet, the dam is the 10th highest in the U.S. In addition to static and interactive exhibits that cover local area history and the construction of Hungry Horse Dam, the Visitor Center offers free tours of the dam's crest.

Kalispell (25 miles)

Kalispell and the Flathead Valley are home to Glacier National Park, Flathead Lake, championship golf courses, two ski resorts, unlimited trails for hiking and lakes and streams for fishing, outstanding arts and culture, charming small towns and warm western hospitality.

Kayaking

Whether you're looking to park and surf, float, or run the river, Western Montana is a prime kayaking destination. And with rivers like the Clark Fork, Blackfoot, Kootenai and Middle Fork of the Flathead, our region provides plenty of paddling options. You can also kayak many of our lakes.

Meadow Lake Golf and Winter Resort (10 miles)

Visit Meadow Lake Resort, the premiere Montana Golf and Ski Resort located just minutes to Big Mountain at Whitefish, Glacier National Park and Flathead Lake. Meadow Lake Resort features hotel accommodations, condominium rentals and vacation rentals as well as a recreation center with pools, hot tub and fitness room. Spend your day being pampered at our full-service Spa at Meadow Lake day spa, play 18 holes at the championship Meadow Lake Golf Course or simply relax with family and friends in our picturesque Montana vacation resort setting. Plan your next Montana Vacation at Meadow lake Resort.

Meadow Lake Resort

Visit Meadow Lake Resort, the premiere Montana Golf and Ski Resort located just minutes to Big Mountain at Whitefish, Glacier National Park and Flathead Lake. Meadow Lake Resort features hotel accomodations, condominium rentals and vacation rentals as well as a recreation center with pools, hot tub and fitness room. Spend your day being pampered at our full-service Spa at Meadow Lake day spa, play 18 holes at the championship Meadow Lake Golf Course or simply relax with family and friends in our picturesque Montana vacation resort setting. Plan your next Montana Vacation at Meadow lake Resort.

Pocketstone Cafe (32 miles)

The Pocketstone Cafe on Electric Avenue in Bigfork Village is open every day (except Christmas), serving breakfast from 6:00 AM and lunch from 11:00. Owners Karie Stidham and David and Carolyn Vale offer up “Home cooking from a simpler time,” with virtually everything they serve made from scratch on the premises. It’s a Pocketstone goal that every customer should gasp after the first bite and exclaim, “I never realized simple home cooking could taste so good!”

River Running

Seize the opportunity to turn your experience in and around Glacier National Park from just another pretty driving tour to an adventure you’ll treasure for a lifetime! Glacier Raft Company is Montana’s longest running and most experienced river outfitter, operating at the West Entrance to Glacier National Park for four decades. We help you make the most of your trip to Glacier National Park by offering some of the best white water rafting Montana has to offer, world-class Montana fly fishing tours, unique West Glacier lodging in our Glacier National Park cabins, and gear rentals and expert local tips for the Park from our Outdoor Center.

The Jammer’s (Red Bus Tour)

The famous Red Buses serve as an ideal way to see and learn more about Glacier National Park. In fact, the vintage 1930s buses are part of the human history and heritage of the park. As much of the park’s scenery is vertically oriented, the roll-back tops are perfect for providing full views of the stunning mountains, and the area’s signature Big Sky. The guides are seasoned park veterans, who are here because they love the park and enjoy sharing the park with visitors.

Waterton National Park

Waterton Lakes National Park is in southern Alberta, Canada, bordering Montana’s Glacier National Park. It’s known for its chain of lakes, including the large Upper and Middle Waterton lakes, flanked by the Rocky Mountains. The Red Rock Parkway crosses the prairie to the small Red Rock Canyon. Bison graze near the Bison Paddock Loop Road. In Waterton village, a pathway offers close-up views of Cameron Falls.

Whitefish Amtrak Station (18 miles)

Planning a rail vacation has never been easier. Just make one phone call and let Amtrak Vacations do it all. We'll arrange for your train tickets, hotel reservations, car rental, sightseeing and more. Then you can sit back and enjoy the scenery and the comforts of the train as you travel to one of our many vacation destinations. Amtrak makes getting to your destination an enjoyable, memorable part of the trip.

Whitefish Mountain Resort (18 miles)

Whitefish Mountain Resort, in northwest Montana, is noted for its laid-back vibe, world-class skiing, and unbeatable value. The resort sees an average of 300 inches of snow on its 3,000 acres, and is as well known for a pleasant lack of lift lines as for its consistently good snow conditions. When the snow melts, Whitefish Mountain Resort becomes home to thrilling zip lines and an alpine slide, world-class downhill and cross-country mountain biking, and the unique Walk in the Treetops, in addition to spectacular hiking, water sports, fly fishing, whitewater rafting, Glacier National Park, and more available in the greater Whitefish area.

Yellowstone National Park (430 miles)

Visit Yellowstone and experience the world's first national park. Marvel at a volcano’s hidden power rising up in colorful hot springs, mudpots, and geysers. Explore mountains, forests, and lakes to watch wildlife and witness the drama of the natural world unfold. Discover the history that led to the conservation of our national treasures “for the benefit and enjoyment of the people.”
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