Landscapes so big and open and rugged that they stretch your soul. Craggy peaks jutting into the sky and the resident mountain goats to match. A gravity defying two-lane road named, appropriately enough, the Going-to-the-Sun Road. With wildflowers, alpine vistas and waterfalls along the way, this will be an experience that you won’t forget. Pull over when you can and take it all in. It’s why you came, take some time to enjoy it.
Glacier National Park, together with the Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada, form the world’s first International Peace Park. But in this rugged section of the northern Rockies, exhilaration is the universal language. Mountain goats cling to craggy, glacier carved peaks. Pie is served fresh daily in a small town. And drivers watch the scenery unfold beyond their knuckles as they drive along a road that defies words.
If there’s one defining feature of this place it’s the engineering wonder known as the Going-to-the-Sun Road. This spectacular 50-mile highway clings to the edge of the world as cars—and bikes—cross over the Continental Divide at Logan Pass. Along the way, don’t be surprised if resident wildlife shares the road with you. After all, the same remote solitude you’re seeking is what attracted them here in the first place. Then unwind in a comfortable wooden chair at the Lake McDonald Lodge. As you pass through the gates and leave the park, you may also be a changed person.
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