By Susan Hanson
Originally appeared in the April/May 2016 issue of Virtuoso Traveler
Humans have inhabited Montana’s glacier region for more than 10,000 years, and Native American tribes consider its soaring peaks, vast prairies, and glacier-carved valleys to be sacred ground. Spread across 1 million acres, the park’s diverse habitats remain the only place in the continental U.S. to harbor all of the predators that were present when Europeans first arrived. Experience its spectacular landscape on the 50-mile-long Going-to-the-Sun Road, a National Historic Landmark in its own right.
“While you’re in Glacier Country, take advantage of nearby Flathead and Whitefish lakes to go paddleboarding, kayaking, Jet Skiing, tubing, and waterskiing,” says Caroline Bach Wood. “The Whitefish Trail offers great biking opportunities; in mid-July, Flathead cherries begin to ripen.”
WHY GO NOW:
While some 150 glaciers were present in 1850, just 25 remain today. Scientists predict that, under current conditions, the last icy mass for which the park is named will disappear by 2030.
KIDS WILL LOVE:
From late June through early September, members of the Blackfeet and other local tribes share their history and culture through music, dance, and storytelling as part of the park’s annual Native America Speaks series.
A customizable six-day journey with Austin Adventures
has families rafting along the Flathead River, hiking Grinnell Glacier, visiting Running Eagle Falls, and hearing the Blackfeet tale of the female warrior for whom the falls was named.
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Photo Credits: (Lake McDonald) James Hayes/iStock, (Biker) Buddy Mays/Alamy, (Skiers) GlovTech/iStock
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