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Going-to-the-Sun Road: West Glacier to Saint Mary

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Glacier National Park

Going-to-the-Sun Road: West Glacier to Saint Mary is a 49.9 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near West Glacier, Montana that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for road biking and scenic driving and is best used from May until November.

Length 49.9 mi Elevation gain 4,429 ft Route type Point to Point
Kid friendly Road biking Scenic driving Forest Lake Paved Views Waterfall Wild flowers Wildlife
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Going-to-the-Sun Road in Montana's Glacier National Park spans 50 miles through the park's wild interior, winding around mountainsides and treating visitors to some of the best sights in northwest Montana and the whole US. Open Season Portions of Going-to-the-Sun Road remain open all year and provide access to many locations and activities. The opening of the alpine portion varies, based on snowfall and plowing progress. There is no set date for the road to open. Typically the road has been fully open in late June or early July. Closing portions of Going-to-the-Sun Road is also weather dependent. Typically the road is fully open until the third Monday of October, but that can change due to weather conditions at any point.

Ample parking along the route, with major parking near Lake McDonald, Logan's Pass VC, and St. Mary VC. Also camping, lodging, etc. Detailed info here: http://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/hours.htm http://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/reservations.htm

Going to the Sun detailed FAQs: http://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/gttsrfaq.htm Construction: http://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/gtsrtop10.htm Glacier National Park Park Headquarters PO Box 128 West Glacier, MT 59936 Visitor Information (406) 888-7800

Going to the Sun Road in Glacier National Park is in the northwest corner of Montana along the spine of the Rocky Mountains. West Entrance Near Kalispell, Whitefish, and Columbia Falls, the West Entrance accesses the Lake McDonald area, Park Headquarters, the Apgar Visitor Center and the west entry point to the Going-to-the-Sun-Road. From Kalispell, take Highway 2 north to West Glacier (approximately 33 miles).

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Aoife W
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Scenic drivingGreat!

We arrived in the park around 4pm and went as far as St Mary Lake, stopping a number of times for pictures. There was a grizzly bear right at the end, he had been on the road and took off towards the lake down below! Very scenic drive, would recommend. Also no traffic at that time on a Tuesday.

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Taren Mordas
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The road to St Marys was closed so we made it as far as Sun Rise before having to turn around.

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Clark Smith
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Borys Bilan
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Super dissipaointed. Waited in line to get in in thr car for about 35 min and they just said turn around and try to come back later, maybe it will be less cars

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Will Bowling
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Great views best to drive on the weekdays!

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Praneeth Naramsetti
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Dario Roycewicz
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Mountain bikingGreat!

Insane views and my favorite place so far! 100% recommend! Make sure to get your cars inspected before you drive up! Seen couple cars break down.

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Karen Duncan
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Scenic drivingBugsGreat!

Amazing experience! Currently, Going to the Sun is open from the West entrance to Rising Sun, past Logan's Pass. the scenery is truly breathtaking. If you love waterfalls you will be in your happy place. We made several stops and did a few hikes but be prepared for traffic, full parking lots and crowds. We couldn't get parking in Logan's Pass.

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Russ Linton
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A leisurely cruise through a landscape so absolutely breathtaking it verges on surreal. Every turn throws you into panoramic splendor for a once in a lifetime experience spoiled only by the parade of gawking drivers (don't worry, you'll be doing it too).

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pawan Raina
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beautiful drive! amazing views

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Heidi Heisterkamp
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Douglas Sears
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Scenic driving

stunning scenery and plenty of opportunities to stop, when the urge strikes. You SHOULD stop, anyway, and just soak in the beauty of the nature before you.

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Phill Diloné
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This road is currently close for maintenance. It started 9/15/19. I would suggest calling ahead to hear the recording with the latest updates. 406-888-7800. I came from the west and was trying to save time. I still got a hike in but it was a let down.

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Deb Monastra
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Aviva Vincent
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Stunning views! If you have a car option, take the one with 4 wheel drive if you’re going across the park. There’s some construction that our little car wasn’t thrilled with. Driver must be brave. Take advantage of the pull off view points!

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Maria Ribeiro
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Must do but not the best views in the park can be seen there. Edit: It improves incredibly on a sunny day!

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Frolicking Flamingo
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Good

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Stef O
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Wonderful road! Started early afternoon from West Glacier and stopped several times. It was the scenic route to get to the other side. Logan Pass was a good stopping point for information and restroom. Im not sure how you can go to Glacier without doing this drive!!

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DeWayne Hansen
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Scenic driving

I was lucky the second day, the clouds cleared off. The first day it was all cloudy, making hard to drive over the top. Was a great view the second day. Lots of waterfalls.

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Gregory Baskwell
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We took this road for about 1.5hrs, beginning at St. Mary and ending at Lake McDonald. The views are incredible. You can make a whole day trip out of pulling over every couple miles to take pictures.

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nayyef Hrebid
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very beautiful. I enjoy every moment drive in it

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Paige Palmer
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Absolutely gorgeous!!

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Dane Gainey
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Amazing

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Robert Davison
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the road of a lifetime

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Travis Bonnett
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Took a shuttle to the top and St Mary's East side. Total time from St Mary's side to Apgar visitors center is 2 hours 15 minutes via Shuttle. Highly advised to take it if you want to spend time taking pictures of the mountains and glaciers.

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Jack Ma
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Must do when at GNP. Make sure you allocate extra 2 to 3 hours to stop at each tourist point to take some pictures

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William Schultz
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The Mainland America “Road to Hana”. Get here super super early as the RV’s like to take their time, but who wouldn’t with the epic views! Note: They’re closing this road for a few weeks in September to finalize preservation of this wonderful road.

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Kelli Chamberlain
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Beautiful and so worth it. There are plenty of places to stop and take it the sights.

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Steve Olson
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One of the top 3 most beautiful drives I have EVER done, alongside with the Icefields Parkway in Banff/Jasper National Park and the Glacier Point road in Yosemite National Park. This drive is a must do!!! Gets busy on weekends and afternoons though so I would recommend early mornings for optimal experience!!

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