Camping in the Switzerland of America - Glacier National Park
by Arshpreet Multani
March 20, 2019
Glacier National Park was once known as the Switzerland of America, which is not very difficult to believe. From mountain goats, to grizzly bears, Glacier National Park is home to a wide range of beautiful animals. This national park holds a ton of different aspects to explore, and adventure around. Follow this guide to help you decide whether your next travel destination will be in Glacier!
Glacier National Park is located in the breathtaking wilderness of Montana's Rocky Mountains. The park has an activity for anyone, and everyone: tourists can choose from a wide array of activities to partake in, from backpacking, camping, bicycling, and dozens of trails for hike enthusiasts. Glacier is open year round, and if you prefer a quieter environment, consider traveling here during the off season. There are perks for just about any season:
Fall: An amazing time to visit, but be weary that facilities will start to close for the season.
Winter: The beautiful snowfall provides the visitors with the option of going on a skiing adventure!
Spring: Lasts a for a short period, but grants tourists with a serene and quiet escape.
- Apar Campground: The largest site contains hookups, toilets, grills, disposal stations, and it even includes amphitheaters for naturalist talks. Since its prime lakeside location, many campers flock to this campground. Typically fills up by 8-9am in the summer. 194 sites, $20/night.
- Fish Creek Campground: A very large campground that can be reserved up to 6 months in advance. 178 sites, $23/night.
Activities in Glacier
Hike: For a short stroll, aim for the Trail of Cedars Nature Trail. Visitors who prefer a moderate hike can choose the Avalanche Lake as there hike destination. For those who crave a more challenging hike, head over to Cracker Lake Hike, and Iceberg Lake.
Visit Wild Goose Island: Famous for its feature in The Shining and Forrest Gump, Wild Goose Island is one of the top photographed areas in this park.
Guided tours: If you are interested in exploring this park, grab your friends and family and choose from boat tours, bus tours, guided hikes, and even raft tours.
- Make a point to visit the Going-to-the-Sun Road (extremely packed during the day, visit very early in the morning or late in the evening), as well as visiting Two Medicine Lake during sunrise. You won’t regret it!
Pro-tip: Carry bear spray with you at all times.
Hungry? Head over to the popular Apgar village or Rising Sun, a less crowded area with limitless dining and shopping options.
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