Best Views in Glacier National Park
Best Glacier National Park Views & Viewpoints
Grab your camera because we are taking you to the best views in Glacier National Park! We know you are going to need pictures to share with your friends and family when you return home from your vacation to northwest Montana. So get out of the car, stretch your legs, and whip out your camera!
Here is your list of our top views and viewpoints in Glacier National Park so you can maximize your time and get the best photos of the incredible natural setting we have in our backyard. You might even want to check out our Things to do in West Glacier blog before departing!
- Going-to-the-Sun Road
- Hidden Lake Overlook
- Bowman Lake
1. Going-to-the-Sun Road
You’ve seen pictures or heard stories and now it’s your chance to snap that shot of a lifetime! There are plenty of opportunities and pull-outs all one the Going-To-The-Sun Road to snap pictures and enjoy the endless beauty around you! Big Bend is a nice place to pull off and snap pictures. Enjoy the wonderful beargrass or countless wildflowers that fill the ground around this area. Heck hopefully you can even still throw a snowball while you’re up towards Logan Pass!
Going-To-The-Sun Road has 360 degree views and will take your breath away more than once. I mean our family has lived here our whole lives and we are still amazed by the view everytime we go. It’s the trip your kids will talk about for years to come and hopefully be able to come back and explore again.
2. Hidden Lake Overlook
Embark on the Hidden Lake Overlook trail right from the Logan Pass Visitor Center parking lot. This 2.7 mi out and back hike is well-traveled and would be considered an easy hike. Walk past the visitor center and onto the boardwalk. You maybe will even see a Mountain goat or two, maybe some other wildlife while you head on in. There is no shortage of scenery in your 540 ft of elevation gain. If you hit this trail early enough in the summer you will also get to enjoy some of the snowfall that keeps everything green and lush for us to be able to enjoy in the summer. Parking is limited in the season so you will want to start early so you can snag a spot or use the free shuttle system in the park. There’s nothing hidden once you get to the lookout as you will have panoramic views as well as Bearhat Mountain as the prominent feature above Hidden Lake.
This trail is wide open and fully exposes the hanging garden as you walk along which makes this hike unique. The boardwalk is also nice and helps people of all hiking ages and abilities to explore one of Glacier’s most popular hikes.
3. Bowman Lake
There’s just so much to see under the big sky while you are here! Hopefully someone’s let you know about or Google has pointed you in the direction of exploring Polebridge. Polebridge is a quaint town off the beaten path but definitely worth the trip! You can travel to Polebridge a few ways but all routes here lead you to the Polebridge Mercantile. Stop in for a few fresh baked goodies- you also must indulge in a FAMOUS huckleberry bear claw. And I mean may as well vacation calories don’t count…heck get two! You can drive beyond the merch to venture on up to Bowman Lake. You can drive right up to the lake and jump in that cold Glacier water or even just enjoy the views from the shore. If you’re really feeling adventurous you can take the hike from Bowman Lake up to Quartz Lake Loop while you’ve made the trip. This trail is long and hard, making a total loop of 12.8 miles.
Bowman is kind of a hidden gem in Glacier so it’s nice to enjoy as it can be less crowded than other lakes and trails you read about when you’re planning your trip. A so-called ‘insider scoop’ if you will!
Get a View From the Treetops at Glacier Highline
These are just a few of the viewpoints that are worth your while when you are here. Now some bad news…. You won’t be able to fit everything in during your stay. Our days are long in the summer months but still just not enough daylight to pack in all we have to offer here. So when planning just make sure first, Glacier Highline is on your list of course and the rest of your days will fall into place. The good news is there’s plenty to do here to do on family vacations in Montana and it will require a second trip to Glacier I’m just sure of it! Most people honestly start planning their next trip before they even leave from the first!
If you’re looking for an amazing, family-friendly activity near Glacier National Park, check out our aerial adventure course at Glacier Highline. High-flyin’ fun, we offer great outdoor fun at our adventure park for everyone in your group!