Glacier National Park Itinerary

For Families

Best Time To Visit

The best time to visit is between the months of July and mid-September. These months have the best weather and all park resources and roads are open to visitors.

Glacier National Park With Kids

It's truly magnificent and breathtaking and many of the best views and waterfalls require a hike in order to get to them, so it's best to be selective  when it comes to choosing kid-friendly hikes.

DAY 1:

Begin driving the Going-to-the-Sun Road and follow the signs to Apgar Village and head to the shore of Lake McDonald. Stop at Lake McDonald Lodge and then hike Trail of the Cedars and Avalanche Lake Trail.

Trail of the Cedars is a popular loop trail located 5 miles east of Lake Mc Donald Lodge. Round trip length is 0.9 miles and it takes about 45 minutes. It's an easy, flat hike with plenty of scenery and shade.

Trail of the Cedars

DAY 2:

You’ll soon reach Logan Pass, which is the highest elevation on Going-to-the-Sun Road. Then hike Hidden Lake Overlook, followed by St. Mary Lake boat tour and Baring Falls hike.

Most visitors walk at least the beginning portion of this moderately difficult raised wooden boardwalk trail, but you’re missing out by not hiking the 2.7 miles (round trip) to Hidden Lake.

Hidden Lake Overlook

DAY 3:

I recommend customizing Day 3 to your family's needs. If you’re up to seeing more of the park head to the Many Glacier area, or perhaps you’d like to add in some adventure via horseback rides or a rafting trip.

There can be big temperature changes when going from lower to higher elevations so be sure to pack layers.  Gas is not available anywhere on the Going to the Sun Road so be sure to fill up ahead of time.


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