The Going to the Sun Highway
On this tour you will brave the hairpin turns and dizzying vistas of historic “Going to the Sun Road” to cross the Continental Divide and reach Glacier’s wild, alpine highlands. This highway, completed in 1932, is a National Historic Landmark and an awe-inspiring feat of engineering. As you climb you will truly feel like you are “going to the sun.” You will be inspired by the beauty around you, the clear, sparkling quality of the air, and the clean, icy waterfalls splashing down the rocky mountainsides above you.
Bring your camera and binoculars. Keep an eye out for mountain goats and other wildlife. Be sure to stop at the Logan Pass Visitor Center to learn more about the rugged, alpine world surrounding you.
You will get the most out of this tour if you plan to stop frequently and stretch your legs . Visit historic Lake McDonald Lodge and spend some time at McDonald Creek Falls. Bring some good walking shoes and hike the nature trails you find along the way, like the “Trail of the Cedars” at Avalanche Creek. Many of the trails are quick to accomplish and not too strenuous. Walking them will give you an intimate, interactive awareness of Glacier Park and its incredible, beautiful diversity. Each of the trails has uniquely inspiring qualities from the ancient cedar forest at Avalanche Creek, to the polished, sinuous curves of the rock walls at Avalanche Gorge, and the high mountain drama of Logan Pass’s “Hidden Lakes Trail.” Be sure to talk to our Whitefish KOA staff for personalized tour recommendations based on your specific needs and interests.
ln 1932, Glacier National Park was linked with Canada’s Waterton Lakes National Park to form Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, the first of its kind in the world. This status of shared stewardship between nations manifests the ideal that peoples of the world can set aside their differences to work cooperatively for the well being of all life. Glacier Park is important to science, protecting one of the largest, most intact, and biodiverse ecosystems in the lower 48 states. Because of this, in 1979, the United Nations designated Waterton-Glacier the world’s first International Biosphere Reserve. In 1995, UNESCO further recognized the park’s international importance by designating it a World Heritage Site.
The beautiful and diverse lands that comprise Glacier National Park have always been sacred to the Blackfeet Tribe and other indigenous nations. They are no less sacred today.
Note : Because of the steep winding roads, motorhomes, trailers and other vehicles over 21 feet long (Including bumpers) or 8 feet wide (including mirrors) are prohibited.
The largest vehicles on the road will be part of Glacier’s historic fleet of canvas-topped, convertible tour buses. These bright red “jammer” buses provide commercial tours of “Going to the Sun” and other highways and attractions throughout Glacier Park.
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If You Want to See More Before You Return
Return Route Option 1
Return Route Option 2