In 1885 George Bird Grinnell took a hunting trip in what is now northern Montana. Touched by its beauty, Grinnell called the area the “Crown of the Continent.” He then spent the next 20 years instituting the area into a national park. Years later in 1910, the area would become Glacier National Park making it the 10th national park in the United States.
Located in Montana, Glacier National Park provides over 1 million acres of beautiful land for exploration. Bordering Alberta and British Columbia, the park includes over 700 lakes, sections of two separate mountain ranges and has over 700 miles of trails for hiking. Alongside the beautiful scenery, you can find Glacier National Park lodging, many of which were built in the early 1900s. As of today, nearly 350 of the Swiss-styled buildings in the park have been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
With so much land to explore, Glacier National Park has more than enough opportunities for discovery not limited to hiking. These include wooden tour boats that date back to the ‘20s and the Red Jammers from the ‘30s — restored White Motor Company coaches. Glacier National Park is also amongst one of the best places for fly fishing in North America.
Though it is known for the Going to the Sun Road, Glacier National Park holds other majestic places for wandering. From the North Fork to Hidden Lake and Triple Divide Pass, to Chief Mountain and Grinnell Glacier, the park holds endless chances for visitors to experience a truly astonishing place.
Glacier National Park is also home to a wide variety of wildlife. In 2008, roughly 300 grizzly bears were living in the park. Among the grizzly, the wildlife in the park includes the Canadian lynx, black bears, wolverines, mountains goats, elk, moose, bighorn sheep, coyotes, mountain lions, river otters, badgers, mink, fish, and so much more.
Glacier National Park is a definite must for anyone seeking a breathtaking adventure.