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Mesmerizing Attractions in Glacier National Park You Need to Visit

Loveleena Rajeev Oct 03, 2019
Glacier National Park is located on the Montana-Canada border. It is a preferred holiday destination for many US citizens, with over 2 million visiting it annually. Home to various fun filled attractions, activity duration can range from one day to almost a week.

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Glacier National Park covers 1.2 million acres of wild, forested land. The park has 130 named lakes, and 25 active glaciers.
In 1932, in spirit of the friendship and solidarity between the USA and Canada, the parks were unified into the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, the first of its kind in the world.

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Attractions in Glacier National Park

The delightful scenery and abundant wildlife of the Glacier Parks offer visitors numerous activities and attractions to enjoy.

Weeping Wall

This wall is actually a cliff, only a few feet away from another attraction, the 'Going-to-the-Sun Road'. Depending on temperatures and snow melt, the water seeps out of the pores, either mildly or with a gush.

Garden Wall

This is a rough sharp edge of a cliff, that has glaciers on both sides. Waters from the glacier on the west flow into the Pacific Ocean, and waters from the glacier on the east flow into the Atlantic. This geological division is known as the Continental Divide.

Logan Pass and Hidden Lake Nature Trail

Logan Pass is the highest point on the Sun Road, and falls along the Continental Divide. From here one can clearly see the Hidden Lake Nature Trail, and tread towards it. The nature trail is a three-mile trip, starting from a boardwalk, and winding through wildflowers and patches of snow, culminating at the location from where one can view the Hidden Lake.

Going-to-the-Sun Road

One of the main attractions of the park, this 5-mile road stretch offers dozens of waterfalls, blue lakes, lovely mountaintop meadows, and a beautiful view of the valley far below. For those who prefer to enjoy the view rather than concentrate on the winding road, there are fleets of red buses available.

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Lake McDonald

The park's largest lake, 10 miles long and nearly 500 feet deep, is the most preferred destination for fishing, hiking, and wildlife viewing. The lake is at the foothills of the Apgar Range, and home to the grizzly and black bears.
One can view the 25-foot cascade McDonald Falls about a mile north of the lake. The Trail of the Cedars is another 0.7 mile trail around the lake, and as it has a boardwalk and paved trails, it's an easy hike for families with older people and children.

St. Mary Valley

This valley is located east of Logan Pass, and offers memorable views of snow-capped peaks, and the Saint Mary Lake.

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The Saint Mary Lake is the second-largest lake in the park, and stretches to its easternmost border. About two miles off the trail is the St. Mary Falls, and another half mile away, between a series of hills, is the Virginia Falls.
Apart from the mentioned attractions, there is also the Two Medicine Valley, which includes colorful geological formations, crystalline lakes, and dramatic waterfalls.
The Waterton Lakes National Park is on Canada's side, and is easily accessible via a small border checkpoint. The park offers its visitors a beautiful way to spend the summers and some exotic and breathtaking views.