Photo Essay: Going to the Sun in Glacier National Park

Going to the Sun Road in Glacier National Park

Last Updated on 10/27/20 by Rose Palmer

I think that the Going-to-the-Sun-Road in Glacier National Park, Montana passes through some of the most stunning scenery of any National Park in the US.  Here are 25 photos to inspire your next visit

Early morning reflection on Lake McDonald
The power of McDonald Falls
The park’s historic Red Buses, parked in front of the Lake McDonald Lodge, provide a variety of scenic tour options
The veranda of the Lake McDonald Lodge looks out over the lake and is a great place to relax and take in the view with a cup of coffee in the early morning
Trail of the Cedars is an accessible walk that takes you through the beautiful hemlock forest
As the road takes you up ever higher, the views into the valley are spectacular
Haystack Creek tumbles down the side of the mountain into a series of cascades
A classic Glacier NP photo – the Red Bus and the Garden Wall Ridge in the distance
The Garden Wall was formed when two glaciers ground down on either side, forming a knife edge ridge
The Going -To -The-Sun-Road clings to the side of the mountains as it winds its way uphill to Logan Pass
At the end of June, the wildflowers and the snow are still battling it out at Logan Pass
By the end of summer, the snow in Logan Pass is gone and the land is covered with a different kind of color
The hike to Hidden Lake passes stunningly colored geology
The hike to Hidden Lake is well worth the view
Jackson Glacier can easily be seen from the road
As the sun sets, the scenery gets a completely different look
The little Wild Goose Island in Saint Mary Lake is a popular photography subject, especially at sunset
I am betting that amazing sun sets are a common occurrence
The last rays of the sun produce a brilliant sunset and its reflection in Saint Mary Lake
Sunrises aren’t too shabby either – this one is over the Swiftcurent lake
The Many Glacier Hotel has rooms with some of the best views in the park
Early morning is also a great time to go kayaking on the Swiftcurrent Lake
The hike to Grimmel Glacier is worth the effort, even if only for a few miles
In early summer, wildflowers add color to the already impressive landscape
And finally, if you are lucky, you’ll get to see a mama bear and her cubs – from really far away

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