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 quiltripping

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

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