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Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park in northwestern Montana is part of Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park — Glacier NP connects with Waterton Lakes National Park along the US/Alberta, Canada boarder.
Canada and the United States declared the two parks the world’s first International Peace Park in 1932. They are administered separately, with separate entrance fees.
Glacier National park was founded in 1910. Encompassing over 1,000,000 acres of glacier carved mountains and valleys, snow melt finds its way from here into the Pacific Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and Hudson Bay.
The Going-to-the-Sun Road, the only road that crosses the park, passes through spectacular scenery climbing to nearly 7,000 ft as it crosses the Continental Divide at Logan Pass.
Approximately 50 miles long from the west entrance near Columbia Falls to the east entrance at Saint Mary, the route was named for the nearby Going-to-the-Sun Mountain at its dedication at Logan Pass in 1933.
The two largest lakes in Glacier NP (out of more than 130 named lakes) provide dramatic scenery at each end of the route — Lake McDonald on the west side and Saint Mary Lake to the east. The following photo essay begins and ends with shots of these beautiful bodies of water.
Glacier National Park Pictures
The above photo of Lake McDonald was shot near the Apgar Visitor Center just inside the west entrance.
Lake McDonald is the largest lake in Glacier NP — approximately 10 miles long, 1 mile wide and 472 feet deep.
This sunset photo of Lake McDonald was shot on its north side near the mouth of Fish Creek and Fish Creek Campground.
Going-to-the-Sun Road parallels the south shoreline and begins climbing rapidly. There are many pull-outs along the two lane road to view the amazing scenery — a good thing since there are frequent switchbacks, steep drop-offs and many bike riders to watch out for.
Scenery along the Going-to-the-Sun Road
Here is a shot of mountains and valley from just beyond the first Going-to-the-Sun Road’s hairpin turn known as The Loop.