Mike Chowla
Glacier National Park:

Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park had been on my bucket list for a long time. The park is in one of the most remote corners of the lower 48 states and has a short visiting season. The main road across the park, Going-to-the-Sun Road, doesn't fully open most years till late June or early July as it takes months to plow away all the winter snows. The snows will start again in September.

Glacier has extremely dramatic mountain scenery with its deep glacial cut valleys. It's dubbed the "Crown of the Continent" both for its scenery and well as its rich wilderness ecosystem. Most of the park is true wilderness and can be only accessed by via trail. Driving Going-to-the-Sun Road provides the only access to the interior of the park that most visitors will see. The views from the road are stunning. There are a couple other areas, such as Many Glacier and Two Medicine, that has have roads that go part way into the park. The Many Glacier Valley is a can't miss part of the park as the landscape is striking.