Five Days on the East Side of Glacier National Park.

You bought new hiking boots (and broke them in). You've pored over pictures of Glacier on social media (#glaciernps). You've convinced your friends and family to join you on the trip of a lifetime (no pressure) and you've booked your five night stay at the Park Cabin Company (great choice). 

Now it's time to fill your five days on the east side with the best the area has to offer. Read on for some of our not-to-be-missed destinations and experiences.

 The view of Grinnell Point from the porch of the Many Glacier Hotel.

The view of Grinnell Point from the porch of the Many Glacier Hotel.

Hike. A lot. Between Many Glacier, the Going-to-the-Sun Road and Two Medicine, there are miles of awe-inspiring and easily accessible trails for all ages and abilities. Check out these great east side hikes suggested by our friends at Glacier Guides & Montana Raft.

 Chief Two Guns crossing Swiftcurrent Lake in Many Glacier.

Chief Two Guns crossing Swiftcurrent Lake in Many Glacier.

Have a picnic at Sun Point. This newly reopened trail head and picnic area along the Going-to-the-Sun Road is a great lunch spot. Complete with benches, bathrooms and ample parking, a picnic at Sun Point is a fun and convenient way to conclude a hike.  

Take a boat tour with the Glacier Park Boat Company. Hop aboard one of their historic vessels and experience incredible vantage points of the park that can only be seen by water. Tours are available in Many Glacier, St. Mary and Two Medicine. We recommend visiting their website to purchase tickets in advance.

Sip a huckleberry margarita on the porch of the historic Many Glacier Hotel. In our humble opinion, this is the best way to cap off a day spent hiking some of the most scenic trails in Glacier. With iconic views of Grinnell Point, frequent wildlife sightings and a total lack of cell service, we won't be surprised if relaxing on the Many Glacier Hotel porch is a highlight of your trip.

 St. Mary Overlook - St. Mary, Montana

St. Mary Overlook - St. Mary, Montana

Learn about the cultural and ecological history of the St. Mary Valley from the St. Mary Overlook. Located on the Blackfeet Reservation, approximately two miles south of St. Mary on Hwy 89, this picturesque viewing area features striking iron teepees designed by artist Duane After Buffalo. The aftermath of the Red Eagle & Reynolds Creek Fires can be seen in charred stands of trees and the new vegetation beginning to line their undergrowth.

For more info on what to add to your itinerary, check out the information on our Visit page.