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The Going To The Sun Road
The Going To The Sun Road in Glacier National Park is unquestionably one of the world’s most scenic highways, and is an absolute “Must See” while vacationing in Glacier Park. Located in the heart of Glacier Park, the 52 mile long Going To The Sun Road is the only road that actually runs through the park, which makes this iconic road one of the most popular destinations in all of Glacier National Park. The Going To The Sun Road is also “Number 1” on our “Top Ten Things To Do In Glacier National Park” list.
Completed in 1932, the Going To The Sun Road in Glacier National Park is an engineering marvel as it climbs thousands of feet from the valley floor to its highest point at Logan Pass. Not only is the Going To The Sun Road a National Historic Landmark, but is also a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. This is one of the only landmarks in the United States that are both. One of the amazing features of this incredible highway is that it works its way up several thousand feet to Logan Pass, and then back down the other side, with only one switchback the entire way!
The Going To The Sun Road runs from West Glacier Montana, which is the West Entrance to Glacier National Park, all the way to the East Entrance of Glacier National Park at St. Mary Montana, 52 miles to the east. The views from the Going To The Sun Road are magnificent to say the least, and we highly recommend that you not only take advantage of the many pullouts along the way, but also make sure you drive this famous highway BOTH WAYS. Each direction presents a completely different view of the landscape, and are equally worth the effort to enjoy. If you only drive one direction, you’re missing out on literally half the view.
Below is a list of the major Going To The Sun Road Pullouts:
(From West to East)
Lake McDonald Lodge
Sacred Dancing Cascades
Trail of the Cedars
West Side Smaller Pullouts
East Side Smaller Pullouts
Jackson Glacier Overlook
St. Mary Falls / Virginia Falls Trailhead
Wild Goose Island
St. Mary Lake Overlook
St. Mary Visitor Center
These major pullouts provide incredible views, as well as a place to stop the car and relax for awhile.
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As we mentioned before, the Going To The Sun Road is one of the most scenic highways on earth, and is a 100%, absolute “Must Do” while visiting Glacier National Park. And again, we highly recommend that you drive this famous road BOTH WAYS because the scenery is completely different each way.
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