Glacier National Park is on our front doorstep and for over 60 years we’ve welcomed guests from all around the world to visit. In our small town of East Glacier, you’ll find a wide variety of homemade munchables. Bakeries, restaurants, coffee spots, and local favorites help make this town a special place for locals and visitors alike. A variety of gift shops featuring local crafts like homemade earrings, necklaces, spoons, t-shirts, art of all kinds and home spun pottery offer a shopper’s delight with a hometown twist. East Glacier is also home to the Glacier Park Lodge. This lodge is one of great lodges spread throughout Glacier Park. Visiting at least one of these lodges will take you back in time and allow you to think about how things used to be in a simpler age. The lodges are filled with stunning architecture, history, some modern amenities, restaurants and gift shops. The Two Medicine Lakes are one of the closest parts of Glacier Park to Bison Creek. A short 17 mile drive puts you in the parking lot of Middle Two Medicine Lake. Your Glacier Park pass will allow you entrance into this portion of the park as well as Many Glacier, Going to the Sun Road, West Glacier entrance, and up north in the Canadian portions of the park. Two Medicine offers camping, food, boat tours and rentals, a gift shop, spectacular views, 100s of miles of hiking, mountain peaks, wildlife, fishing, picnic areas, swimming holes and a ranger station with helpful folks to tell you all about the area. We suggest folks visiting Bison Creek and Glacier Park to experience Two Medicine, it’s a special place, and it’s called Two Medicine for a reason.
After Two Medicine, the twisty road Highway 49 (Looking Glass), carved out of the mountainside, is the shortest, not the quickest, drive to St.Mary’s. Here you will find the eastern entrance to the Going to the Sun Highway, Glacier Park visitor center, gift shops, tourist information, Logan’s Pass, 1,000s of miles of hiking, wildlife viewing and much more. It is not long into your drive on the Going to the Sun highway that you start your ascent up the narrow road cut into the mountain. Breathtaking views of nature at her best: emerald blue colored lakes, wild flowers of all colors, and trails to suit hikers of all ages, sizes and experience. St. Mary’s Lake offers the opportunity to take a dip and cool off during a hot summer’s day, take a boat trip, or enjoy the serenity of your surroundings. Take a classic photo of Wild Goose Island, the iconic island of Glacier National Park or hike to some of the World’s last remaining glaciers. The visitor center at the top of Logan’s Pass is filled with information about hikes, glaciers and much more. Coming down the other side you can visit Avalanche Creek, Hidden Lake, and the Trail of the Cedars. The Trail of the Cedars is a boardwalk path through a cedar grove with trees said to be over 500 years old. Just on down the road a bit more you’ll arrive along the shores of Lake McDonald, Lake McDonald Lodge and the Village of Apgar. Here you can visit gift shops, eateries, rent a boat, canoe, or paddle board, swim, fish, throw rocks, enjoy the views, ride bikes or camp. Past Apgar and along a dirt road you can visit the Polebridge Mercantile and find some tasty baked treats, camp, hike, raft and get a taste of time forgotten. The town of West Glacier also offers lots of food, gift shops, visitor information, and white water rafting. Follow Highway 2 back east along the southern edge of Glacier Park and the Middle Fork of the Flathead River. Visit Essex and take in some historical facts about the railroad, take a drink downstairs, play some pool, or visit some old train cars. Look for mountain goats near the Goat Lick or find yourself a fishing hole on the Middle Fork all while making your way back to Bison Creek.