National Treasures: Touring America’s National Parks on a Beer Adventure

Glacier National Park // Photo by Brian Kaufenberg

Glacier National Park // Photo by Brian Kaufenberg

Glacier National Park

Founded:

The 105-year-old Glacier National Park encompasses over 1 million acres. Bordering the USA-Canada border in Montana, the park includes parts of two mountain ranges, 130 named lakes, and an abundance of plants and wildlife.

Things To Do:

With all the lakes and streams passing through Glacier, fishing is a popular activity. The streams of Glacier National Park boast some of the best fly-fishing in the country—even for beginners. To explore the park by car we’d suggest the very popular Going-To-The-Sun-Road tour that spans 50 miles through the park’s wild interior. If you’d rather see the park on foot, the options are endless with over 700 miles of trails. The Highline Trail, starting at Logan Pass, is one of the most scenic in the park, though it is not for amateurs. This 11.5-mile trail leads you along the edge of a cliff, to the summit of a mountain, and to Grinnell Glacier Overlook giving you a view of the glacier over 1,000 feet below.

Where To Stay:

You can’t truly explore this park in just one day so an overnight stay is recommended. Taking refuge at the Rising Sun Campground puts you right next to the beautiful St. Mary Lake and one of the most photographed landscapes in the park at Wild Goose Island Turnout. Accommodating both RVs and tents, this modern campground is where the mountains really begin to rise, making it a beautiful place to spend the night.

Breweries:

Just a hop and a skip to the west of Glacier National Park is Great Northern Brewing Company, opened in Whitefish, MT, in 1995 by great-great grandson of brewing pioneer Henry Weinhard. The brewery has since gone on to make award-winning beer and serves as an excellent jumping off point for a few days in the park. A few other craft beer options within driving distance: Kalispell Brewing Company, Tamarack Brewing Company, Flathead Lake Brewing Company, and Glacier Brewing Company.

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