Montana’s northwestern corner—aka “Glacier Country”—debatably offers the most spectacular scenery groups will ever encounter in the Lower 48.
Towering mountains dotted with bears, moose and countless other creatures contrast with breathtaking wide-open spaces that quickly remind you why they call Montana “Big Sky” country. But while “oohing” and “aahing” over the venerable vistas is a natural, the postcard-perfect region has much more on the agenda for planners to ponder.
“Over the years, our corner of Montana has fine-tuned its reputation as an outdoor hot spot with what we like to call the perfect splash of arts and culture,” says Tia Troy, public relations and communications manager for the Glacier Country Regional Tourism Commission. “Our millions of acres weave their way in, out and through experiences and adventures that are distinctly Montana. Within our boundaries are spectacular places like Glacier National Park, the Bob Marshall Wilderness, Flathead Lake and plentiful blue-ribbon trout streams.”
Glacier Park is a particular gem of the region. In addition to the endless hiking trails, groups can take a variety of boat jaunts, including lake outings in classic wooden boats with guides pointing out landmarks. Another option is a Red Bus Tour—actually taken aboard vintage convertibles that have been park icons since 1936 and are still going strong.
While most groups heading to Glacier Country are seeking outdoorsy pursuits, there is also a wealth of inviting towns to explore, plus the small city of Missoula. An eclectic college town rich in handsome historic buildings, Missoula’s a perfect stopping point for casual exploration and relaxing group downtime.
Glacier Country offers a pair of international airports: Missoula (MSO) and Glacier Park (FCA). Non-air options include Amtrak’s Empire Builder, car rentals, buses and a highway system anchored by Interstate 90 (east-west) and Highway 93 (north-south).