emember being a kid and riding roller coasters for hours on end, coming home, placing your head on the pillow, closing your eyes, and getting the coaster spins? Thats what it felt like after editing this video.
The first time we drove on Going-to-the-Sun-Road was among the most majestic and memorable moments of my life. We came in from the West entrance, and made it to the East where we stayed at St. Mary’s Campground just before the sun went down.
This 2.5 million dollar road took 11 years to build and is an iconic National Historic Landmark consisting of immense elevation changes as it weaves you into and through incredible mountain scenery.
Going-to-the-Sun Road is 50 miles long and takes an average of two hours to drive. Expect longer drive times if you are behind a grandma, a Prius, or worse, both. I’m not certain on the exact number of hours we spent driving up and down this road, but it took up a lot of our time, and I’m not mad about it.
There are several points of interests along the road to keep you busy for a full day or two or three. The park also offers shuttle services to get from one point to the next, as well as bus tours if you want to take in the scenery without having to worry about crashing into a grandma in a Prius.
Going-to-the-Sun-Road takes you to and from the East and West entrances, and is generally open from early June to mid October. However, portions of the road in lower elevations are open all year long.
In the winter, snow can reach up to 80 feet on top of Logan Pass, so theres no surprise that Going-to-the-Sun-Road is one of the most difficult roads in North America to snowplow.
The glaciers are melting significantly, FOR WHATEVER REASON ON EARTH, so please make your way to Glacier National Park before it’s too late. See the glaciers and some of the world’s most magical landscapes with your own eyes, drive on this beautifully built road, stand in the middle of the mountains and listen to the stillness of nature, and do it soon.