Greatest road trips in the world (P.18) Going-to-the-Sun: The Crown of the Continent


( Going-to-the-Sun Road is one of the top scenic drives in the United States, called the “Crown of the Continent”. This main road through Glacier National Park is one of the best ways to see the park in a short amount of time.

Going-to-the-Sun Road is a scenic mountain road in the Rocky Mountains of the western United States, in Glacier National Park in Montana. The road is named after Going-to-the-Sun Mountain which dominates the eastbound view beyond Logan Pass.


The first stop inside Glacier National Park is Apgar Village, home to several lodges, a camp store, and Apgar Campground. If you want to stay inside the park, Apgar Village offers plenty of amenities. Glacier National Park has three visitor centers along the road. The first one you’ll encounter is the Apgar Visitor Center, just outside Apgar.


As you continue east on Going-to-the-Sun Road, you’ll follow along one of the largest glacial lakes in the park. At 10 miles long and 500 feet deep, Lake McDonald is a stunning example of a glacially carved lake. There are the famed colorful rocks just under the surface of the icy clear water.


McDonald Falls is a short cascade just upstream from Lake McDonald. The waterfall flows down several tiers, filled with teal blue water and white crests, taking up the entire width of McDonald Creek.

Just past McDonald Falls, you’ll reach another beautiful cascade: Sacred Dancing Cascade. From the road, a short path over a footbridge takes you to the vantage point. The Sacred Dancing Cascades pull-off is another excellent spot to pick up the Johns Lake Loop for views of both Sacred Dancing Cascade and McDonald Falls. There are also a lot of beautiful waterfalls waiting for you to explore along the road such as Bird Woman, Haystack, The Weeping Wall, St. Mary & Virginia, etc.


There are a lot of trails along Going-to-the-Sun Road. Along the trails, you’ll find educational signs explaining the geology and history of nature in this part of the park. Some of them are Trail of the Cedars, Avalanche Lake Trail, West Tunnel, Sun Point Nature Trail, etc.

St. Mary Visitor Center is the final stop on Going-to-the-Sun Road when driving from west to east. This large visitor center boasts several informational displays, including a topographical map of Glacier National Park and information about the Blackfeet tribe who lives in the area.


Going-to-the-Sun Road is shown in the 1980 film The Shining and Forrest Gump. The road is the subject of the song "Going-to-the-Sun Road" by Fleet Foxes, featured on their 2020 album Shore.

According to the Internet

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