Itinerary for today: Pincher Creek to Waterton National Park Alberta, then off to the sourht of the border - to Going-To-The-Sun Road in Montana. Our basecamp, will be Whitefish, Montana.
About 2 years ago, while travelling to Kalispell, Montana, we attempted to take Going-To-The-Sun Road but had to take a detour as the road was still closed because of too much snow. This time was perfect - amazingly less busy! Perfect for a drive - on a cabriolet!
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. It is a driving highlight not to be missed! This road spans about 80kms and crosses the Continental Divide at Logan Pass, the highest point of the park at an elevation of 6,646 feet, traversing almost every type of terrain, from impressive glaciers, beautiful valleys, cedar forests, cascading waterfalls, rivers and creeks, towering mountains to windswept alpine tundra atop the pass, and ocassional wildlife sightings. You can actually see glaciers from the road.
Completed in 1932, the Going-to-the-Sun Road is a spectacular paved two-lane road that bisects the park east and west. Scenic viewpoints and pullouts line the road, so motorists can stop for extended views and photo opportunities. The road is well worth traveling in either direction, as the view from one side of the road is much different than from the other. In 1983 Going-To-The-Sun Road was included in the National Register of Historic Places and in 1985 was made a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark.
This is an exquisite winding mountain drive with sharp and blind curves and hairpin switchbacks leading the traveler over the mountains. The road is winding and in many places bordered on one side by cliffs and on the other side by a drop of hundreds of feet, sometimes unprotected by guardrails. This engineering marvel spans through the park's wild interior, winding around mountainsides and treating visitors to some of the best sights in northwest Montana. Breathtaking and scary at times! This two lane road is quite narrow at times and winding, especially west of Logan Pass. Long, wide or tall vehicles are not permitted here because of the hairpin turns and low overhang of rocks overhead. Dedicated in 1933, officials named the road after a local mountain. It's also a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark.
Due to the mountainous terrain of the highway, it is only open seasonally. Opening and closing dates depend on weather.
It's one of the most scenic drives in the world!