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Glacier National Park: East Side VS West Side

Glacier National Park: East Side VS West Side
Glacier’s West Side

There are two sides to everything. Two sides to a story, two sides to the Biggie VS Tupac rivalry, two sides to a coin and two sides to Glacier National Park.

Glacier National Park: East Side VS West Side
Glacier’s East Side

Of the four times I have visited Glacier NP I have stopped at the West Side each time. It’s more convenient for me as I live in Idaho and the west side is closer to my home.

Can you really blame me though? Look at the West Side:

Glacier National Park: East Side VS West Side
Glacier’s West Side

But then there’s the East Side:

Glacier National Park: East Side VS West Side
Swiftcurrent Lake on the East Side of Glacier

Although you can’t forget about this spot on the West Side:

Glacier National Park: East Side VS West Side
McDonald Creek – West Side

And then the East Side comes back with these spots:

Glacier National Park: East Side VS West Side
St Mary Lake – East Side
Glacier National Park: East Side VS West Side
East Side Bear

But does the West Side have what it takes to beat the East Side?

Glacier National Park: East Side VS West Side
Going to the Sun Road – West Side-ish
Glacier National Park: East Side VS West Side
Lake McDonald – West Side

One last chance for the East Side to win the debate:

Glacier National Park: East Side VS West Side
Jackson Glacier – East Side
Glacier National Park: East Side VS West Side
One more East Side for good measure. Swiftcurrent Lake and Many Glacier Hotel

So which side do you like best? Are you a West Side or East Side kind of person?

Also did you like how I slipped that Biggie/Tupac reference in there like no one would notice?

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8 replies on “Glacier National Park: East Side VS West Side”

I’m probably impartial because I’ve only stayed on the east side, but I definitely thought it was the prettier side of the two and much less congested. Granted, both sides of the park are gorgeous, but I loved the relative quiet and dramatic views around Many Glacier. Gorgeous photos, by the way!

thank you for your post. I’m heading there on June. I can’t decide to drive east to west or west to east. I’m staying 2 nights east, 1 night west.

There is lots to offer starting on either side. I usually come from the west because it is closer to where I live. Nearby towns, Whitefish and Kalispell are great destination towns. The east side does have The Many Glacier Hotel, overlooking Swiftcurrent Lake. And while Lake McDonald may be the classic lake for Glacier NP, Swiftcurrent is also worthy of visiting. It is really hard to decide… but at least you are planning on visiting both sides of the park.

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