Whitefish mountain bikingSummer is an ideal time to visit America’s national parks, and one of the most popular, Glacier National Park, is easily accessed from trendy Whitefish Mountain Resort.

The resort is located at the base of Big Mountain and offers lift rides to the top where you can see the peaks of Glacier National Park, just a scenic 31 mile drive away. 

In addition to lift rides, there are zip line tours, Montana’s only alpine slide, a Walk in the Treetops, the Summit Nature Center, and lots of trails for hiking and mountain biking on the mountain. There are also rafting tours, fly fishing and mountain golf nearby. 

The resort’s Bike Park was named the Best in the Mountain West, and third Best Bike Park in the Northwest a few years ago.

Biplane at WhitefishA scenic drive to the National Park takes you to stunning vistas, glacial fields, crystal clear lakes and outstanding wildlife viewing opportunities. A must is a drive over the historic Going-to-the-Sun Road, which offers jaw-dropping views around every bend. 

Take a ride on the park’s historic Red Bus Tour. I’ve done this tour and it’s the best way to get a quick overview of everything Glacier National Park has to offer. It’s not hard to see why it’s earned the nickname “Crown of the Continent.”

Zip & Stay and Family Fun Packages start from $119. The zipline package is per person, per night and includes a seven zip tour. The Family Fun package includes a two night stay in standard two-bedroom condo, one alpine slide ride and one scenic lift ride per person. Mountain bike packages start from $80 per night, per person. A two-night stay is required and includes a bike lift ticket and hot breakfast. Additional activities can be added at discounted rates when you book your lodging with the resort by calling 800-858-4152 to receive the above rates.

Photos: Top -- Mountain biking at Whitefish Resort (Facebook); Left -- Zipping right along on Big Mountain at Whitefish (Facebook); Below -- Scenic Glacier National Park (Facebook)

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