The Long and Winding Road - Going to the Sun Road, Glacier NP

Going to the Sun Road, Glacier National Park, Montana

If you are thinking about visiting Glacier National Park, make sure that you plan enough time to get from location to location. The size of Glacier, coupled with the road system, guarantees a lot of "windshield" time in the car. The main and only road that traverses east and west Glacier is the famed Going-to-the-Sun-Road. The road is 50 miles long, but, given the very tight and winding road, it can take up to 3 hours to drive, depending on traffic and construction. 

In my opinion, the area surrounding Logan Pass is the prettiest section of this dramatic road. On our last morning, we headed to Logan Pass one last time, and the light, clouds and fog were perfect. Since we only had one car, we were able to pull into one of the few pullouts on the road. After having been on four tours with Jeff Clow (the king of road shots), I thought a road shot would be the best way to convey how twisty and narrow the road is. Not only is the road itself challenging, but drivers are faced with a rock wall on one side and a drop of at least a couple thousand feet on the other. This composition also shows the beauty of the surrounding mountains and the McDonald Creek Valley. The low hanging fog was a bonus.