Going-to-the-Sun Road


The creation of Glacier National Park presented the need for a road connecting the two sides of the park across the Continental Divide. The majestic terrain and brutal climate made the highway's construction the most challenging and potentially dangerous civil engineering project in U.S. history. Completed in 1933, the Going-to-the-Sun Road set the standards for engineering that incorporates the highest regard for the environment and aesthetics. This road is a Nat. Historic Landmark, a National Civil Engineering Landmark, and is listed on the Register of Historic Places in recognition of its significance as a historic and cultural resource.

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Civil
Topic(s):Space/Transportation
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

Fun Fact:The Transmountain Highway, later renamed the Going-to-the-Sun Highway, took decades of planning and 11 years to build. It was the first transmountain scenic highway in the U.S., and some say it was completed by sheer will. The two-lane, 52-mile-long highway crosses the Continental Divide at the 6,646-foot-high Logan Pass.
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