All 50 miles of the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park opened on Friday morning. It was a chilly day in the alpine section of the park, there was a lot of fog and temperatures only reached mid-30s near Logan Pass.
Despite the weather conditions, visitors still flocked to the road. Several turnouts were jam-packed with folks, cameras at the ready, to capture some of the park's most iconic views. We caught up with a couple who traveled 4,000 miles from North Carolina to Montana. The pair told NBC Montana they've been on scenic tours before, but nothing compares to Glacier.
"We were not sure if it was going to be open or not but we're glad it's open today," said Rick Franklin. "We get a chance to see the other half of this."
"It's the most magnificent place I've ever been," said Rick's wife, Aillene. "We spent two weeks in Yellowstone but this place to me is regal, it has a presence."
Park officials encourage visitors to take advantage of the free shuttle system that runs the length of Going-to-the-Sun. That service starts on July 1.