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Logan Pass
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Logan Pass, Glacier National Park
Logan Pass, Glacier National Park
Logan Pass, Glacier National Park
Logan Pass has a very large parking lot, a visitor center, a water fountain, and restrooms. The Highline Trail starts just across Going-to-the-Sun Road from the parking lot. If you park here, you will hike to the Loop and then take the shuttle back to your car at Logan Pass. The final shuttle from the Loop to Logan Pass is at 5:20 pm. The shuttle runs every 15 minutes. The shuttles are small and they leave two available seats for people getting on at the Loop. The line can be long so .....expect to wait for a spot on the shuttle. This wait can be as long as one hour during peak times (midday to early afternoon). Pro Travel Tip: Plan on getting to Logan Pass by 7:30 am. When we did this, the parking lot was almost completely filled by 7:45 am. By 8 am, the parking lot is usually full. Show less
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Whitefish Mountain Resort
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Whitefish Mountain Resort, Glacier National Park
Whitefish Mountain Resort, Glacier National Park
Whitefish Mountain Resort, Glacier National Park
Whitefish Mountain Resort, Glacier National Park
Whitefish Mountain Resort, Glacier National Park
Whitefish Mountain Resort, Glacier National Park
When you’re done exploring Whitefish, head up the mountain to Whitefish Mountain Resort where you’ll find great skiing in the winter and some amazing family-friendly fun in the summer. Whitefish offers summer tubing, two exhilarating Alpine slides, mountain biking, a spider climb, strider bike park for the little ones, an 8 zip zipline course, and a huge aerial adventure park with courses for all levels.
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Highline Trail
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Highline Trail, Glacier National Park
Highline Trail, Glacier National Park
Highline Trail, Glacier National Park
Highline Trail, Glacier National Park
Highline Trail, Glacier National Park
Highline Trail, Glacier National Park
People often ask about the best time to visit the Glacier National Park for hiking. Without a doubt the answer is July to September i.e. Summer. In fact, the Highline Trail in particular is not even accessible in winter as the Logan Pass and Sun Road close down in winter due to snow. Spring, on the other hand, is slightly cold and wet but is also a good time to visit.
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Many Glacier Hotel
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Many Glacier Hotel, Glacier National Park
Many Glacier Hotel, Glacier National Park
Many Glacier Hotel, Glacier National Park
Many Glacier Hotel, Glacier National Park
Many Glacier Hotel, Glacier National Park
Many Glacier Hotel, Glacier National Park
Getting into Many Glacier is a little rough and bumpy and can be filled with free roaming cattle. All this aside we were able to do it with our mid-size SUV and my parents were able to with their compact car. You just have to be aware and ready for a few bumps. The ride in is beautiful and you get a glimpse of the gorgeous blue waters of Glacier with mountains in the back. As you drive through the entrance and into the park, the views continue to be amazing.
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Going-to-the-Sun Road
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Going-to-the-Sun Road, Glacier National Park
Going-to-the-Sun Road, Glacier National Park
Going-to-the-Sun Road, Glacier National Park
Going-to-the-Sun Road, Glacier National Park
Going-to-the-Sun Road, Glacier National Park
Going-to-the-Sun Road, Glacier National Park
Going-to-the-Sun Road is not only the most scenic drive in Glacier National Park, it’s also one of the most beautiful drives in the United States. For 50 miles, this road twists and turns through the mountains and over the Continental Divide. It tops out at Logan Pass, where you can park, stretch your legs, enjoy the view, and even take your pick from several hiking trails that start here. To drive the entire length of Going-to-the-Sun Road, it takes approximately two hours, depending on traffic and how frequently you stop for .....photos. And the first time you drive this road, it’s jaw-dropping. Expect a lot of cars on this road and frequent traffic jams. There are numerous turn-outs where you can park, get out of your car, and safely enjoy the view. In my opinion, the stretch of road between The Loop and Logan Pass is the best, but it’s also quite nice from Logan Pass to St. Mary Visitor Center. Going-to-the-Sun Road and Logan Pass, view from the Highline Trail Pro Travel Tip: There are regulations to the type of vehicle allowed on Going-to-the-Sun Road. Vehicles longer than 21 feet or taller than 10 feet are not permitted on the road. The road is very narrow with rock overhangs, so larger vehicles are too big for these tight spots. Therefore, if you are in an RV or pulling a trailer, you most likely will not be able to drive Going-to-the-Sun Road. You can still get the experience, just take the park shuttle or a Red Bus Tour. When is Going-to-the-Sun Road open? Typically, this road is open from the end of June/early July through mid-October. Opening and closing dates are dependent on snowfall. Get updates on the official national park website. Show less
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Hidden Lake Overlook
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Hidden Lake Overlook, Glacier National Park
Hidden Lake Overlook, Glacier National Park
Hidden Lake Overlook, Glacier National Park
Hidden Lake Overlook, Glacier National Park
Hidden Lake Overlook, Glacier National Park
The initial portion of the trail is a paved sidewalk, which means that it’s wheelchair accessible for at least the beginning portion. That’s followed by an elevated boardwalk to keep people off the fragile plants. Clements Mountain (8760 feet) looms large up ahead. Clements dwarfs a lone hiker: I’ve hiked Hidden Lake Trail twice. The first time, I saw no mountain goats, which was rare and disappointing. The second time, I saw around 20 goats, many of them up close. Don’t be surprised if they cross the trail right in front of .....you! Here’s an article detailing where I saw mountain goats in Glacier National Park on the hike. Once you get a good distance into the hike, be sure to pause to look around in all directions. The views looking back are just as mind-blowing: Show less
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Grinnell Glacier
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Grinnell Glacier, Glacier National Park
Grinnell Glacier, Glacier National Park
Grinnell Glacier, Glacier National Park
Grinnell Glacier, Glacier National Park
Grinnell Glacier, Glacier National Park
Many Glacier area is in the east side with dozens of small glaciers, lakes, and trails in all directions. Renowned for fantastic hiking trails, it is a great place to spot both the grizzlies and black bears feasting on berries in preparation for winter. Just make sure you steer clear; at least 100 yards as advised by the park service around these lumbering, graceful, yet dangerous, predators. Most notable is the Grinnel Glacier and Iceberg Lake Trail; a great place to spot bighorn sheep up and close in the .....springtime and late summer. Your visit to Glacier National Park would not be complete without a visit to the Many Glacier area. It was certainly our favorite part of the park! Show less
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Polebridge Mercantile & Bakery
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Polebridge Mercantile & Bakery, Glacier National Park
Polebridge Mercantile & Bakery, Glacier National Park
Polebridge Mercantile & Bakery, Glacier National Park
Polebridge Mercantile & Bakery, Glacier National Park
Polebridge Mercantile & Bakery, Glacier National Park
Polebridge Mercantile & Bakery, Glacier National Park
You will have to go to the far side of the park to get here and drive on a dirt road for quite a while, but it is worth it! The pastries at the Polebridge Mercantile are yummy and they have some cool souvenirs too. The Mercantile is not officially in the park so to get to Lake Bowman you drive back into the park and on a winding dirt road that is really only big enough for 1 1/2 cars but is used as a 2 lane road. We .....drove it in our car (GMC Acadia) and my parents drove it in their little car (Chevy Sonic) and my sister and her husband drove their 21 foot long rig there. So it is doable. Just be prepared. Show less
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Glacier Park Lodge
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Glacier Park Lodge, Glacier National Park
Glacier Park Lodge, Glacier National Park
Glacier Park Lodge, Glacier National Park
Glacier Park Lodge, Glacier National Park
Glacier Park Lodge, Glacier National Park
Glacier Park Lodge, Glacier National Park
Stay at one of the west side campgrounds or Glacier Park hotels. Day 4: Start at the Apgar Visitor Center or hop on a shuttle to the Avalanche Shuttle Stop. From here, walk the Trail of the Cedars and on to Avalanche Lake. Shuttle back to Apgar and spend the afternoon kayaking, canoeing, or paddleboarding on Lake McDonald. Day 5: Go horseback riding or whitewater rafting. If neither of those appeal to you, take a hike!
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Glacier County
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Glacier County, Glacier National Park
Glacier County, Glacier National Park
Glacier County, Glacier National Park
Glacier County, Glacier National Park
Vistas certainly abound in Juneau. But getting to some of the most memorable isn’t easy. Take the Mount Roberts Tramway for the easiest access up the steep slopes of Mount Roberts for an above treeline view of the Alaska landscape that surrounds this nestled community. The regularly departing tramway lifts off from the downtown dock—it’s a hard site to miss—and carries folks up to a tangle of trails, amenities and experiences atop the alpine ridge. Here, naturalists are on hand to talk about the ecosystems that exist above treeline, the animals, such .....as marmots, that live year round in the harsh environment. There’s a bar and grill, two gift shops, restroom facilities and an eagle. Yes, that’s right. Miss Baltimore is a bald eagle that was gravely injured years ago when one of her eyes was damaged. She was rescued and rehabilitated by Juneau Raptor Center volunteers and has since worked each summer as an education bird at the top of the tram. It’s best to follow the short loops of trails that meander from the top tram station for views of wildflowers, weatherworn peaks and misty valleys. For the most adventurous folks, follow the singletrack trail all the way up the ridge to the summit of Mount Roberts. This advanced trail is for only the most sure-footed, but also offers some of the greatest rewards. Locals can often be found hiking from the based trailhead to the top tram building. Popular too with visitors, the more than two-mile hike is a steep one, but one that follows a well-traveled trail that’s wide enough in spots to walk side by side. For most, it’s the food and drink at the top that proves to be the biggest motivator. And if you spend more than $10 at the top, the ride down in the tramcar is free with receipt. Show less
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Wild Goose Island
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Wild Goose Island is a tiny island located on Saint Mary Lake and it is one of Glacier’s most photographed spots. You might also recognize Wild Goose Island from the opening scene of the movie “The Shining.” In fact, the first few minutes of the movie were filmed at Glacier National Park, with video clips of Wild Goose Island, Saint Mary Lake, and Going-to-the-Sun Road. To get this view, park in the small parking lot on Going-to-the-Sun road, labeled “Wild Goose Island Lookout” on Google Maps.
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Cracker Lake
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Cracker Lake, Glacier National Park
Cracker Lake, Glacier National Park
• Distance: 12.0 miles • Type of Trail: Out & Back • Difficulty: Moderate The route to the turquoise Cracker Lake offers a little bit of everything for nature enthusiasts. Beginning at Piegan Pass near the Many Glacier Hotel, the route passes through muddy terrain, alpine forests, blissful meadows, glacial valleys, and dramatic cliffs. There is a steady climb of 1,650 feet, but the final stretch to Cracker Lake is relatively flat. Sturdy hiking boots are recommended for this trek, especially the first 1.5-2.0 miles. This section is often muddy and frequented by .....horses that roughen the terrain (and can cause poopy covered hiker boots). Since we were here in September, we did not encounter any horses as those tours seemed to have been finished for the season. Show less
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Hidden Lake
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Hidden Lake, Glacier National Park
Hidden Lake, Glacier National Park
Hidden Lake, Glacier National Park
Hidden Lake, Glacier National Park
Hidden Lake, Glacier National Park
To hike Hidden Lake, take the park shuttle or drive to Mile 32 on Going-to-the-Sun Road to the Logan Pass Visitor Center. During the peak summer months, arrive before 9 am if you want to have any prayer of getting a parking spot. Parking is brutal in Glacier NP, and park officials clearly haven’t yet figured out how to solve it.amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "quirktg-20"; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "manual"; amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; amzn_assoc_region = "US"; amzn_assoc_design = "enhanced_links"; amzn_assoc_asins = "0899977340"; amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit"; amzn_assoc_linkid = "9d22a4d65bdf6aa23caeaa5c0208ffc6"; Here’s the NPS map of the Hidden Lake Trail and all the .....other surrounding hikes. You can see that Hidden Lake is one of the shorter hikes in the area. It’s only 1.4 miles to the Hidden Lake Overlook, and then another 1.2 down to the lake. For the first portion of the hike, the elevation gain is quite small (460 feet), so people who aren’t even regular hikers can do it. There are plenty of people of all ages, even little kids and seniors, who partake in the first half of the hike to the overlook. The second half of the hike, another 1.2 miles down to Hidden Lake, is more challenging. Foot traffic drops off significantly on this part of the hike, as many people turn around at the overlook. Going down to the lake is easy – you’ll walk through an open meadow and down a few switchbacks to arrive at the lake. Cool views from down here! But remember that if you choose to hike down to the lake, you have to hike back up. It’s a tough, uphill climb with an elevation gain of about 770 feet. That’s a lot for such a short hike. Bring plenty of water and pace yourself. There are a few thick forest patches near the lake, so have bear spray with you or travel in a group. I saw a handful of families and couples hanging out down at the lake having picnic lunches. It’s such a scenic spot to relax! Overall, I highly recommend the Hidden Lake Trail as one of the top hikes in Glacier National Park. Other hikes I recommend for fit individuals who can do 8-10 miles: The Highline Trail and the Grinnell Glacier Trail hike. Both are exhausting but so rewarding! You may also want to check out Bowman Lake or take a tour with Native Americans on the nearby Blackfeet reservation. PIN ME: Show less
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Granite Park Chalet
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As you come back to the junction, you are only half a mile away from an iconic place in the park, the Granite Park Chalet. The park Chalet is a place for backpackers to rest for the night, and they offer fresh sheets, blankets and pillows with advance reservations that can be made on their website. You can also pre-order meals from their retail menu or carry your own meal and cook in their shared kitchen (provided you have your own water to use or you buy water from the .....Chalet). Their kitchen is equipped for overnight guests with twelve burners, two oven stoves and pots, pans and utensils to help with the cooking. It’s a fantastic piece of back country hospitality in the middle of wilderness in the heart of Glacier National Park! Unfortunately, we did not have a chance to stay at the Chalet as we didn’t plan for it in advance. But if you’re into back country camping, this is an experience you DO NOT want to miss. From the Granite Park Chalet, you can take the 4 miles of downhill hike going through the burned forest to “The Loop” on the Going-to-the-Sun Road. Alternatively, you could hike back 8 miles to Logan Pass. Some people prefer to start the Highline Trail at the Loop, and hike up to Granite Park Chalet, and end the hike at Logan Pass. Either way, the hike is one hell of an adventure. Show less
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"The Loop"
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The Loop has a smaller parking lot that can accommodate roughly 20 cars. To get a parking spot, you will need to arrive early (before 7:30 am). However, the first shuttle does not arrive at the Loop until 8:47 am, so you will have to wait quite some time to get to Logan Pass. The drive takes about 15 minutes to get to Logan Pass, so the earliest you will start the hike will be just after 9 am. However, the advantage of parking here is that once you are done .....your hike, you do not have to wait for the shuttle to take you back to your car. There are no bathrooms or potable water at the Loop. Show less
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Waterton Lakes National Park of Canada
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Waterton Lakes National Park of Canada, Glacier National Park
Waterton Lakes National Park of Canada, Glacier National Park
Waterton Lakes National Park of Canada, Glacier National Park
Waterton Lakes National Park of Canada, Glacier National Park
Waterton Lakes National Park of Canada, Glacier National Park
Waterton Lakes National Park is located in the southwest corner of Alberta. It shares a border with the United States to the south and British Columbia to the west. In 1932, Waterton Lakes National Park and Glacier National Park were combined to form the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, the world’s first international peace park. Both parks are Biosphere Reserves and a World Heritage Site. In September 2017, a wildfire ripped through the park and nearly wiped out the town of Waterton. Firefighters worked around the clock to save the town and the .....Prince of Wales Hotel. However, more than 47,000 acres of land were burned in and around Waterton, dramatically altering the landscape. We visited Waterton Lakes in 2019 and could still see the impact of these wildfires. Hiking trails were still closed, as were some scenic drives. The charred remains of the trees covered the hillsides, but signs of life were abundant. Wildflowers were blooming and seedlings were sprouting amidst the burnt trees. In 2020, it is predicted that the remainder of the hiking trails will reopen, but I recommend that you double check this before you go. Lots of restoration work was being done during our visit and that should pay off for visitors in 2020. Show less
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Two Medicine Campground
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Two Medicine is the area of the park that was first visited, before Going-to-the-Sun Road was constructed in 1932. This is a great area of the park for day hikes and to venture out into the backcountry. It doesn’t see the same number of visitors as Going-to-the-Sun Road or Many Glacier, so this area feels off-the-beaten-path. For a list of hikes and things to do, click here.
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Saint Mary Visitor Center
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Here’s your last stop on the road (if you’re coming from the east, it will be your first.) The Saint Mary Visitor Center once offered a webcam with views of Red Eagle Mountain and the nearby meadows, but as of 2018 that has been taken offline. This is a great place to decide where you’d like to go next. Perhaps take Route 89 up towards the popular Many Glacier area? Or head down to Route 2 and take the southern route back to West Glacier?
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Logan Pass Visitor Center
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Logan Pass Visitor Center, Glacier National Park
Logan Pass Visitor Center, Glacier National Park
The Going to the Sun Road ends as it crosses the continental divide at Logan Pass which is the highest point on the Going To The Sun Road. We highly recommend stopping at the Logans Pass Visitor center. We saw Big Horn Sheep multiple times when we drove up. However, this is a very busy area and during the main season you can’t always get parking. Be prepared to drive around for a while waiting for someone to leave so you can get a spot. There is a small visitor center .....area and gift shop. There are normally Rangers here to answer questions or show you a Big Horn Sheep skull and teach you more about the area. They do have Ranger led talks here as well. They also have bathrooms. This is the highest point Show less
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Jackson Glacier
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You also drive by the Jackson Glacier lookout. There are less and less glaciers so we highly recommend taking a stop to see this one. It is quite a ways away but you can see it from the lookout. If you have binoculars, this would be a great time to use them.
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Saint Mary Campground, Glacier National Park
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Saint Mary Campground, Glacier National Park, Glacier National Park
Saint Mary Campground, Glacier National Park, Glacier National Park
Saint Mary Campground, Glacier National Park, Glacier National Park
Saint Mary Campground, Glacier National Park, Glacier National Park
Saint Mary Campground, Glacier National Park, Glacier National Park
Camping in the park is always ideal as it cuts on commute time to the adventures in the park. The caveat to that is Glacier campgrounds are pretty limited when it comes to accommodating big rigs or having hookups. Check out their website for more information on camping in the park. We can’t stress enough how much we LOVED Glacier National Park. It really is as beautiful as the pictures make it look – even more so in person! The national historic park was established in 1910 and is definitely at the .....top of our list of places we have been in North America and we highly recommend it to everyone. It will give you and your family a whole different appreciate for the beauty of this earth that we live on plus you can see active glaciers. Show less
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Upper Kintla Lake Campground
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Upper Kintla Lake Campground, Glacier National Park
Upper Kintla Lake Campground, Glacier National Park
Upper Kintla Lake Campground, Glacier National Park
Kintla Lake Campground is the most northwest campground in the park and probably the most remote car camping site. It’s almost in Canada and a long drive on a gravel road from anywhere. It’s in the North Fork area and on a lake. It’s an hour’s drive from Polebridge, which is an hour from West Glacier. Bring everything you need since running to the market isn’t much of an option. The beauty of all the remoteness is quiet and solitude. Consider spending the night in Polebridge the night before camping. Vehicles .....over 21’ in length and/or vehicle- trailer combinations are prohibited at Kintla Lake due to the nature of the long, narrow, and windy dirt road, and very tight parking areas at each campsite. Show less
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Banff
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Explore Banff with this unique experience that is fun for the whole family. Take a Covered Wagon or Horseback Ride on the trail along Bow River, stop for a western style cookout and some roping skills practice, and then head back up the trail.  Book your tickets for this Western Experience here!
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Bullhead Lake
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Bullhead Lake is in the Many Glacier area along the Swiftcurrent Pass trail. This part of the park is especially known for animal sightings like bears, deer, and moose. In fact, a majority of people come here just to enjoy the area’s wilderness and sight wild animals. Along the way to Bullhead Lake, enjoy a picnic and lunch along Red Rock falls.
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Two Medicine Lake
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If you have more time you could also explore the Two Medicine area and the St. Mary’s area. The towns outside the west entrance are the most developed with Walmarts, Costco, full grocery stores, etc. But the St. Mary’s entrance offers more of the quaint little stores and hotels.
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Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site
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Does anyone think of Montana without thinking horses? Whether you’re an experienced rider or a complete beginner you really should add a horseback ride to your Whitefish itinerary. Fulfill your cowboy or cowgirl dreams by riding the trails around Montana’s outstandingly beautiful wild west, Big Sky Country. Swan Mountain Outfitters and the Lodge at Whitefish Lake both offer a variety of rides for all levels and if you want to have the full dude ranch experience take a look at a stay at Bar W Guest Ranch.  
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Glacier National Park Conservancy
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Columbia falls is just 20 minutes away from the west entrance of the park. This small town is perfect if you’d like to hike in the park but don’t want to camp. Hotels like Cedar Creek, Meadow Lake Golf & Ski Resort and Historic Tamarac Lodge are some of the best options to stay in Columbia Falls.
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Two Medicine Entrance
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Back in the days when visitors were constantly coming to and from the lodges contained in the park, the most visited area by horseback was Two Medicine, a collective region of the park known for its dazzling lakes, beautiful waterfalls, picturesque vistas, and extensive trail systems. Sinopah Mountain looms in the distance and the Old Two Medicine Store is a beautiful structure that is now a national historic landmark and sits alongside the shores of Two Medicine Lake. Though somewhat off the beaten path nowadays, it is a hidden gem .....and often referred to as the most beautiful part of the park by many of its visitors. Show less
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Crown of the Continent Discovery Center
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Get ready for the experience of a lifetime…or at least an adventure that you will likely have never experienced before! Following a quick coach ride over from the Discovery Center, our tour guide and driver introduced herself and instructed us to board the “beast” also known as an Ice Explorer. Think about a combination of a monster truck and a minibus and you have this impressive looking vehicle. Our tour guide later told us that Brewster Travel Canada is the only company to own these vehicles. The fleet on display at .....the Athabasca Glacier along with one other being used for work on Antarctica are the only ones around. At a cost of several million dollars each, it’s no surprise that these are pretty rare! The most impressive features of the Ice Explorers are the tires. These are some pretty enormous wheels and in conjunction with the hydraulic brakes, create the perfect vehicle for transporting visitors onto the Athabasca Glacier. The first part of the journey is relatively calm but as we ventured on the edge of the glacier along the rocky lateral moraines that have built up over the centuries, the adventure started. Hold on to your seats and all of your belongings because the journey is about to get serious! As we headed down an incredibly steep gradient, we immediately noticed the power and traction of the Ice Explorer as it easily handled the 32 percent slope. A quick bath for the tires to remove all of the rocks saw us head out on to the vast icy landscape, also known as the Athabasca Glacier. The return trip in the Ice Explorer was an equally eye-opening experience as we embarked on the same journey but up the 32 percent gradient. Again, the vehicle had no issues and our driver was certainly experienced in handling this type of terrain which was a relief to all 56 visitors on board. Show less
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McDonald Creek
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McDonald Creek, Glacier National Park
McDonald Creek, Glacier National Park
McDonald Creek, Glacier National Park
Going-to-the-Sun Highway features two tunnels. The shorter one, at 192 feet long, appears on a narrow, uphill section of the road. This tunnel has holes, or “windows,” in the side, allowing people to look out at the Upper McDonald Creek Valley. There’s a sidewalk inside too, so you can park on a pullout beyond the tunnel and walk back to see the views.
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Haystack Creek
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Haystack Falls is a waterfall that pours down next to the road. A small arch was built to go over the falls, allowing the water to pass underneath the road. This is another one of those sights that makes you understand why Going-to-the-Sun Road was such an engineering feat.
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Siyeh Bend
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Like Big Bend on the west side of the road, Siyeh Bend is a spot where the road loops around, leading to great scenery of the surrounding mountains. The parking lot here allows visitors to get out and jump on the Siyeh Pass Loop, a strenuous 10-mile hike that runs past alpine meadows and wildflowers.
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Sunrift Gorge
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Just off Going-to-the-Sun Road is Sunrift Gorge, a narrow break in the rock formation that allows water to rush through. It’s like a waterfall, but cooler. Speaking of waterfalls, Baring Falls, Virginia Falls, and Saint Mary Falls can all be reached via short hike from this stop.
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Wild Goose Island Lookout
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On your way to the East side of Glacier you will drive by Wild Goose Island lookout. If you want that amazing, iconic, Instagram worthy picture you are going to want to make a stop here when the sun is in the right place and there aren’t many clouds. And seriously even an amazing picture doesn’t do this place justice. It is simply beautiful!!
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Grinnell Lake
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This is a trail where you can take a boat, hike a short distance, then take another boat, then decide to either hike to Grinnell Lake or to Grinnell Glacier before taking the boats back. Or if you would like you can safe yourself some money and hike the whole thing. So many choices!
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Lone Walker Mountain
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After hiking letting technology do the work on the trip up Lone Peak, we still had an appetite worked up! Not sure if it has anything to do with the altitude or if we’re just hungry little hippos, but fortunately there were several restaurants at Big Sky Resort Mountain Village Center to choose from. 
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Fishercap Lake
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The moderately easy hike to Redrock Falls encompasses the gorgeous Fishercap Lake, Redrock Lake and offers impressive landscapes of the huge Mount Grinnel and Swiftcurrent Glacier before finally arriving at the almighty Redrock Falls. The rapids are gorgeous and powerful, and are widely regarded as some of the park’s most spectacular.
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The Lodge at Whitefish Lake
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Whitefish has a pretty good selection of accommodations in and around town and the mountain from inns to lodges to hotels, resorts and ranches. Our recommendations, based on personal experience, are the Whitefish Lake Lodge and the Snow Bear Chalets.eval(ez_write_tag([[300,250],'livedreamdiscover_com-leader-3','ezslot_12',644,'0','0']));  
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Great Northern Resort
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There are three craft breweries and a distillery in downtown Whitefish making for a perfect walking and tasting tour. Start at the Montana Tap House and choose from more than 50 craft brews on tap. Next, stop at the boutique brewery Bonsai Brewing Project for one of their handcrafted ales. The third stop is Great Northern Brewing where they’ve been creating Montana inspired ales and lagers since 1995. Make your final stop Spotted Bear Spirits for a delicious craft cocktail made from their gin, vodka, or one of their tasty .....liquors. Tip: It’s never good to drink on an empty stomach but luckily Montana and Bonsai both have a great food menu and there’s plenty of eateries along the tour route.  eval(ez_write_tag([[250,250],'livedreamdiscover_com-large-leaderboard-2','ezslot_15',639,'0','0'])); If you enjoy self-guided craft brewery tours this guide to breweries in Seattle might interest you!   Show less
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Dick Idol Signature Gallery
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If you don’t expect a western, mountain town to be big into the arts then Whitefish will surprise you. This small town has more than a dozen art galleries and studios displaying incredible works of regional painters, sculptors, photographers and jewelry makers. One of our favorites is the Dick Idol Signature Gallery which is so full of beautiful pieces you may never want to leave. Another thing we love it is that it’s a family business with a great story of a father and his two sons who are all .....artists with their work on display.   Show less
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Alpine Theatre Project
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If you enjoy live theater you’ll be thrilled to learn there are two fabulous production companies in Whitefish. The Alpine Theater Project and the Whitefish Theater Company have plays, musicals, comedy, and concerts running year-round so whatever season you’re in town there’s sure to be something entertaining going on.  eval(ez_write_tag([[300,250],'livedreamdiscover_com-large-mobile-banner-1','ezslot_9',640,'0','0']));
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Great Northern Railway Cafe
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Whitefish was founded in the early 1900s when large swaths of the area’s thick forests were cleared to make a flatter route through the Rocky Mountains on the Great Northern Railway. As workers flocked to the area to work on the railroad or in the timber industry, the town quickly grew around the tree stumps left behind, earning it the nickname Stumptown. Fortunately, the town was officially named after nearby Whitefish Lake. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, not only is this train station the busiest in Montana, it’s .....the most frequented Amtrak stop between Seattle and Minneapolis. An average of 170 train passengers board or detrain the Empire Builder line at the Whitefish train station daily. Whether you are riding the rails or not, visiting the Tudor Revival Whitefish Depot is a historic thing to do in Whitefish, Montana. Related Article:  Have you ever wondered what it’s like to travel cross country via train? Read more about riding Amtrak’s Empire Builder from Chicago to Portland. Located inside the historic train depot is the Whitefish Museum. Established 25 years ago by the Stumptown Historical Society, this one-room exhibit tells the town’s story and its connection to the railway. Be sure to also explore the grounds outside. In addition to a restored train engine, you’ll see a restored Bruck. Part bus, part truck, this unique vehicle was designed to take both passengers and cargo the 17 miles from the Whitefish train station to Kalispell. There were only 12 Brucks made, and this one, lovingly restored by the Stumptown Historical Society, is the only one that remains.  Show less
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Huckleberry Patch
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If you haven’t had your fill of Huckleberry pie, stop by the Huckleberry Patch, just a few miles from the West Glacier entrance, and enjoy Huckleberry licorice, jam, ice cream, pie, and even a Huckleberry BBQ burger! It’s a cute stop and a great place to pick up fun Montana souvenirs. You can learn more about Montana Huckleberries here. 
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Grinnell Glacier Trail End
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Some of the best hiking trails in Glacier National Park start (or end) in Many Glacier. Two of the most popular and well known are the Grinnell Glacier Viewpoint Trail and Iceberg Lake Trail. Additionally, the Swiftcurrent Nature Trail around Swiftcurrent Lake and the Redrock Falls hike from the Swiftcurrent Trailhead are pretty easy and quite lovely. The Swiftcurrent Nature Trail can be walked on your way to and from the Grinnell Glacier Viewpoint Trail.
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Wild River Adventures
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First, you can’t go white water rafting in Glacier National Park, but you can go rafting near Glacier National Park, so scratch “river rafting Glacier National Park” off your bucket list or amend it to “river rafting near Glacier National Park. There are a number of companies with offer class II-III and scenic rafting trips on the Middle and North Forks of the Flathead River. Glacier Raft Company and Glacier Guides both do a good job.
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Quartz Creek Campground
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Quartz Creek and Logging Creek campgrounds are primitive campgrounds south of Polebridge on the North Fork Road (Quartz: 5.7 miles from Polebridge, Logging: 9 miles south of Polebridge). They both have hiking trails to nearby lakes, are small and offer solitude and an almost-backcountry experience. Vehicles over 21’ in length and/or vehicle- trailer combinations are prohibited at Quartz Creek and Logging Creek due to the nature of the long, narrow, winding dirt road to the campground, and very tight parking areas at each campsite.
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Sprague Creek Campground
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Sprague Creek Campground, Glacier National Park
Sprague Creek Campground, Glacier National Park
Sprague Creek Campground, Glacier National Park
Sprague Campground is a small campground on the northeast end of Lake McDonald. Some of the sites are on the shore of Lake McDonald itself. There are no towed vehicles allowed because of the campground road. The campground is about a mile from the Lake McDonald Lodge and all the shops etc. that go along with it. It’s quite close to the Going-to-the-Sun Road, which means you should plan on hearing traffic. There is a shuttle stop at the campground, making it easy to leave your car behind as you explore .....the stops along the Going-to-the-Sun Road. Show less
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Riverview RV Park
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Cut Bank Campground is a primitive campground on the east side of the park. RVs are not recommended due to the campground road and campsite layout. This is a pretty quiet section of the park and a small campground. It’s great for hiking and as a jumping off point for a backcountry trip. It is harder to access most of the rest of the park from this campground.
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Cobalt Lake
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  Cobalt Lake is located in the Two Medicine area of Glacier, a region that is itself offbeat. It’s not that Two Medicine is a secret necessarily, but rather that it’s not as popular as Logan Pass or Many Glacier. In fact, less than 10% of all Glacier’s visitors make their way to Two Medicine. It’s far less crowded than other park areas, but no less awe-inspiring. The Cobalt Lake Trail begins at the South Shore Trailhead on Two Medicine Lake. It’s just over an 11-mile round trip that gains 1,450 feet .....on the way up. Because of its length and vertical climb, the trail is fairly strenuous and should be taken seriously. Kids can certainly handle it, but only if they have trail experience and are able to keep up on their own. Cobalt Lake Trail is a truly magnificent hike, taking you through an area of beaver ponds, amongst forests teeming with wildflowers and fauna, and even across a suspension bridge. The trail ends at the stunning Cobalt Lake, a usually quiet location with breathtaking views of Mt. Rockwell and Sinopah Mountain. It’s an offbeat hike in an offbeat area of Glacier, but one that’s just plain unforgettable.   Show less
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Many Glacier Campground
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*** Iceberg Lake (9.4 miles RT, 1220 ft) (see also Ptarmigan Tunnel) Ice bergs in milky blue lake below 3000-foot cliffs. TRAIL OPEN – 8/8/07.  4.8 miles roun trip to junction above Ptarmigan Falls, plus 4.6 miles RT to Iceberg Lake.** Ptarmigan Tunnel (11.2 miles RT, 2315 ft) (see also Iceberg Lake) Fun tunnel, spectacular scenery. 4.8 miles round trip to junction above Ptarmigan Falls, plus 5.2 miles round trip to Tunnel.*** Cracker Lake (11.2 mi RT, 1140 ft) Most eye-catching turquoise lake in park; 3000-foot cliffs; nice waterfalls. TRAIL OPEN .....from Cracker Flats to Cracker Lake 8/2/07.*** Grinnel Glacier (7.6 miles with boat rt, 11 miles without, 1700 ft) Gets close to the glacier, plus outstanding scenery. Open 7/13/07. Or hike Grinnel Lake, best via Piegan Pass traverse (above). Show less
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