Glacier National Park, MT

grinnell_360.jpg

Glacier

National Park

Montana | USA

 

Having driven 8 hours North from Yellowstone we were surprised at the number of services available versus Yellowstone. Just outside of the park there are tons of restaurants, outfitters, RV parks, ropes courses and amusement parks.

One of the first thing many visitors do is take a drive across the park on the Going to the Sun Road. It's only about 50 miles long but with speed limits between 25 and 45mph, AMAZING views to stop and check out, and some pretty hairy stretches where it appears that your side-view mirror might be taken off the mountains, it takes a good 2 hours to traverse it.

 
_6300144.jpg
 
 
 

Some highlights

  1. Going-to-the-Sun Road: You'd be hard-pressed to go to Glacier National Park and somehow not drive this road. It usually doesn't open until late June due to snow and it's the only road to cross the park East to West. It's an amazing ride that takes around 2 hours to travel its 50 miles but due to it's tight and twisty turns you can't take a trailer or any vehicle wider than 8 feet or longer than 21 feet.

  2. Montana Coffee Traders: There are four locations but we only went to the one in Columbia Falls. It seemed busy just about all day every day but definitely worth it. The food and drinks are delicious. If you go, be sure to try the "Buzzed Banana". Oh, we almost forgot, the wifi is great.

  3. Amazing Fun Center: If you want a break from nature be sure to check out the Amazing Fun Center. The name says it all. Go-carts, mini-golf, bumper boats, a maze, and more. It's reasonably priced, fun, and the staff was very nice.

  4. Dog-friendly Hikes: Hikes abound in this area. You don't have to be in the park for amazing views and beautiful hikes. If you're up for a challenge check out Columbia Mountain Trail. It's dog friendly, dotted with waterfalls, and has amazing views at the top. Be ready for a workout as it's about 12 miles total out and back and has about 5,000 ft in elevation gain!