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What is the best way to see Glacier National Park

  • nena
     asked this on November 04, 2011 at 11:08 AM
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The Going to the Sun road is just what everyone does. To really see the park you need to plan before you come. The Glacier Park website is a great resource and has virtual hikes that you can look at to see different areas. Plus, the park is open year round so don't wait for the GTS road to open to come or put your trip off if it has closed. If you want to stay in a park hotel (my favorite is Lake McDonald Lodge) you will need to reserve over a year in advance. But there are good hotels nearby and many houses for rent. My favorite part of the park that hardly anyone sees is the North Fork area. The nearest town to that area is Polebridge that has a killer bakery and great sandwiches at the Mercantile. That is a good dropping in point for Kintla, Bowman, and the other NF lakes. There are also homesteads inside the park, many that you can rent on vrbo.com. There is one really lovely on inside the North Fork area. Also Two Medicine does not get as many visitors and it is really special - but there is only a campground and camp store there. Warning is that the wind on the East side of the park can be a real challenge, especially at Two Med and Waterton.
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Mtngirl certainly has more insider info than I do, but when I was there we didn't have much time and took the really easy, 3 mile out and back hike to Hidden Lake from the Logan Pass visitor's center. It was crowded and there are DEFINITELY better hikes in the park, but for lazy walkabouts like myself, the waterfalls streaming into the alpine lake at the end were a pretty decent reward.
  • Pieter
     answered this on November 04, 2011 at 04:04 PM
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Good answers above, if you are at all inclined to backpack, this is one of the top destinations in the country. Once you are a mile in, there are no more crowds. You can camp at lakes such as Elizabeth and Cosley, excellent trout fishing, and beautiful views. You need to register for this way ahead, starting in about March or so, it will tell you when on the website.
  • Daryl
     answered this on September 30, 2012 at 06:32 PM
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Start at one end of Going to the Sun Highway (doesn't open till early July), and take an entire day to drive to the other side. There's great lodging and campgrounds at both ends of the road, and lots of hikes in between. Consider taking a boat trip out onto one of the lakes. Check out several stories on the park at www.gowestusa.com.
  • GoWestUSA
     answered this on November 04, 2011 at 11:44 AM
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