Expert Travel Advice to Glacier National Park

Top Answers To Glacier National Park Travel Questions

  • Anonymous user answered:
    Wow, what a fantastic trip. That's a lot of driving, too, but certainly falls into the Trip of a Lifetime category! There's some great family-friendly hikes in all those spots, plus camping, too, if that's your style. Another option to consider would be renting an RV. Yellowstone's 10,243-foot Mt. Washburn is a ideal peak if your group wants to bag an attainable summit. The payoff on this six-mile round-trip is 360-degree views of the country's first national park, including the maw of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River in the river valley below and the distant Grand Tetons on a clear day. You might see mountain goats, too! Many Yellowstone make the journey to Glacier by way of Flathead Lake, Missoula, and Kalispell, all worthy detours. Enjoy Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier but get off the asphalt for a gobsmacking three-mile hike up Mt. Oberlin via Clements Saddle. One of the best family hikes in the park! Then it's onward to Banff. A simply amazing part of the world. The drive up the Icefields Parkway is a must, though I'd be inclined to say base yourself exclusively around Banff to get the most out of this outdoor treasure. Honestly, give yourself three weeks, at least two, to really make the most of this itinerary. Here are some links to some additional info for you and your group: Yellowstone Family Guide: http://bit.ly/hvq7p0 Glacier Family Guide: http://bit.ly/f5Ccsm Banff Family Guide: http://bit.ly/eJtk7l Guide to RVing: http://bit.ly/fbo9U3 Yellowstone-to-Glacier Itinerary: http://bit.ly/igctw7 http://bit.ly/fSeYkH
  • Anonymous user answered:
    Here are a few accommodation ideas near the park (http://bit.ly/ebRtBB). You don't need a tour guide, but there are a few tours you can sign up to explore the area. Check out the visitor center or glance through this brochure (http://1.usa.gov/hsk2ka)
  • mtngirl answered:
    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.
  • Anonymous user answered:
    I was just in Glacier (Labor Day Weekend) and rented a car at the Kalispel Airport (about 35 miles from the park). The car had unlimited milage. I stayed at MacDonld Lake Lodge inside the park; the cabin was clean and pretty basic, but comfortable (there's no A/C but in Sept you wouldn't need it). There are also rooms available in the main lodge, where there's also a dining room and small bar area. Be aware: depending on how crowded the park is the more popular parking areas along Going-to-the-Sun Road fill up early in the morning. A park ranger should be able to give you an idea of what time you should try to park at different locations (Logan's Pass is especially crowded). Also, the weather is ever changing in Glacier, esp at higher altitudes. One minute the sun may be out and it's quite comfortable, the next minute its cloudy and the wind picks up. On Aug 31 the morning temps were around 37 degrees and they were calling for snow at the higher altitudes!

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