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Old 03-31-2021, 08:17 AM   #1
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going on vacation to glacier. anyone been there? things to see and do ? thanks
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Old 03-31-2021, 08:27 AM   #2
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Get up early and drive the going to the sun road. Ask a ranger for side hikes off that road for. I can't remember where, but we hiked to a fair sized alpine lake of that road that was amazing. Saw a Grizzly and a moose on that little side hike.
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Old 03-31-2021, 08:28 AM   #3
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Was there 13 years ago. When are you going? I preferred glacier over all other parks in the west. Was not near as crowded.
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Old 03-31-2021, 08:32 AM   #4
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Of course the Road to the sun, kayak the lake at the bottom (near the "village" hotel & shops), pick a trail and take off. Don't forget the Huckleberry Ice Cream.

South-East (i think) outside of the park is the Goat Lick. Mountain goats congregate and lick the minerals in the rocks. Ask around about it, or google it maybe.

Goat Lick (link)

If you go over the RTTS to the east side of the park (or drive around out of the park to the east side) there is a little cafe in the little town there, the has Huckleberry cream pie that is THE BOMB. Can't remember the name of it, but there ain't much over on that side so not hard to find.

Edit: Saint Mary is the town

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Old 03-31-2021, 08:37 AM   #5
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Do everything being said here. Beautiful area. Bring a rain coat. While your up there in that neighborhood may check out glamping at PawsUp.

**** Idol ( or Idol **** as some used to call him ) has a cool Art shop in Flathead. He was one of the early writers and guides in S. Tx Mexico years back.Its worth a visit.

Dang editor won't even let me use a guys name. See if you can guess

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Old 03-31-2021, 08:40 AM   #6
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I booked a fly-fishing trip when I went. Also definitely get some of the hiking trails in, even some of the easy one
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Old 03-31-2021, 08:44 AM   #7
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Awesome Place.... When you are up near the top of the Going to the Sun Road it looks like a postcard in every direction. We mostly did a lot of different hikes... I don't remember them all but our favorite was Grinnell Glacier... saw a Grizzly bear, mountain goats, and one BIG bighorn. We also did a horseback trail ride which was ok, but mostly in the thick forest.

If you're staying or will be in Whitefish.... don't miss Loula's Cafe for breakfast and/or Pies.

If you are into custom rifles... Proof Research is in Kalispell... I didn't stop, but saw it was there.
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Old 03-31-2021, 08:47 AM   #8
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Run up to Polebridge. You’ll leave the park for a little while on the drive up if you drive from the west end of the park. There’s a little souvenir store and restaurant about 2 miles before Polebridge on the north side of the road. Best Huckleberry pie you’ll ever have, and worth the trip alone. Polebridge is a pretty cool little place as well.
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Old 03-31-2021, 08:49 AM   #9
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If you are into custom rifles... Proof Research is in Kalispell... I didn't stop, but saw it was there.
You’re thinking Columbia Falls. They’re home to a lot of fine companies such as Proof, Defiance, Mystery Ranch, and a handful of others I know I’m missing.
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Old 03-31-2021, 09:11 AM   #10
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Old 03-31-2021, 09:16 AM   #11
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I went 20 years ago. Did a back country hike of about 40
Miles over 5 days. You are in for a treat, Glacier NP is the best. I want to go back.
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Old 03-31-2021, 10:30 AM   #12
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In either the lodge or restaurant there is a bighorn mount that is mind-boggling.
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Old 03-31-2021, 11:02 AM   #13
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OP my wife and I went to GNP in 2018 as part of our honeymoon road trip. We drove 5400 miles in 19 days, and hit 8 national parks if you include the 3 we hit in Canada. Out of all the parks I’ve been to, and all the parks we hit on that trip, GNP was by far our favorite. We didn’t get to see as much of it as we’d have liked, but we spent 3 full days there before heading north to Banff, Yoho, and Kootenay. We’re currently trying to figure out a family vacation that makes another stop (but longer) in GNP.
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Old 03-31-2021, 12:59 PM   #14
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My wife and I are going at the end of June. Tagged. What is the name of the cafe in St. Mary? Our neighbors are both 80+ and "go to that little cafe in St. Mary" was the first thing they told us when we told them we were going to Glacier.
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Old 03-31-2021, 01:09 PM   #15
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My wife and I are going at the end of June. Tagged. What is the name of the cafe in St. Mary? Our neighbors are both 80+ and "go to that little cafe in St. Mary" was the first thing they told us when we told them we were going to Glacier.
Did some google'n and it looks like Johnson's Cafe is the place I was talking about. On the East side of the road, w/ RV park up on the hill, IFR. We were there at the end of May a cpl yrs ago, so it wasn't tourist season. We went on a rainy afternoon with other park options limited by weather.

I DO regret not going into Canada, (only 20 miles away) but we were pressed on time. Take your passport, just in case. Supposed to be beautiful up there.
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Old 03-31-2021, 03:59 PM   #16
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We did a hike up to Triple Divide Pass. Ranger said it was a 2 day hike, but it was a pretty easy overnighter. Cool place. Only place in the world where precipitation runs off into three different oceans.
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Old 03-31-2021, 07:36 PM   #17
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Been there loved it don’t plan anything just let it happen.
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Old 03-31-2021, 07:40 PM   #18
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thanks all. going the end of may staying 2 weeks.
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Old 03-31-2021, 08:47 PM   #19
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Good question OP, I sure would like to get up there some day too. Thanks to all who posted this good info.
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Old 03-31-2021, 11:52 PM   #20
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Check out iceberg lake
It's a good 5 mile hike to get to it but worth the journey..it's on the far north side of the sun road
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Old 03-31-2021, 11:56 PM   #21
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And take a pistol.. it's legal to carry
I saw so many bears and some big ones too
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Old 04-01-2021, 12:37 AM   #22
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And take a pistol.. it's legal to carry
I saw so many bears and some big ones too
Yep, no way I'm going in grizzly country without a weapon
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Old 04-01-2021, 08:24 AM   #23
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For restaurants, you might like Nickle Charlie's in Kalispel. Read reviews on Trip Advisor. The Springhill Suites by Marriot there was good also, although it has been many years since my trip. If possible, I would combine a trip to Canmore, Banff and Lake Louise if Canada will allow US tourists. You will need a passport. The Canadian Dollar is still weaker than the US dollar.
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Old 04-01-2021, 08:51 AM   #24
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On most years Going to the Sun Road is not open until mid July due to snow removal. Also the last year east side entrance has been closed by the tribe. Park was very crowded last year due to restrictions. Kalispell newspaper online is a good resource for information about what is going on in the park.
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Old 04-01-2021, 04:39 PM   #25
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When are you going? Wife and I been looking at places. Had considered Yellowstone.
Ready to go now, but was concerned to much snow/ice...
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Old 04-13-2021, 09:49 AM   #26
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Run up to Polebridge. You’ll leave the park for a little while on the drive up if you drive from the west end of the park. There’s a little souvenir store and restaurant about 2 miles before Polebridge on the north side of the road. Best Huckleberry pie you’ll ever have, and worth the trip alone. Polebridge is a pretty cool little place as well.
I'm heading that was in Mid July with the wife. We plan to stay about 4-5 miles south of Polebridge. Is that a good location to stay at? We may be staying 3-4 nights.

Is there some other place 3-6 hours south of GNP to stay a night or two at?
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Old 04-13-2021, 09:53 AM   #27
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Another consideration is time your trip with the mosquito hatch if possible. Avoid at all costs. I was told this by someone I was booking a house at last week.
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Old 04-13-2021, 10:11 AM   #28
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Run up to Polebridge. You’ll leave the park for a little while on the drive up if you drive from the west end of the park. There’s a little souvenir store and restaurant about 2 miles before Polebridge on the north side of the road. Best Huckleberry pie you’ll ever have, and worth the trip alone. Polebridge is a pretty cool little place as well.
Yes, definitely take time for this. Good 20+ miles north off of GTS Rd...end up in the middle of nowhere, less than 20 miles from Canada border. Visit the Polebridge store for the pie and other really good sandwiches and such. Then drive up to Bowman Lake...wow! There are also a few others lakes right in this vicinity that you can drive/hike to...rough roads, but we made it in 2wd Expedition with no problems.

As someone else mentioned, GTS Rd doesn't fully open until mid-June or July....but we drove it about halfway heading north out of Kalispell. Many hiking trails to some beautiful glacier lakes.
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Old 04-13-2021, 10:17 AM   #29
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Glacier NP is awesome.

If you're the hiking type, I recommend staying on the east side of the park, as it has the best hikes. The west side has better amenities but is much more crowded.

Babb has a hotel near the Many Glacier Entrance if you don't care about luxury, which is the entrance to get to the trailheads for Iceberg Lake (mentioned above) and Upper Grinnel Glacier Lake (I think the best hike in the park).

I think Glacier is probably the best NP for hiking, so if you're willing and able get out there and do it. Stunning views on the east side of the park.

Westside has some easier hikes with views proportional to the difficulty of the hike.

** Edit ** FYI - My profile Picture was taken on the hike to Upper Grinnel Lake
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Old 04-13-2021, 10:23 AM   #30
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Without knowing your physical capabilities; if you're not able to do ±10-mile strenuous hikes, I would recommend the Banff area in Canada to get great views with less hiking (but it is crowded).

You can fly to Calgary cheaply, drive to Banff. The surrounding towns are really cool. There's another Canadian National Park on the border of US/CA called Waterton that has some great views and isn't very crowded. And you could even couple the trip with Glacier pretty easily as it's not a long drive south across the US/CA border. Good luck!
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Old 04-13-2021, 10:24 AM   #31
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Jealous, it has been 15 years or so since I've been, but I'm ready to go back! Tagged for information.
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Old 04-13-2021, 11:24 AM   #32
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Make reservations, I heard on the radio yesterday that Glacier and Yosemite NP are reservations only.
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Old 04-13-2021, 11:31 AM   #33
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we book the trip in march. we are good to go end of may.
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Old 04-13-2021, 11:50 AM   #34
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They are closed much of the year due to snowfall.

Early - mid May would be best. It is before the kids get out of school so there are less people. It is also late enough that the snowmelt should be enough to open.
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Old 06-01-2021, 08:16 PM   #35
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trip was awesome! its a must see and do.
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Old 06-01-2021, 09:29 PM   #36
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Awesome place! Stayed at the Lodge on Whitefish Lake, very nice and the rooms were huge
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Old 06-01-2021, 09:51 PM   #37
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Fly fish. Those bull trout are gorgeous. Everybody else has covered the rest.
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Old 06-01-2021, 09:57 PM   #38
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If it’s just you and your spouse, stay in a train car (specifically the caboose) in Essex... eat dinner that night in the Issac Walton. Few things in this world are more romantic.

Many good things here already listed. Waterton is fun if you go to Canada.

Also eat at moose’s and bring a pocket knife! But warning Don’t go if a hockey is on TV. Liable to be a fight break out!


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Old 06-01-2021, 11:05 PM   #39
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I'm heading that was in Mid July with the wife. We plan to stay about 4-5 miles south of Polebridge. Is that a good location to stay at? We may be staying 3-4 nights.

Is there some other place 3-6 hours south of GNP to stay a night or two at?
Somehow I missed this back then, and it may be too late now. In case it’s not too late I’d recommend staying pretty much anywhere along Flathead Lake. Lakeside was the town that stood out the most of where I wanted to spend more time, and we will probably end up staying a night or two there in July on our trip as well. I’m hoping to make GNP again, but not sure that we’ll have time. We’ll be in Kalispell for the Big Sky Music Fest.
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Old 06-01-2021, 11:28 PM   #40
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Thanks to all for posting this useful info about this awesome place.
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Old 06-02-2021, 08:34 AM   #41
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Check out iceberg lake
It's a good 5 mile hike to get to it but worth the journey..it's on the far north side of the sun road
I waded out in that lake for a pic. That water will turn you from male to female in about 1 second when your junk hits it.
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Old 06-02-2021, 08:58 AM   #42
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Few years back my wife and I bicycled across the United States and did the northern tier which included Glacier National Park. We got held up for 3 days on the western side at Lake McDonald . The had trouble clearing the snow on the Road to the Sun. We finally got the clearance and rode up to the top. Took us 6 hours to peddle up. My bike weighed in at 80 pounds and wife's was 60 pounds(carried all our gear) . Could not see a thing because of the foggy conditions. I heard we missed the view of a life time. After our visit to the top we coasted several miles down to St. Mary where we had supper. You can call 1 406 888 7800 for road condition for the Road to the Sun.

This was fathers day . Hope this helps a bit.
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Old 06-02-2021, 10:39 AM   #43
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Hike to Old Man lake
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