Montana – Whitefish and Glacier

Montana had one last chance to impress upon us as we visited Whitefish and Glacier National Park. Of course it did not disappoint. 

We stayed up at Whitefish Mountain Resort and enjoyed some hiking and a few beers. The resort is covered with wildflowers, trails for hiking, mountain biking and of course a slope-side bar.  

Below the mountain sits the town of Whitefish, (population 6,500.) A small cute town that once revolved around the Great Northern Railroad and the logging industry. A visit to the Great Northern Brewing Company was in order. The upstairs bar provides a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains while indulging. We wandered around the town window shopping and enjoying the scenery. 

The highlight of the trip was our brief visit to Glacier.  While we had originally decided to save Glacier for another trip when we could spend more than just a day.  But once we got close, we couldn’t resist spending a day to preview the park and enjoy the famous ‘Going to The Sun Road’ which had just opened. 

Our day at Glacier was met with cold weather and our first look at the summer tourist crowds. However, we managed to sneak in a full day of exploring, a hike to the Hidden Lake and even a bear or three.  There is no way to describe Glacier with the high peaks that seem to go on forever. So I will try and just put it in pictures.

With a one day visit to Glacier, I recommend ditching your car and jumping on the provided buses. Enjoy the scenery without the stress of parking or navigating the traffic and narrow roads. With a little planning, we were able to pick a few hikes along the various bus stops and enjoy the warm dry bus as the weather moved in.

We had a long day exploring Glacier and barely scratched the surface. It will not be our last visit. In the meantime, I will be dreaming of the views and the huckleberry shakes.

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