Glacier National Park Journals

Montana Mountain Majesty

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A June 2005 trip to Glacier National Park by bathtubjake

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Quote: Although getting to Glacier may take some extra effort, the majestic mountain scenery is certainly worth the trip.

Montana Mountain Majesty

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Obviously, the standout activity is Going-to-the-Sun Road. This two-lane road crosses the Continental Divide at Logan Pass, and connects the east and west side of the park. This is no ordinary highway, however. If you were hoping for a quick commute, you won't find it here. What you will find are unparalleled views, multiple pullouts, abundant wildlife, dramatic waterfalls, and sparkling lakes. Quick Tips: Even if you are not staying at the park lodges, take the time to visit them. The architecture is unique and rustic. Also, the lodges provide the only touches of "civilization" within the park, such as restaurants, restrooms, and tour opportunities.Best Way To Get Around: Gla...Read More

St. Mary Lodge and Resort

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Hotel | "The Lodge at St. Mary"

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The "Resort at Glacier" (as the website names it), or "The Lodge at St. Mary" as the sign says, is literally a stone's throw from the St. Mary entrance. Aside from the sign discrepancy, the architecture of the resort is lovely log construction that looks very much at home with the mountain backdrop. On the first try, the hotel lobby was difficult to find. After asking a couple of employees, we found it in the center of the building, between the gift shop and the restaurant entrance. The lobby features an upscale lounge with log and leather comfy chairs and couches facing a stone fireplace with plenty of windows facing the mountains. They often offer speakers and entertainment in this area ...Read More

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St. Mary Lodge and Resort
Highway 89
St. Mary, Montana 59417
(888) 778-6279

Going-to-the-Sun-Road

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Attraction | "Sunset on Going-to-the-Sun Road"

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In late June, sunset came at about 10pm at the top of the mountains. Most people seemed to have settled in for the night, exhausted from days of hiking and sightseeing. However, when we noticed the alpenglow and the wildlife peeking out, we made the best decision of our trip, to drive to Logan Pass to watch the sunset.The first night, we were hesitant to try the narrow road in the dark, however, the bright moon and dusk lasted for quite a while. Once the sun had set at the top of Logan Pass, we headed down GTTS to our hotel, one night on the east side, and one night on the west side. We found the best alpenglow (the light on the mountains) to be near the top where panoramic views were available. ...Read More

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Going-to-the-Sun-Road

Glacier National Park, Montana 59936
(406) 888-7800

Red Jammer Bus Tours

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Going-to-the-Sun Road is a very narrow road over the mountains in Glacier National Park. Some people, and rightly so, are too nervous about the narrow passage and steep drop-offs to drive it themselves. The best option then, is to take a Red Jammer bus tour. Even if you are driving the road yourself, the tour offers the opportunity to see more of the scenery than the road.The tours leave from any of the lodges in the park. There are set tour times during the day, so check at a lodge as soon as you arrive in the park. Reservations are not necessary ahead of time, however, be prepared to wait an hour or so for the next trip. They will take everyone they can, and sent out a bus for just three of us...Read More

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Red Jammer Bus Tours
Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park, Montana

Eating in the Park

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You'll quickly notice that there is no food service in the interior of Glacier National Park. The visitors' center at Logan Pass has water fountains, but that's it. You have two choices then, return to a park lodge at the base of the mountains on either the east or west side for lunch, or pack it with you. On our first day, we took advantage of the packed lunch option at our hotel on the east side, The Lodge at St. Mary. For $10 we got a sandwich, chips, fruit, cookie, and a bottle of water. The next day, we found the same meal already packed at the St. Mary grocery store for $3. On the west side, the grocery store in Hungry Horse has a similar package. This meant we could stay high in the moun...Read More