Glacier National Park

In all of our travels, Glacier National Park is the only place that rivals our favorite spot so far (Acadia). The hiking is stellar. The park is breathtaking. The Ranger-led programs are top-notch. And we even found a sweet, secluded boondocking spot just 20 minutes from the west park entrance. It really is difficult to say why we loved this park so much. Our expectations were pretty high, thanks to all of our traveling friends hyping up the place, but it did not disappoint in the slightest. We stayed near the west side of the park for 2 weeks and hiked our little hearts out every chance we got, but since the famous Going to the Sun Road was still closed due to snowdrifts, we took the long route around one day to see the east side of the park too with hopes of reaching Grinnell Glacier. Unfortunately, the last portion of the trail to Grinnell was closed due to dangerous snow conditions, but the views were well worth the steep 7 miles of hiking and car sickness from the winding 2 and 1/2 hours of driving. We even took a little time to do some kayaking and paddleboarding on Lake McDonald one day. We love mountains, forests, and the way they collide with gorgeous turquoise water, so this place blew our socks off – not to mention cool, comfortable June temperatures in the 60’s and 70’s mostly with nights in the 40’s and 50’s. We definitely look forward to making our way back to this one! Montana, you made our shortlist.

 

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