Glacier National Park

If you’re ever in the northwest part of Montana you better stop and check out Glacier National Park, because really, how many times do you find yourself in Montana?  The park is split in two: West and East.  The West Entrance is a tourist trap, but the East Entrance is a little less crowded.  One of the best times to go is early June.  The kids are out of school and you’re ready to burn some of their energy before they drive you crazy.  I won’t lie to you, this early in the summer parts of the Going to the Sun Road will be closed.  On the bright side, some of the cozier cabins are discounting rooms just to sell them out every night.  So there’s some give and take to this time of year.  The entrance fee is $25.00 per vehicle.  To save money, pack in your food.  If you stop somewhere in the park to grab a sandwich you’ll eat like a bird and pay like a millionaire.  (They do make huckleberry ice cream though that is delicious.)  There are lots of opportunities for boating in the park, if you’re into that kind of thing.  You also have pretty good chances of seeing bighorn sheep, grizzly bears, and black bears.  There are many rewarding, short hikes to beautiful waterfalls.  In all, even if you don’t want to venture far from your vehicle it’s still worth it.

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