I first visited Glacier as a college student, way back in 1973. I've been back several times in the past few years. Glacier is a hard park to get to from most parts of the country- no big airports nearby, a long drive from most metropolitian areas. It's worth the journey, though. Even though the glaciers are slowly melting and receding, the high mountain scenery and abundant wildlife make it special. This park is also one of the best places in the lower 48 states to see a grizzly. If there aren't any critters around that can kill you if they choose, it isn't really wilderness, is it?
I've always thought Glacier had higher quality visitors than a lot of other parks. Because it is way off the beaten path with no big cities nearby, there is no weekend influx of day visitors. Most people who arrive have made a journey to get there and plan to spend some time to enjoy the park.
One of the best ways I stretched a frequent-flyer ticket into a great trip was a flight from my St. Louis home to Alaska with a Seattle stopover. My companion and I rented a car in Seattle and drove to Glacier and spent a week. Then, we returned to Seattle (it's a pretty good day's drive), flew to Anchorage, rented another car and spent a week in Denali. It doesn't get any better.
Hiking (well, resting while hiking) in the Many Glaciers area
Sacred Dancing Cascades
Goats on Going-to-the-Sun Road
Visit the official site.
Favorite hikes: Iceberg Lake, Avalanche Lake
Favorite place to stay: The little cabins at Apgar.
Favorite place to sit for hours: Sacred Dancing Cascades.
While in the area visit: Head-Bashed-In Buffalo Jump, in nearby southern Alberta.
Read: Night of the Grizzlies by Jack Olsen. A story about a single night in 1968 when two women were killed in the park in separate attacks. For many years this was the best-selling book in Montana.
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