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Glacier National Park Part 2: Going to the Sun Road, Logan Pass & Many Glacier

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On our second day at GNP the whole family piled into our Tahoe and drove the Going to the Sun Road.  Any book about National Parks highlights the Going to the Sun Road as one of the most scenic drives in North America.  The road is 52 miles long and starts out like many other park roads, winding through trees along the lakes and rivers.  After passing the Avalanche trailhead the road starts to get pretty amazing and quite intense.  You gain a lot of elevation in a short time, which means there is a steep drop off on one side of the car at all times.  The drive is not for the faint of heart or people with vertigo, there are many sharp turns and there is no guardrail to separate your car from the glacier carved valley below. (more…)

National Parks

Glacier National Park Part 1: Lake McDonald and Avalanche Creek


Our first day at GNP was a quick visit after driving from Coeur D’Alene to Whitefish.  We were staying on Big Mountain in Whitefish, which was beautiful, but unfortunately not very conveniently located for exploring the park.  The running joke the whole trip was that it was close in Montana miles, since everything is expansive and wide open.  The drive to the park from our condo was about 45 minutes, and that was just to the west entrance, driving across the park adds another one to two hours depending on traffic and the destination. (more…)