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Old 03-01-2018, 08:33 AM   #1
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Glacier NP tips?

The first major stop in our upcoming Pacific NW trip is likely Glacier NP.

Any thoughts as to routes, campgrounds, how to see, what to see in the park greatly appreciated!
We'd likely be traveling west coming from
Bismark ND and carrying on towards Seattle then heading south.

If you've stayed or visited Glacier area we appreciate your insight!
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Old 03-01-2018, 08:47 AM   #2
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Take the NPS FREE Rides and The "RED Bus Pay Tours"! Good luck finding a Campsite your rig will fit in,in regards to Campgrounds Inside the NP! Youroo!!
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Old 03-01-2018, 08:48 AM   #3
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When we went we stayed in West Glacier, but if I go again I will stay east of the park if possible. Staying east means when you go over Going To The Sun Road the drop off will be off the left side of the road and the sun will be at your back as you go up and over in the morning, and the drop off will be on your right and sun will be at your back as you return in the afternoon.

We were using the motorcycle and wanted to ride at our own pace and and stop or not at the overlooks when we felt like it. If in a car or Pickup the Red Bus Tours might be a good way to go. They are open top and the driver will narrate the ride. You wouldn't have to drive, just enjoy the scenery.

I don't know what are good campgrounds out that way but I am sure there will bo others along who will know.
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Old 03-01-2018, 09:26 AM   #4
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I definitely suggest the free shuttle system. We used it last year and loved it. It was nice to not have to hassle with driving on the going to the sun road. There are length and width restrictions on that road to. We didn't make it up to it, but Many Glacier on the east side comes highly recommended. All the shuttle bus drivers were saying it was their favorite part of the park. The east side is a lot quieter, but the West side is prettier.
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We visited Glacier this past August and had a great time! We were visiting family in Nebraska and some had been to Glacier the previous year and convinced us to to visit. We went up to visit Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota first. And if you have the time it is a nice stop. Then we went north to Route US 2 and then west to Glacier NP. Much less traffic, the road is mostly four lane.

We didn't have reservations, but were able to get a camping site in Columbia Falls, MT. Glacier Peaks Campground.

Visit the NPS Visitor Center and gather the information you are interested in seeing and doing.

We drove up the going to the sun road up to Logan's Pass and didn't have any trouble. Traffic, yes. But no problems.

Be sure to visit the lodges and take a boat tour of MacDonald Lake from the lodge.

Have a great time. It is a great park to visit with a lot to do.

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No advice, but given your posts- I'm getting jealous!
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Target Many Glacier Campground. Far and away the best campground there. First come first serve. Be there about 8:30 am.
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No advice, but given your posts- I'm getting jealous!
Ependydad, you need to go and see it. You will not be disappointed!

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Well, I would get maps from https://www.hike734.com/shop/. He also has map info for Road to the Sun. We are heading there in August. Need to make resos six months in advance for NP sites. RV and KOA sites outside the park. We are travelling on route 2 from Michigan to the park.
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Target Many Glacier Campground. Far and away the best campground there. First come first serve. Be there about 8:30 am.
not sure what size your rig is,but of the 41 reservable spots in Many Glacier, 6 are listed at 30 ft.

the other sites there are first come first serve and are roughly the same proportion. People wanting sites are lined up well before 8:30. in many cases, there is a line at 5 am. Obviously it will be more difficult to get a large spot

DW and I have been to Glacier 3 times in the past 7 years. Its one of the most beautiful places on earth. Recommend hiking Iceberg lake if you can.

if you do get into many glacier, instead of having a campfire every night, walk to Fischercap lake in the evening. You will see Moose, deer, and sometimes bears. Big Horn sheep hang out on the cliffs above the lake so make sure you bring your binoculars.
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