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Glacier Na­tional Park, MT

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The Plan: Be­gin your trip to this 1,583-square-mile wilder­ness area in Mon­tana’s Rocky Moun­tains by spend­ing a day hik­ing at West Glacier. On day two, travel west to east on the Go­ing-to-the-Sun Road and stop by Lo­gan Pass—the high­est el­e­va­tion you can reach by car in the park— which of­fers views of Reynolds Moun­tain and Cle­ments Moun­tain and fields of wild­flow­ers. You might even spot bighorn sheep! Other must-sees in­clude Jack­son Glacier Over­look and Sun­rift Gorge. On your fi­nal day, start at Many Glacier Ho­tel and hike to Grinnell Lake (6 miles round-trip). On the way, you’ll pass Gem Glacier and Sala­man­der Glacier and see more wildlife. At the lake, you’ll be re­warded with views of the turquoise wa­ters. For some fine din­ing, plan a drive to Bel­ton Grill Din­ing Room in West Glacier— it’s worth the trek. If you’re look­ing to stay near the west en­trance to the park, rent a cabin with Glacier Raft Com­pany. To be near the east en­trance, try the Cot­tages at Glacier. Both are top-rated, con­ve­nient lodg­ing op­tions for ac­cess to the park.

Why We Love It: Glacier Na­tional Park of­fers plenty of easy trails for young­sters and first-time hik­ers. On the east side of the park, at St. Mary, there’s the trail to Vir­ginia Falls that’s just 3.6 miles round-trip, and on the west side, there’s the hike to Rocky Point on Lake McDon­ald, just 1.9 miles round-trip. To get to Grinnell Lake, you can join the two-part Glacier Park Boat tour (you’ll ride two boats to cross Swiftcur­rent Lake and Lake Josephine) to shorten the hike to 1.8 miles round-trip.

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