Visiting Glacier National Park in July

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    Jan 06, 2015 3:20 AM GMT
    I'm planning to take a trip to Glacier National Park July 13 to 15 after having run the Missoula Marathon on July 12. I've never been to Montana before so I'm pretty psyched. Has anyone visited Glacier National Park and if so do you have any suggestions about lodgings, itineraries and general logistics? Thanks.
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    Jan 06, 2015 3:26 PM GMT
    duluthrunner saidI'm planning to take a trip to Glacier National Park July 13 to 15 after having run the Missoula Marathon on July 12. I've never been to Montana before so I'm pretty psyched. Has anyone visited Glacier National Park and if so do you have any suggestions about lodgings, itineraries and general logistics? Thanks.


    Been there many many times. Just make sure to head a few hundred miles norh to Banff and the Canadian Rockies National Park.

    Take 89 to the border, which becomes rt 2 and takes you right into Calgary. Enjoy Calgary for a day or so then on the Banff. Stay at the historic Baniff Springs or head up to Lake Louis and stay at the Chateau Lake Louise Fairmont. Neither are cheap.

    For cheaper, Banff Ave is lined with HOtels from TransCanada to the old downtown.
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    Jan 06, 2015 4:39 PM GMT
    Someone told me the glaciers had melted there. To what extent is this true?
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    Jan 06, 2015 4:56 PM GMT
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    duluthrunner saidI'm planning to take a trip to Glacier National Park July 13 to 15 after having run the Missoula Marathon on July 12. I've never been to Montana before so I'm pretty psyched. Has anyone visited Glacier National Park and if so do you have any suggestions about lodgings, itineraries and general logistics? Thanks.


    Been there many many times. Just make sure to head a few hundred miles norh to Banff and the Canadian Rockies National Park.

    Take 89 to the border, which becomes rt 2 and takes you right into Calgary. Enjoy Calgary for a day or so then on the Banff. Stay at the historic Baniff Springs or head up to Lake Louis and stay at the Chateau Lake Louise Fairmont. Neither are cheap.

    For cheaper, Banff Ave is lined with HOtels from TransCanada to the old downtown.
    Nah, stay in the good ol' USA by heading south first to Missoula and check out Montana's most progressive and educated cities and than the long scenic drive to Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Tetons. There are a couple US highway routes that can be followed from Glacier all the way to Yellowstone. Beautiful, mountainous, scenic country awaits you in both Montana and Wyoming. No legitimate need to leave the US.
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    Jan 06, 2015 6:06 PM GMT
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    duluthrunner saidI'm planning to take a trip to Glacier National Park July 13 to 15 after having run the Missoula Marathon on July 12. I've never been to Montana before so I'm pretty psyched. Has anyone visited Glacier National Park and if so do you have any suggestions about lodgings, itineraries and general logistics? Thanks.


    Been there many many times. Just make sure to head a few hundred miles norh to Banff and the Canadian Rockies National Park.

    Take 89 to the border, which becomes rt 2 and takes you right into Calgary. Enjoy Calgary for a day or so then on the Banff. Stay at the historic Baniff Springs or head up to Lake Louis and stay at the Chateau Lake Louise Fairmont. Neither are cheap.

    For cheaper, Banff Ave is lined with HOtels from TransCanada to the old downtown.
    Nah, stay in the good ol' USA by heading south first to Missoula and check out Montana's most progressive and educated cities and than the long scenic drive to Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Tetons. There are a couple US highway routes that can be followed from Glacier all the way to Yellowstone. Beautiful, mountainous, scenic country awaits you in both Montana and Wyoming. No legitimate need to leave the US.


    I love the entire Northwest. Grand Tetons too. Yellowstone not as much because of all the dipshit tourists who leave their cars in the middle of the road with all of the doors open (blocking the road both ways) to go take a selfie with a buffalo.

    What I'm saying though, if you're already going to be as far north as Glacier, might as well go all the way up as far as Banff and Jasper. You will NOT regret it.


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    Jan 06, 2015 6:40 PM GMT
    Nivek saidSomeone told me the glaciers had melted there. To what extent is this true?

    There's a bill before congress to rename it to Dry Rocks national park.
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    Jan 06, 2015 6:59 PM GMT
    Love Glacier and Yellowstone NPs and make the trip almost every other year. Can't put my hand on my file folder of stuff from these trips (I'll keep looking/my big brother might have swiped it), but... might consider a stop at the National Bison Range also. Some of the best birding I have ever had was there. You used to be able to get a pass to go back country for photography/birding so you might want to check into that.

    On your way home you might consider buzzing Teddy Roosevelt NP also.
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    Jan 07, 2015 12:26 AM GMT
    I was named after a mountain here and have spent summers growing up hiking Glacier. It's an incredible place and so much to see. Many Glacier Hotel is a great place to stay (but very expensive and sells out). Also there are places to stay in St. Mary's, but the best would be camping in the Many Glacier Campground. A spot on the river is amazing, but get there early!! If you don't have time, drive the Going to the Sun Road and stop at Logan Pass and walk up the boardwalks. Also the day hike from Logan Pass to Lunch Creek is beautiful as well!!

    Waterton/Glacier is an amazing place!! Have a great time!!
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    Jan 07, 2015 6:24 AM GMT


    yes, Glacier National Park is phenomenal ! But you want to know what i remember just as fondly about being there ? A family run Mexican restaurant on the edge of the park, I am not even a foodie person, and yet i dream about how great their food was, this was the best Mexican food i have ever had / they make everything fresh each day and when they run out / that's it for the day.
    I could not recommend this place more highly - trust me / i just looked up their website to post here
    http://www.serranosmexican.com/

    have a great trip dude !

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    Jan 07, 2015 6:49 AM GMT
    duluthrunner saidHas anyone visited Glacier National Park and if so do you have any suggestions about lodgings, itineraries and general logistics? Thanks.

    Yes, I've driven through there on my motorcycle, but actually stayed in Kalispell, Montana. No tourist advice to offer per se, although I can confirm the scenery is breathtaking, worth the trip.

    Rather, the problem I encountered was with the roads, particularly US Rt. 2. You don't say how you're traveling. But if by road, be aware that July is road construction season. Coming from Duluth you should already know that.

    Be sure to use all online resources to confirm road construction to and through Montana. There are State sites with that info. And even then they may not be up-to-date & reliable. If you've got lodgings there call ahead and confirm the roads with them, too. I can tell you horror stories about traveling across Montana in June & July, especially through Glacier National Park.
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    Jan 07, 2015 8:38 AM GMT
    Thanks everyone for the helpful insights and suggestions! icon_smile.gif

    I'll be traveling on my own but am not antisocial. And I love the outdoors but have few outdoor skills. So I just went ahead and booked two nights lodging at Glacier Guides Lodge in West Glacier for 7/13 - 7/15 plus their guided day hike on Tuesday 7/14.

    Yup -- It's the middle of the night right now but I'm awake because I'm too excited about planning this trip. And yes, I'm assuming I'll be physically up to hiking on Tuesday after running the Missoula Marathon two days earlier....
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    Jan 07, 2015 1:11 PM GMT
    duluthrunner saidThanks everyone for the helpful insights and suggestions! icon_smile.gif

    I'll be traveling on my own but am not antisocial. And I love the outdoors but have few outdoor skills. So I just went ahead and booked two nights lodging at Glacier Guides Lodge in West Glacier for 7/13 - 7/15 plus their guided day hike on Tuesday 7/14.

    Yup -- It's the middle of the night right now but I'm awake because I'm too excited about planning this trip. And yes, I'm assuming I'll be physically up to hiking on Tuesday after running the Missoula Marathon two days earlier....


    Are you making a cross country road trip out of this?

    I've done 40 - 45 of them and a bunch of them by myself. I frankly like the by myself more than having someone with me.
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    Jan 08, 2015 4:11 AM GMT
    Not cross country as I don't have enough vacation time for that but I'll be driving from Duluth and exploring South Dakota on the way to Montana and North Dakota on the way back home.
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    Jan 08, 2015 5:30 AM GMT
    duluthrunner saidNot cross country as I don't have enough vacation time for that but I'll be driving from Duluth and exploring South Dakota on the way to Montana and North Dakota on the way back home.


    Are you at the least going to be able to catch Grand Tetons and Yellowstone?
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    Jan 08, 2015 10:30 AM GMT
    Not this trip. My main goals are Mt. Rushmore, Missoula, Glacier Park, Theodore Roosevelt Park and visiting friends in Bismarck. I also look forward to a visit to Fargo on the way back. I spent a couple of days in Fargo in 2012 on my way to the Winnipeg Folk Festival and really liked the place.
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    duluthrunner saidNot this trip. My main goals are Mt. Rushmore, Missoula, Glacier Park, Theodore Roosevelt Park and visiting friends in Bismarck. I also look forward to a visit to Fargo on the way back. I spent a couple of days in Fargo in 2012 on my way to the Winnipeg Folk Festival and really liked the place.

    I lived 4 years in Fargo, 11 years total in North Dakota. In fact, I've stayed in all the places you've mentioned, from Winnipeg to Bismarck. Interesting places, although the eastern half of ND can be so boringly flat & open. I've camped in the Badlands of the TR Park, which has some better scenery.

    In North Dakota we used to say there were only 2 seasons: Winter and Road Construction. Again, do check your driving route online for construction delays and detours, which can obviously affect your travel times.
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    Jan 10, 2015 4:44 PM GMT
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    duluthrunner saidHas anyone visited Glacier National Park and if so do you have any suggestions about lodgings, itineraries and general logistics? Thanks.

    Yes, I've driven through there on my motorcycle, but actually stayed in Kalispell, Montana. No tourist advice to offer per se, although I can confirm the scenery is breathtaking, worth the trip.

    Rather, the problem I encountered was with the roads, particularly US Rt. 2. You don't say how you're traveling. But if by road, be aware that July is road construction season. Coming from Duluth you should already know that.

    Be sure to use all online resources to confirm road construction to and through Montana. There are State sites with that info. And even then they may not be up-to-date & reliable. If you've got lodgings there call ahead and confirm the roads with them, too. I can tell you horror stories about traveling across Montana in June & July, especially through Glacier National Park.
    I always wanted to travel on US Route 2 on its full length from Michigan to Washington. I was always intrigued by that northern high spine road. Who needs interstates anyways, they suck.
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    Art_Deco said
    duluthrunner saidHas anyone visited Glacier National Park and if so do you have any suggestions about lodgings, itineraries and general logistics? Thanks.

    Yes, I've driven through there on my motorcycle, but actually stayed in Kalispell, Montana. No tourist advice to offer per se, although I can confirm the scenery is breathtaking, worth the trip.

    Rather, the problem I encountered was with the roads, particularly US Rt. 2. You don't say how you're traveling. But if by road, be aware that July is road construction season. Coming from Duluth you should already know that.

    Be sure to use all online resources to confirm road construction to and through Montana. There are State sites with that info. And even then they may not be up-to-date & reliable. If you've got lodgings there call ahead and confirm the roads with them, too. I can tell you horror stories about traveling across Montana in June & July, especially through Glacier National Park.
    I always wanted to travel on US Route 2 on its full length from Michigan to Washington. I was always intrigued by that northern high spine road. Who needs interstates anyways, they suck.


    It was quite a while ago, but I also did the same with a rt 2 trip its full length and then back on the Trans Canada for its full length from Victoria to PEI.