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Location: Kalispell

Day 1 - 1 Jul 2018

Glacier Park International Airport

Kalispell, Glacier Park International Airport
Kalispell, Glacier Park International Airport
Kalispell, Glacier Park International Airport

Content: We selected the best place for our vacation, Glacier National Park one of the favourite national parks in the United States. We boarded a flight to the closest airport to Glacier National Park, Kalispell Airport. Flying is the easiest way to reach the Glacier National Park which is located at the north-west corner of Montana. We rented a car to explore the park ourselves. Free shuttle service was another convenient mode to explore the park. We decided to use this day to get prepared ourselves for the following big days.

Flathead Lake

Kalispell, Flathead Lake
Kalispell, Flathead Lake

Content: First, we hit Flathead Lake- largest natural freshwater lake. It was not recommended to step into the park on the travel day. We used this day to settle in and to relax. It was worth to include Flathead Lake since it was a beautiful as well as peaceful place. The lake offered kayaking which was a perfect activity even for families. We could feel the taste of the beauty of Montana. The freshness of glacier water and air provided an incredible experience. With a help of a friendly guide, we overviewed the area. Then we moved ahead to our accommodation.

The Raven

Kalispell, The Raven

Content: Along the way, we stopped at The Raven to grab a bit to eat. They offered a waterfront dining in a Caribbean style ambience. Both outdoor as well as indoor seating were available in the restaurant. An unforgettable dish we had was Caribbean shrimp salad, so fresh and healthy too. The food was delicious along with natural ambience.

Canyon Foods Supermarket

Kalispell, Canyon Foods Supermarket

Content: We stopped at a Canyon Foods Supermarket to pick up some snacks and drinks. There was a decent selection of items. We got some energy bars and drinks that helped us most of the days. It was located near to the West Entrance of the park. Another option in the West entrance was Walmart Super center.

Location: Glacier National Park

Day 1 - 1 Jul 2018

Lake McDonald Lodge

Glacier National Park, Lake McDonald Lodge
Glacier National Park, Lake McDonald Lodge
Glacier National Park, Lake McDonald Lodge
Glacier National Park, Lake McDonald Lodge

Content: We checked in to the Lake McDonald Lodge. Of course, there are many accommodation alternatives available from romantic lodges to campgrounds. Lake McDonald Lodge was a great selection which was located at the eastern shore of Lake McDonald. The peaceful environment and picturesque landscape made our stay great. The room was very comfortable with a king-size bed. They offered modest amenities. We spend the rest of the time in the room planning the upcoming days.

Location: Glacier National Park

Day 2 - 2 Jul 2018

Going-to-the-Sun Road

Glacier National Park	, Going-to-the-Sun Road
Glacier National Park	, Going-to-the-Sun Road
Glacier National Park	, Going-to-the-Sun Road

Content: We started our day early in the morning. Our excitement was at the peak, packed essential things and kick start our day. We set the first day for the Highline hike which was the popular trail in Glacier National Park. We headed straight to Going-To-The-Sun-Road which was the hub for the hike. It was the most highlight of our trip as it holds all its glory in a stretches of about 50 miles from end to end. It was essential to check about the requirements for driving this scenic highway. We spotted Glacier National Park welcome sign and started our drive from the Apgar Visitor Centre. Before entered into the West entrance we stamped our national park passport at the Apgar Visitor Centre. There are no gas stations within the park, so make sure to fill up the gas. Along the road, we could saw many pretty colourful rocks.

Logan Pass Visitor Centre

Glacier National Park	, Logan Pass Visitor Centre
Glacier National Park	, Logan Pass Visitor Centre
Glacier National Park	, Logan Pass Visitor Centre
Glacier National Park	, Logan Pass Visitor Centre

Content: We hit Logan Pass which is the hub for the two hikes: Highline Trail or Hidden Lake Trail on Going-to-the-Sun Road. It was the highest point in the park that can be accessed by car. Of course, Highline Trail is a bucket list activity for all adventure lovers. We checked into the visitor’s centre which is opened from mid-June to mid-September. There was an informative exhibition on alpine zone plants and other creatures. We found a potable water fountain between the bathrooms at the Logan Pass Visitor Centre.

Logan Pass Parking

Glacier National Park	, Logan Pass Parking
Glacier National Park	, Logan Pass Parking

Content: Luckily we got a space to park our car in the parking lot. Since it was the peak season the lot was very busy. Logan pass parking area was large compared to that of the Loop. It was very convenient to reach back to the parking by using shuttle services. As this was the popular hike in the park, we expected high traffic so we started early in the morning. We walked for a while to found signpost marking the trail.

Highline Trailhead

Glacier National Park	, Highline Trailhead
Glacier National Park	, Highline Trailhead
Glacier National Park	, Highline Trailhead

Content: We started the adventurous hike through the lush green vegetation in a beautiful alpine meadow. Both sides of the pathway were covered by trees and plants. The freshness of the air could be felt. The first few miles were extraordinary as well as challenging part of the hike where some path was carved out from the cliffs over Going-to-the-Sun Road. We walked through a narrow road which was a little tricky but cable attached to the one side helped us to walk. Looking at the Logan pass from the trail was incredible. Rocky pathway creates fear in us. Along the way, we found many exciting spots for pictures. Even if it was so trilling we found many elder adventure lovers along the way.

The Garden Wall

Glacier National Park	, The Garden Wall
Glacier National Park	, The Garden Wall
Glacier National Park	, The Garden Wall

Content: We entered into a small forest-like area that covered with wildflowers and slopes. Small water streams along the way made the journey beautiful. Along the way, we spot a mountain goat standing happily without any fear. It was possible to see Haystack pass at a distance on the way. The entire place was surrounded by stunning mountains and peaks. There was another option to take a detour to Grinnell Glacier Overlook. We set another day for this route so we walk further ahead to Granite Park Chalet.

Granite Park Chalet

Glacier National Park	, Granite Park Chalet
Glacier National Park	, Granite Park Chalet
Glacier National Park	, Granite Park Chalet

Content: It was a great place to take a break. We enjoyed our sandwiches and drinks from our backpack. After spending hours overlooking the beauty of slopes and hills we walked downhill.

The Loop

Glacier National Park	, The Loop
Glacier National Park	, The Loop
Glacier National Park	, The Loop

Content: We stepped downhill to our destination, the place where hike ended. The walk towards the Loop was through a steep downhill out of the forest. We walked through the pine forest. We found a shuttle stop at a short distance away from the end of the trail. There is two shuttle stops one the eastbound and another at the westbound. We joined the queue for the Logan pass located the eastbound. We enjoyed the entire day, our hearts were filled with beautiful images of nature.

Weeping Wall

Glacier National Park	, Weeping Wall
Glacier National Park	, Weeping Wall
Glacier National Park	, Weeping Wall

Content: We spend some time at Logan pass, and then we drove again through Going-to-the-Sun Road. We witnessed so many dramatic sites along the way. Such a panoramic beauty of nature offered the best photos for our travel diary. We moved through at a section of a beautiful cliff where water splashes out from the patches on the rock. Driving through the road offered free car wash. The road was too narrow and there was no specific spot to stop the car. Be sure to close the windows.

Big Bend

Glacier National Park	, Big Bend
Glacier National Park	, Big Bend
Glacier National Park	, Big Bend

Content: We stopped at the most beautiful spot famous for the sunset view. Definitely, the view down at this point was too amazing. It was situated immediately next to the Weeping Wall. The entire valley was beautiful with wildflowers and lush green forest. The scenic drive through this road was an essential part of the trip to Glacier National Park region. Going-to-the-Sun Road is a stretch of road that uniting the Apgar Visitor Centre on the western end to the St. Mary Visitor Centre on the eastern end with beautiful spots along the road.

Location: Glacier National Park

Day 3 - 3 Jul 2018

Cedars Nature Trail

Glacier National Park	, Cedars Nature Trail
Glacier National Park	, Cedars Nature Trail
Glacier National Park	, Cedars Nature Trail
Glacier National Park	, Cedars Nature Trail

Content: We started our day after having breakfast. We headed to experience another popular hike, The Avalanche Lake Trail. We found a parking lot as soon as we entered the western entrance of the park. It was shared by Trail of the Cedars, Avalanche Campground and the picnic area. The parking was huge as well as extremely busy. We left our car and headed to Trail of the Cedars trail-head. We found two roads one on the eastern loop and another one on the western loop. The Trail of Cedars was a Broadway which was lined by tall trees. It was a wheelchair-accessible trail so that perfect activity for families.

Avalanche Creek

Glacier National Park	, Avalanche Creek
Glacier National Park	, Avalanche Creek
Glacier National Park	, Avalanche Creek

Content: Then we entered into a picturesque landscape where Avalanche Lake trail-head was marked on a signboard with a map. We walked through an inclined pathway which was a little muddy. We encountered melted water as it rushes through the narrow gorge. The way contains a rushing river that created a loud sound and a number of small waterfalls. We spend a couple of minutes to enjoy the beauty. Then we moved further.

Avalanche Lake

Glacier National Park	, Avalanche Lake
Glacier National Park	, Avalanche Lake
Glacier National Park	, Avalanche Lake
Glacier National Park	, Avalanche Lake

Content: The rest of the trail is fairly straight forward through the dense forest packed with tall trees. We saw plenty of exposed roots and rocks along the way. The trail met at the northern end of Avalanche Lake. It was charming to see the origin of a waterfall on the other end. We spend time to enjoy our lunch and relax on the shore. Then we continued our walk to the southern end of the lake. It was a more peaceful part of the trail that served as a great place to unwind before turning to the car parking area. The hike back to the Trail of the Cedars went quickly and easily without effort.

Johns Lake

Glacier National Park	, Johns Lake
Glacier National Park	, Johns Lake
Glacier National Park	, Johns Lake

Content: Along the way back to the room we went for another trail close to our accommodation. Johns Lake Loop in Glacier National Park is famous for the beautiful view of a waterfall. We used a left turn by the junction that drives us to the crashing waterfall known as the Sacred Dancing Cascade. We parked our car and walked along the shore of the river through stone steps. The great part of the hike was the trek through the forest enjoying amazing views and sprinkling water along the way. The walkway contains many turns and diverted ways to complete the loop. We sat at the shore of the river for a while, snapping some photos and soaking in the beauty of the river. We continued our loop hike by turning left across the creek through a narrow footpath. We continued to roam within the woods. We could catch an amazing view of the Apgar Mountains and the Belton Hills from the edge of a sharp cliff around McDonald Creek. This short hike gave us an unforgettable experience.

Russell's Fireside Dining Room

Glacier National Park	, Russell's Fireside Dining Room

Content: We had dinner from Russell’s Fireside Dining Room that offered a unique dining space. We had a great dinner; the food was amazing in taste. Next day we return to Kalispell.