Planning your Glacier National Park Vacation
Don’t let Glacier be your only stop!
Just about anything that can be said about the pristine beauty and overwhelming majesty of Glacier National Park has been said a thousand times over. There are countless websites, blogs, photo galleries, Facebook pages, books and videos that attempt to describe one of the most beautiful natural environments on planet Earth. It is the destination for millions of visitors year-round.
As a result, campgrounds in the park fill up fast and many are reserved months or even years in advance. But don’t worry; there are lots of campgrounds outside of the park where you can rent space for an RV or camp in a tent. Additionally, there are many other lodging options from hotels and B&Bs to Montana Vacation Properties.
TIP! In addition to the hundreds of miles of hiking trails, you may also want to consider touring Glacier from above with a helicopter tour over the park from Glacier Heli Tours
Discovering the Flathead Valley
Most first-time visitors arrive with the intent of spending their time discovering all that is Glacier National Park. If they are lucky or have invested time planning and researching their vacation, a trip to the park is just one of the joys the Flathead Valley has to offer. A short drive to the south Flathead Lake appears between two mountain ranges and it is a breathtaking vision. Almost 30 miles in length, 15 miles wide at its while broadest point and 300 feet deep, the Flathead and the rivers that feed it are a sportsman’s dream come true. You might want to consider a charter to fish Flathead Lake.
TIP! To enjoy Flathead Lake you need not bring your water toys or gear with you. There are numerous businesses like Bigfork Outdoor Rentals that will rent anything from camping gear and kayaks to SUPs and floats. Or, try Flathead Offroad Adventures for a fully guided Side x Side tour.
Get to know Kalispell
The largest city in NW Montana is Kalispell and it is the heart and business center of the Flathead Valley. Kalispell is recognized as the retail, professional, medical, and governmental center of NW Montana serving 140,000 people in the valley. Almost every attraction in the valley is within a 30 minute drive from Kalispell.
Don’t miss Whitefish
In winter, Whitefish is a booming ski town boasting one of the largest ski resorts in the lower forty-eight. When summer arrives, Whitefish transforms into a hub for hikers and is famous for its downtown shops, restaurants and saloons. Whitefish Lake is one of the best spots to swim, fish or enjoy other watersports.
TIP! If you are the adventurous type you will want to check out FlyBoard® of Montana and experience the thrill of flying like a bird and swimming like a dolphin
Bigfork is a must see
The smallest city in the area, Bigfork is quite possibly the quaintest little town you will ever see in America. In winter it is famous for being one of the most decorated towns in America and it is a hub for artists and custom shops. In the summer Bigfork offers visitors lots to do and see as it sits on the shore of Flathead Lake.
Don’t forget the Flathead Guide
While you are enjoying your Glacier National Park Vacation, don’t forget to take the Flathead Guide with you. Bookmark http://www.flatheadguide.com so that you can refer to the guide for ideas about every aspect of your NW Montana vacation.