If Glacier National Park is not on your bucket list, it should be! This place has long been on mine and it did not disappoint. We stayed in a town right outside the park called Kalispell. Cute place with eats and drinks a plenty. We rented a small home in an adorable neighborhood through VRBO. This house had everything we needed. Including a fenced in yard for our pups. We stayed 3 days to be sure we could see as much as possible before we had to leave.
We went in late May, early June, the weather was wonderful, the crowds were nonexistent but the Going to the Sun Road was closed. I knew it would be a hit or miss type of situation and unfortunately, it was a miss for us. While we did get to go into the park a good 16-20 miles, the long route was closed to cars. It was open to anyone on foot or bikes. Our first stop coming into the park was the Glacier Park Inn. There are boat rentals, a restaurant and a hotel if you want to stay overnight. Lake McDonald is so beautiful once you get there, its hard to imagine the park can be anymore beautiful. We had our lunch by the lake at the Apagar Village. Several gift shops, ice cream parlors, bike and kayak rentals, and plenty of places to throw down a picnic blanket and just take in the scenery. The earlier you arrive at the park the better. We had no line to get in or lines to purchase goodies at the gift shop or ice cream parlor. It was heaven.
We chose Kalispell as our home base for this leg of our trip. The town is within a 30 minute drive to Glacier National Park, Flathead Lake, & Whitefish. This seemed like a perfect center for our travels in this area. Kalispell has everything that you could possibly need or want while visiting the area. They have a cute downtown with boutiques, outdoor adventure stores, book stores and coffee shops. If more chain like places are your thing…which is cool, they are mine as well….they have a new shopping area that includes Wal-Mart, Target, Starbucks, Famous Dave’s, & other chain restaurants. You won’t have any trouble finding a place to eat or shop. Check out Kalispell, Montana for more information on the area.
We only got to visit this little town briefly while visiting. We will probably stay here the next time we come to Glacier, mostly because it really has that small town feel that we love. It is just adorable at every turn. Whitefish is a resort town in the Rocky Mountains of northwest Montana. It’s a gateway to Glacier National Park. Ski and mountain-bike trails wind downhill at Whitefish Mountain Resort, just outside town. On Whitefish Lake, sandy City Beach and Whitefish Lake State Park have boat launches and picnic areas. Downtown, shops and eateries line Central Avenue. We are already trying to figure out how we can go back next summer! Want to find out about rentals & other town goodies, visit Whitefish, Montana
Hi my name is Michelle. My daughter and I travel as often as we can and on an extremely tight budget. We have adopted the motto Live Simple. Spend Less. Travel Often. It has truly changed our lives. I hope that you will follow along with us and please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about any of the places we have been. Thank you!