Glacier National Park in 1 day

This entry is part 6 of 18 in the series American National Parks

We took a few pictures and walked around a bit and then headed down towards the west gate of the park.

We had to stop just below the Logan Pass to take in the amazing view.

There were a bunch of small waterfalls going down the west side of the pass. Here is a small sampling of what you might expect to see.


This river starts well about the road and cascades down under the highway in the picture above.

DSCN0173-13After descending down the Whitefish side of the pass we traveled along the middle fork of the Flathead River. Like so many of the mountain streams this was crystal clear and very inviting in the heat.


One thing that we noticed in Glacier was that there was very little food service available. I guess the delays made this seem worse than it was but we were really hungry by the time we got down to McDonald Lake on the west entrance. If you are going to Glacier, plan accordingly.


Leaving the park and heading for Flathead lake  where we would spend the night we ran into one last but very long delay for oiling and gravel coating the main road leading to the west entrance to the park. At least we were stopped on bridge over a beautiful river so we had view while we waited.



Seriously, cars were backed up for miles each way. Who’s idea was this to shut down the highway both directions?

After surviving the oil and gravel one more time we headed down the east side of Flathead lake. Lots of cherry orchards and stands selling fresh cherries. We arrived at our hotel about 12 hours after we left Great Falls. We were tired but it was a great day with the scenery and nice weather.

view out of our hotel room in Polson, Montana

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