Plan Your Ultimate Glacier Vacation-Part II

Mar 14, 2016
This is the second installment of my multiple part blog entry and guide to help you plan your ultimate week in Glacier National Park. Check out the first entry here. Written to compliment an eight night itinerary, this entry will help you plan days in the first half of your trip on the west side of the Park and in Waterton Lakes.

Day 1: After getting squared away at Glacier Park Airport, head for West Glacier.

Stop into the West Glacier Restaurant for lunch.

Dish to try: Bison Reuben made fresh with Montana ingredients, or the Idaho Nachos-Montana style nachos with Bison.

Splurge: Do yourself and favor and finish your lunch with a huckleberry milkshake, go ahead, get the whipped cream, you’re on vacation!

Relax in the afternoon at Glacier’s “beach” in Apgar.

Rent a standup paddleboard and take it out on Lake McDonald or Lower McDonald Creek. Paddleboard rentals are available in Apgar, try Glacier Outfitters for all your rental needs.

In the evening, take a glass of wine down by the water or mix it up with the resident raft guides at Freda’s Bar.

Day 2: Choose your adventure with this full day!

Before heading out, pack a brown bag lunch from the West Glacier Mercantile.
I recommend a whitewater raft trip with local outfitters down the Middle Fork of the Flathead.

Photo: Courtesy of Great Northern Raft Co.
Hike to Avalanche Lake (easier) or Mt. Brown Lookout (much harder).

Take a historical boat tour with the Glacier Park Boat Company on Lake McDonald aboard the DeSmet,which leaves from the dock at Lake McDonald Lodge.

Enjoy a fine dinner at the Belton Chalet in West Glacier for your final evening on the west side.

Day 3: Get up early and prepare for your trip over the sun!

Make sure to pack a lunch and charge the camera batteries because today is the day you’ll drive over famous Going-to-the-Sun Road.

Stop at Logan’s Pass and hike to Hidden Lake Overlook.

Photo by Guest: Pam Warburton
After your hike on the Pass, if you still have time and energy, hike to Virginia Falls in St. Mary.

Once you reach the end of the Road, keep heading north to Canada and Prince of Wales Hotel—your destination for the night.
Catch Afternoon Tea at the Prince of Wales—a bucket list experience that occurs between 1-5pm daily. It’s quite popular and reservations are recommended (reservations available by calling 406-892-2525).

Enjoy an exquisite meal with an unparalleled view in the Royal Steward Dining Room.

Dish to try: braised Bison stew or the Chicken Florentine (both are sure to impress).

Before retiring, sip on a fine spirit from the Windsor Lounge and watch the late summer sun drop behind mountains.
Stay tuned for another vacation planner blog. The next entry will include the second part of this eight night itinerary in St. Mary, East Glacier and Whitefish!
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