For a great day trip from Glacier, consider taking a drive around Flathead Lake.
To get there, head west from the park on Highway #2 towards Columbia Falls. At the east side of C Falls, turn south onto highway #206. As you approach Creston, you will turn left onto highway #35.
At the intersection with highway #82, turn right onto #82 and head into Somers. When you get to Somers, you will have your first glimpses of the Flathead Lake. Somers is a great place to stop for lunch and some window shopping.
From Somers, you will turn left and go south on highway #93. The road will wind along close to the lake for about 2 hours, ultimately ending up in Polson. Polson is another great place to stop for a bite to eat, if you never did this in Somers.
From Polson, you will take highway #35 back north along the east side of the lake. This is the most scenic part of this trip, in my opinion. The road follows the shoreline for its entire distance. When you get to Woods Bay, you can stop in The Raven for dinner and a cold beer. They serve several local brews, some of which are made right across the street. The pub overlooks Flathead Lake and is a beautifully relaxing spot to spend an hour or two.
A short five minute drive brings you into Bigfork. If you're feeling tired, Bigfork is a great place to spend the night. Check out the Swan River Inn, McCabe's Mountain Inn or The Candlewyck B&B for a wonderful night's rest. The Echo Lake Cafe is a great spot for breakfast in the morning. Ask any local for directions - it's a favorite spot. Bigfork is home to many art galleries and you could easily spend your whole morning strolling around downtown before heading back north to GNP.
In my opinion, and the same thing goes for Montana’s Glacier National Park, if you visit Waterton, do it before you see the rest of the Rockies further north. Both Waterton and Glacier are magnificent, but they pale before the grandeur seen in Banff and Jasper. Waterton Hotel is pretty enough, even if a bit windy. The best hike by far in Waterton is the 17 kilometer almost 700 meter climb to Crypt Lake that you do with others, first catching the 9 or 10 am boat across Waterton Lake to the trailhead. The hike is anywhere from 6 to 8 hours and worth ever bootprint - see minorzwarpath’s Waterton Lakes National Park tips for more on this glory. Make sure of the boat schedule and prices before heading out at the website or phone numbers: http://www.watertoninfo.ab.ca/m/cruise.html
Box 126, Waterton Lakes National Park,
Alberta, Canada. T0K 2M0
$Cdn13 roundtrip -
Glacier has the greatest concentration of grizzly bears in the lower 48 states. We were lucky enough to see a few grizzlies from a safe distance (maybe 1/3 of a mile or so) on an opposite hillside.
I took this picture without a telephoto to show how small the bear seems and how well he blends with his habitat. Without binoculars we wouldn't have been able to see anything. On this picture the bear is a small brown blur in the center of the photo. He was feasting on wild berries.
Though Browning is an amazingly inauspicious location outside the East Glacier park entrance, it hosts two entertaining museums, the Museum of the Plains Indian and the wonderful collection at the Bob Scriver Hall of Bronze. You'll see examples of its wonderful sculptures outside and can't help but wish to step inside.
Look at these cutie pies!!! They just sat and basked in the sun, wondering who all those silly humans were with their cameras!! I just fell in love with the baby!
Again, you need to hike there, but you'd regret it forever if you didn't! See my comments under Must See Activities!