Location: Glacier National Park, Montana
Distance from Denver: 927 miles (~14.5hours) ♡
Where to Stay: Lake McDonald Lodge ($$$) | Many Glacier Hotel ($$$) | Grouse Mountain Lodge ($$$) | The Lodge at Whitefish Lake ($$) | Best Western Rocky Mountain Lodge ($) | SpringHill Suites by Marriott Kalispell ($) | Hampton Inn Kalispell ($)
Where to Eat: We brought food but there is a Costco in Kalispell where we re-fueled.
Other Tips: Stop at Starbucks during the road trip for the cleanest bathrooms (no purchase necessary!) | Bring bug spray, sunscreen, and bear bells | Start early to get parking and avoid crowds | Bring a sled (or skiis/snowshoes) if you plan on hiking Hidden Lake before August | Dawn & dusk are your best chances to see wildlife
15 hours. That's how long it took us to get from Denver to Glacier National Park. Thank goodness for THE MOST WONDERFUL fiancé, because let me tell you: that drive is brutal. 4am wake up calls + driving + hiking = no joke kids. However, we had a *marvelous* time, didn't see a bear, and survived the middle of nowhere Montana. I've included our itinerary below; let us know if there are any stops you would suggest!
Day 1 -
- Drive from Denver to Montana (stops at Cheyenne, Billings, Bozeman, and Missoula for gas)
- Sunset at Lake McDonald
Day 3 -
- Explore Polebridge and the lakes near it
- Drive to Bozeman, MT for the evening
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