Location: Glacier National Park, Montana
Distance from Denver: 974 miles (~15.5hrs) ♡
Hike: Negligible ♡ ♡ ♡
Difficulty: Easy ♡ ♡ ♡
Parking Situation: Side of Road ♡ ♡
Parking Fee: N/A, but there is a park entrance fee (PSST: if you intend to visit multiple national parks a year, get the America the Beautiful parks pass)
Can I just say I LOVE Brandon? Bet you thought I'd say I love Lake McDonald. Which I do. But we wouldn't have gone when we did, had it not been thanks to literally the best fiancé ever.
We left Denver at 4:30am that morning. We drove 15 hours, crossing through Wyoming (empty nothing), southern Montana (why don't they call it Wyoming?), and past Bozeman into Glacier territory. It was brutally long. We pulled into our hotel around 8pm and I really wanted to be by the water. Crazy right? The lake was another hour away from where we were, but Brandon is just MY DUDE and drove me. You read that right, he drove countless hours just so I could go to that lake. Ladies: get you a man like dis.
Sunsets are late in Big Sky country. So by the time we got to the banks of the lake, it was past 9pm and the sun had just started to set.
Lake McDonald is one of those areas that is mystical, magical, awe-inspiring, glacial yet tranquil and calm all at the same time. I was thankful it wasn't busy. We brought a beach blanket and found our own piece of paradise along the shore. A half hour of watching the sunset (read: taking pictures) across this majestic landscape and we completely forgot about the driving it took us to get there. The perfect way to seal a day full of driving.
A few tips: bring bug spray and a beach blanket | there are many accessible paths down to the water from the pull-offs. We found a secluded spot halfway up the lake (before getting to Lake McDonald Lodge)
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