Our summer vacation was spent at Glacier National Park in late July. We flew into Kalispell, then stayed in West Glacier at the Glacier Highland Resort. The motel was nice, and had a nice family run cafe. Our best meal was at Three Forks Grille in Columbia Falls. I had the Sage Creek Chicken Risotto, wonderful. My brother-in-law said the Bison Burger was outstanding. On the East side, we stayed at St. Mary Lodge, East Motel, which is actually on the Blackfoot reservation, I believe.
Our first day, we hiked to Avalanche Lake. The hike is about 4.5 miles with a 730 feet elevation gain. Even though the temperature in Glacier was in the low 90's (surprise!), the walk through the trail became cool when near the creek. The view at the end was well worth the walk.
I highly recommend taking the Red Bus tour of the Going to the Sun road, as opposed to driving it. We took several Red Bus Tours and loved them. The driver explains features of Glacier National Park (Thanks Glen, Lenny and Julie). Not all of the Red Bus drivers are fanatastic tour guides, but we had 3 great guides out of 5.
We also hiked Fish Creek Trail where we saw amazing views of Lake McDonald; Swift Current Lake Trail, and St. Mary and Virgina Falls trail. Below is an image of Lake McDonald. Wish I were there, lovely. One thing about Montana, is they love them some pie! We had wonderful Huckleberry Pie at several places, and then many other flavors at Park Cafe on the East Side their motto Pie for Strength.
I highly recommend a visit to Glacier National Park. Be sure to visit both sides of the park and the Going to the Sun road. My husband read that most people don't go more than a mile off the road when visiting Glacier. They basically just stop at the pull offs, don't be one of those people.
View my gallery of Glacier photos.