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Posted: 01/10/17 05:18pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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Possibly a side trip to Theodore Roosevelt NP one of the best kept secrets of vacation spots.


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What Campfire Time said. 60plus MPH is being very over optimistic. Traffic holdups, construction & potti breaks will kill that in no time. Even a 50MPH average is a tough one to maintain.


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I think you're on the right track; I like Glacier far better than RMNP. If you haven't been to Custer SP in the Mt. Rushmore area of SD, it's a worthwhile stopover area.


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Two years ago I went to Glacier over the 4th of July. Was not able to get a site at the park but did stay not to far away at Glacier meadows. Made a great base camp. If your heading out on 90 I would also recommend taking a night to stay at the Devils tower KOA and explore the area. Truly was one of the highlights of the trip and worth the slight detour.


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We lived in Estes Park, CO right next to Rocky Mtn NP. And been to Glacier NP several times. Go to Glacier. If at all possible drive your own vehicle on Going To The Sun Road - TV or Toad. Then you are on YOUR schedule, not theirs. Hiking on the east side is fantastic!


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We were in Glacier last summer. We were coming from Minnesota so not as far as you. We stopped in Minot at a very nice state park. We always plan distance on 50 miles per hour even if you are driving faster. It allows for a few stops, slower traffic, etc.

We stayed at the KOA on the East side. While the campground itself was very nice and the location was great for the east side, if I did the trip over I'd only stay here a few nights versus our entire week. The only reason being that the wind on the east side was terrific and we couldn't even just sit outside and enjoy the scenery.

It's alot of driving just to get to Glacier and then once you're there you need to continue driving to get to other areas of the park, but the drives are all scenic and definitely worth it. I definitely reommend going to Waterton Lakes and if you have additional time heading up to Banff and Lake Louise.

Also, make sure to take one of the boat rides in the park. The scenery and relaxing atmosphere are very special. The guides also give additional information on the park.

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If you have the time we did a Flathead River Run with Glacier Rafting and it was a Hoot!


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Thank you everyone for your comments and helpful information. We are still up in the air as to which area we will go. Both look like a worth while vacation! One just a lot closer than the other!! [emoticon] Thanks again! Tara


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Things to consider in GNP.
-The east side of the park is usually much dryer as it is in the rain shadow of the Rockies.
-The west side is more developed and is closer to supply towns due to the east side of the park abutting a large reservation.
-There are many more services and campgrounds etc on west side IF YOU LIKE THAT!
-If you want a quiet, scenic campsite with few amenities a few miles out of a small town I would recommend Two Medicine Campground,
-Many Glacier has better hiking.
- you really have to check out the Highline Trail that starts at Logan Pass Visitor Center. It is a beautiful trail(that has some height exposure) but is quite level and you start at the TOP of the mountain. You don't have to do all 11 miles just go as far as you want.


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Ernest wrote:

But if you go to Glacier you have to drive the Going to the Sun Road.
Is driving it better than the tour bus?


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