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Seeing Glacier: Where to Go for a Mind-Blowing Good Time on the West's Most Beautiful Road

Magazine article Sunset

Seeing Glacier: Where to Go for a Mind-Blowing Good Time on the West's Most Beautiful Road

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GO

BROWNING

Museum of the Plains Indian. Exhibits of Blackfeet, Crow, and other Plains people's art, historic and contemporary.

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U.S. 2 at U.S. 89; 406/338-2230.

GLACIER N.P.

This is a big park--1,583 square miles--and deserves at least four days ($25 per vehicle per week).

Must-sees: Going-to-the-Sun Road. The mountain-hugging 50-mile, two-lane road cuts through the middle of the park, with lots of photo ops. Drive it or take Red Bus Tours (glacierparkinc.com), in a vintage eco-vehicle that runs on propane.

Logan Pass. On the Continental Divide at the top of Going-to-the-Sun Road, the 6,646-foot pass has a visitor center with spectacular views, and is a starting point for the Highline Trail.

Lake McDonald.

Nearly 10 miles long and more than 400 feet deep, this beautiful lake is best seen on a boat tour (glacier parkboats.com).

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Grinnell Glacier Trail.

The 8-mile day hike to a glacier is one of the best in the park. Even better, getting to the trailhead requires two boat rides (on Swiftcurrent and Josephine lakes). You can do the hike yourself, but a ranger-led trek will teach you about glaciers, animals, and wildflowers.

Centennial celebrations. 100th-birthday events are planned throughout 2010 (glaciercentennial.org).

STAY

BROWNING

Lodgepole Gallery and Tipi Village.

A rare chance to spend the night in an authentic Blackfeet tipi, with meals provided if you want. From $65; blackfeet culturecamp.com

EAST GLACIER PARK

The Brown House Guest Lodging.

Rambling, unpretentious motel with art gallery attached. From $70; eastglacier park.info

ST. MARY

St. Mary Lodge & Resort. Large, very comfy modern motel. From $179; stmarylodge andresort.com

GLACIER N.P.

All lodging within the park is handled by Glacier Park, Inc. (glacierparkinc.com or 406/892-2525).

Glacier Park Lodge.

On the eastern edge, this lodge has the most magnificent lobby in the park, maybe in the world. The resort vibe comes from a swimming pool, nine-hole golf course, and day spa. From $140.

Lake McDonald Lodge. Not as grand as the other two historic lodges, Lake McDonald is cozily rustic, with a lakeside setting. …

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