• Chinese Wall, Bob Marshall Wilderness, Montana, Montana Vacation Blog
    Sun Canyon Lodge and Outfitting, Trip to the Chinese Wall in the Bob Marshall Wilderness, Montana

    A few weeks ago, I spent six days in the Bob Marshall Wilderness with Sun Canyon Lodge and ...

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  • Alex Neill at Mary Bay, Yellowstone Lake, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
    Mary Bay: A Gorgeous Spot with Cell Service at Yellowstone Lake

    Mary Bay is a stunning, isolated beach facing west along Yellowstone Lake in Yellowstone ...

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  • Pray Lake, Two Medicine, Two Medicine Campground, Glacier National Park, Montana, Montana Vacation Blog 2014
    Camping at the Two Medicine Campground, Glacier National Park, Montana

    Two Medicine is a spot in Glacier National Park that I think can get overlooked. I think that ...

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  • Bowman Lake at Glacier National Park, Montana, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog 2014
    Postcards {Photos} from Bowman Lake, Glacier National Park, Montana

    It is no secret that I love Bowman Lake, tucked away in the northwest corner of Glacier ...

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  • Alpenglow on the Peaks at Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park, Montana, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog 2014
    Campgrounds in Glacier National Park

    There are 13 campgrounds in Glacier National Park, with over 1,000 campsites available.  There ...

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Mother’s Day Weekend Camping at St. Mary Campground, Glacier National Park

The Neill family and their Chevy truck driving the Going-to-the-Sun Road at dusk, May 2016, Glacier National Park, Montana, Montana Vacation Blog 2016

St. Mary Campground in Glacier National Park has been off our radar for quite some time. It is easy to overlook this campground, but it opens earliest in the spring and it accepts reservations for the summer months, making it a great place to visit early in the season. The St. Mary Campground ...

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#optoutsideglacier Instameet, Lake McDonald, Black Friday 2015

Alex Neill sitting on a log at Lake McDonald near Apgar, Montana Vacation Blog 2015

Each year, Black Friday rolls around and we may spend time buying more things that we probably don’t need because they are on sale. This year, we decided to save money on Black Friday by not spending money on Black Friday and choosing instead to #optoutside with @rei. REI has challenged ...

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Exploring the Ross Creek Cedars, Bull Lake, and Kootenai Falls, Libby, Montana

Exploring the Ross Creek Cedars, Libby, Montana, Montana Vacation Blog 2015

The Ross Creek Cedars are a gem of western red cedars found not far from the small town of Libby in northwest Montana. The best way to see them is if you are driving between Spokane, WA, or Sandpoint, ID, on your way to Montana. Some of the trees are said to be more than... Read More

Hiking to Avalanche Lake in the Rain with Great Friends, October 2015

Montana Vacation Blog at Avalanche Lake on a rainy day in October 2015, Glacier National Park, Montana

When you find a group of people who will gladly put on all of their rain gear and join you on a hike to Avalanche Lake in the rain – you grab onto them as hiking buddies and never let go! When my friend Fran asked me to join her on a hike with a... Read More

Bowman Lake Photos, October 2015

Alex Neill standing along the shores of Bowman Lake on a beautiful fall day, Glacier National Park, Montana, Montana Vacation Blog 2015

Bowman Lake in Glacier National Park is always so enjoyable — a beautiful mountain lake that you can drive to. I try to make it up to Bowman Lake a few times each summer. We went up once earlier in the summer and had a great time kayaking, so with the nice weather forecast on... Read More

A Day Hike on the 18-Mile Dawson-Pitamakan Pass in Glacier National Park

Alex Neill standing on the Pitamakan Overlook along the Dawson -Pitamakan Loop, Glacier National Park, Montana, Montana Vacation Blog 2015

I have been wanting to do the Dawson-Pitamakan Pass Loop for a few years now. I had it planned for August 23rd of this year when friends were flying in from California. Unfortunately, the Thompson Fire shut down the trail at the end of August this year. The trail has reopened and we had this... ...

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Your Guide to Child Backpack Carriers for Hiking

Alex Neill standing in front of Two Medicine Lake while hiking the North Shore to Twin Falls, Glacier National Park, Montana, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog 2015

I have used several kinds of baby carriers for carrying my kids around the mountains. From 11 days old until now (currently have a 3-year-old and 1-year-old), we have used several kinds of carriers and have so many reasons for why I love and why I dislike each carrier in different ways. Here I ...

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Postcards from the Going-to-the-Sun Road 2015

The Going-to-the-Sun Road as seen from the west side, Glacier National Park, Montana, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog 2015

I never tire of photographs of the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park. This year, the road opened incredibly early (it was a low snow year, so the road was clear of snow earlier than usual) and opened on June 19, 2015! Here are some photos of the Going-to-the-Sun Road so far this ...

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Tips for Visiting Logan Pass and Glacier National Park in June or Early Summer

Logan Pass, Glacier National Park, June 2015 with snow, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog 2015

The entire Going to the Sun Road only opens for a few short months of the year, due to snow making Logan Pass impassable during the winter months. I usually don’t absolutely count on the road being open all of the way from West Glacier to St. Mary (which takes you over Logan Pass) ...

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How To Keep Young Kids Entertained While Camping

Montana Vacation Blog's Explorer Kit for Kids to keep them entertained while camping, 2015

I get asked often how to keep kids entertained while camping. Well, older kids (perhaps over the age of 5) seem to entertain themselves quite easily. Especially if you have a few kids their ages, or siblings, and you bring a bike or two. Hours of fun. But what if your kids can’t even ...

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