• Chief Mountain, Glacier National Park, Montana, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog, http://www.montanavacationblog.com/
    The Seasons of Glacier National Park

    Have you been wondering when is the best time to visit Glacier National Park in Montana?  Each ...

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  • Alex Neill standing on the Pitamakan Overlook along the Dawson -Pitamakan Loop, Glacier National Park, Montana, Montana Vacation Blog 2015
    A Day Hike on the 18-Mile Dawson-Pitamakan Pass in Glacier National Park

    I have been wanting to do the Dawson-Pitamakan Pass Loop for a few years now. I had it planned ...

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  • Whitefish Mountain Resort reflecting into Whitefish Lake in December, 2014, Whitefish, Montana, Montana Vacation Blog 2014
    How to Enjoy Whitefish Lake in the Winter, Whitefish, Montana

    Whitefish Lake in northwest Montana is a completely different sight in the winter than in the ...

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  • Exploring the Ross Creek Cedars, Libby, Montana, Montana Vacation Blog 2015
    Exploring the Ross Creek Cedars, Bull Lake, and Kootenai Falls, Libby, Montana

    The Ross Creek Cedars are a gem of western red cedars found not far from the small town of ...

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  • Alex Neill sitting on a log at Lake McDonald near Apgar, Montana Vacation Blog 2015
    #optoutsideglacier Instameet, Lake McDonald, Black Friday 2015

    Each year, Black Friday rolls around and we may spend time buying more things that we probably ...

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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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SeaEagle 330 Inflatable Kayak Review

Neill family on the Sea Eagle kayak, Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park, Montana, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog 2015

We bought the SeaEagle 330 Inflatable Kayak directly from SeaEagle themselves last summer. A friend of mine had bought hers on Amazon, and it seemed perfect for kayaking. We have enjoyed the kayak, and my 3-year-old especially loves it! First, everyone always asks if we like that it is ...

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Camping at Two Medicine, July 2015

Two Medicine sunrise over Pray Lake, Glacier National Park, Montana, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog 2015

Two Medicine is one of my favorite campgrounds in Glacier National Park. I wrote about camping at Two Med last year, because we seemed to spend a lot of time over there. This year, we hadn’t made it to Two Medicine yet, so I was excited to go. Our kids have been spending a lot... Read More

An Evening at the Bigfork Summer Playhouse to watch Annie

Bigfork Summer Playhouse, Bigfork, Montana, Montana Vacation Blog 2015

The Bigfork Summer Playhouse is a local’s favorite night out in the summertime in Bigfork, Montana. Everyone gets dressed up and goes out for a night on the town. The plays are new each year, and offer anything from children’s plays to comedies to musicals. We are lucky to have such ...

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Hiking to Bullhead Lake, Many Glacier, Glacier National Park, Montana

Bullhead Lake, Glacier National Park, Montana, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog 2015

Beautiful Bullhead Lake is a stunning hike that takes you through the Swiftcurrent Valley near Many Glacier in Glacier National Park. This is a great hike for families looking to do something a bit longer than a lot of the other hikes around here. I found this hike to be quite enjoyable.  ...

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Things to do in Many Glacier, Glacier National Park, Montana

Neill family in the Many Glacier Valley, Glacier National Park, Montana, Overlooking Mount Grinnell behind the Many Glacier Hotel, Montana, Montana Vacation Blog 2015

Glacier National Park has so many amazing things to offer! Each area offers unique things, and Many Glacier is no exception. Here is a list of some ideas for planning your trip to the Many Glacier Valley!   1. Go for a hike. If you came to Glacier National Park to hike, Many Glacier is... ...

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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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Updated Info 2015 for hiking to St. Mary Falls and Virginia Falls, Glacier National Park

Neill family at St. Mary Falls 2015

I have written about the wonderful family hike to St. Mary Falls and Virginia Falls on my blog before. But here is some updated information about the hike since they changed the parking situation in 2015. Glacier National Park is now encouraging more people to use the free shuttle service. The ...

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Beaches and camping in Whitefish: Whitefish Lake State Park, Whitefish, Montana

View of Whitefish Mountain Resort from the Whitefish Lake State Park beach, Whitefish, Montana, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog 2015

The Montana State Park on Whitefish Lake is tucked away in the southwest corner of the lake behind Whitefish Lake Golf Course. I would visit this park if you want shade, less people, and calm waters for boating activities. There is a fee to visit for the day or to camp at this park, but... Read More