• The magic carpet at Whitefish Mountain Resort, Whitefish, Montana, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog 2014
    How to Survive Skiing with Kids

    So you want to take your kids skiing?  Just stay home. No, no.  I’m kidding. Last year we ...

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  • Baby Neill at Whitefish Lake, Montana
    The end of summer 2013

    We just returned from our Yellowstone National Park trip, to find that the summer is coming to ...

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  • Black Bear, in northwest Montana, May 2015, Montana Vacation Blog 2015
    Beautiful Black Bear Photos, Northwest Montana, May 2015

    Bears come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. A black bear is not necessarily the color black. ...

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  • Alex Neill and baby girl hiking to Red Rock Falls, Glacier National Park, Montana Vacation Blog, http://www.montanavacationblog.com/
    Summer 2013: The Summer I Spent with my Girl in her Backpack

    This picture means more to me than I can ever put into words. The summer of 2013 looked just ...

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  • Paddleboarding on the Jimmy Styks Inflatable Paddleboard, in northwest Montana, May 2015, Montana Vacation Blog
    SUP and Jimmy Styks Inflatable Paddleboard Review

    After a few years now of seeing everyone with a paddleboard, we decided to buy an inflatable ...

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Exploring Lion Lake in Northwest Montana

Alex Neill at Lion Lake in November 2015 with beautiful lake reflections and yellow larch trees, Lion Lake, Montana, Montana Vacation Blog, November 2015

When the weather turns to November in Montana, it can be more difficult to get outside with kids thanks to the cold and rainy weather. When the sun came out shining this morning, my friend Paige and I decided to get outside and explore these beautiful fall colors. This exploration led me first ...

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Driving to the North Shore of Whitefish Lake, Montana

Whitefish Lake, Montana, Montana Vacation Blog 2015

What I love about Montana are all of the back roads that are accessible to everyone! You don’t always have to drive far to reach the back roads either. Today after my daughter got out of school, I figured we should try to get some photos of the last days of the golden trees, but... 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

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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SUP and Jimmy Styks Inflatable Paddleboard Review

Paddleboarding on the Jimmy Styks Inflatable Paddleboard, in northwest Montana, May 2015, Montana Vacation Blog

After a few years now of seeing everyone with a paddleboard, we decided to buy an inflatable board to try it out. I absolutely love it!! This is also a great sport if you have pets, because your dogs can ride along with you! I have just now finally gotten the nerve to get on... Read More

First Northwest Montana Snow 2014

Snowfall in the Flathead Valley, November 2014

There is something about the first snow that just puts a start on the winter season and makes me feel like the holidays have arrived.  This time of year is so special.  Picking out a Christmas tree, wrapping presents, and baking while listening to Christmas music.  It is truly the season of ...

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ATV and Jeep Trails near Missoula, Montana

4×4 Routes of Western Montana: ATV and Jeep Trails is an 8 x 11 inch spiral bound book that has over forty routes with turn-by-turn directions, along with mileage and GPS coordinates that will guide you along the most interesting primitive motorized routes of western Montana while ...

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What to Pack while Hiking with Children

Baby at Iceberg Lake, Glacier National Park, Montana, Montana Vacation Blog

Hiking with small children may sound like an unbearable task – one filled with tears (both yours and theirs), frustration, and lack of supplies. I am here to tell you that it is doable.  Our one-year-old hiked up to ten miles round-trip with us in Glacier National Park.  You just have to ...

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My Review of the Deuter Kid Comfort 3: The Kid Carrier Backpack You Need!

Hidden Lake, Glacier National Park, Montana

If you are bringing a small child on your trip to Montana, (or anywhere you plan on doing a lot of walking/hiking), I highly recommend buying the Deuter Kid Comfort III Kid Carrier backpack. Living in Montana, we have not found much of a need for a stroller.  At least, not since my first ...

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