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

    Glacier National Park has so many amazing things to offer! Each area offers unique things, and ...

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  • Hiking to Avalanche Lake, Glacier National Park, Montana, Montana Vacation Blog 2014
    2014 Photos from Avalanche Lake, Glacier National Park, Montana

    Avalanche Lake has always been my go-to hike in Glacier National Park.  An easy and quick day ...

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  • Red buses for the Red Bus Tours in Glacier National Park, Montana, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog 2015
    Glacier National Park #instameets and Photo Walks with Rangers 2015

    Glacier National Park is offering a few new things in June 2015. ...

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  • Montana Vacation Blog at Avalanche Lake on a rainy day in October 2015, Glacier National Park, Montana
    Hiking to Avalanche Lake in the Rain with Great Friends, October 2015

    When you find a group of people who will gladly put on all of their rain gear and join you on a ...

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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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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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Getting Started with Geocaching: Guest Post by Harley and Abby McAllister

What a typical chache looks like while geocaching, Montana Vacation Blog 2015

I can honestly say that our family loves being outdoors together, but you wouldn’t necessarily guess it from the reactions we get from the kids when we suggest a hiking trip.  If your kids are like ours, and our bet is that most of them are, they never seem to want to give up whatever... Read More

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

Staying at the Glacier Outdoor Center Cabins, West Glacier, Montana

Number 11 deluxe cabin at the Glacier Outdoor Center cabins, West Glacier, Montana, Montana Vacation Blog 2015

The Glacier Outdoor Center cabins are the perfect place for large families or groups traveling together to stay and explore West Glacier and Glacier National Park. The Glacier Raft Company invited us to stay at the Glacier Outdoor Center Cabins, and we gladly accepted the invitation. We knew ...

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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

Avalanche Lake Trail Spring 2015, Glacier National Park

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

Anyone who follows my website knows that I have written about the Avalanche Lake Trail a few times. It is one of the first trails to open in the spring, as the Going-to-the-Sun Road opens to Avalanche Lake Campground before it opens to Logan Pass or in its entirety later in the season. You ...

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Why You Should Visit Missoula, Montana

Missoula, Montana view from above, Montana Vacation Blog 2015

I don’t know if people hear about the Missoula news nationwide, but Missoula seems to be making headlines lately… and not for the best of reasons! Missoula is a gorgeous town, with plenty to do for the entire family! Even if you are just passing through, be sure to stop to get a ...

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Things To Do With Kids in Missoula: Caras Park, Missoula’s Carousel, and the Missoula Children’s Museum

The Clark Fork River as seen from Caras Park, Missoula, Montana, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog 2014

There are many fun things to do in Missoula for families, and Caras Park and its surrounding activities will surely be one of your kids favorites! Caras Park is located in downtown Missoula, right alongside the Clark Fork River. This park has Missoula’s Carousel, as well as the Dragon ...

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