• Alex Neill hiking to Piegan Pass, Glacier National Park, Montana, Montana Vacation Blog 2015
    Hiking Piegan Pass to Grinnell Lake to Many Glacier, September 2015

    Piegan Pass is an enjoyable, fairly easy hike from the Going-to-the-Sun road on the east side ...

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

    I never tire of photographs of the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park. This year, ...

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  • Camping at the Many Glacier Campground with Grinnell Point in the background, Many Glacier, Glacier National Park, Montana, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog 2015
    Camping at the Many Glacier Campground, Glacier National Park, Montana

    I have always said Many Glacier is a special place. The campground here is one of the wonderful ...

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Touring Flathead Lake and Wildhorse Island with Explore Flathead Lake

Alex Neill and Montana Vacation Blog touring Flathead Lake with Explore Flathead Lake, Montana, Montana Vacation Blog 2015

The owner of Explore Flathead Lake, Dalon, was nice enough to take me on a tour of Flathead Lake and Wildhorse Island with my friend Jeni. It took us a bit of time to line it up, but we were able to go on a tour one evening in late September. Dalon is probably one... 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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Hiking to Stanton Lake, near West Glacier, Montana

Stanton Lake, near West Glacier, Montana, Montana Vacation Blog 2015

Stanton Lake is a pretty lake found between West Glacier and East Glacier on the outskirts of Glacier National Park. It is almost as if this little lake is still fairly undiscovered – and the short hike to get here is worth the effort for the beauty and serenity. We hiked to Stanton Lake ...

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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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Camping at the Many Glacier Campground, Glacier National Park, Montana

Camping at the Many Glacier Campground with Grinnell Point in the background, Many Glacier, Glacier National Park, Montana, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog 2015

I have always said Many Glacier is a special place. The campground here is one of the wonderful things about the Many Glacier Valley. The Many Glacier campground has become my favorite campground in Glacier National Park (that and Two Medicine, which I love for slightly different reasons). We ...

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