• 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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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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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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Glacier National Park #instameets and Photo Walks with Rangers 2015

Red buses for the Red Bus Tours in Glacier National Park, Montana, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog 2015

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

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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

Beautiful Black Bear Photos, Northwest Montana, May 2015

Black Bear, in northwest Montana, May 2015, Montana Vacation Blog 2015

Bears come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. A black bear is not necessarily the color black. That’s why black bears and grizzly bears are often confused. You cannot judge a bear simply by its colors. Some bears have the most stunning shades of color. Here are some tips on telling the ...

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