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Old 05-02-2012, 05:34 AM   #1
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Glacier Park and Domestic Tranquility

Can a few of you please advise me on an appropriate (or reasonable) amount of time to allow to visit Glacier Park this summer??? Given the usual conflict of limited vacation time versus travel time, I am thinking of allotting 5 days camped at Glacier, whereas my wife wants more. Of course, the more time we dedicate for Glacier, the LESS time we have to do ANYTHING else during the summer. Is 5 days enough?? This is a matter of some....er....."discussion" between us, and so is also a matter of domestic tranquility. Any advise or thoughts you can offer would be greatly appreciated

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Old 05-02-2012, 05:46 AM   #2
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It's a beautiful place to visit. I would suspect you will see and do alot there in 5 days. I remember the days of limitied time when I was working. Retirement brings a whole different meaning to be able to travel and explore. Hope you enjoy your time there it's a great place.

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Old 05-02-2012, 06:01 AM   #3
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You have a smart wife. 5 is the bare minimum for GNP, we spent 16 and it was barely enough, although I'm ready to go back. Key on the east side of the park, St Mary is good. It gives you the closest access to Logan Pass, something that you will want to do a lot more than just once. From St. Mary it is not too long of a drive to Many Glacier. A couple of nights in Two Medicine is well worth the time. The west side is the most busy and takes the longest to get up to Logan Pass (Hidden lake trail is a must).

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Old 05-02-2012, 06:17 AM   #4
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We were there for 2 weeks. One week on the east side at the KOA in St Mary followed by a week on the west side staying at the Columbia Falls RV Park.
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I, also, would think you might consider staying on the west and east side for a few days.

At West Glacier, take a tour bus over the Going-to-the-Sun road. They will explain the sights to you, and later you can go back to what interests you most.

Camping at East Glacier is spectacular! The view from Johnson's of St. Mary CG is priceless.

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From there, if you have a toad, or not, drive over the border to the Canadian side and Waterton Lakes National Park. The Canadian part of Glacier is beautiful in its own distinctive way.

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We were there last year. We spent 4 days and we were on the East side staying at the KOA. We even did a day trip into Canada to see Waterton. We felt it we saw most of the high points. Now if you hike and want to do some exploring off the beaten path then you will need a lot more time. I have some pictures in my blog noted at the bottom in my sig.

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