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Old 06-05-2018, 05:40 PM   #1
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We are staying in West Glacier for a week the first part of September, can you see it all from the west side or do we need to plan a week on the east side also? We are not hikers, at least one of us. Thanks Also is the Canadian part worth seeing going through customs etc?
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Old 06-05-2018, 05:56 PM   #2
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East side is boring. Unless you are avid hikers, a week is too long.
The ride up is the main attraction. Pretty lakes also neat.

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We stayed at west glacier KOA last August. Loved it. We drove to the east side on a day trip and found no need to go back or stay. West side was, for us much prettier with more to do. I would definitely say at least go over to the other side to see it. Gosh, itís one of the most beautiful parks in the U.S. and a shame to miss part of it.
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I like the east side. It's a bit more laid back maybe than the west side but from there you can go up to Many Glacier - that's a trip well worth it, plenty of hikes and views. You won't need a week; especially if you travel the Going To The Sun road from the west. I think getting to Logan Pass is more interesting from the east too. But that's just me. Oh - don't forget sunrise point too on the east side.
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Yes, Canadian Glacier is worth going. Customs is no big deal. It's an easy crossing. You're going the first part of Sept. so Going-to-the-Sun Rd. should still be open to get to the east side. Spend as much time as you have.
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We went to GNP in 2016. It is as beautiful as they say! It was smoky from woods fires when we were there. Fires are often a problem in the summer. The biggest put off for me at GNP was sharing the beauty with thousands of others. It gets very crowded on the good days. Some days the overlooks and visitor center parking lots along the Going to the Sun highway are full by mid-morning.

We stayed in the North American RV Park on the west side, just a few miles from the west gate. It was a nice park, the people were friendly, the location was excellent, and we enjoyed our stay there. Like most RV parks close to major attractions, it is a little spendy, and the lots are smallish. We made our reservations months in advance.



We wanted to tour GNP in the Big Red Cars, but waited too late to make a reservation. We toured in our toad early in the morning or late in the day. Lake McDonald is beautiful. If you like to take pictures, a few stops around the lake (and the creek that feeds it) are required. The views of the going to the sun road are as good as it gets.










The high point of the Going to the Sun road is Logan Pass. On the east side of Logan Pass is the Rising Sun Motor Inn and the Two Dogs Flat Grill. The food at the grill was GREAT. We went back there a couple of times. We also went into Whitefish one afternoon and ate at the Bulldog Saloon. I liked that a lot too.


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We spent a lot of time going out in the sticks near Polebridge, along the Flathead River. It was not as crowded there and the "Bearpaws" at Polebridge Merchantile are hard to beat.





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Be prepared for cold(er) weather in Sept. You might get some snow and/or lows in the 30's.
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Crowds, I though two years ago north gc would be not crowded, schools back in session, wrong! We went to Zion and Bryce on a day trip from Jacobs Lake, couldn't get in zion and Bryce was so crowded we couldn't get in some of the pull outs. Then we went to the south rim and it was worse than the north. I assume Glacier will be the same in September.
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It's the east side for me. Fewer people. Several local restaurants that know how to cook a steak. Many hikes are available. Several are for those who do not like to hike (short and flat). Spectacular views from the KOA CG. Every Wednesday a presentation is done at the ranger station by the local Indian tribe.
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Crowds, I though two years ago north gc would be not crowded, schools back in session, wrong! We went to Zion and Bryce on a day trip from Jacobs Lake, couldn't get in zion and Bryce was so crowded we couldn't get in some of the pull outs. Then we went to the south rim and it was worse than the north. I assume Glacier will be the same in September.
Was it school age kids or was everyone thinking it would be the best time with the kids back in school?
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Crowds, I though two years ago north gc would be not crowded, schools back in session, wrong! We went to Zion and Bryce on a day trip from Jacobs Lake, couldn't get in zion and Bryce was so crowded we couldn't get in some of the pull outs. Then we went to the south rim and it was worse than the north. I assume Glacier will be the same in September.
Zionís high season is spring and fall since it gets truly miserably hot in the summer. Bryce is always cooler because it is so much higher in elevation, but it is busy spring and fall also. The South Rim of the GC is the same kind of thing - really, really hot in the summer so fall is a popular time. But Glacier is a different animal. It is so far north that September is already getting rather cool, and it can get downright cold. We went to Glacier a week or two after Labor Day a couple of years ago. Some of the campgrounds were already closed, but Apgar, the big one, was still open without reservations. It was probably 2/3 full each night for the week we were there.
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Glacier NP is one of favorite places. We've been there 4 years in a row, and I'd go back again this year, if we weren't staying in the east.

The west side will definitely have more to do then the east side. Besides all you will want to see on the east side is a day trip, with lots of extra time. The Red Bus will take you to the east side as well if you take the full day package.

Going to the Sun Hwy. is spectacular. It's like going to Switzerland except the people speak English.
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