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Old 02-18-2022, 12:02 PM   #1
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Glacier Red Bus Tours

Will be in Glacier for 5 days early July this year. Our tow vehicle is too large to travel on Going to the Sun.

From what I can see, pretty much all the Red Bus tours are the same route, they are just differing lengths?

Trying to determine which one to choose, and I think it may just be our appetite for how long to be sitting on a relatively hard bus bench?

We plan on leaving from the west side, for what that's worth. Will be moving halfway in the stay to the east side and plan on hiking to Many Glacier Hotel and Two Medicine Lake.
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Old 02-18-2022, 06:26 PM   #2
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We were there in September this past year and loved taking the Red Bus tour. Guide was great, had a lot of knowledge of the area as I am sure they all do. Could really look around and not have to worry about watching the road. They also stop every so often so you can get out and take pictures and stretch. We were on the west side and the only pass we could get was the 1/2 day which went to Logan Pass and back but was fantastic. Would highly recommend.
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We were there 20+ years ago and, checking the specs of the Red buses, I realized some were built in 1937. This gave me some pause until I looked in the cab and saw a shift lever for the automatic transmission, then saw disc brakes under the front end. The "Jammer Busses", originally called that because the drivers clashed gears when shifting, had recently been mounted on class A motorhome chassis. The drive up to Logan Pass was wonderful, and I wonder what the mechanical condition is of the buses today?.

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We were there in September this past year and loved taking the Red Bus tour. Guide was great, had a lot of knowledge of the area as I am sure they all do. Could really look around and not have to worry about watching the road. They also stop every so often so you can get out and take pictures and stretch. We were on the west side and the only pass we could get was the 1/2 day which went to Logan Pass and back but was fantastic. Would highly recommend.
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Will be in Glacier for 5 days early July this year. Our tow vehicle is too large to travel on Going to the Sun.

From what I can see, pretty much all the Red Bus tours are the same route, they are just differing lengths?

Trying to determine which one to choose, and I think it may just be our appetite for how long to be sitting on a relatively hard bus bench?

We plan on leaving from the west side, for what that's worth. Will be moving halfway in the stay to the east side and plan on hiking to Many Glacier Hotel and Two Medicine Lake.
Well, let us know, we will be there about 2 weeks behind you. We are going to take at least one of the tours, if not a couple.
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We absolutely loved the tours. Gives you more time to appreciate all the beauty without having to worry about the drive. Definitely recommend taking them.

Be aware that it can still get pretty cold in July.
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I saw the vehicle length resrtictions but then saw multiple CC LB SRW trucks like mine. Go figure.
We did the RBT a few years back. It's the best way really IMO. They're informative so you not only get some priority parking for pics but you get some detailed info about the area.
We did the Mountain Majesty Tour. 6-7.5 hours.
FWIW we didn't find the benches hard. LOL. The nice thing is if the weather's nice out the tops rolled back and you can standup for pics if needed.
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A word of caution. Glacier Nat Park required aGoing-to-the-Sun Road Entry Ticket before you can enter the park. 50% are available 120 days in advance or your arrival. In order to assure your access to the park you should purchase in advance. I have the web site below for your info. There are other Nat. Parks that require this entry ticket starting this year because of the volume of tourists.

https://www.recreation.gov/timed-ent...icket/10087087

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Thanks for all the responses. I talked to a few more folks and learned that the most dramatic scenery along Going to the Sun is on the east side past Logan Pass.

Since we will be hiking around Many Glacier once we move to St Mary, it didn’t seem to make sense to do the full Crown of the Continent Tour, as it would somewhat overlap, and would be a long day to keep the pooch alone in the camper.

Western Alpine tour would turn around just as the scenery would be turning more dramatic, so Mountain Majesty seems to fit our overall itinerary the best.

Good thing I didn’t delay in making a decision, as I was able to snag the last seats on the bus for the day we wanted to go! Tours just opened a few days ago, indeed they sell out fast.
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A word of caution. Glacier Nat Park required aGoing-to-the-Sun Road Entry Ticket before you can enter the park. 50% are available 120 days in advance or your arrival. In order to assure your access to the park you should purchase in advance. I have the web site below for your info. There are other Nat. Parks that require this entry ticket starting this year because of the volume of tourists.

https://www.recreation.gov/timed-ent...icket/10087087

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For what itís worth, my understanding is that you do not need an entry ticket if you have a scheduled tour of any kind within the park. Day of your tour your tour reservation number will get you into the park without a ticket.
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We were there 20+ years ago and, checking the specs of the Red buses, I realized some were built in 1937. This gave me some pause until I looked in the cab and saw a shift lever for the automatic transmission, then saw disc brakes under the front end. The "Jammer Busses", originally called that because the drivers clashed gears when shifting, had recently been mounted on class A motorhome chassis. The drive up to Logan Pass was wonderful, and I wonder what the mechanical condition is of the buses today?.
Yes they were built in 1937 and actually have wooden frames under the body. They have updated engines, transmissions, brakes, etc. The buses themself are worth the ride. You can tell they are meticulously maintained. Love the fact that the tops are rolled back for viewing picture taking. Like someone said you will want to take a sweatshirt or light jacket because by the time you reach Logan Pass it can get quite cool. Enjoy
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Ok, looks like luck isnít with us this year regarding Going to the Sun, late snow will keep it closed through at least July 13.

Our Western Alpine tour was booked for July 10. The furthest east they can go is Avalanche Creek. I assume a red bus tour to Avalanche Creek just isnít worth the money?
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Oops, Mountain Majesty was our booked tour, Avalanche Creek looks like almost the 2/3 way point?
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