Taking a Trip Through Glacier National Park

Steve KinsmanStarred Page By Steve Kinsman, 2nd Aug 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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We take a trip through one of America's most spectacular National Parks.

Getting there

Driving:
From the east, Glacier National Park is accessed either through St. Mary, one mile east of the Going to the Sun Highway on Highway 89, or at East Glacier, at the junction of Highways 2 and 49. From the west, the park is accessed at West Glacier on U. S. Highway 2, north out of the town of Kalispell.

Flying:
The Glacier/Kalispell Airport is served by Delta Airlines, Horizon Air, United Airlines, Allegiant Air and Skywest.
Missoula International Airport is served by Alaska Airlines / Horizon Air, Allegiant, Delta, Skywest and United Express.

Train:
The Amtrack Empire Builder, which travels from Chicago to Seattle, makes stops at East Glacier Park, Essex and West Glacier, Montana, all right at the edge of the park. Cars are available to rent at East Glacier. You may also rent cars at any of the airports, and in Kalispell.

Entering

No matter where you enter Glacier National Park, as soon as you cross its boundaries you will be astonished at the scenery that greets you. A short drive from West Glacier takes you to the southern edge of Lake McDonald, framed by the confluence of some of the world's most majestic mountains, and the view fairly takes your breath away. When we were there the lake surface was like glass, and the mountains were mirrored perfectly by the lake's clear, shiny blue waters.

Red tour Busses

Taking a tour of the park on one of the vintage Red Tour buses is a delight, as you can sit back, relax and enjoy all of the tremendous views. The tops of the buses open up, leaving you with fully unobstructed views, and the tour guides who drive the buses are friendly and knowledgeable about the park's many features and wildlife.

Going to the Sun

A highlight of your visit to Glacier will be traversing the Going to the Sun Highway, which cuts through the breadth of the park, from West Glacier to St. Mary, rising to an elevation of just under 7000 feet at Logan Pass. You may see Bighorn Sheep up close and personal, grazing just feet from the edge of the road, and if you get lucky you may catch a glimpse of a grizzly bear. You will be amazed at the sight of the Weeping Wall, where water cascades down a sheer granite cliff right beside you as you drive by.

Melting glaciers

One hundred fifty years ago there were over 150 glaciers in the area of the park. Today there are twenty-five, and they could all be gone by the year 2020. The meltoff is causing substantial changes to the region, reducing the amount of fresh water in the rivers and causing an increased forest fire risk, with potential catastrophic consequences for the park.

Over the divide

At Logan Pass you reach the highway's crest, and brand new, breathtaking vistas open up to your view. Wildflowers in abundance greet you everywhere you look, and you will want to linger by St. Mary Lake for a very long time.

A Great Sense of Peace

There is something indefinable about Glacier National Park, something ethereal and almost other-worldly. The rarified air of Montana's Big Sky country seems to pierce the veil between the material and spirit worlds here. At every twist and turn within the boundaries of this wonderful park, magic is in the air.

Links:
Yosemite, the Crown Jewel of America's National Parks
Rafting the Colorado River Through the Grand Canyon
The Wonders of Yellowstone
Utahhhhhhhh!
Arizonaaaah!

Melting glacier photos: global-warming-forecasts.com
All others from nps.gov

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Glacier National Park, Montana, National Parks, Steve Kinsman, Travel, Vacations

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I live in California with my wife Carol, where I have been practicing professional astrology for 35 years. I write articles on astrology, but I enjoy writing on a variety of other subjects as well..

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author avatar Neha Dwivedi
2nd Aug 2011 (#)

interesting share Steve....

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
2nd Aug 2011 (#)

Thank you geeta.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
2nd Aug 2011 (#)

Great trip through Glacier National Park, thanks for sharing. I have been to Canadas equivalent, very spectacular.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
2nd Aug 2011 (#)

Next trip I want to get up to Waterton. Thanks Mark.

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author avatar Retired
2nd Aug 2011 (#)

Spectacular star page, Steve!!!
I traveled through Glacier about two decades ago and this brought back fond memories. Thanks.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
2nd Aug 2011 (#)

Thank you rama devi. Isn't it just spectacular?

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author avatar Denise O
2nd Aug 2011 (#)

What a absolute joy to have taken a bit of a ride with you, through Glacier National Park. The photos are breath taking and the info, spot on. Well done! Congrats on the star page, it is well deserved. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
2nd Aug 2011 (#)

Thank you Denise. I appreciate your always supportive comments.

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author avatar Carol Kinsman
2nd Aug 2011 (#)

This brought back some great memories. I'm ready to go again! Thanks for sharing this, Steve. xoxo

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
2nd Aug 2011 (#)

Let's go!

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author avatar Carol Kinsman
3rd Aug 2011 (#)

Anytime....I'm ready! :-)

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author avatar Carol
2nd Aug 2011 (#)

What a lovely article Steve, and such beautiful pics of what looks like an amazing place. Thank you.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
2nd Aug 2011 (#)

It truly is one of the world's most majaestic spots. Hope you can visit one day, Carol. Thanks for commenting.

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author avatar Songbird B
3rd Aug 2011 (#)

This took my breath away, Steve! What a magnificent Star Page...Oh how I wish that I lived in the States...lol

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
3rd Aug 2011 (#)

Well, songbird, you could always come visit. We'd put you up and take you to Yosemite, Lake Tahoe and Lassen National Park, all within a few hours drive at the most. What do you say?

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author avatar Buzz
3rd Aug 2011 (#)

Spectacular is just the right word to describe these images I see. Great star page, Steve.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
3rd Aug 2011 (#)

Thank you Buzz. I appreciate that comment.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
3rd Aug 2011 (#)

Just lovely, what a beautiful page, and park, amazing thank you Steve:0)

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
3rd Aug 2011 (#)

Thank you Delicia. Glad you enjoyed it.

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author avatar Pink&Blue
4th Aug 2011 (#)

Waw! Steve beautiful article bravo on the pics.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
4th Aug 2011 (#)

Thank you Crystal. I appreciate that.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
13th Feb 2012 (#)

Excellent travelogue with superb photos. Thanks for sharing, Steve.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
13th Feb 2012 (#)

Thanks for commentingGV. Glad you enjoyed it.

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