Sunday, June 22, 2014

Glacier National Park, Montana

Today I want to share memories from our trip to Glacier National Park in Montana. 

In 2012, Brendan and I went on a camping trip to Montana with Brendan's family. When they invited us to go, I was so excited. I had always wanted to visit the beautiful state. It was a long car ride but it was worth it.

Painted Canyons

Our first stop was the Painted Canyons in North Dakota. This was probably the only interesting thing in the entire state. I definitely think that if anyone has a chance to stop and see the Painted Canyons, that they take the chance. It is something you won't forget.

Going to the Sun Road

Once we got to Glacier National Park, the first thing we did was drive up the Going to the Sun Road. It is a road that spans 50 miles through the park's wild interior, winding around mountainsides and treating visitors to some of the best sights in northwest Montana.

Our first stop on our drive through the park was by this beautiful river. The color of the water is absolutely gorgeous!

As we continued our drive up the Going to the Sun Road, we got to see exactly what Glacier National Park has to offer. Beautiful snow topped mountains and green valleys.

These are just a few of the photos I took while driving the Going to the Sun Road. Trust me, there were plenty more photos taken. I just don't want to have 150 photos attached to this post. ;)

After a bit of driving, we had to stop off and have a snack! Turkey sandwiches, granola bars, and bottled water. What a better place to have a snack than a stop with a view of a glacier. According to the informational sign, most of the glaciers are starting to melt away.

This was my favorite part! The view over the lake is so pretty. It's just amazing how much beauty there is in Glacier National Park. As we were looking over the lake, someone noticed that there was a black bear behind us on the side of a mountain.

 At the end of the Going to the Sun Road, is a very nice little area where you can get souvenirs, take old time photos, grab a snack, and many more things. I was a little sad to reach the end, because I knew that we wouldn't get to look at the wonderful view any longer. Good thing I took a bazillion photos. ;)

 Great Bear Adventure     

Another thing we did while in Montana was go to the Great Bear Adventure in Hungry Horse, MT. This was a really neat thing to experience. You are able to drive through a bear park where the black bears are not in cages, but walking all around your vehicle. Obviously this is a place where you want to keep your windows up!

Zip Lining

One of the highlights of the trip was zip lining through the mountains! We went to Whitefish Mountain Resort. At one point, we were 300 ft above the ground and the longest zip line was 1900 ft. At first, I thought I wasn't going to be able to do it because I do not like heights. But once we got started I didn't want it to end! There were times where we had to walk up the mountain to get to each zip line location, and a chair lift that brought us to the highest one. If (okay, more like when) we go back to Montana, I will want to do this again!

This trip is one of my favorite memories. We did so many fun things while in Montana. I cannot wait until Brendan and I take another trip back. 

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