Two years ago my wife and I had the good fortune to tour New Mexico for a week in the winter season. The highlights resonate with me still: Santa Fe’s illuminating museums (we were especially enchanted by the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture) and exhilarating galleries, the transporting chapel at Chimayo, the extraordinary rock […]
A stellar combination of wilderness experiences – rafting on the Flathead River, days exploring Glacier National park, and a backcountry llama trek in the remarkable Flathead National Forest – combined with charming Montana towns and enticing accommodations, are what make this trip a standout.
The mountain town of Whitefish and lakeside village of Bigfork bookend this journey, easing you in and out of an array of outdoor wilderness experiences. Whitefish is a ski and summer resort in the northwest corner of Montana, and from mountainside accommodations, a full day will be yours to explore Whitefish Mountain, Whitefish Lake, and the high-energy, friendly town itself. Rent kayaks for an outing on the lake, hike in the mountains, appreciate local talent at downtown galleries and shops, and refuel at the local creperie.
Next up – Glacier National Park! Known for sharply carved, dramatic mountains, pristine lakes, rambling creeks and rivers, glaciers, wildflowers, and wildlife, Glacier will make a lifelong impression. Boat cruises, the wondrous Going-to-the-Sun Road, and a huge variety of trails – to glaciers, waterfalls, along lakeshores, and more – are some of the ways to explore this park. A comfortable safari-style tent camp near the park’s west entrance is a fitting accommodation.
A multi-day llama trek through the Flathead National Forest will be a highlight for sure. Traveling with these endearing animals is delightful, and while they carry your gear, you can really enjoy the wilderness. Delicious meals, a comfortable tent camp, and starry skies round out the experience.
Relax in Bigfork at trip’s end. Wander around town, settle in to a nice dinner, and toast to Gorgeous Glacier!