Nearly everyone seems to have a bucket list of things to do, see, and experience before they move on to the next universe. As an outdoor educator, Yellowstone park ranger, naturalist guide, and nature mentor, I’ve been lucky to list and check-off my share of amazing national parks. While it’s hard to suggest places or […]
A stellar combination of wilderness experiences – rafting on the Flathead River, days exploring Glacier National park, and a backcountry llama trek in the remarkable Bob Marshall Wilderness – 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 Bob Marshall Wilderness 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!