Planning Your Glacier National Park Adventure

You are so excited, you have decided to go to the best national park in America, Glacier National Park.  But now you are panicking just a little bit because you have know idea what you need to do to plan your trip.  That is why we are here. We will help you do all of your Planning Your Glacier National Park Adventure!  So let’s get to it.  You can watch this all on the video below.

Planning for Your Glacier National Park Adventure

My confession – I knew nothing about Glacier before I started planning for this trip.

Why is Glacier so amazing

– It is a photographers paradise
– going to the sun road – Covering 50 miles of awe-inspiring landscapes, glaciers, and cascading waterfalls, this drive is certainly a quintessential part of your visit.
– it is on the Continental Divide
– Home to 71 species of mammals – The Bears!!!
– The stunning Beauty of Lake McDonald
– Something for everyone
– Amazing hikes

Planning the Trip

Glacier National Park Website

Go to the Glacier National Park website and read all the announcements….
https://www.nps.gov/glac/index.htm

We found out about the requirement for a daily pass until September 6th.
That is why we planned our trip after September 6th…

We also found out that the many Glacier road was closing at the end of September 19th…
We were planning on showing up that day so we had to adjust our trip.

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Purchase some really great books

Recommended Resources Planning Your Glacier National Park Adventure
Recommended Resources Planning Your Glacier National Park Adventure

Recommendations

Yellowstone to Glacier National Park – Carter G. Walker
A perfect overview of the region with a highlight to the most important things to see and do
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Glacier National Park – Becky Lomax
This book contains great details about the park. A must have resource.
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Day Hikes of Glacier National Park – Jake Bramante
It has the hikes in order of amazingness
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Google Maps

Find our trip plan on Google Maps.  Best Glacier National Park Map

Best Google Map for Planning Your Glacier National Park Adventure
Best Google Map for Planning Your Glacier National Park Adventure

Best things to do in Glacier:

Wonderful article from Crazy Family Adventure.

https://www.crazyfamilyadventure.com/things-to-do-in-glacier-national-park/

Best Places for Sunrises in Glacier National Park:

For you photographers and Instagrammers, Best Places for Sunrises in Glacier National Park.
https://lovehardtraveloften.com/united-states/glacier-national-park-photo-spots/

Because of Bad Phone Coverage

Because of bad phone coverage, down load your app information in advance.

Google Maps

Google Maps – Of course get your google maps downloaded for this region ahead of time.

All Trails

Get the App All Trails – https://www.alltrails.com/
This is the best app to help keep you from getting lost.
Identify and download your planned hikes in advance.

Accommodations

Accommodations Planning Your Glacier National Park Adventure
Accommodations Planning Your Glacier National Park Adventure

Because we are not great campers we decided to stay in Airbnbs right outside the park.
We are staying for about 5 days on the west entrance

West – Hungry Horse:

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/23060320?source_impression_id=p3_1630527064_%2Bc4ACaRB4t3C6%2Fhj&guests=1&adults=1
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/44182081?source_impression_id=p3_1630527113_21bSIWZ3MRo5VhUg&guests=1&adults=1

Then about 5 more days in the Northeast section of the park…

North East – Babb

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/48679442?source_impression_id=p3_1630527154_3%2FgfSfcwpViS%2B5Lq&guests=1&adults=1

Then finally a few more days in the Southeast section of the park

Know the Weather

Research Average Weather Conditions in the park for When you are planning to go.
https://www.accuweather.com/en/us/glacier-national-park/59916/september-weather/35433_poi

Average conditions for Glacier

September Temps 60° / 38° – rain 9 days

It is fall we could have snow already…

Clothes for the trip

– winter gear
– rain gear
– layers
– hiking boots

Plan for Water

REI recommends that you drink one half to one full liter of water per hour of hiking…
2 – 32 oz containers per person
1 filter to get clean water

Prepare for Bears

Have your bear spray or expected to get some while you are there…
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Also be sure you have bear bells
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The first aid kit

First Aide Kit - Recommended Planning Your Glacier National Park Adventure
First Aid Kit – Planning Your Glacier National Park Adventure

Check out a great first aid kit here.
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Camera Gear

Camera Gear - Planning Your Glacier National Park Adventure
Camera Gear – Planning Your Glacier National Park Adventure

I will be bringing my very large hiking backpack for my camera gear…

  • Backpack
  • Tripod
  • Lenses
  • Filters
  • Memory cards
  • Batteries
  • Chargers
  • Cables

Hunt’s Photo and Video

For the best place to get your camera gear go to Hunt’s Photo and Video.
https://waynemoranphotography.com/photography/best-camera-retailer-in-america/

Conclusion

I hope this helps you plan your trip. If you like this, please give us a like, leave a comment, subscribe and share this will your friends. Please do no hesitate to contact us.

And until next time, get out and capture the adventure.

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Glacier National Park

Plan Your Trip Glacier National Park

Plan Your Trip Glacier National Park

Cover Image Details: “Bowman Lake, Glacier National Park, Montana (USA)” by @CarShowShooter Ken Lane is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
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