Well, we do! Glacier National Park is the biggest attraction that draws our guests to our area and we think its certainly worth travelling from the four corners of the world to experience.
However, there is much. much more to experience in our backyard than Glacier National Park, and the silver lining of the current park closure, due to government shutdown, is that we can draw the attention of our guests to the supporting cast whilst the main star has temporarily left the stage.
For guests craving spectacular vistas you can take a trip up to Desert Mountain in the Flathead National Forest and view the peaks of Glacier National Park from a different perspective. Whilst you are in the park you are in the midst of this snowcapped majesty, and we all know how hard it is to see the wood for the trees sometimes. Bike, hike or drive this trail for breathtaking views of peaks and valleys right up to the US/Canada border and beyond.
Or, stay on the flat (in comparison), and enjoy the still water and tall pines around Hungry Horse Reservoir. Great Northern peak (pictured above) dominates the views on this drive right around the reservoir. Great for wildlife viewing, a spot of fishing or stopping off for a picnic at one of the many sites you’ll pass. The Hungry Horse Dam in itself is well worth the visit and full of the history of the area (spot the huge ball on your drive through Hungry Horse used for clearing trees during the construction).
Polebridge Bakery tingles your tastebuds and takes you back in time to the days of the mercantile (its compulsory to bring us back some of their bear claws!). The drive up offers yet another perspective of park peaks. Jewel Basin, in the opposite direction, offers hiking options and scenery away from the park.
Take our word for it, there are outstanding vistas and hiking everywhere you turn.
Feel like you’re missing out on that famous scenic drive? Take a drive around 27 mile long Flathead Lake instead, stopping at art galleries in Bigfork, the Miracle of America museum in Polson and various microbreweries for a great day out. The sunsets over the lake are beyond spectacular.
Looking for some history and culture? Check out the Conrad Mansion for a glimpse into days gone by, and don’t forget our lodge! Built originally to greet visitors to the park there are more than 100 years of history in those solid log beams!
Don’t be sad because the park is closed, be glad because you get to experience all the hidden gems that most visitors don’t find the time for.
Whatever Washington is up to, WE can promise you you will not be disappointed!