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2 senior couples visiting Glacier Park in Mid September

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2 senior couples visiting Glacier Park in Mid September

There are four of us that will be visiting mid-September. All are in our 60's with some minor health issues. We will be staying on the East side in the Two Medicine area, coming in by Amtrak. We will rent a car, but only have 2 full days to be there.

Would appreciate any suggestions on the best use of our time - would not be able to do any physical hiking, or at least very little off road walking.

Thanks so much

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1. Re: 2 senior couples visiting Glacier Park in Mid September

I assume then that you are staying in East Glacier Park village. That is actually quite a ways away and longer drives to the other Glacier attractions in other areas of the park. Do you actually have 2 full days in Glacier or is some of the time affected by train arrival and departures?

Glacier even without hiking is really a beautiful place to visit. Bring your cameras and some binoculars if you have them so you can see animals in the distance. If you are not staying at the Lodge there...be sure to visit it anyway to see its famous huge tree lined atrium lobby. We visit Glacier a lot and many many times do not hiking at all...its not necessary to enjoy some great scenery. If any of you have a handicap parking hang tag, bring it with you.

The following has a pretty good map to look at just to get an idea...and also some extra tips for the area.



I have a couple of suggestions for you:

1...If you arrive in mid-afternoon, use the afternoon to drive the 14 miles to Two Medicine via the #49. You can simply visit the Camp Store there and admire the lake. The boat tours there end on Sept. 9th though. You can meander any trail for as long as you like just for photos and scenery. Trick Falls aka Running Eagle Falls there is an easy handicapped accessible walk but by September, the falls will not be "trick" as the water level will be too low to make the falls two level. Pick up your National Park Pass then.

Make sure you do not end up driving back to your hotel (which one?) in the dark. Sunset is fairly early in mid-September...around 7:50 PM on the 15th. https:/…

2...Look into a Red Bus Tour. You will have to show your National Park pass to them before they start the tour. They are great and you learn about the park while making many brief stops (no hiking at all), restroom stops and even lunch on some of them. It then gives you a great idea of where you would like to return to on your second day. glaciernationalparklodges.com/red-bus-tours/…

3...OR if you do not want that $ tour, you can make two different driving tours at your own leisure. That would be great too because you have great freedom to go where you want and when you want...stay as long as you like.

A...One full day to drive up to Many Glacier via the 49/89. Stop at St Mary Lodge for coffee and a look around their great Gift Shop. Then go on to MG. Enjoy the scenery there from the Lodge area...its the most classic scenic view in the park. https:/…

Take the two lake boat tour without any hiking. The boat tours end on September 16th though. Reservations recommended.

**There is a section between the two boats that is the equivalent of 4 flights of stairs though. If that is too much take the Nature Trail around the Swiftcurrent Lake for as far as you are comfortable. Take the short walk in the late afternoon to see the moose at Fishercap Lake. That trailhead is at the far end of the Swiftcurrent parking lot.

After visiting MG begin your drive back to EGP so you don't have to drive the 89/49 in the dark. Its curvy, 2 lane and there are animal crossings...plus...free ranging cattle on the road in places. Glacier is a dark sky area and when it get dark...its very dark. But the stars...WOW. Be sure to look up. Have dinner once you return.


B...A full day- circle drive. Begin via the 49/89 again to St Mary then turn up the Going to the Sun Road. https:/…

Make lots of stops for views along the road. At the summit of Logan Pass, stop for restrooms and then walk out back behind the Visitor's Center. Just go as far as the meadows area...360 degree mountain views and Fall wildflowers galore. Then more stops along the GTTSR's Alpine section from Logan to the Loop.

At Avalanche, you can walk the Trail of the Cedars beneath the big Cedar Trees. Its all board-walked with benches. Then more overlooks. At Lake McDonald Lodge you can stop for a snack/view the lobby & gift shop, or take a boat tour. glacierparkboats.com/tour/lake-mcdonald/

Later, stop in Apgar for views of the Lake all the way back up to the mountain peaks beyond where you came from. Visit the Montana House gift shop there...it has ALL Montana made arts and souvenirs. They are open until 7:30 and they do ship.


If you want to try Huckleberry Cobbler stop at Eddie's in Apgar but their souvenirs are not all Montana made. http://www.eddiescafegifts.com

After Apgar, drive back to East Glacier via the #2 all the way. That is 60 miles between West Glacier and where you are staying. That road is a State Route and a faster drive than any of the others you will have taken.

If anyone needs a restroom stop along that road...stop at the Isaak Walton Inn in Essex...also a possibility for dinner or a snack. https://izaakwaltoninn.com/eat-drink/

More questions? Please feel free to ask.

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