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We flew into Kalispell then drove to Many Glacier around the park using route 2. I think if I did it again, I would drive GTTS, but it was 6/22 and the road opened 6/21--rental car agent told us it still wasn't safe to drive it yet---not sure if that was true.

We checked into Many Glacier HOtel---a beautiful property----absolutely breathtaking views right out our window/balcony--violinist serenading in the lobby, sitting around huge fireplace--who could ask for more? --happy to discover that there was one lonely (and small) TV in the bar so we were able to watch the Blackhawks win the title. We took a short hike to Fishercap lake but saw no wildlife.

Day 2---Took ranger guided boat trip Swiftcurrent lake, Lake Josephine, then hiked to Grinnell Lake which we enjoyed. Then took evening glacier Red Bus Tour of GTTS up to Logan Pass. We were torn on whether to take a guided tour---but were very happy with our decision as my husband was able to concentrate on the views and not worry about the road. We also decided on the 3-4 hr. trip instead of the whole day. Spotted 2 brown bears at side of road on way back

Day 3-- Hiked to fishercap and Redrock falls. We saw a few bucks on path up very close, then on way back saw a moose at fishercap. On way to dinner down the road that leads away from the hotel we saw 2 grizzlies in an open field. They got pretty close to our cars, then a ranger came and shooed them back. Then on way back, we saw them again up really close--so cool.
I would not recommend the CAttle Baron for dinner. We ordered the huge Ribeye steak to split--and it was more than 1/2 fat. Really not good at all--maybe just having a bad day--as others have recommended it.

Day 4 ----Took GTTS back to west side. On the way, we hiked St. Mary Falls and one other. A beautiful hike along the shore of St. Mary Lake. Thoroughly enjoyed the beauty of the GTTS--to think we might have missed it, as we arrived here one day after the road opened. We have been to many beautiful places, but I have to say that this topped them all! Where to go next? (i think yosemite) Checked in to Meadow Lake Golf Resort--rented a condo through VRBO on golf course---husband is avid golfer--have to include this on every trip.
I highly recommend ThreeForks Grill in columbia falls---excellent food--went there 2x.

Day 5 --Drove back into GNP and hiked Trail of the Cedars and Avalanche Lake. Saw 2 more large deer right on path--and of course, loved the lake. What a lovely hike through all of the old cedars and hemlocks. Stopped to take a look at Lake McDonald Lodge and had lunch there. It IS totally different from Many Glacier----lovely too, but we were really glad we chose to stay at MG.

Day 6--golf all day----had lunch at Whitefish golf club on patio over looking course---good food----Whitefish later---cute little town to walk around

Day 7 more golf --met some friends from home in Whitefish to do a little bit of bar hopping with those who knew the area.

Overall a great trip----just loved it. Thank you to all who gave advice. It makes such a difference:)

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