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Many of the national parks in the West offer amazing accommodations in the form of historic hotels and lodges built at the beginning of the 20th century. Train travel made America’s national parks more accessible at the time, creating the need for accommodations within or nearby. Spending the night at a national park lodge isn’t cheap, and the amenities one might expect at that price point are often not there. Forget about… Read More

Glacier is one of my favorite national parks. It stole my heart in 2015 and it’s one of the few places on Earth I’d love to return to again and again. If you’re wondering how many days to spend in Glacier, I think four is the sweet spot for a first-time visit. Below, you’ll find some basic information about the park, followed by my recommendations on how to fill those four days…. Read More

[Glacier National Park, MT]  Waking up on Sunday was great because the half marathon was done but also because we were just done with our last night in a tipi. I am grateful for the experience and it was definitely a unique way to spend the night, but there were two majors reasons that a 4th night in a tipi would have tested all of us: The temperature. The tipi is open… Read More

[Glacier National Park, MT] We woke up at the crack of dawn (around 6 am) in our tipi. It was cold, but we were bundled up in our sleeping bags and blankets. Olivia and I had toured the West side of the Going to the Sun Road on our trip in 2015. We took a red jammer car tour of it from West Glacier to Logan Pass. If you want to learn… Read More

[West Glacier, MT] Today was our last day in Glacier, and what better way to end our trip than a tour of the famed Going to the Sun Road? Our guided tour was on a red “jammer” bus – a historic convertible made out of oakwood that was made specifically for the national parks. The cars used to have a double clutch unsynchronized transmission, which meant the driver had to sync the… Read More