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The Best of Whitefish, Montana and Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park and Whitefish Montana
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Today I’m excited to welcome guest authors Logan and Morgan Greenhaw from Trail Mix for Newlyweds. Logan and Morgan have taken a little break from planning a big Appalachian Trail thru-hike to share their favorite adventures from Glacier National Park and Whitefish, Montana.

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Whitefish, Montana and Glacier National Park

-by Logan and Morgan Greenhaw

We are Logan and Morgan Greenhaw, two adventure-crazed individuals that got married on June 11th 2016, and we are about to set out on a crazy big adventure: a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. What better thing to do as newlyweds, right?

Most ask if the AT is counting as our honeymoon, and while we do sometimes refer to it as our “belated honeymoon”, we actually had one of the greatest honeymoons of all time – Whitefish, Montana!

We spent a whopping 10 days exploring the area and even that wasn’t close to enough time! Whitefish is such an interesting little town with tons to explore, and it is really close to Glacier National Park, so we spent a lot of days commuting between the two. As you can imagine, we filled the time with as much adventuring as we could and have so many stories from it all! So we have put together a list of our favorites – or a “How to Vacation to Whitefish, MT” list of sorts – if you are to ever visit this incredible place!

Adventuring in Glacier National Park

Favorite hike: Upper Grinnel Glacier Lake

Hiking Glacier National Park

This was truly the highlight of our entire trip. It is so hard to communicate through photographs, but the hike up to this beautiful glacier lake and mountain-filled vista was undoubtedly the best hike we’ve ever done–together and as individuals. The end view was absolutely breathtaking and has forever stolen our hearts.

The hike was roughly 12.2 miles round-trip and it was fairly challenging in the latter part of the incline – you gain a good bit of elevation. The trail is lined with so many different types of wildflowers and trees, there are a few waterfalls you get to trek through, and beware: it falls in bear country so hike prepared to see some grizzlies!

Favorite spot: Avalanche Lake

Avalanche Lake Glacier National Park

There are no words to express the peace and calmness that floods your mind, body, soul, and spirit as you sit on a log and overlook Avalanche Lake. The best part is – it is a short 2.2 mile hike to get here! That makes it obtainable for everyone!!! This hike is a MUST!

Favorite ‘Journey’: Logan Pass/Hidden Lake

 

This. Hike.

Probably one of the most difficult things we have ever done or tried to do in our lifetimes. It was a short hike, but the snow made it nearly impossible and the sun reflecting off of the snow gave us both sock tans that are still present to this day (crazy right??)!

I think that we laughed more on this hike than at any other isolated point of the trip though. We ran through the snow together, knocked one another over with snowballs and had almost everyone staring at us by the end. What a blast!!!

But in all seriousness, the view from the top of this hike, where you can decide to hike down to Hidden Lake if the snow permits, is absolutely stunning! One of the best that we got to see the whole trip.

Favorite restaurant: Northern Lights Saloon

Northern Lights Saloon Glacier National Park

This dreamy and delicious place is nestled in the tiniest town in the park (Polbridge) and it is absolutely a hidden gem! We sat outside on the picnic tables, enjoying the 360-degree mountain view, and ate dinner with dogs running around and with people sharing laughter with one another freely. Even if the food would of been bad, we probably would still say it was our favorite place because it truly captures you in the experience, but the food is entirely fantastic!! Log had an elk burger and I had a bison burger – both were to-die for!

Favorite breakfast spot: West Glacier Restaurant

We went to this little restaurant four out of the nine days we ate breakfast in Montana and man-oh-man. There just aren’t sufficient words!! Much like the Northern Lights Saloon, this gem captures your heart in the experience of it all, but the food is just spectacular. You walk out each time feeling like a local – and that is what it is all about!

Favorite dish: Sautéed Mushrooms

This was an appetizer at the Tupelo Grille in downtown Whitefish. We decided on a whim one night to eat there for dinner and, unbeknownst to us, you are supposed to have a reservation. Even though we were entirely underdressed for the atmosphere, the hostess let us sit at the bar and I am so glad she did! Every part of the meal there was incredible, but we definitely have to give the sautéed mushrooms a special shout-out! It was a plate of two slices of grilled baguette, each smothered in goat cheese, topped with mushrooms, and finished with the most decadent red wine reduction sauce.

Favorite drink: Cold Smoke Scotch Ale

Best Beer in Whitefish, Montana

If you ever have a chance to sip on this goodness, we more than encourage it. It is literally liquid gold!!!!! Unfortunately, it cannot be found anywhere BUT Montana…so now you have to go!!

Favorite coffee shop: The Red Caboose – Whitefish, Montana

Exploring Glacier National Park and Whitefish, Montana

WOW. We are coffee-of-any-kind, in-any-form addicts so of course we had to find a good shop to visit while we were in town! And y’all – the Red Caboose has no competition. I’ve yet to find a more delicious Chai Latte and Log is simply smitten over their Americano! We literally went all but one day of our time in Whitefish and we miss it now that we are gone!

Favorite place we stayed: Moonridge Retreat – AirBnB Cabin

Moonridge Retreat Whitefish, Montana

We don’t have sufficient words for this amazing place or the even more amazing people that owned (AND built) it! It was the perfect place in Whitefish, Montana to kick off our honeymoon – so quaint, eclectic, and secluded! If you guys haven’t tried AirBnB…you should. It is the best!

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Visiting Whitefish, Montana and Glacier National Park: The Details

We hope we were able to peak your interest in traveling to Glacier National Park and Whitefish, Montana – it is far too under-traveled! Here are some helpful tidbits to help you get there:

Transportation: The closest airport is Glacier Park International Airport, which serves major western airports via Delta, Allegiant, and United airlines. Flights to Glacier can be pricey, though, so start watching fares on Skyscanner early for the best rates.  Renting a car is probably the best way to get around, especially if you’re driving the Going to the Sun Road, which shouldn’t be missed.

Lodging: This property can be reserved via AirBnB. There are also some amazing campgrounds in Glacier National Park if you want a more rustic experience. Check Hotels.com for other lodging options in Whitefish and inside Glacier National Park.

Helpful Websites: The Glacier National Park official website has all information you’ll need for exploring within the park. Explore Whitefish can provide you with visitor information, including more dining options, activities, and shopping ideas.

Want to learn more about visiting Montana? Read this next:

Exploring the Outdoors in Bozeman, Montana

Pin this post for later – you won’t regret it!The best hikes, adventures, food, coffee, and beer in Glacier National Park and Whitefish, Montana

 

Trail Mix for NewlywedsMorgan and Logan are an eccentric couple thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail while writing a book in 2017. They enjoy backpacking, hiking, writing, and enjoying moments as they arrive.

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18 Comments

  1. Those pictures are so breathtakingly stunning! They make me want to hop on a flight and head there right now! And that Airbnb sounds so cute
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  2. Such a stunning landscape and so beautiful pictures from there.
    This looks like the right kind of exploring – somewhere adventuring in the nature and at the end of a day a Cold Smoke Scotch Ale – perfect!
    I can even imagine that 10 days are not enough to explore, so you have a good reason to return 🙂

  3. I can’t believe you didn’t even have enough of 10 days to see everything the area had to offer! The view in the first picture is epic – it looks like a painting!

  4. I love how you spent you belated honeymoon! Thank you for sharing your favorites in the area! Glaciers are magic! Good luck with your joyrney!

  5. I want to visit Glacier National Park so bad and this is making me want to go even more! I mean look at that water! The sooner we make it there the better since temperatures are rising. I also am jazzed to find another couple travel bloggers, I will have to follow their journey to check out their Appalachian Trail adventure!
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  6. I have seen quite a few parks in the US (for a non-American anyway!) but Glacier Park is still one that I have yet to see. I love the recommendations for coffee and drinks – very important during a hike! And the Airbnb cabin looks awesome.

  7. I would love to stay in that Airbnb cabin! It’s amazing how you can find wonderful accommodations through Airbnb. I would have loved to see the before and after of the sock tan from the Logan Pass/Hidden Lake hike 🙂
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  8. The sheer beauty of the landscapes of the glacier National Park is really stunning. What a wonderful experience it must have been. Would love to get there someday, in the interim your detailed post brings alive the entire experience.
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  9. Gotta do the hike. There’s a beer waiting for me:) Thanks for sharing!
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  10. This picture from the top over the lake is wow! Kinda remind me of the Morraine lake type of scenery. Would love to hike around there in a future trip in North America. Thanks for sharing and good luck in your book writing! Cheers

  11. I’ve wanted to visit Glacier National Park for awhile now – got to Waterton Lakes in Canada which is connected, so I was close.

    Best of luck with the AT! I’ve done a 5 day backpacking trip on it in NC, and it was incredible! Would love to maybe do the whole thing one day.

  12. It’s been years since I have been to Glacier NP. Thank you for reminding me how wonderful it is! ♥
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  13. Kelsi

    This looks super fun! What an amazing honeymoon idea 🙂 I would be all over the hiking and eating local, and amazing coffee… not so sure about any potential camping or uber rustic cabins, lol.

  14. Wow, what an amazing trip. I’ve wanted to visit Glacier National Park for quite some time. The Upper Grinnel Glacier Lake sounds grueling but the view looks worth it.
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  15. Sheena

    I have to admit that I never considered travelling to Montana, I had no idea the landscape was so beautiful. Did you see any grizzlies in Glacier NP?`

  16. Wow. Montana is such a beautiful state and its hard to imagine that more people have not visited it, myself included. I will get there somehow in the next 2 years to check off my travel bucket list but for now I will just dream of it through your lens and fabulous pictures. 😉
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  17. I’d love to visit Glacier national park. The hikes don’t seem that bad. Even my kids can manage a 2+ mile hike. The color of the lake seems unreal!
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  18. What an absolutely beautiful part of the world – proven by such fabulous photos and a really nice write up. Thank you so much for sharing. This has to go on my list of places to experience!
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