This year for Canada Day (July 1st) and Fourth of July weekend, I found the perfect destination to celebrate both of our nation's holidays: visiting the national park that sits on the US-Canada border- Glacier National Park. The national park covers over 1,500 square miles of Montana's rugged wilderness and spans the border, forming the Waterton-Glacier International Pace Park. It includes stunning lakes, rivers, waterfalls, and yes of course - glaciers. The park is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and noted for its diverse biospheres and ecosystems ranging from prairie to tundra.
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Sights to see:
1. Going to the Sun Road - The first NPS project for automobiles completed in 1932. The road is literally carved into of one of Glacier National Parks mountainscapes, making for a thrilling and scenic ride. The road traverses across the US continental divide and reaches its peak at 6,646 feet.
2. Lake McDonald - The largest lake in Glacier National Park surrounded by mountains. The lake is 10 miles long and is also a recreation lake for boating, kayaking, and for those who aren't afraid of cold water- swimming.
3. Logan Pass - The highest point of Going to the Sun Road is Logan pass, which was still covered in snow in mid-summer July.
4. Two Medicine Lake and Lake St Mary - Both lakes are accessible from the eastern side of the park and stunning with glacial water and mountains.
5. Running Eagle Falls - This is an easy short hike (more like a nature trail) that leads to a stunning waterfall on the eastern part of the park.
6. Sacred Dancing Cascades - Stunning running rapids with aqua blue glacial water.
7. Lodges - Glacier National Park is famous for its lodges, which were built around the prohibition era and with the help of the Great Northern Railroad, which passes through the park. The lodges are constructed out of wood and look more like Swiss alpine chalets. Lake McDonald Lodge and Glacier Park Lodge are great places to stay at the park.
8. Red Jammer Bus - These busses are found all around Glacier National Park. They are old 1930s cars with open top roofs, perfect for pulling over to the side of the road. The guides give fully narrated tours of the park and stop plenty of times for photography.
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