Montana

Mammoth Hot Springs, Fountain Paint Pot, & Jet Geyser – Yellowstone National Park

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Fountain Paint Pot & Jet Geyser were actually the first places I visited the night I got to town, and it’s the first area you’ll hit if you head east at the first turn inside Yellowstone (entering from the west). I didn’t want to head too deep into the park since I’d been on the road all day, but this place was ...

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West Thumb Geyser Basin & Biscuit Basin – Yellowstone National Park

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West Thumb Geyser Basis is pretty small, but is worth visiting since it sits on Yellowstone Lake, which is amazing. The thermal features located here aren’t all that great, but the ones in the lake itself are pretty interesting/different than the rest of the basins you’ll visit. Biscuit Basin is a lot of the same, although they do have a ...

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Undine, Tower, & Mystic Falls – Yellowstone National Park

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Undine Falls was fairly close to Mammoth Hot Springs, so I decided to pull out and see what it was all about. I hadn’t heard anything about it, so I wasn’t expecting much, but it was actually a pretty cool waterfall. It’ situated at the end of a valley, much like in the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, but on a ...

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Midway & Norris Geyser Basin – Yellowstone National Park

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I hit up Midway Geyser Basin first thing yesterday morning before the crowds showed up to see the Grand Prismatic (one of the features I was most excited for), unfortunately I was one of the only ones there at the time, and couldn’t find it. No one ever mentioned that it’s nearly impossible to see anything that early in the ...

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Old Faithful & Grand Canyon of Yellowstone – Yellowstone National Park

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Today was my first full day in the park, so I was out the door by 6:30am, and reached Old Faithful by about 7:15. Thankfully I was one of only a handful of people there at the time, so I had a front row seat. When I drove by the parking lot about 2 hours later, it was ridiculously packed ...

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Grinnell Glacier Hike – Glacier National Park, MT

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I decided to hike Grinnell Glacier on the morning I was leaving the park, and really wish I had done it on one of the previous days when I had more time. You can either hike 8 miles out to the glacier from the trailhead, or you can take a couple of shuttle boats over Swiftcurrent Lake and Lake Josephine ...

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Highline Trail/Sunrift Gorge/Swiftcurrent Pass – Glacier National Park, MT

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These were some of the shorter hikes that I went on. The Highline Trail is a monstrous all-day hike, so I only tackled a small portion of it due to time constraints. I clearly had to hike through the most famous part which is the 4-6ft path carved into the side of the mountain, with a 100+ foot drop-off. It’s cool though, ...

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Hidden Lake Hike – Glacier National Park, MT

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Hidden Lake is located at the top of Logan’s Pass near the continental divide. I would HIGHLY suggest initially stopping here during the evening time while driving along the Going to the Sun Road and watching the sunset at the Hidden Lake Overlook (its not far past the lodge/parking lot). I stumbled on this by accident, but it was honestly the ...

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Avalanche Lake Hike – Glacier National Park, MT

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This was the first real hike I went on in Glacier, and it’s sold as one of the most popular in the park. While it was an ok hike, I felt fairly disappointed when it all was said & done. Right at the beginning of the hike you’ll encounter Avalanche Gorge, which I felt was the best part of the ...

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Going-to-the-Sun Road – Glacier National Park, MT

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The Going-to-the-Sun Road should be on anyone’s to-do list that is driving anywhere near Montana. Even if you don’t intend on sticking around Glacier to do some hikes, the 52 mile drive is still 100% worth the national park entrance fee. Out of the 3 days I stayed at the park, I did the entire drive 3 times. The views ...

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