Glacier National Park & Lake McDonald

Gorgeous views without the crowd await at Glacier National Park during the off season. // Dreams, etc.

When we decided to go to Montana we wanted to see mountains and lakes–that was the image that we had in mind when we thought of Montana. It didn’t take long for us to decide that we had to go to Glacier National Park, which has the most photographed lake in the world: Lake McDonald. Lake? Check! Mountains? Check! We were sold.

At this time of year, nothing is open in Glacier National Park and you can’t travel through a lot of it as most of the Going to the Sun Road is still closed. But enough of the road is open to take you to Lake McDonald and there are a few places that we were able to stop at that had the most incredible views.

The drive toward the lake was beautiful. We loved seeing the snow melting along the sides of the roads; the little waterfalls that we saw with water trickling through. The mountains peeked through the trees. And the lake… the lake is huge and so gorgeous!

Gorgeous views without the crowd await at Glacier National Park during the off season. // Dreams, etc.
Gorgeous views without the crowd await at Glacier National Park during the off season. // Dreams, etc.
Gorgeous views without the crowd await at Glacier National Park during the off season. // Dreams, etc.
Gorgeous views without the crowd await at Glacier National Park during the off season. // Dreams, etc.

We’d love to visit Glacier National Park again during the summer when it’s open and we can do more. But our visit to the park last week? It was perfect!

We saw a few others driving up and down the Going to the Sun Road. A couple and their photographer stopped to take engagement pictures. But other than that it was just the two of us and the lake and the mountains. We were able to take our time and enjoy the view alone, without crowds of people. We took pictures and stared at the view and listened to the waves lap against the shore. It sounded so much like the ocean; it was calming and soothing. We lingered and wrote and pulled out our sketchbooks. We had a Bible study by the lake while looking out for bears. We stayed until the sun started to disappear so that we could see the mountains framed by a setting sun.

Gorgeous views without the crowd await at Glacier National Park during the off season. // Dreams, etc.

And that eagle? You would have thought it was a bear by how much it
startled us when it swooped down. Eagles are huge and it totally caught
us by surprise!

Gorgeous views without the crowd await at Glacier National Park during the off season. // Dreams, etc.
Gorgeous views without the crowd await at Glacier National Park during the off season. // Dreams, etc.
Gorgeous views without the crowd await at Glacier National Park during the off season. // Dreams, etc.
Gorgeous views without the crowd await at Glacier National Park during the off season. // Dreams, etc.
Gorgeous views without the crowd await at Glacier National Park during the off season. // Dreams, etc.
Gorgeous views without the crowd await at Glacier National Park during the off season. // Dreams, etc.
Gorgeous views without the crowd await at Glacier National Park during the off season. // Dreams, etc.
Gorgeous views without the crowd await at Glacier National Park during the off season. // Dreams, etc.
HAVE YOU BEEN TO GLACIER NATIONAL PARK? WOULD YOU LIKE TO GO?

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Linds F.
    April 11, 2015 at 2:31 am

    This place is GORGEOUS! Looks like a perfect place to spend a tranquil day reflecting on life.
    This place, I'm sure, is crazy busy in the summer. I'd love to go camping here. 🙂

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    Allie
    April 11, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    I took a vacation to Montana a couple summers ago and stayed just outside Glacier – it was so beautiful! We visited Lake McDonald, and although we didn't see an eagle, my parents got pretty close to a moose (which, we found out later, is dangerous!) Ugh, just thinking about it makes me want to go back.

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    Allie
    April 11, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    I took a vacation to Montana a couple summers ago and stayed just outside Glacier – it was so beautiful! We visited Lake McDonald, and although we didn't see an eagle, my parents got pretty close to a moose (which, we found out later, is dangerous!) Ugh, just thinking about it makes me want to go back.

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    Katie Farritor
    April 13, 2015 at 12:55 am

    So beautiful! I need to go there! I'm only a state away!

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