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Old 06-03-2013, 09:37 PM   #1
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Chicago to Glacier National Park

Hi All

I'm planning a trip to GNP in middle of August for 8 days.
I'm looking for some info from riders who done such a trip mostly camping.
I will travel I-90 to Rapid City South Dakota and from there I would like to take some less travelled roads. Is there any roads that are must to see and is camping easily available around GNP.
Any information is highly appreciated. Maybe some GPS routes?

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Old 06-03-2013, 09:43 PM   #2
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I'd say needles highway, but you may be hitting sturgis time
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Old 06-04-2013, 05:43 PM   #3
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I like US 2. Good road, light traffic when I traveled to GNP in 2010. I'll use it again next trip out that way....
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Old 06-04-2013, 06:48 PM   #4
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I'm planning my route from AK to GNP and then onto New York through Rapid City. I've been doing some of the same research you are.

Here's my planned route with some POI's and info i've added:
http://goo.gl/maps/HuUt2

The route in the above map for all of Montana is my alternate paved route, as I plan to ride the CDT which I have routed on this map:
http://goo.gl/maps/QNpOh
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Old 06-04-2013, 08:58 PM   #5
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Old 06-05-2013, 07:22 AM   #6
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look up "benchmark maps" they publish the best maps for the western u.s. states. these are very useful and indicate all paved vs gravel surfaces with high reliability. they also show a lot of detail on campgrounds, etc..

THe route from Mt Rushmore , west has a lot of opportunities for you across Wyoming and toward Cody.. then up the Chief joe hwy and over the Beartooth hwy, then up toward Great Falls and Choteu, east Glacier.... IMO.

Lots of threads on trips like this... Have fun!
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Old 06-05-2013, 05:35 PM   #7
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This time I would like to stay away from Yellowstone and try to go towards Canadian border (never traveled there) so US-2 looks promising.
How are campgrounds and motels available around Browning.
In general I don't like to book anything I just go as is, but is it good idea to book motel, campground in advance? any recommendations? I'm a frugal so anything upscale is out of question

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Old 06-07-2013, 08:56 AM   #8
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there are some nice little ma 'n pa cabin-motels in East Glacier. you can "google them" I dint think that Browning is a good place to stop. reservations around glacier park in the summer are definitely recommended
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Old 06-07-2013, 09:01 AM   #9
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You could probably get a very cheap hotel room in Shelby or Cut Bank and still be able to get to the Park early in the morning.

Kalispell will be VERY expensive for hotels - $100 for Motel 6.

You could stay in Browning, but I personally would not.
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I will check out Shelby or Cut Bank, and Browning doesn't look like good place to stay

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Old 06-11-2013, 08:26 AM   #11
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I rode to Glacier last year in June and had no problem getting a camp site in Glacier. It helped that it was during the week and that I got there early in the day. I don't know if it would be any harder to get a site in August, but I'd recommend it if you can get it. It was $20 a night with flush toilets. Another site further up G2TS road had showers but, apparently, was not as nice.
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Old 06-11-2013, 11:08 PM   #12
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I will check out Shelby or Cut Bank, and Browning doesn't look like good place to stay

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Sounds like a great trip, I'm jealous. In Chicago too and desperately need a nice adventure. I'll ditto what others have said about Browning. I found it depressing just to drive through. All the most sad results of what's happened to Native Americans and their culture crammed into one small town. Not long after you head west out of Browning you'll be greated by this view and you'll feel better



Have a great trip and post a ride report when you get home.
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Old 06-13-2013, 03:34 PM   #13
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Thanks everyone, I found small mom & pop motel in East Glacier Park that looks great for what I need. Now is just finding roads that will get me to see what's best of GNP.

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Old 06-13-2013, 03:45 PM   #14
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this is a great MT package.
there are some phenomenal roads west of Glacier
http://www.butlermaps.com/Motorcycle...g-Montana-Book
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Going to the Sun

Going to the sun road is a must see, but I am sure you have already planned that, start off early to beat traffic, before 9 am, or later evening when everyone is having supper. nothing like being stuck behind a van. The past few years there has been a lot of construction on the pass, should almost be done this year.

From East Glacier you can take 49 to 89 to St Mary's, stop by the Park Café in St Mary's for Pie than up over the pass.

Depending on What your riding, Kintla Lake or Bowman Lake are nice out of the way camping, but a lot of gravel. Camping usually fills up early, especially on the weekends.

Feel free to contact me if I can help out on this end, I am from Alberta but spend most of my summers weekends down in GNP. I know I will get some slack over this, being Canadian, but Waterton Park is a nice place but more pricey and more commercial, Nice to see but not a must see.

http://www.nps.gov/glac/index.htm
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