Experiencing Glacier National Park in Montana was one of the big reasons why I drove to and from Seattle on my recent trip to Alaska rather than flying all the way there. So many people had told me that Glacier’s Going-to-the-Sun Road was a wonderful travel experience.
But the late spring delayed the opening of the road, and I was able to drive only the first 16 miles from the west entrance to Avalanche. At first, I was disappointed. But then I turned that limitation into a positive. Taking an hour-long helicopter flight showed me much more of the park than anyone can see by road.
I had driven 700 miles from Seattle to Kalispell, Montana, at the western edge of Glacier, in two days. After exploring a bit of North Cascades National Park, I overnighted in Moses Lake, Washington, making few stops en route. At one rest stop this wide-angle view of Dry Falls at dusk surprised me.
Dry Falls, Once the World’s Largest Waterfall
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The next day my only significant stop was at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge, about 23 miles south of Spokane. On this trip Turnbull had by far the greatest profusion of flowers in bloom, like this one that I had always previously found hard to photograph successfully.