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1rst night: Whitefish, Kalispell, or Columbia Falls?

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1rst night: Whitefish, Kalispell, or Columbia Falls?

We fly into Spokane on a Friday afternoon. Then we'll drive to the West Glacier area and should arrive there around 8:00pm or 9:00pm. Would we be best to book a room in Whitefish, Kalispell or Columbia Falls?

Won't have much time wherever we stay because of our late arrival and our plan to leave early for Two Medicine Campground the next morning. We will need to stop by an outfitter (either that evening or the following morning) to pick up some fuel for our campstove. Also, we will need to do some grocery shopping for 1rst lag of our camping trip.

Any thoughts?

Thanks

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1. Re: 1rst night: Whitefish, Kalispell, or Columbia Falls?

I am assuming since it is one night and you arrive later, that cheaper is good. There is a Super 8 right at the interesection of HWY 2 and the cutoff road from the tri-corner grocery, right on the way into West Glacier. Also, Mountain Shadows Resort (not a resort) across the street. Both have hot tubs, to ease the stress of the days travels. There is a store/gas just up the street, or options in Hungry Horse and West Glacier as you drive in on HWY 2.

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2. Re: 1rst night: Whitefish, Kalispell, or Columbia Falls?

I think K2Kelly is referring to the Super 8 in Columbia Falls (Columbia Falls Heights, they call that area). Columbia Falls puts you closest to West Glacier, so that would be a good choice. There is a huge grocery store called Super One on the west side of Columbia Falls, and they most likely have campstove fuel. They're open 24 hours. There is also an army-navy store in CF that will definitely have the fuel.

If the CF Super 8 is booked up (and it does book up) staying in either Kalispell or Whitefish only adds 20 additional minutes to your drive.

Remember that you lose one hour when you come from Spokane to MT. Also that it stays light until about 10:30 pm in June, getting darker sooner each evening as the summer wears on.

Enjoy the trip!

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3. Re: 1rst night: Whitefish, Kalispell, or Columbia Falls?

Yes, Thanks Riverdays for the clarity on my drafty suggestion!

4. Re: 1rst night: Whitefish, Kalispell, or Columbia Falls?

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