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Suggestions for 2-3 days outside of GNP

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Suggestions for 2-3 days outside of GNP

My husband and I have reservations inside the park for July 15-23. We will probably fly into Kalispell...still determining if that is the best plan for us since we have decided to extend our trip by 2-3 days for sightseeing outside the park.

Any recommendations of places to see or places to stay? Would love a cabin on a lake...I know that things may already be booked so we would also consider a motel room....You take what you can get when you book late...At least we have awesome lodging bookedin the park.

Thanks in advance for your help. We can always trust TA members to provide us with great ideas.

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1. Re: Suggestions for 2-3 days outside of GNP

Check www.vrbo.com They will have cabins listed by location, some are lake or river view. Most will have a three night minimum stay. I've read good reviews of the Big Fork area, but have not stayed there. Glad you got in park lodging for visiting the park. It is great to be so close to trails and sights.

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2. Re: Suggestions for 2-3 days outside of GNP

On our visit to GNP a couple years ago, we took a day out from hiking and drove down to the National Bison Range Refuge Center near Moises. The drive by Flathead Lake was scenic and it was interesting to drive amongst the bison in the refuge. There are a couple places you can get out of the car to hike to overlooks of the park and there's a nice picnic area for lunch.


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Whitefish, Big Fork, Mission Valley (Polson)

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4. Re: Suggestions for 2-3 days outside of GNP

There are some great cabins and a B&B in Sommers. MT, on the north end of the lake. Also. look at Bigfork, MT. Still lots of sightseeing, if you golf there are many great options. See if the ski lifts are running on Big Mountain and ride up and take in the views. Whitewater rafting out of Polson at the south end of the lake. Bigfork has a summer playhouse.

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5. Re: Suggestions for 2-3 days outside of GNP

Ditto to all of the above. You will find plenty to do all around the Flathead Valley. For lodging, try Laughing Horse Lodge in Swan Lake--excellent food there as well. It's about 20 minutes from Bigfork.

Be aware that weekends bring weddings....many people come into town to attend summer weddings, so you will be more limited in finding availability for Fri & Sat nights, but don't give up! Once you find availability for a place or two that you are considering, feel free to ask again and maybe someone in this forum (me for instance!) could give you more info.

Good luck and enjoy your stay.

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6. Re: Suggestions for 2-3 days outside of GNP

Have you considered going up to Waterton?

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