Our National Parks trip ended at Glacier National Park where we stayed at the Lake McDonald Lodge. Glacier is not named for its (diminishing) glaciers but for the process of glaciation that formed the park’s terrain.
There are two routes that run north/south on the eastern and western side of the park. Lake McDonald Lodge is reached by the western route. Going-to-the-Sun run cuts directly across the park from west to east through Logan Pass but, due to the high elevation and heavy snows, it is often closed until late June.
Since we took our trip early, the road was only open to Avalanche Creek. We did get to hike the Avalanche Creek trail up to Avalanche Lake and were rewarded with breathtaking views as well as siting both a black bear and grizzly bear!