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glacier country

GLACIER COUNTRY

TRAIL ELEVATED EXPRESSWAY

STARTING POINT: KALISPELL

In Glacier Country, wildlife thrives on the land and water, with even the tiniest creatures eliciting wonder from kids and adults of every age. We've even mapped it all out, so you can put the phone away and be distracted by the epic views and hidden gems!

DAY 1

KALISPELL & BIGFORK

See "whoa!"-inducing Glacier Country scenery on horseback-or while leading a llama by the reins~with Swan Mountain Outfitters near Kalispell. Flathead Lake, the state's largest natural freshwater lake, offers prime paddling, boating, fishing, hiking, camping and swimming around Bigfork.

DAY 2 & 3

SEELEY LAKE & MISSOULA & DARBY

For vertical water, follow the Morrell Falls National Recreation Trail near Seeley Lake to Morrell Falls, a spectacular  90-foot, double cascade, Hold bugs like the kid-friendly, blue  eath-feigning beetles at the Butterfly House and Insectarium in Missoula, then stop by the city's Smokejumper Visitor Center to learn about the daring souls who parachute in to fight forest fires. For a less perilous journey, hike the Lake Como Loop Trail near Darby. The 7.9-mile route is good for all skill levels and features a waterfall.