I first visited Glacier Park in 1969 after graduating from Dental School and before my activation to active duty with the U.S. Army Dental corps. It was part of an extensive road trip from San Francisco to Alaska via the Alcan Highway and back utilizing the Alaskan Ferry system. Glacier Park was one of the highlights of my trip. The views from the Going-to-the-Sun Road through the Rocky Mountains were spectacular. I look forward to revisiting this park again.
Lake McDonald is Glacier National Park's biggest lake; ten miles long and 472 feet deep, filling a basin gouged out by Ice Age glaciers. This long fjord-like lake is surrounded by mountains on the north, south, and east with the Continental Divide, 14 miles away. The mountains provide a spectacular backdrop for the lake and also act as a rain block. Much of the blocked precipitation ends up falling on the McDonald valley. The result is a mild, damp climate. Stands of western red cedar and hemlock flourish in the valley of Lake McDonald. The wildlife-viewing here can be spectacular, with species including bighorn sheep, mountain goat, elk, black bear, and whitetail and mule deer.
I am a travel junkie and owner operator of The Travel Advisor Group of Palm Coast and The Travel Advisor Group of Jacksonville since 1999. I have lived in the orient for two years and Germany for three years. I have taken 151 cruises since my first cruise in 1974 on the Sitmar Fairsea. I started Travel Leaders (Carlson Wagonlit Travel) in Palm Coast in 1999 and it has become the largest travel agency in North Florida specializing in escorted tours, cruises and luxury and experiential travel. We have won 14 Travel Leaders Award of Excellence as a top 24 associate. In 2014 we won the Top As... full info