East Glacier was our destination on the first night we began exploring Glacier National Park
. Riding through the park via the Going-to-the-Sun Road
was a breathtaking experience for me. Glacier National Park has been at the top spot on my ride bucket list for many years. Entering the park at the West entrance we found ourselves stopping at the numerous roadside pull-offs and visitor centers to take-in the scenery. As the sun changed position overhead, the park’s mountains, valleys and vistas also changed. I found myself sitting on rocks, benches and curbs absorbing the grandeur that this national park was offering me.
Exiting the park at the East entrance after visiting the Saint Mary Visitor’s Center, we rode route 89 North to Route 49 that would take us into East Glacier. Routes 89 and 49 were both delightfully curvy, winding roads hosting spectacular views. On these routes, you will experience free-range cattle roaming the roadways. Keep a watchful eye for them!
East Glacier is not a big place. You will find the East Glacier Lodge, a very old and historic hotel. A few places to eat, sleep and get gas. And, an Amtrak station. At the East Glacier Lodge, we have a very nice dinner, listened to live music in the main lobby and enjoyed strolling around the grounds. Just a warning, it you need air conditioning, you won’t find it at the Lodge.
But, each room does have a fan.
A particularly nice treat was a small restaurant called “Luna’s” where I had huckleberry pie for breakfast.