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Hitting the Road in Search of Montana’s Best Fall Colors

It’s probably no surprise that I’m a big fan of fall in Montana. In fact, I think it may be my favorite season. But to be honest, the changing colors of autumn in Big Sky Country tend to get overlooked for other more colorful destinations. Which I totally get. If you ask me, one of the reasons Montana is glanced over as a fall color destination is because people just don’t know that we actually have fall foliage here.

A perfect fall scene of the Bitterroot Mountains in Hamilton.

A perfect fall scene of the Bitterroot Mountains in Hamilton.

Which is why I’m glad my buddy Andy Austin, a local Montana photographer, decided to embark on a Montana Fall Tour in which he drove hundreds of miles to soak up, play in and photograph autumn’s beauty. He traveled from Bighorn Canyon in the southeast corner of Montana (read more about the canyon here) to the expansive Paradise Valley and the ice-carved peaks of Glacier National Park on his search for Montana’s best fall colors.

Montana's Paradise Valley.

Montana’s Paradise Valley. Photo: Andy Austin

And while I lived vicariously through him on instagram while he was hitting the road, he said I could share his photos on the blog so you can have an up-close look at fall in Montana.

Take a look at his trip through Western Montana’s Glacier Country

The Middle Fork of the Flathead River from Belton Bridge in West Glacier.

The Middle Fork of the Flathead River from Belton Bridge in West Glacier. Photo: Andy Austin

A glimpse at Glacier National Park.

A glimpse at Glacier National Park. Photo: Andy Austin

A perfect fall sunset from Oberlin Peak in Glacier National Park.

A perfect fall sunset from Oberlin Peak in Glacier National Park. Photo: Andy Austin

Looking into the St. Mary Valley in Glacier National Park.

Looking into the St. Mary Valley in Glacier National Park. Photo: Andy Austin

Fall at Whitefish Lake.

Fall at Whitefish Lake. Photo: Andy Austin

Tamarack trees (and the most beautiful fog I've ever seen) at Salmon Lake State Park.

Tamarack trees (and the most beautiful fog I’ve ever seen) at Salmon Lake State Park. Photo: Andy Austin

Hands down, the Seeley-Swan Valley is one of the best places to view tamarack trees (AKA western larch).

The Seeley-Swan Valley is one of the best places to view tamarack trees (AKA western larch). Photo: Andy Austin 

Soaking up Missoula's colors from Waterworks Hill.

Soaking up Missoula’s colors from Waterworks Hill. Photo: Andy Austin

To see more of fall in Montana, check out the #MontanaFallTour on instagram.

Oh and Andy…don’t forget to stop and pick me up on your next Montana road trip.

xo,
TT

Fall in Montana: Driving Glacier National Park’s Going-to-the-Sun Road

Last week, my favorite travel partner and I hopped on Amtrak’s Empire Builder and rode it from Whitefish to East Glacier Park. (You can read the full post on our train trip in Montana here.) And you guys, it was such a fun adventure! But our trip didn’t end there.

After disembarking the train, we decided to head into Glacier National Park and drive the Going-to-the-Sun Road. From East Glacier Park, we took Looking Glass Highway (Highway 49) above the Two Medicine Valley and made our way to St. Mary and the east entrance of Glacier National Park.

Looking into Two Medicine from Looking Glass Highway.

Looking into Two Medicine from Looking Glass Highway.

Fresh snow in Glacier National Park.

Fresh snow in Glacier National Park.

Truth time: Looking Glass Highway is one of my favorite drives in the state.

Truth time: Looking Glass Highway is one of my favorite drives in Montana.

After a quick stop at St. Mary Lodge & Resort, we headed into St. Mary and started driving the Going-to-the-Sun Road. And you guys, it was incredibly beautiful!

Take a look…

Hello, St. Mary Valley.

Hello, St. Mary Valley.

Looking up the road from Two Dog Flats.

Looking up the road from Two Dog Flats.

Going-to-the-Sun Road.

Going-to-the-Sun Road.

As we were driving past St. Mary Lake, the reflection practically begged us to pullover. So we did.

As we were driving past St. Mary Lake, the reflection practically begged us to pullover. So we did.

I'm confident I could have sat here for hours.

I’m confident I could have sat here for hours.

Fall colors + St. Mary Lake = me in love.

Fall colors + St. Mary Lake = me in love.

Hi.

Hi.

Wild Goose Island on St. Mary Lake.

Wild Goose Island on St. Mary Lake.

Debbie taking in the view.

Debbie taking in the view.

The fall color on the trees and underbrush was starting to really change, so we took a short hike down from Wild Goose Overlook.

The fall color on the trees and underbrush was starting to really change, so we took a short hike down from Wild Goose Overlook.

This is my piece of heaven on earth.

This is my piece of heaven on earth.

Driving up the road out of the tunnel.

Driving up the road out of the tunnel.

Fresh snow on Going to the Sun Mountain.

Fresh snow on Going-to-the-Sun Mountain.

Two Montana-loving traveling buddies.

Two Montana-loving traveling buddies.

You guys, check out the fresh snow on the ground behind me.

You guys, check out the fresh snow on the ground behind me.

The view from Logan Pass. (I love this view, but it's so pretty it almost looks fake. But it's not, I promise.)

The view from Logan Pass. (I love this view, but it’s so pretty it almost looks fake. But it’s not, I promise.)

After driving up to Logan Pass and back down again, we had some free time before we needed to return to East Glacier Park and catch our train home. So we did what any two Glacier National Park-lovin’ gals would do: we drove to Many Glacier.

Take a look…

Two Guns (Glacier Park Boat Company's wooden boat) heading to the head of Swiftcurrent Lake.

Two Guns (Glacier Park Boat Company’s wooden boat) heading to the head of Swiftcurrent Lake.

Two Guns under Mount Grinnell.

Two Guns under Mount Grinnell.

The view from the dining room at Many Glacier Hotel.

The view from the dining room at Many Glacier Hotel.

A few things to note if you plan to visit the east side of Glacier National Park in fall:
-Rental cars are available from spring to fall at Glacier Park Trading Company in East Glacier Park.
-Plan for cool weather. While it was gorgeous when we went, we did bust out our scarves and coats at Logan Pass. Weather in the mountains can change quickly, so always be prepared.
-Bring water.
-If you plan to visit Glacier National Park in the fall and want to stay in one of the historic park lodges or motor inns, plan to book your travel early (like now).
-Don’t be afraid to stay outside of the park. There are plenty of lodging options just outside the park that tend to stay open later in the season.
-If you time it right, you can catch dinner at Serrano’s Mexican Restaurant in East Glacier Park. They’re open for dinner through September 30.
-The Going-to-the-Sun Road is slated to be open in its entirety through October 16, weather dependent. You can check the road status here.

Needless to say, it was a good day.

xo,
TT

All Aboard for Montana: A Day Trip on Amtrak’s Empire Builder

Not to toot my own horn, but I think I do a pretty good job of taking advantage of the offerings that are found in my Montana backyard. Except, I don’t always try everything that I wish I would. Take for example Amtrak’s Empire Builder line. It runs between Chicago and Seattle and passes through Montana’s northern tier two times per day, making stops in Libby, Whitefish, West Glacier, Essex, East Glacier Park, Browning, Cut Bank, Shelby and Havre.

Amtrak's Empire Builder traveling the tracks near Glacier National Park. Photo: Amtrak

Amtrak’s Empire Builder traveling the tracks near Glacier National Park. Photo: Amtrak

Ready for the truth?

Here it comes: the last time I rode Amtrak’s Empire Builder I was six years old and on a first grade field trip when we rode the train from Shelby, Montana to East Glacier Park, Montana which—by the way—I thought was so awesome. And since I haven’t been six years old for a few years, it seemed like it was time that I got back in the train-lovin’ saddle and took a ride through my own backyard. So I grabbed one of my favorite traveling companions and we climbed aboard the Empire Builder. And you guys, it was pretty fun.

Take a look…

Our starting point: Whitefish, Montana.

Our starting point: Whitefish, Montana.

Waiting for the train to come in.

Waiting for the train to come in.

Here's our ride.

Here’s our ride.

Making our way to our seats.

Making our way to our seats.

Fall colors were starting to arrive along the river.

Fall colors were starting to arrive along the river.

Loved this view looking back west out of the train.

Loved this view looking back west out of the train.

Something I learned on this trip: it's really hard to get good photos from the inside of a train car looking out.

Something I learned on this trip: it’s really hard to get good photos from the inside of a train car looking out. 😉

The observation car was my favorite spot on the train.

My favorite spot on the train: the observation car.

Making friends with a National Park volunteer in the observation car.

Making friends with a National Park volunteer in the observation car.

Hello, gorgeous.

Hello, gorgeous.

Coming down off Marias Pass, you're rewarded with this view.

Coming down off Marias Pass, we were rewarded with this view.

Entering the Blackfeet Nation. Traveling from west to east, you abruptly notice the change in Montana's topography as you hit the plains.

Entering the Blackfeet Nation. Traveling from west to east, you abruptly notice the change in Montana’s topography as you hit the plains.

Arriving at our destination: East Glacier Park, Montana.

Arriving at our destination: East Glacier Park, Montana.

The train station at East Glacier Park.

The train station at East Glacier Park.

Displays from the Blackfeet Nation inside the train depot at East Glacier Park.

Displays from the Blackfeet Nation inside the train depot at East Glacier Park.

It's official: we love train travel in Montana.

It’s official: we love train travel in Montana.

A few things to note when riding Amtrak’s Empire Builder to (or through) Montana:
-Go with the flow. Trains aren’t known for always operating on time; our eastbound train was 90 minutes late, but I’ve found that when doing a trip like this where things can tend to run behind, it’s easier to just roll with it. You’ll be happier and pleasantly surprised when it’s on time.
-If you can, snag a seat in the observation car. During the late spring, summer and fall, Amtrak’s Trails & Rails program has volunteers from the National Park Service on the train who offer interpretive commentary from Seattle, Washington to Shelby, Montana.
-You can get the best pictures by placing your camera as close to the window as possible (thanks to NPS guides who shared that insider tip!).
-If you’re getting on or off in Whitefish, West Glacier or East Glacier Park, plan to arrive early so you can check out the train stations. The Whitefish station has an on-site museum, while East Glacier Park has interesting and historic photos from the early time of train travel to the area.
-Don’t be afraid to ask the conductors questions about the train, best views, etc. They literally know everything there is to know and are incredibly nice.

xo,
TT

7 Things to do in Montana this Fall

We all know it’s coming. It’s been sneaking up on us like a thief in the night, taking a few minutes of daylight in the morning and leaving a crispness in the air every night. You know what I’m talking about…fall. 

Mount Sentinel in Missoula.

Fall colors along the Clark Fork River in Missoula.

Around here, if you ask a Montana local, chances are they’ll tell you that fall is one of their favorite seasons. And to be honest, fall is one of the best times to visit Big Sky Country. The weather is gorgeous (always pack layers, just in case) and September offers some of the most consistently nice temperatures of the year, the changing foliage is stunning and there’s still so much to do. But there’s also a catch when it comes to fall travel to Western Montana: sometimes you don’t know where to start when it comes to planning your travel. To which I say, let’s remedy that.

As a lover of all things fall and Montana, I’ve rounded up the best things to do and see this autumn under our big blue sky.

1. Take a drive. Montana’s a scenic place, which means many of our roadways are perfect routes for seeing stunning colors, complete with snow-capped peaks and wildlife-watching opportunities. Some of my favorite drives include the Bitterroot Valley, the Seeley-Swan Valley and Highway 200. Sidenote: read more about my top three fall drives here

This view is located just off Highway 93 at Ninepipes Lodge near Charlo.

This view is located just off Highway 93 at Ninepipes Lodge near Charlo.

2. Visit Glacier National Park. I’m going to be very honest with you here: fall might be THE BEST time to visit Glacier National Park. Plus, the Going-to-the-Sun Road is open in its entirety through mid-October (weather dependent) making it easy to explore the trails along the road. Plus, you can take a boat tour with Glacier Park Boat Company through late September, a red bus tour through mid-October or a guided hike with Glacier Guides. Sun Tours also offers tours through September 30. Some of my favorite hikes include Hidden Lake and Scenic Point.
ICYMI: read about last fall’s trip to Glacier National Park here

Kayaking on Lake McDonald.

Kayaking on Lake McDonald.

3. Play at Whitefish Mountain Resort. Located 15 minutes from downtown Whitefish, Whitefish Mountain Resort offers on-mountain activities on the weekends (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) through late September.

Biking the trails on Big Mountain.

Biking the trails on Big Mountain.

4. Tour the Daly Mansion. Located on 46 acres outside of Hamilton, the Daly Mansion is one of the best places to visit during fall. Drive (or walk) down the tree-lined drive just to look at the colors before taking a guided tour at the mansion. Daily tours are offered on the hour through the first week of October.

The lane at the Daly Mansion.

The lane at the Daly Mansion.

5. Visit the Blackfeet Nation. You’ve heard me say it before (and let’s face it, this isn’t the last time I’ll say it), but I love the Blackfeet Nation. Located on the east side of Glacier National Park, fall on the Rocky Mountain Front is pretty incredible. Plus, there’s year-round lodging and attractions in Browning that include The Museum of the Plains Indian and Faught’s Blackfeet Trading Post. Visitors can also take the self-guided Blackfeet Trail Tour or a guided tours with Blackfeet Outfitters.

A guided tour on the Blackfeet Nation with Blackfeet Outfitters.

A guided tour on the Blackfeet Nation with Blackfeet Outfitters.

6. Bike the Hiawatha Trail. Located in Montana and Idaho, the Route of the Hiawatha is a blast to ride during fall. They’re open daily through the last full weekend in September and the trails offers great views of the Bitterroot Mountains. Plus, you get to ride through tunnels and across high steel trestles.

Riding through one of the tunnels on the Route of the Hiawatha.

Riding through one of the tunnels on the Route of the Hiawatha.

7. Paddle the Clearwater Canoe Trail. There are several reasons to paddle this canoe trail (located just a few miles north of Seeley Lake) in fall, including the fact that the Seeley-Swan Valley is a gorgeous destination for viewing fall foliage. Plus, it’s even quieter in autumn.
Insider tip: you don’t have to bring your own canoe. Rocky Mountain Adventure Gear rents canoes and kayaks in downtown Seeley Lake. 

Paddling the canoe trail.

Paddling the canoe trail.

And if that’s not enough, be sure to check out more fall travel ideas here.

xo,
TT

Fall in Montana’s Glacier National Park

Earlier this fall, I had the chance to spend a few uninterrupted days in one of my favorite places: Glacier National Park. I was hitting the road with some pals who had flown in from across the country and for most of them, this was their very first time visiting the park. Needless to say, I was excited to show them just why this place is so special to me. And I’ve got to tell you, the weather, scenery and company didn’t disappoint.

A perfect morning at Lake McDonald.

A perfect morning at Lake McDonald.

We started off our stay in Whitefish, where we checked out their weekly farmers market before staying at the brand new Whitefish Downtown Suites. These adorable (seriously, so cute) vacation rentals are on Central Avenue and have downtown views.

Relaxing in my very own suite.

Relaxing in my very own suite.

After a restful sleep, I decided to test everyone’s limits and we headed for Glacier ZipLines in Columbia Falls to try our luck at their 8-zipline course. Some of my friends weren’t quite as eager as I was to see how fast they could take the zips, but we all had a really fun time and as an (apparent) adrenaline junkie, I loved every minute of zipping through the trees.

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Getting ready to head out on the course’s first zipline!

From there, we ventured north into one of the wildest parts of the Glacier National Park—the North Fork—and the off-the-grid community of Polebridge. The changing colors of the leaves, combined with huckleberry macaroons from the Polebridge Mercantile and the beauty of Bowman Lake made for a great day.

Our first view of the peaks of Glacier National Park from the North Fork Road.

Our first view of the peaks of Glacier National Park from the North Fork Road.

Hello, Polebridge.

Hello, Polebridge.

A fresh dusting of snow at Bowman Lake.

A fresh dusting of snow on the peaks at Bowman Lake.

My friend Scott and I showing just how much we love Glacier National Park.

My friend Scott and I showing just how much we love Glacier National Park.

After our trip to Bowman Lake, we decided our next full day would be spent along the Going-to-the-Sun Road.
Sidenote: Let’s be honest, the Going-to-the-Sun Road is a beautiful drive any time you take it. However, there is something incredible about the road in the autumn. If you haven’t visited during September and October, I highly recommend it. 

Our first stop: Lake McDonald.

Our first stop: Lake McDonald.

Stopping to take in this view.

Stopping to take in this view along the Going-to-the-Sun Road.

Hidden Lake is beautiful.

From Logan Pass, we hiked to the Hidden Lake Overlook.

Our traveling group!

Our traveling group!

After hiking to Hidden Lake, we continued on the road toward St. Mary. Along the way, we stopped to take a look at the area that was burned by the Reynolds Creek Fire.

Following our hike to Hidden Lake, we continued on the road toward St. Mary. Along the way, we stopped to take a look at the area that was burned by the Reynolds Creek Fire. It was interesting to see how much new vegetation was already taking root.

After a sun-kissed day exploring the Going-to-the-Sun Road and Logan Pass, we made our way back toward Kalispell’s Glacier Park International Airport so my friends could catch their flights home. As for me, I’m not sure if it was the fantastic company or the changing colors of fall that totally took my breath away at various points on our trip or if it was the opportunity to spend time in the park during one of its most quiet seasons, but I do know this: those few autumn days in Glacier National Park are days I’ll always remember.

xo,
TT

Fall Getaways + Travel Deals in Montana’s Glacier Country

I’m a summer girl, through and through. But I’ll tell ya what, autumn is really trying to make me fall in love with it. Which leads me to this: I think I’m actually falling for fall.

Fall in downtown Missoula. Photo: Taylar Robbins

Hello you little charmer (fall in Missoula). Photo: Taylar Robbins

During these last few days in Montana, I’ve been able to see, feel and smell fall and the fact of the matter is this: it’s beautiful and delicious. It’s also still kind of a big secret. 

Bowman Lake in Glacier National Park. Photo by Jesse Hansen.

Bowman Lake in Glacier National Park. Photo by Jesse Hansen.

Western Montana hasn’t really been thought of as an autumn destination, but I’m here to tell you that fall in Montana is perfection. And along with that perfection comes some pretty sweet travel deals. Check out my top fall travel deals below…

Izaak Walton Inn: Essex
This September, the Izaak Walton Inn is offering rooms starting at $89/night. To book, call 406.888.5700 and mention “local appreciation.”

Glacier Guides Lodge: West Glacier
From September 23 – October 14, rooms at Glacier Guides Lodge are $144.45/night (a savings of more than 25%). Book by calling 800.521.7238.

Belton Chalet: West Glacier
The historic Belton Chalet has a “Fall into Glacier” package for $180/couple. The package is valid from September 25 – October 3 and includes a one night stay and dinner for two at the Belton Grill Dining Room. Call 406.888.5000 to book.

Glacier Park Lodge: East Glacier Park
This month, Glacier Park Lodge is offering a “local rate” that has rooms starting at $115/night. Call 406.892.2525 to book and ask for the local rate.
Sidenote: this special is available for all residents of Montana, Idaho, Washington, North Dakota, Wyoming, Alberta and British Columbia.

Glacier Ridge House: West Glacier
From October 3 – 18, Glacier Ridge House (a vacation rental) is offering 25% off nightly or weekly rates. Book here.

Running Horse Inn: Huson
Valid September 14 – 30, the Running Horse Inn has a special fall package that includes appetizers, specialty drinks, a full home-cooked breakfast and a box lunch.

You can also check out more travel deals throughout Western Montana here.

xo,
TT

Cruising Highway 93: Missoula to Polson

Earlier this week, I needed to buzz up north for work. And while I’ve been hitting the road plenty during the last couple of months, there was not a word of complaint out of this messy-haired girl’s mouth. Why? Because right now the scenery in Montana’s Glacier Country is as lovely as it’s ever been. Oh, and there’s no traffic.

This week has been full of blue sky, moody clouds and incredible fall colors. Take a look…

Coming down Ravalli Hill, with the Mission Mountains in view.

Coming down Ravalli Hill, with the Mission Mountains in view.

Notice the guy pulling a boat? That's how gorgeous fall has been.

Notice the guy pulling a boat? That’s how gorgeous fall has been.

Moody clouds lingering over Flathead Lake.

Moody clouds lingering over Flathead Lake.

The Mission Mountains just north of Pablo.

The Mission Mountains just north of Pablo.

Another view of the Missions, this one near St. Ignatius.

Another view of the Missions, this one near St. Ignatius.

To best sum up my thoughts on this month, I have to rely on L.M. Montgomery and his book Anne of Green Gables. Because I too am “…so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”

xo,
TT

The Top 3 Fall Drives in Western Montana

This year, fall in Montana has been absolutely lovely. The colors are stunning, the temperatures are comfortable and — get this — there is literally hardly anyone here. During this season, I’ve been able to do a bit of road tripping around Western Montana’s Glacier Country and my recent travels have secured fall as one of my favorite times of year.

In case you’re like me and want to get out and soak up the fall colors and Montana’s fresh mountain air, I’ve rounded up my top picks for fall road trips in Montana.

Glacier National Park
There are some misconceptions that the park shuts down after the Going-to-the-Sun Road closes for the season. That, my little lovelies, is false. Two things: Glacier National Park is indeed open year-round; and the Going-to-the-Sun Road is OPEN from West Glacier to Logan Pass through October 16, 2016 (weather dependent). Also, the views and fall colors along the Going-to-the-Sun Road are absolutely stunning.

Red Rock Falls.

Red Rock Falls.

Yellows and golds light up the mountainsides along the Going-to-the-Sun Road.

Yellows and golds light up the mountainsides along the Going-to-the-Sun Road.

Two other places to check out: the North Fork and the Two Medicine Valley on the east side.

Bowman Lake in the North Fork. Photo: Jesse Hansen

Bowman Lake in the North Fork. Photo: Jesse Hansen

And the best part? It will feel like you have the park’s one million acres all to yourself (because you basically will).

The Bitterroot Valley
I’m just going to say it: Montana’s Bitterroot Valley is a leaf-peeping lover’s dream. Sitting at nearly 100 miles long and framed by the Bitterroot Mountains on the west and Sapphire Mountains on the east, the valley has a beautiful composition of color. Plus, it’s home to some of the cutest small towns in the state. Some of my favorite places to see the valley’s fall foliage: Highway 93 from Missoula to Sula, the West Fork Road near Darby and the Daly Mansion in Hamilton.

Fresh snow + fall colors on the Bitterroot Mountains.

Fresh snow + fall colors on the Bitterroot Mountains.

Fall foliage starting to change along the West Fork of the Bitterroot River.

Fall foliage starting to change along the West Fork of the Bitterroot River.

The lane leading up to the Daly Mansion is framed by leaves of gold, yellow, red and orange.

The lane leading up to the Daly Mansion is framed by leaves of gold, yellow, red and orange.

Highway 2 between West Glacier and Browning
This road connects the east side and west side of Montana, crossing the Continental Divide at Marias Pass and skirting along the southern border of Glacier National Park. Personally, this is one of my favorite fall drives. There’s not a lot of traffic, you’re surrounded by wilderness and wild places and the landscape changes so much between the west and east side. You’ll start in mountainous terrain and end along the Rocky Mountain Front where the plains run directly into the rising peaks of the Rockies.

One of the many pullouts along Highway 2.

One of the many pullouts along Highway 2.

Highway 2 follows the Middle Fork of the Flathead River for several miles.

Highway 2 follows the Middle Fork of the Flathead River for several miles.

Another view along Highway 2.

Another view along Highway 2.

One of the entrance points to the Blackfeet Nation: home to the Blackfeet Tribe.

One of the entrance points to the Blackfeet Nation, home to Montana’s largest tribe: the Blackfeet.

Where are some of your favorite fall drives in Montana?

xo,
TT

PS: You can check out more fall drives here.

Visiting Montana’s Northwest Corner

There are some places in Montana that are still wild, free and undisturbed. And for this messy-haired Montana girl that grew up in the shadow of the Rocky Mountain Front, it’s probably no surprise that my soul connects with places that are wild and free. Earlier this month, I was able to connect with one such place: Western Montana’s Lincoln County.

Fall colors are arriving in the Cabinet Mountains.

Fall colors in the Cabinet Mountains near Libby.

Located in the far northwest corner of the state, Lincoln County is home to expansive wilderness, old growth forests, small towns and a cast of lovable characters (AKA my favorite kind of people) that make up small town Montana.

While there, we explored various off-the-beaten path attractions and visited some of my favorite places near Libby.

Upper Yaak Falls between Troy and Yaak.

Upper Yaak Falls between Troy and Yaak.

The only female-owned brewery in Montana: Cabinet Mountain Brewing Company in Libby.

The only female-owned brewery in Montana: Cabinet Mountain Brewing Company in Libby.

For adrenaline-pumping fun, we took a stroll out onto the swinging bridge over Kootenai Falls.

For adrenaline-pumping fun, we took a stroll out onto the swinging bridge over Kootenai Falls.

A peek at Libby Dam.

A peek at Libby Dam.

After exploring Libby, Troy and Yaak, we made our way to one of the cutest (literally, it is so cute) towns in northwest Montana: Eureka.

The morning view from my room at the Wilderness Club.

The morning view from my room at the Wilderness Club.

The first stop in Eureka: lunch at Cafe Jax.

The first stop in Eureka: Cafe Jax.

Fresh snow perfectly dusted the tops of the Tobacco Mountains.

Fresh snow perfectly dusted the tops of the Tobacco Mountains.

The colors were just starting to turn around Graves Creek.

The colors were just starting to turn around Graves Creek.

We also made a jaunt to Lake Koocanusa, a lake that Montana shares with Canada.

We also made a jaunt to Lake Koocanusa, a lake that Montana shares with Canada.

Our dinner destination in Rexford. PS: If you go here, order the fried chicken. It's THAT good.

Our dinner destination in Rexford. PS: If you go here, order the fried chicken. It’s THAT good.

One of my favorite things about The Frontier Bar: this picture from a ranch in my hometown of Augusta.

One of my favorite things about The Frontier Bar: this picture from a ranch in my hometown of Augusta.

The road home, Highway 2, was framed by fall colors and sunshine.

The road home, Highway 2, was framed by fall colors and sunshine.

It was a lovely few days in one of Montana’s most stunning places. And I already can’t wait to go back.

Your turn: Where are some of the places that you feel most connected to?

xo,
TT

Exploring Glacier National Park in Autumn

So remember how last week I told you about some of my perfect fall moments in Western Montana? Well, believe it or not, this week fall in Glacier Country got even better.

Call it lucky, blessed or fortuitous, but a few days ago I was able to visit Glacier National Park again. And fall was in fine form. Take a look…

A perfectly calm morning on Lake McDonald.

A perfectly calm morning on Lake McDonald.

Fall colors along McDonald Creek.

Fall colors along McDonald Creek.

If you look closely, you can see the Going-to-the-Sun Road on the mountain.

If you look closely, you can see the Going-to-the-Sun Road on the mountain.

Looking out on the McDonald Valley and McDonald Creek from the Going-to-the-Sun Road.

Looking out on the McDonald Valley and McDonald Creek from the Going-to-the-Sun Road.

A red bus near the Weeping Wall.

A red bus near the Weeping Wall.

Red Rock Falls.

Red Rock Falls.

No matter how many times I see the teal colors of the water in Glacier National Park, they never cease to wow me.

No matter how many times I see the teal colors of the water in Glacier National Park, they never cease to wow me.

Fall may be my new favorite season in Glacier National Park. Your turn: What’s YOUR favorite time of year to visit the Crown of the Continent?

xo,
TT

PS: This Sunday (September 21) will be the last day to access Logan Pass by vehicle from the east side of Glacier National Park. Visitors can still access Logan Pass from the west side of the park until Sunday, October 19 (weather permitting).