Five Spooky and Haunted MONTANA Destinations

#1 The Old Montana State Prison- Deerlodge

Paranormal Investigation: https://youtu.be/QavTJBMFyQw

These walls hold a lot of dark history. Deaths occurred from a violent 1959 riot. You can feel the unnerving energy once you enter the prison grounds. A great place to set up for investigations, the complex is large and active in the paranormal.

 

Last Prisoners Left on September 5, 1979…
Or Did They???

 

 

#2 Virginia City

American Haunting: https://youtu.be/fj1qd_SI_og

 

This town allows you to step back in time during the mining days of Montana. Charming and fun! The town’s business shuts down at 4 pm, so get your ghost gear out!

 

 

Oldest Mining Town in Montana
The Very Haunted Fairweather Inn

 

 

#3 Daly Mansion

Audio Evidence: https://youtu.be/HiF-hocwCng

 

Daly Mansion in 1986: Before Restoration

 

 

 

 

 

Rich in history and built by a Montana Copper King,  many strange and unexplained things have occurred at the mansion in Hamilton. Come and visit the remains of the pool area on the property or set up a tour of the house. Walk the grounds and hear the past whispers on the wind.

 

Daly Mansion: Today

 

 

 

 

#4 Dumas Brothel- Butte

Ghost Adventureshttps://youtu.be/yagvLFBSs1k

 

The Dumas served as a brothel in Butte for approximately 92 years. Mining towns throughout the West were notorious for their brothels, and Butte was no exception. At one time Butte had a thriving Red Light District. Today it is the only building that remains of the sex worker industry of Butte’s past. Be prepared to be spooked by its cold, dark, and musty spaces and creaking floors.

 

 

Ladies of the Night…

 

 

 

 

Still Whisper in Your Ear.

 

 

#5 Garnet Ghost Town

Montana’s Best Preserved Ghost Town: https://youtu.be/svJ5jWBm0V4

Some ghost towns truly are empty and totally uninhabited, aside from archaeologists and occasional tourists passing through. Such is the case high in the hills of west-central Montana, where the historic ghost town of Garnet is located.

 

Hauntings During the Day…

 

 

Will Follow You into the Night!

Under the Hawaiian Sea

by: Kaitlyn Graf

In the midst of this frigid Montana winter, I find myself reminiscing on a warm trip in paradise. This video includes shots from Maui, Hawaii from June 2017.

I truly believe paradise isn’t just a place but a feeling.

I hope you enjoy!

How small businesses can leverage a Marketing Technologies Stack

Marketing Thesis Paper

Written By: Austin Quane

 

Introduction

Markets bring out the competitive side of businesses as they try to stay relevant in the consumer’s mind, gain more market share, and innovate their business practices.  Innovation in business practices can be through product/service development, new sales models, or marketing technologies.  All of these areas can bring success to a large or small business in the short and long-term if they innovate them properly. However, one business practice should be focused on a little more than the others.  That is the Marketing Technology Stack, sometimes referred to as Martech.  Having a wide variety of technologies that can aid in key business practices and increase work efficiency is what the marketing technology stack is all about.  For small businesses having a marketing stack can boost revenue and by small business I mean, those who’s majority of sales come from local clients/customers.

 

The B2B market has been flooded with new software technology services that can increase a businesses’ marketing efficiency as a whole.  Since 2011, the unofficial first wave of marketing technologies, the number of vendors in the marketing technologies market has risen substantially.  In 2020 the marketing technology market as a total of 8,000 technology solutions falling under six categories of application (Brinker, 2020).  The massive increase in vendors from 2011 to 2020 shows just how important the role of a marketing stack is in any business model.  For a business looking at the vast amount of marketing technologies available it should be noted that the marketing technology stack should reflect the goals the business wants to achieve.  It could be to build out a more engaging social media platform, gather important data and be able to interpret such, or increasing efficiency at the management level.  Whatever area seems most important to a business, this paper looks to explain how to assemble and properly apply a marketing technology stack.

Understanding the ins and outs of Martech is the first step for a small business looking into the marketing technology stack.  The adaptation of technology can be a difficult if a business doesn’t know what they are looking to achieve.  Breaking down the technology solutions market into categories of business practices helps show what the marketing technology stack can get done.  Once the Small Business assembles and implements their marketing technology stack, if done properly, positive financial returns can be an outcome.

 

 

What is Martech?

Marketing technology stacks have been around mostly since 2011, Scott Brinker made a famous visual diagram called the Marketing Technology Landscape Infographic.  The diagram showed over 100 companies organized under three main categories of external promotion, customer experience, and marketing management (Brinker, 2020).  You may have seen this diagram at some point in time as it has been referenced by many professional papers and college classes.

  • Figure 1 (Brinker, Scott. “Marketing Technology Landscape Infographic”. August, 2011.)

Now this diagram only shows what the marketing technology market looked like in 2011.  Today in 2020, the amount of technology vendors in the marketing technology landscape is estimated at 8,000 vendors (Brinker, 2020).  Martech is broken down into six categories relating to business practices across all industries.  Advertising & Promotion, Content & Experience, Social & Relationships, Commerce & Sales, Data, and Management.  All of these categories reflect what Martech is and, what Martech can do.  Some commonly known marketing technologies are Google Ads, Sprout Social manager, and Instagram analytics.  Each of these marketing technologies is tailored to a specific area of business and are some baseline Martech for a small business to look into.  Google Ads is meant for companies looking to advertise digitally and tailored around the Google platform that so many people already use.  Sprout Social Manager is meant to put all your owned media platforms under one roof so planning campaigns and seeing feedback is easier to do.  Here is a great quote from Zara Burke, an employee and editor from Intercom:

 

“A marketing technology (Martech) stack is the collection of technologies that marketers use to optimize and augment their marketing processes throughout the customer lifecycle. Marketing technologies are used to streamline internal collaboration, analyze the performance of marketing campaigns, and conduct personalized and proactive communication with customers.” – Burke, Zara. “The Ultimate Marketing Technology Stack for 2020.”

 

Intercom is a marketing technology solutions company that specializes in sales management, marketing campaign management, and additional key business practice support.  Intercom offers technology solutions in the form of a digital management interface for a company to use.  This is the premise of Martech.  A designed, digital technology platform that is meant to be used in aiding or automating a business practice.  Martech can be used by top management executives, branch managers, and just about anyone in a company at any level.  While the number of marketing technologies in a stack varies from business to business, it is not uncommon to large marketing agencies having up to 30 tools in their stack.  Now this may not translate well if a smaller, more local business, tries to implement a stack this big.  It’s important to keep in mind the relative size of your customer base and sales outreach when deciding how many tools you want in your stack.

 

 

 

How do you assemble a Marketing Technology Stack?

 

Once you have learned everything you can about marketing technologies it’s time to build out your stack.  The term “stack” refers to a collection of marketing technologies.  Every stack is different, it varies across industries as certain business practices are of higher priority than others.  However, one thing is certain, how a business goes about their marketing is a key factor in their success.  The first step in assembling your marketing technology stack is pointing out the goals and values of the small business, you don’t want your stack to offer solutions not in line with your current business practices.  With that now in mind, the ability to create a strategy for what the marketing technology stack will achieve is clearer.  Hubspot is a technology solutions provider specializing in marketing management software platforms, sales campaign planners, and other various service softwares.  A reason for Hubspots market dominance in the Martech vendor space is their ability to uniquely tailor the offered software packages for clients.  Kerri Harrington, a senior Hubspot Marketing Operations Analyst, has worked with many clients consulting on how to build out their first marketing technology stacks.  When in the initial assembling process for the stack, Kerri Harrington always tell her clients this, “If you are still developing your strategy, try drawing out and visualizing your tech stack. This gives you an opportunity to think critically about each tool, the purpose it serves, and where there is any overlap or duplication in your tools.” (Nikolau, 2020)

 

This idea of an overlap or duplication in a stack’s tools, from Kerri Harrington’s quote (Nikolau, 2020) is an important step in assembling a marketing technology stack.  Whether a large organization or small business is assembling a stack, the idea of increasing efficiency is always present.  The second step in assembling a marketing technology stack is pointing out what tools can be overlapped for a business’s individual practices.  Martech vendors thrive off offering integrated software solutions platforms, and from a sales viewpoint this makes sense for them to do.  A client new to doing digital advertising may use Google Ads because of the “freemium” price-model.  Later, that client may find themselves using other complimentary Google stack tools such as Google Analytics or Google Tag Manger for the integration capabilities.  While Google may have integrated their sales packages and services to attract more customers, a business can still benefit from marketing technology integration.  Keep in mind the six areas of Martech: Advertising & Promotion, Content & Experience, Social & Relationships, Commerce & Sales, Data, and Management (Brinker, 2020).  Content marketing is a good area to look in it for stack overlap, especially for a business creating their initial stack.  Planning, publication, distribution, and measurement of content marketing campaigns can be managed under one roof in the Social Media manger solutions provider, Sprout Social.

 

In 2016, the Enterprise marketing Survey partnered with R2Integrated to look at a vast sample of 500 US based marketing specialist companies with a minimum of 500 employees.  They looked at what these 500 companies were using in their technology stack comparatively to other technologies.  The survey gave this figure to show the results:

  • PATRUTIU BALTES, Loredana. Marketing technology (Martech)the most important dimension of online marketing. Bulletin of the Transilvania University of Brasov Series V: Economic Sciences. 2017.

While this survey is from 2016, the 500 surveyed marketing agencies showed that Web and Marketing Analytics was the most used marketing technology tool.  Customer relationship management software and social community management software are the next most used technologies in the stack.  Seeing what large marketing companies use in their own marketing technology stack can give a smaller business insight on how to assemble a stack of their own.  Being able to properly read and interpret the data from website traffic or social media content can provide a higher chance of a financial return for a business.  This may be a reason for web and marketing analytics tools being the most used tool but large marketing agencies.

 

 

Examples of Martech in various Industries

 

Being able to look at data from a promoted post or a digital ad isn’t necessarily a new technology solution.  But, it has become more accessible for smaller businesses to access Martech software solutions relating to web and marketing analytics.  Digital marketing and advertising giants, Facebook and Google, are a common place for small businesses to run marketing campaigns.  A big part of Google’s success in digital advertising is that their softwares can be free to the customer, not to mention the enormous percentage of individuals using the google search engine.  With this value proposition, the Google marketing stack is made up of Google Analytics, Google AdWords, Google Search Console, and Google Tag Manager.  All of these tools will help a small business run a digital advertisement successfully and hopefully attract new customers.

It was estimated that in 2019 marketers spent over $6 Billion attracting businesses to their websites.  This could be called “engagement” and there are numerous CRM platforms that can aid marketers in converting the web traffic to a website to possible sales.  Intercom was talked about earlier in this paper and should be mentioned again for their customer engagement solutions.  Intercom offers marketing technologies that can aid marketers with targeted outbound messages that can drive revenue by targeting the right potential customers visiting a business’s website.  Another great marketing technology to add in a small business’s stack is Clearbit.  “For many companies, over 90% of their web traffic is anonymous.” (Burke, 2020).  This lack of information on the traffic to a company’s website leaves big holes in what to target in marketing.  Clearbit helps to solve this problem by pulling the “hidden” data and putting an image to it.  This is best described in Zara Burke’s, January 8th, 2020 publication about Intercom’s marketing technology stack:

 

“To give you one example: let’s say your sweet spot is B2B SaaS companies. By using Clearbit Reveal in tandem with a messaging tool like Intercom, you can have a personalized message that shows up when someone from a B2B SaaS company hits our website (and conversely doesn’t appear for a B2C company who you believe aren’t a great fit).”

  • (Burke, 2020)

 

The application of Clearbit is precise and in line with what the company’s goals are in this example.  If the company didn’t know what their “sweet spot” might have been, then the application of Clearbit wouldn’t have been as precise and effective.  Driving website engagement is the clear goal here.

 

 

Applying your Marketing Stack

 

Touching back on the first step in assembling a marketing technology stack, knowing the organization’s goals and values is a critical part in creating the proper stack.  Knowing what the organization wants and what the organization needs will better narrow down the choices of marketing technologies available.  After assembling the stack it’s now time to apply it to desired business practices (marketing, communication, management, etc.).  How the technology in the stack is applied is critical in the success a company will see.  If the marketers, senior/executive level down to small teams, using the stack don’t apply the stack properly, success may not be as great.  Highlight the goals of the area for the Martech application.  What does the organization want to accomplish with the aid of having this technology?  More effective returns on marketing campaigns?  Better communication with a business’s customers and employees?

Circling back to the survey done by R2Integrated and Marketing Insights 2016 survey results (Patrutiu, 2017), the data also gave the REASON as to why “Senior Marketers” used the marketing technology in their business practice.  In a multiple-choice question asking the Senior Level marketers why they applied the marketing technology, 62% marked “To better understand customer and prospects” while, 57% marked “To automate processes and reduce time on admin”.

  • PATRUTIU BALTES, Loredana. Marketing technology (Martech)the most important dimension of online marketing. Bulletin of the Transilvania University of Brasov Series V: Economic Sciences. 2017.

 

 

Conclusion

Businesses rely more and more on technology as the years go by.  Now in 2020, most fundamental marketing practices are done through technology application or assistance which makes it all the more important to have a Marketing Technology Stack. Staying ahead of your competition and being as efficient as possible is always a key business trait for success in the short and long term.  A small business should always keep in mind its goals and standards for what it wants to achieve before assembling a marketing technology stack and once that’s done, it’s time to break down the over 8,000 marketing technology solutions companies that are fighting for your business (Burke, 2020).  Looking at the market growth alone from 2011 to 2020 in the marketing technology market, any organization could realize the importance of having a marketing technology stack.

After the small business has assembled a stack that highlights each of the six main areas, or if not all six which ever are applicable to the organization.  The six main areas were from Scott Brinker’s widely known, Marketing Technology Landscape Infographic (Brinker, 2020) and covered advertising & promotion, content & experience, social & relationships, commerce & sales, data, and management.  Knowing what the marketing technology is intended to suit makes it easier for the small business to consider it for their own stack.  Applying the marketing stack will take some time and a small business, just starting to use their stack, should expect a few speed bumps in the start.  However, for a smaller business having a stack with tools that can overlap onto other business practices is a good way to apply the stack.

Martech isn’t necessarily a new concept in business but, it has emerged as a new age necessity for most small and large businesses.  If a business’s competitors are using a marketing stack, then the business should too.  If a business’s competitors aren’t using or creating a marketing stack, then the business should STILL do it.  Get the upper hand on the competitors and grow the business.  Competition will always be present in business and it there is no sign of it going away.

 

 

 

References

  1. Brinker, S. (2020, April 23). Marketing Technology Landscape Supergraphic (2020): Martech 5000 – really 8,000, but who’s counting? Retrieved from https://chiefmartec.com/2020/04/marketing-technology-landscape-2020-martech-5000/

 

  1. Burke, Zara. “The Ultimate Marketing Technology Stack for 2020.” Edited by Dee Reddy Podcast Producer et al., Inside Intercom, Intercom, 17 Sept. 2020, www.intercom.com/blog/the-ultimate-marketing-technology-stack/.

 

  1. Nikolau L. How to Build a Marketing Stack That Will Grow With You. blog.hubspot.com. https://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/how-to-build-a-marketing-stack. Published January 20, 2020. Accessed September 30, 2020.

 

 

  1. PATRUTIU BALTES, Loredana. Marketing technology (Martech)the most important dimension of online marketing. Bulletin of the Transilvania University of Brasov Series V: Economic Sciences. 2017;10(2):43-48. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=bth&AN=127440128&site=ehostlive.

Top Five workouts at home in under 20min!

While many people across the globe are stuck indoors with their local gyms shut down, trying to stay fit at home during coronavirus is becoming the norm. Motivate yourself with these quick tips on at home fitness!

1.) Push ups – are one of the most prolific areas in the body that build great strength in your chest and also your stability and core strength 3 sets of max effort

The Perfect PUSH-UP Workout (3 LEVELS) - YouTube

2.) Pulls ups – Working your back muscles and core at the same tie is key when sitting around at home or in a chair all day. stability is key is the pull ups movement. correct pull ups need to be slow and contracted to work the muscle to failure faster. 4 sets x max effort

 

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3.) Ab Routine – Core strength needs to be worked often to make any changes to your cores physic. your core is used so often that it needs more frequency of workout. Just like legs

Sit ups 2 x 25, Russian twist 2×25, Plank each side 2 mins

 

 

Abdominal Exercise Instructions: How to Perform Sit-Ups | Directlyfitness.com

4.)Squats – leg strength is for you. be your best self with supporting your active lifestyle. legs for days we say! 4 sets x 10, Lunges 2 x 50ftWhat are Deep Squats and How Do I Do Them? | The Iowa Clinic

 

5.) Cardio – Whatever you do get your cardio in! especially in the times of covid. We need to push our selves and strive to be better. Running, swimming, biking, rowing whatever it is get it in! At least 20 min a day.How does Usain Bolt run so fast? - BBC News

These are defidently weird times we are living in, but the Fitness Industry is booming. Online personnel trainers to Peleton bikes. The fitness industry is massive right now. More then ever, people need results, while businesses stay closed.

Luckily here is Missoula , Montana our gyms are open but for states that have strict mandates people could be stuck working out at home for quite some time. these times will pass but staying fit has never been more important. A healthy body helps fight sicknesses like the flu and the coronavirus. Eating healthy is also key during these times. More important Than wearing a masks. Wearing a mask to protect you is a last defense option, you need to fuel your body with correct vitamins and food to give you the best chance for survival.

By : Cole Tybur

 

My Experience with COVID-19 in the Service Industry

I have worked in restaurants since I was old enough to have a job. I love the fast paced environment, making conversation with customers, the free food, and all the friends I have made in the service industry. I have worked almost every possible restaurant position from bussing tables, to hosting, to serving and bartending, to managing. I’ve pretty much done it all! In my opinion, there’s no better feeling than making someone’s dining experience one to remember!

 

I’ve worked in several different kinds of restaurants as well. I’ve worked with Asian cuisine, I’ve worked at a steakhouse, and a fine dining and cocktail bar. Although each has very different atmospheres, the standards and procedures are all pretty much the same and I was able to transition pretty seamlessly from one to the next. 

 

Everything I knew and was used to all changed when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. At the time, I was serving at Rumour, and that is still where I am employed today. It started with a lot of uncertainty. Nobody really knew what was going on. Lots of other restaurants in the area were closing temporarily, but we had not gotten official word that closing was a requirement. Our staff was still coming to work, but it wasn’t worth going in because people stopped going out to eat. The restaurant was weird being so empty and we started getting nervous that we shouldn’t be coming in to work if others were scared to leave their homes. Rumour provides the option for our customers to use Uber Eats and Chow Now to order delivery from home. During this time these services were offering free delivery, which was an incentive for us to stay open. We stayed open as long as we possibly could, until March 17th, it was required to move down to limited service. This meant that people could not dine in our restaurant. Only kitchen workers and a couple of servers were required to make the food and get it ready for take-out, so most of the staff, including me, was out of a job. With no work and classes being switched to online I moved back home to be with family. So did most everyone else. We were all advised by management to file for unemployment. I had never done this before, and it was a weird feeling to be at home not being able to go to work still collecting money, but I had to do it because I still had bills to pay. Rumour also made a gofundme for its employees. It was called Rumour Employee Relief Fund. It was cool to see how many people were willing to help.

 

I loved being at home with my family, but I was so ready to get back into my normal routine. The worst part was not knowing when I would be able to work and go to classes again. It wasn’t until over a month later, around May 1st that I was able to move back home and start working again. I hadn’t anticipated how different everything would be. On top of what we already had to do for cleaning surfaces, we had to spray everything with a COVID-19 specific spray. We had to make sure that all of the tables were at least six feet apart. We couldn’t have parties larger than six people to begin with. My least favorite of all, everyone had to wear a mask. Patrons had to wear a mask to their tables and all of the employees had to wear their masks at all times. This completely changed interactions with customers. One of the major things I struggled with is hearing and being heard. It is a lot harder for a table to hear me through my mask and they would often ask me to repeat myself. On top of that, it makes the interaction a lot less personable. Being able to share smiles is a huge deal when trying to give someone a good dining experience. If a table cannot tell what mood I am in because half of my face is covered during our interaction, it is probably just as frustrating for them as it is for me. 

 

I have gotten a lot of comments from customers saying that it is dumb that they are required to wear masks in the restaurant or tell me just to take off mine, that they don’t care. As much as I would love that, it is not up to me. I want everything to go back to normal as much as everyone else. The most frustrating part about all of this is that I have no idea when it will. I cannot wait for the day that I can smile at people sitting at my tables without wearing a mask and tables can be close together again. I cannot wait for the day people are not worried that going and being served will make them sick and servers are not worried about getting sick at work.

Being an Essential Retail Worker in a Pandemic

We all know that 2020 has brought many challenges that we are all facing for the first time and we have all heard about the importance of essential workers. More often than not, when one says “essential workers” the first thing that comes to mind are doctors, nurses, teachers and other front-line workers, don’t get me wrong this is 100% deserved and they should be honored more because they are key to our health and future wellness, but an essential job that has gotten slightly overlooked is that of the retail workers. As many stores were shutting down, those who carried essential items like toilet paper, paper towels, hand sanitizer, cleaning supplies and grocery items stayed open to the public.

The uncertainties brought heightened fear among many and we saw things that normally never go out of stock fly off the shelves in no time flat. With how many out of stocks we had so quickly, limitations had to be put on items so it gave more people a chance to get what they needed to get by until more product came in. What shocked me the most when these limitations were put in place was how many people took the every person for themselves approach, ignored the posted signs still grabbed everything they thought they needed to stock up on and did whatever they could to make sure nobody stopped them, from bringing multiple kids/family members with them to all check out separately, going to self-checkout leaving the duplicates in their cart and double scanning the one they did pull out, throwing full on adult fits, and even hiding things around the store in attempt to come back for it later. Have you ever needed 12 cans of Lysol at one time? Me either but I’ve seen it be purchased in that quantity within the last few months! Ya I’m sure you’re laughing sitting on the other side of the screen but these all really happened and it’s not even the tip of the iceberg! When hours were shortened and specific hours were set aside for those with compromised immune systems and the elderly we would have lines of people outside the doors waiting to get in like it was Black Friday! With the amount of people at the doors in the morning most days we were out of toilet paper before 8:30 am and would get calls from customers in the afternoon convinced that us as employees were buying out all the toilet paper prior to store opening and that was why they couldn’t get any in the afternoon. Oh yeah I wish I could make this up! Also, since we were getting really busy at totally random times of the day customers began complaining that we had too many employees on the floor and that it was impossible to social distance because of it, so we took almost all of our employees to overnight shifts to accommodate this and as soon as we did customers were still complaining but this time it was because they couldn’t find anyone to help them.

Now don’t even get me started on the mask mandates! When it first came out that us as employees were required to wear masks, we all complied but would have numerous customers come up to us at the check lanes and around the store and say, and I quote “I don’t know why you’re even wearing that sh**, they don’t even do anything you just look stupid.” Now circle around to present day when everyone is required to wear them, I’ve never seen so many people become concerned with what they think are included in their “rights”. You know how children all go into that phase where no matter what you tell them they always tell you no and do the opposite, COVID has become that phase for adults. I can’t tell you how many people I have seen walk in the doors with a mask on, only to take it off or move it off their nose as soon as they get past the front lanes and if they are asked to pull it up/put it back on we get eye rolls, attitude, cursed and yelled at. Don’t get me wrong I totally get it, I don’t want to wear a mask either, they are annoying, it’s hard to breathe, I now have teenage ache all over again and it’s one more thing I have to make sure I wash constantly, but we do it for our full shifts to keep everyone safe per health department requirements and all we ask for is a small inconvenience for a short shopping trip that the same is done by the customers.

Long story short, be nice to your retail workers, we are out here doing our best to make sure you have everything you need to get through this trying time. We don’t own the company, we don’t make the rules, we just work here and have to follow them just like we ask of you. I know that many who read this will disagree with me and that’s totally ok, these are my opinions on my personal experiences during this crazy time. It is ok to disagree with me, I don’t mind and I welcome the opinions of others as long as they are done so with kindness. I also realize for every negative experience we had, there were 20 positive ones by those thanking us for being open and doing our part to keep everyone safe and for those people I thank you in return because people like you are what keep us going!

4 Must See Sights in Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park is one of the most beautiful national parks this country has to offer. One trip to this amazing terrain and you will realize just how small you truly are on this planet. Glacier is home to over one million acres of glacier cut peaks, crystal clear mountain lakes, and an abundance of wildlife. Growing up in Montana Glacier quickly became an annual summer destination. Here are my 4 favorite can’t miss sights of Glacier National Park.

Going to the Sun Road

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Going to the sun road is the feature attraction of the whole park. Completed in 1932 going to the sun road is the only road that crosses the park and goes over the continental divide via Logan pass. Stretching over 50 miles from Lake McDonald on the west side of the park to Saint Mary lake, the road features steep drop offs, gorgeous waterfalls, and jagged snow capped peaks. For the best experience on this narrow winding road, drive a smaller vehicle with great visibility or take the vintage red bus tour. 

 

Hidden Lake

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After taking the scenic drive up going to the sun to Logan Pass if you are anything like me you are ready for a hike. Lucky for you one of the most beautiful mountain lakes Glacier has to offer is only a five mile round trip hike from the Logan Pass visitor center. This is a well traveled path so expect some crowds. About half way through hiking you will reach a overlook to give you a awe inspiring view of Hidden Lake itself plus numerous mountain peaks including Bearhat Mountain. This hike also includes alpine meadows, nearly year round snow, and plenty of mountain goats. 

 

Avalanche Lake

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If you are looking for a great view near the Lake McDonald area Avalanche Lake has everything you are looking for: massive peaks, insane waterfalls, and the clearest water you will see. If you are nearing the end of your trip and have not found that one picture you are going to show all your friends and family this is it. Only a 4 mile round trip hike, this is a trail for the whole family. After reaching the mouth of Avalanche Lake and getting to take in the picturesque view you can either continue on the trail to the far side or dive into the ice cold glacial water for a swim.

 

Saint Mary Falls

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Starting near Saint Mary Lake on the going to the sun road is a little over 3 mile round trip hike with multiple breathtaking waterfalls. At under a mile into the hike you come upon the first and best known waterfall on the trail, Saint Mary Falls. Saint Mary Falls consists of cold glacial runoff dropping 35 feet down just off the trail. Continue farther on the trail and you come to the next gorgeous waterfall, Virginia Falls. Virginia falls is larger and steeper then Saint Mary falls. The water drops 50 feet right before showering you with a nice cool mist. If getting up close and personal with waterfalls is your thing then this is a must see trail.