Glacier National Park: Mount Grinnell

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  • 1,013,322 acre park that includes over 130 named lakes, more than 1,000 species of plants, and hundreds of species of animals
  • First inhabited by Native Americans, the Blackfeet ceded the mountainous parts of their treaty lands in 1895 due to pressure by the European explorers
  • Mountains began forming 170 million years ago when ancient rocks were forced up and over younger rock strata
  • Sedimentary rock in the region has some of the finest examples of early life fossils on Earth
  • 150 glaciers existed in the park in the mid-19th century, now 25 remain, and scientists studying glaciers have estimated by 2030 all the active glaciers in the area may disappear

 

Glacier National Park: Going-to-the-Sun Road

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  • Scenic mountain road in the Rocky Mountains
  • Built in 1932
  • The road takes 10 weeks to plow, even with equipment that can move 4,000 tons of snow in an hour

 

Beartooth Highway

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  • Highway section on U.S. Route 212 that reaches an elevation of 10,947 ft
  • The pass was crossed by Civil War General Phillip Sheridan in 1872 returning from an inspection tour of Yellowstone National Park
  • The General took the route that was suggested by and old hunter who had intimate knowledge of the Beartooth Mountains
  • The road as it stands is essentially the same path the General followed

 

Playmill Theatre

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Yellowstone National Park: Yellowstone Falls

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  • Tributary of the Missouri River stretching across the mountains and high plains

 

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  • Iceberg Peak that towers more than 3,000 ft above the lake which is glacier fed
  • Hiking destination that is 4.8 miles long

 


 

Costs

all flights $267

food $38/day x 8 days = $304

hotel $85/day x 7 days = $595

tickets (all attractions) $137

TOTAL for whole itinerary $1,303