Montana is a large state and travel distances are deceptive. Overlay Montana on the Atlantic Coast and it would reach from Boston, west to Cleveland and south to Baltimore. Our population, however, is only 960,000. With so much space and so few people, driving is really fun in Montana. The traffic jams which are so much a part of crowded metropolitan living just don’t happen here. You can just drive to enjoy it and to take in the wonderful scenery. Except for a few Interstates, our highways are mostly two lane country roads.
Airline service 800-237-7788
Air service to Glacier Park International Airport (GPI) is available through Bigsky, Delta, Northwest, America West and Horizon Airlines. From the airport the services of the following car rental companies may be contracted: Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National and Thrifty. For private charters to and from GPIA, or if you are interested in a sight seeing flight, please contact Edwards Jet Center at 406-756-5632.
Amtrak Service - 800-872-7245
Amtrak’s Empire Builder takes you on an exciting adventure through majestic wilderness, following the footsteps of Lewis and Clark. From Chicago, you’ll have magnificent views of the Mississippi and see the glowing night skyline of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Awake the next morning as you cross the vast North Dakota plains and cross over the spectacular Gassman Coulee Trestle. As you skirt the upper Missouri, you’ll cross into the wide-open spaces of Big Sky country in Montana. Nature continues her performance in Glacier National Park, where the panoramic windows of the Sightseer Lounge are the best seats in the house. From Spokane, you can continue on to Seattle or pick up the Lewis and Clark trail again, heading down the mighty Columbia River to Portland for spectacular views of Mt. Hood and Beacon Rock. On the Empire Builder, you’ll feel like a pampered explorer.
Amtrak stops in Whitefish twice a day, once on it’s way west (in the AM) and once eastbound (in the PM). Let us know you are coming by train and we will pick you up and shuttle you back to Bad Rock B&B. Amtrak also stops at West Glacier and East Glacier.
Hertz has an office at the Whitefish Station. All other car rental companies will drop off your car at the Whitefish Station. Car rental companies do not service the East Glacier and West Glacier stations.
West Glacier, MT
Address: Hwy. #2 - West Glacier, MT 59936
Train servicing this station: Empire Builder under code WGL.
Services: This is an un-staffed station, enclosed waiting area, payphones, restaurant, shuttle service available to Village Inn and Lake McDonald Lodge by advance only through Glacier Park, Inc.
East Glacier Park, MT
Address: 400 Highway 49 North - East Glacier Park, MT 59434
Train servicing this station: Empire Builder under code GPK.
Services: staffed station, enclosed waiting area, restrooms, restaurant
Address: 500 Depot ST. - Whitefish, MT 59937
Train servicing this station: Empire Builder under code WFH.
Services: staffed station, checked baggage service, help with baggage, enclosed waiting area, restrooms, payphones, free short term parking, vending
Driving Times and Routes - Getting to Bad Rock B&B is always a scenic adventure, no matter where you are coming from, and detailed driving instructions on any number of scenic routes are provided to Bad Rock’s guests. Missoula is 2.5 hours away. The drive to here passes right by the National Bison Range and follows the gorgeous Mission Mountains north to Flathead Lake, the largest body of fresh water west of the Mississippi. Great Falls is about 4 hours away on a route that follows the southern boundary of Glacier National Park westward across the Rocky Mountains. From Spokane there are four scenic routes to choose from. The shortest one will get you to Bad Rock B&B in about 5 hours, the longest in about 7 hours. The Seattle airport is about 3.5 hours west of Spokane. Calgary is a 5 hour drive from here by the most direct route north of Glacier National Park. One can also take the longer, and much more spectacular drive through the Park and the Going To The Sun Road. Banff is about 7 hours away. That drive takes one through Canada’s Kootenay National Park and Radium Hot Springs.
Many Bad Rock guests take in both Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks on their visit here. (Most of our guests tell us that they find Glacier much more spectacular than Yellowstone.) Allow at least three days to see Glacier: one day to drive the Going To The Sun Road and two days for some once-in-a-lifetime hiking. Getting to Yellowstone is a seven hour drive. With a longer trip one can take in the old gold mining towns of Virginia City and Nevada City, or go through Great Falls and see the Charlie Russell Museum and the Lewis & Clark Center on the way to Yellowstone’s west entrance.
If you have any questions about your trip, Serena or Mark will be happy to talk with you.