Summer Preview 2016

From road trips to can't-miss events, make the most of your summer in the Flathead Valley

By Beacon Staff
Wildflowers bloom above Going-to-the-Sun Road Glacier National Park. Beacon File Photo

Off the Beaten Path

With record-breaking crowds set to converge on Glacier National Park this summer, we bring you a few options to avoid the congestion

By Tristan Scott

When Going-to-the-Sun Road opens in earnest and visitors converge in droves on the nerve center of Glacier National Park, the effect is like that of a fire hose, flooding the main corridor with a tide of dense traffic and broadcasting visitors to the park’s most popular areas. READ MORE »»»

Stephan Mather, first Director of the National Park Service on horseback at Many Glacier in 1924. T.J. Hileman photo courtesy Glacier National Park

Preserving America’s Best Idea

A century ago, Stephen Mather embarked on a journey across America to make the case for a unified national park system

By Justin Franz

On a crisp September day in 1915, U.S. District Attorney for Montana Burton K. Wheeler got his car stuck in the mud on a rutted road along the east side of Glacier National Park. READ MORE »»»

A hiker walks across the suspension bridge at Kootenai Falls near Troy. Beacon File Photo

Water World

Take a day trip and enjoy these six rivers, lakes and waterfalls

By Dillon Tabish

This corner of Montana stands out from space. Among the lush, green forests of the soaring Rocky Mountains, a great blue lake stretches high and wide. READ MORE »»»

The road to Ten Lakes Scenic Area. Greg Lindstrom | Flathead Beacon

Four Fantastic Road Trips

Summer offers the perfect time to roll down the windows and hit the road

By Justin Franz

Every summer, residents of the Flathead Valley plan out their weekends with military-like precision. After all, there are only so many days to pack in the activities we love, from hiking and biking to boating and running. READ MORE »»»

The Event at Rebecca Farm. Beacon File Photo

Can’t-Miss Events in Summer 2016

As summer weekends already start filling up, be sure to make room on your calendar for these events and festivals

By Molly Priddy

There’s no better time to explore nature’s bounty than during summer in Northwest Montana. READ MORE »»»

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