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Discovering the "other" side of Glacier National Park

Updated 04.01.2016

Polebridge Mercantile

Polebridge Mercantile

If you’re looking for an “off-the-beaten” path experience away from the summer crowds while exploring Glacier National Park, look no more. Let me introduce you to Polebridge, Montana.

Actually, Polebridge is located outside the park boundaries on Glacier’s western side. Baby boomers willing to drive the 13-mile gravel road will discover a small village that lives off the grid. We’re talking generators powered by solar cells, propane gas tanks, kerosene lanterns and woodstoves.

No visit to the area is complete without sampling the baked goods at Polebridge Mercantile. Then, take advantage of access to Glacier’s more remote areas by spending the day at glacier-fed Bowman Lake¬†before returning to Northern Lights Saloon for dinner, where you’ll sip wine from a mason jar.

North Fork of the Flathead River

North Fork of the Flathead River

If you like quirky, quiet relaxation, then reserve a day of your Glacier vacation to visit this remote community in the North Fork of the Flathead River. You just might want to return for an extended vacation in a secluded mountain cabin to experience life-off-the-grid for yourself.

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