Hello great masters of travel !
I would like to request some recommendations for activities for our long overdue trip from Chicago to Glacier NAT Park that has been postoned for many years.
We will travel from Aug 10-26 2012 staying in Columbia Falls, MT outside of Glacier for 10 days (Aug 13-24).
1) Route preference : I-94 across WI, MN and ND, which sounds great, but where I am not sure is that Google shows to get off I-94 and take smaller roads after Glendive, MT that go through central MT, instead of following I-94 on a souther route via Billing, Butte, Missoula, Kalispell. Has anyone taken either route ? pros & cons ?
2) We have been looking at some activity brochures and would like to ask for any recommendations of Must-See or Must-do activities in the Glacier/ Great Falls area? We are on a tight budget, but wish to plan on a rafting trip, several day trips and hikes within Glacier and plan on an evening horseback ride with cowboy dinner and possible flyfishing activity.
3) any dog friendly activities would be helpful as we have two labs, that we will have to board during any hikes in Nat Parks and non-pet friendly areas.