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Planning your trip to Glacier & Waterton National Parks
GETTING THERE From LAX, connecting service (change of plane) to Kalispell, Mont., Glacier's Gateway, is offered on Delta, Alaska, United and Northwest. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $479.
WHERE TO STAY Reservations for Lake McDonald Lodge, the Many Glacier Hotel, Glacier Park Lodge and the Prince of Wales Hotel, among others, can be made through Glacier Park Inc., the park concessionaire. (406) 892-2525, www.glacierparkinc.com/Lodging.htm or www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/lodging.htm.
WHERE TO EAT Two Sisters, (406) 732-5535. The menu at the Babb eatery is as eclectic as the ambience. Soup, soup, salads, sandwiches main dishes $3.50 to $22.
Cattle Baron Supper Club, (406) 732-4033. At this restaurant on the road to Many Glacier, you might think you've entered a frontier stockade. The menu features steak ($25 to $30) and seafood ($29 to $40).
Park Cafe, (406) 732 4482. At the St. Mary cafe, the motto is "Pie for Strength." Breakfast, lunch and dinner. I ordered the razzle-dazzle -- a mix of blueberries, boysenberries and raspberries -- and Margie ordered a cranberry and blueberry combination. The pies' crust is paper thin and they're served with vanilla ice cream. Pie is $3.70, dinners (sandwiches, burgers, pork chops etc.) $9 to $15.
Pizza of Waterton, (403) 859-2660. It calls its pizza the "best in the world." We wouldn't disagree. We tried the special (spinach, olives and tomatoes) with a Caesar salad. Pizza $12.40 to $20, pasta $12.40.
WHAT'S COOL Check out the Park Service webcams' views of the park. Situated at Lake McDonald, St. Mary, Two Medicine, Many Glacier, Park Headquarters and Goat Haunt, they provide a real-time look at the park. Go to www.nps.gov/archive/glac/webcams/mcdcam.htm .