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National park tips: Is there a greater road in Montana than this? Doubt it

The Red Buses of Glacier National Park in Montana spend a lot of time on the park's iconic Going-to-the-Sun Road.
(Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times)

You need to drive a big chunk of Glacier National Park’s Going-to-the-Sun Road — or better yet, be driven in one of the park’s beloved vintage-1930s Red Buses.

Chiseled into stony mountain slopes of Montana in the 1930s and buried in snow for most of the year, it’s one of the most implausible, spectacular roads in North America.

Typically open from early July through late September, it connects the park from east to west. Its 50 miles took 11 years to complete.

In honor of this year’s National Park Service centennial, the Travel section is posting 100 park travel ideas and tips based on trips staff travel writer Christopher Reynolds has taken, along with photo-op advice from Times photographer Mark Boster. We’ll post one per day through Dec. 31.

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