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Our Backyard: Glacier National Park

Trek through grizzly terrain in Glacier National Park.
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Missoula, Montana, reader Jennifer Grigg, 36, has made semiannual pilgrimages to Glacier for the past nine years. One advantage to being a local, she says: visiting in January, when crowds have disappeared and the cross-country skiing on Going-to-the-Sun road is stellar.

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, native Jared Frasier, 23, tried to impress a girl by taking her to Avalanche Lake (four miles round-trip) in June. “We ran through the snow and scared a few bears off the trail,” he says. Was she wowed? The two got married last May and visit Glacier about five times a year.

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