Day 3: Crown of the Continent Red Bus Tour

Trip Start Aug 10, 2013
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Trip End Aug 16, 2013

Flag of United States  , Montana
Tuesday, August 13, 2013

This morning we had booked the Crown of the Continent Tour on the historic Red Bus. From what I've been told the Red Bus Tours are extremely popular and sell out very quickly. If you want to do a Red Bus Tour you better sign up early! 

The Red Buses, called Reds, are operated by a Jammer, the driver who takes you on your tour. The Red Buses are origional to Glacier National Park, seven national parks including Glacier got a fleet of buses. Glacier was able to keep 33 of their buses running while most of the other historic vehicles are out of commission, save a few in Yellowstone National Park. The Reds were restored in 2001 and now run on propane to decrease emissions and keep the air pure.

Our guide Evelyn met us in front of the hotel. The day was chilly and a little bit overcast to begin with. Our guide had large blankets on each seat to cover up with and she keep the top covered until it began to warm up a bit, we were free to roll the windows down to take pictures if we wanted

We started our tour by going past the Swift Current Motor Inn to pickup a few more guests, Evelyn told us about the Inn, some of the nearby trails and wildife. We drove out of the Many Glacier area down along reservation land and down to the St. Mary entrance where our tour really began.

We got onto the Going to the Sun Road and our

Glacier National Park info: http://www.nps.gov/glac/index.htm

Swift Current Motor Inn: http://www.glacierparkinc.com/swift_current_motor_inn.php

Going to the Sun Road: http://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/goingtothesunroad.htm

Going to the Sun Road Pull Outs: http://enjoyyourparks.com/GoingToTheSunRoadPullouts.html

Red Bus Tours: http://www.glacierparkinc.com/images/_userfiles/files/2012%20GPI_Red_Bus_Brochure_for_web.pdf

Red Bus History: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Jammers
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