It wasn't possible to delay the whole trip to arrive in Montana at the perfect time so we had to make do with a shortened version of the tour which took us along the fifteen miles of road that had been opened from the West Glacier side.
The tour takes place in old red buses which have been converted so that while they still look the same as they did in the 1930's when they were introduced, the mechanics have been changed to cope with the exacting and varying road conditions they encounter.
As the buses are capable of carrying only seventeen passengers, the tour has a more personal feel than you would get on a regular coach, and with the top rolled down gives you a good blast of Montana's fresh air!
We passed Avalanche Creek:
and Sacred Dancing Cascade:
Stopped at the northern tip of the ten-mile long Lake McDonald:
And finally came back along the western edge of the lake via rustic Lake McDonald Lodge:
Along the way we got a glimpse of where the tours go when the road is fully open, which only made me determined that one day I'll come back in season to see the rest of it!