We woke up and drove from Kalispell about 30-40 minutes into the park. This was our first time in the park, so we weren’t quite as sure what we were going to find. We arrived around 10:00 and the first order of business was, of course, finding a campsite, which we successfully did at Apgar campground (the southernmost campground, closest to the entrance). There was a small village area there where we poked around for a little bit (half a dozen shops, cabins, a beach where watercraft can be rented, etc) before stopping by the Visitor Center to get oriented.
We eventually decided on a hike to Avalanche Lake and headed that direction driving up Going-to-the-Sun Road which is an attraction in and of itself. Parking was a bit of a trick, but it was late enough that people were finishing the hike and we found a spot. Avalanche Lake was a pretty simple hike, mostly through cedar forest, covering about 730 vertical feet, with the elevation slightly weighted toward the latter half of the hike. There is one small waterfall along they way and then three more small ones cascading down into Avalanche Lake (which may well vary by season).
We had a calm evening of beers by the lake to see what sunset would be like. The lake and the beers were good, the sunset itself was so-so.