Where to Stay around Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park is over 1,000,000 acres of stunning mountain scenery, exhilarating lakes, breathtaking roadways, wildlife and vegetation. Whether your pleasure is hiking the trails and encountering moose and mountain goats in their natural habitat, or setting the lens of your camera towards sunset on Lake McDonald, you will find that one day is not enough to experience Glacier National Park.

This park is located in northwestern Montana and borders Alberta and British Columbia, Canada, where it becomes Waterton Lakes National Park of Canada.  To fully explore and enjoy the beauty of the northern Rocky Mountains ranges, there are many options for lodging in the Glacier National Park area.

Due to popularity, many of the great lodges that are located in the park are booked seasons in advance and require planning on your part to secure lodging. These lodges are as majestic as the mountains that surround them and most are located on the lakes and are of historical significance.

McDonald Lodge

Seated on the shores of the largest lake in Glacier National Park, Lake McDonald Lodge is a direct route to Going-to-the-Sun Road from the west entrance.  You can catch the Red Bus Tours at this lodge, or take a kayaking trip. They have guided fishing tours and river rafting available. Wildlife and wild flowers make this a photographer’s paradise. The mountain reflections on the lake are begging to be captured on film or on canvas.

Glacier Hotel

Built by the great northern railroad in 1915, the accommodations here are spectacular.  Swiss chalet style architecture and an Alpine atmosphere provide a charming ambiance. The stunning peaks of Grinnell Point and Mt. Henkel, which are both favorites in the park for climbing, are your backdrop at this hotel.

Inn at Apgar 

Just inside the west entrance of the park, the Village Inn at Apgar affords you views of Lake McDonald and the surrounding mountains. This is a comfortable motel style setting that was built in 1956 with 36 rooms. The Inn has a dining room, lounge and pizzeria on site.

Lodge at Whitefish Lake

This complex consists of rooms, suites, studios, lofts and condominiums for the whole family get away. It is located on Whitefish Lake, just minutes from Glacier National Park. This lodge is home to seasonal activities such as a ski resort, white water rafting, golf and much more. The Boat Club restaurant will keep you fed and there is shuttle service to surrounding areas.

Highland Resort

Located in West Glacier, this resort puts you right at the entrance of Glacier National Park and makes a great place to rendezvous from.  This is located across the street from the historic Amtrak depot; it is just a matter of stepping off the train. There is a restaurant and a car rental counter located on the premises, which makes it an all-in-one stop. 

Park Lodge

This lodge is located on the east entrance to the park in East Glacier Park Village and has been built along the main line of the Burlington Northern Railway. It houses a bar, a café and the Great Northern Dining Room, as well as a gift shop and an espresso bar.  It has a nine-hole long- par 36 golf course that was built by the railroad in 1927.

Sun Motor Inn

Simple cottage lodging along with motel rooms puts you on the Going-to-the-Sun Road, which is a stunning drive into the heart of Glacier National Park, and on the shores of St. Mary Lake.  Gift shop, camp store and grill provide the staples of your stay and this is a stopping point for the Red Bus Tour.

Motor Inn and Cabins

Located in the park, these simple lodging accommodations makes a good place for you to drop your hiking gear every night. It also has a gift shop, camp store and grill. It is situated near trails that lead to Iceberg Lake, Swiftcurrent Pass and Ptarmigan Lake.

These historical motor inns were originally created to provide lodging for those who were now traveling to the park by automobile and not train.

All of these lodgings are subject to weather conditions affecting their seasonal openings.

There are other stunning accommodations in Canada, such as the of Wales Hotel, that are worth visiting and would allow you to also take in Waterton Lakes National Park of Canada.

If you travel to Canada, remember that you will need your passport, NEXUS card, or U.S. passport card to return to the United States. They will let you into Canada without any problems; they just won’t let you back into the United States without documentation.

This is regarding land travel and complies with the Travel Initiative.