What is the best place to stay in Glacier National Park?

I will be visiting Glacier National Park in early July with my 82 year old mother and my daughter. We all enjoy nature and solitude. Gentle hiking and bird watching would be wonderful.

I thought we’d fly to Kalispell, Montana and then rent a car to get to the park. I saw the main lodge (Glacier Park Lodge) featured on a TV program and it looked great. However, the reviews I have read have been less than favorable.

What do you think?

Any help and suggestions would be fantastic!


Hi Connie,

Great question!

Of all the Glacier National Park hotels and lodges, I think the main lodge in east Glacier (Glacier Park Lodge) is the worst. It’s way too eco-touristy, in my opinion.

Here is my opinion on the best hotels and lodges in Glacier National Park:

1. Many Glacier Lodge – Pricey, but well worth it. In the center of everything.

2. Lake McDonald Lodge – For west Glacier lodging, Lake McDonald Lodge can’t be beat. Try renting a private cabin on the lake for the best experience.

3. Rising Sun Motor Inn – Located right on Going to the Sun Road, Rising Sun offers easy access to many hiking trails.

Check out this page on Glacier National Park Lodging for more information.

At the bottom are all user submitted hotel and lodge reviews for even more diverse opinions.

Best of luck!

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  1. Anonymous says

    I recently had my 75th birthday, (plus a total hip replacement) and to mark the occasion, we (adult son & daughter, son-in-law and 6 & 9yr old grand children) will be spending 5 days at Many Glacier,toward the end of August. Everyone except me is a hardened hiker and outdoors person.

    But I wonder what sort of gentle outdoor activities I’ll be able to enjoy. short of sitting & admiring the scenery.

    Any suggestions would be welcome.


    • Perry Rosenbloom says

      Well, admiring the scenery is wonderful there 🙂

      You can take a red bus tour (Jammer bus), go on some mild day hikes to waterfalls, early morning and sunset photography, horse back riding… plenty of options for you! Have a great trip!

      ~ Perry

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