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Planning a trip to Glacier this year...maybe Sept. Where is the closest place to stay...

Planning a trip to Glacier this year...maybe Sept. Where is the closest place to stay that is nice and do the rental cars have limited mileage.? any additional tips for traveling in the area would be appreciated
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     asked this on April 16, 2008 at 12:20 PM
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I was just in Glacier (Labor Day Weekend) and rented a car at the Kalispel Airport (about 35 miles from the park). The car had unlimited milage.
I stayed at MacDonld Lake Lodge inside the park; the cabin was clean and pretty basic, but comfortable (there's no A/C but in Sept you wouldn't need it). There are also rooms available in the main lodge, where there's also a dining room and small bar area.
Be aware: depending on how crowded the park is the more popular parking areas along Going-to-the-Sun Road fill up early in the morning. A park ranger should be able to give you an idea of what time you should try to park at different locations (Logan's Pass is especially crowded).
Also, the weather is ever changing in Glacier, esp at higher altitudes. One minute the sun may be out and it's quite comfortable, the next minute its cloudy and the wind picks up. On Aug 31 the morning temps were around 37 degrees and they were calling for snow at the higher altitudes!
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     answered this on September 12, 2008 at 02:45 PM
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There are several lodges run by concessionaires inside park boundaries, either clustered around St. Mary Lake on the easterly side of the park or Lake McDonald and the town of West Glacier to the west. Why not pick up car rental at Great Falls or Helena, MT, and do a loop that takes in all the options. This will also enable you to drive the park's famous Going-to-the-Sun Road, which crosses Logan Pass between St. Mary Lake and Lake McDonald. Get more ideas about things to do in the park, plus see a useful map here: http://gorp.away.com/gorp/resource/us_national_park/mt/map_gla.htm. Research your lodging options here: http://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/lodging.htm. Your rental-car mileage options will vary depending on your plan. Just make sure to check the fine print!
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