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Traveling by train and want to stay at an inn where day hikes are available. Traveling...

Traveling by train and want to stay at an inn where day hikes are available. Traveling by AMTrak train and want to stay at an inn where day hikes are available within walking distance.
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     asked this on September 07, 2008 at 01:23 PM
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I just got back from a weekend in Glacier. I stayed in a cabin at Lake MacDonald Lodge inside the park -- they offer both rooms in the logde and in cabins surrounding the main building. The cabin was clean, basic, and overall comfortable, although don't look for luxury here. The lodge has a dining room (a little expensive for dinner) and a bar area where you can order smaller plates. The breakfast buffet is quite good (don't miss the huckleberry bread!).
Although we had a car and didn't use them, Glacier offers shuttle buses to different points along Going-to-the-Sun-Road -- including to many great starting points for day hikes. These are a great option since a lot of the parking lots along the 50 mile stretch fill up early (we got to Logan's Pass at 10:15 and got one of the last parking spots; by 12:30 there was a 30 minute wait for spots). I believe the shuttles are free and depart from all the camping/lodging areas inside the park.
As for hikes, I'm sure there are several that start near Lake MacDonald lodge or the other park accomodations, but with the shuttle buses you can access many hiking options even without a car. Check the park literature for day hike ideas.
Have fun!
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     answered this on September 12, 2008 at 02:36 PM
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Amtrak's Empire Builder line services two stations on the boundaries of Glacier NP, West Glacier and East Glacier. We'll assume you'll be jumping off at West Glacier, the more popular hub and gateway to the park's famous Going-to-the-Sun Road. The base village here has a smattering of hotels and motels, but we'd recommend you head two miles into the park to shack up the Apgar Village Lodge (http://www.westglacier.com/apgar_village_lodge.php), a quiet cluster of rustic cabin and motel-style lodging near the shoreline of Lake McDonald -- loads of great hiking near here! (Note: it's only open May through the end of September.) Another option you might want to consider, if you have time, budget, and an adventurous side, is to hook up with Glacier Wilderness Guides (based out of West Glacier) for one of their overnight backpacking or hut-to-hut hikes. Check out http://www.glacierguides.com for more. For other lodging options and recommendations for things to do in Glacier, check out this page on Away.com: http://vacation.away.com/montana/travel-v2-cid350021-glacier+national+park-cid400050-parks+and+outdoors-vacations.html. Have a great trip!
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