Expert Travel Advice to Glacier National Park

Top Answers To Glacier National Park Travel Questions

  • Anonymous user asked:
    Anonymous user answered:
    The only entry fee-free days are September 25, which is National Public Lands Day, and November 11, which is Veterans Day. In August, the summer rate entry fee will be $12. I hope this helps. The fee might not be free, but August is a beautiful time to visit the park.
  • Anonymous user answered:
    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!
  • Anonymous user answered:
    A friend of mine just got back from Glacier. He was there on May 4 and couldn't get past Lake MacDonald Lodge because the road was closed to do snow. All but 2 of the campgrounds were closed as well. So while you may be able to get into the park, be aware that even in May snow may thwart your efforts.
  • mtngirl answered:
    The Going to the Sun road is just what everyone does. To really see the park you need to plan before you come. The Glacier Park website is a great resource and has virtual hikes that you can look at to see different areas. Plus, the park is open year round so don't wait for the GTS road to open to come or put your trip off if it has closed. If you want to stay in a park hotel (my favorite is Lake McDonald Lodge) you will need to reserve over a year in advance. But there are good hotels nearby and many houses for rent. My favorite part of the park that hardly anyone sees is the North Fork area. The nearest town to that area is Polebridge that has a killer bakery and great sandwiches at the Mercantile. That is a good dropping in point for Kintla, Bowman, and the other NF lakes. There are also homesteads inside the park, many that you can rent on vrbo.com. There is one really lovely on inside the North Fork area. Also Two Medicine does not get as many visitors and it is really special - but there is only a campground and camp store there. Warning is that the wind on the East side of the park can be a real challenge, especially at Two Med and Waterton.

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