Glaciers in Glacier National Park, Montana (Glen Allison/Photodisc/Getty)

Bear grass in Glacier National Park, Montana (Michael S Quinton/National Geographic/Getty)

Montains and lake, Glacier National Park, Montana (Robert Glusic/Photodisc)

Glacier National Park, Montana (PhotoDisc)

Trees in Glacier National Park, Montana (Heath Korvola/Photodisc/Getty)

Mountains in Glacier National Park, Montana (Jeremy Woodhouse/PhotoDisc)

Mary Lake in Glacier National Park, Montana (Paul Souders/DV/Getty)

Forest path in Glacier National Park, Montana (Robert Glusic/Photodisc/Getty)

Road to Glacier National Park, Montana (Digital Vision)

Rainbow over Logan Pass, Glacier National Park, Montana (Willard Clay/Photogs Choice RF/Getty)

Field in Glacier National Park, Montana (Edmond Van Hoorick/PhotoDisc)

Avalanche Lake in Glacier National Park, Montana (iStockphoto/Thinkstock)

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What to do in Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park covers more than 1,000,000 acres and sees an average of 138 inches of snowfall annually. The park is home to two rustic-but-elegant backcountry lodges that allow you to venture deep into the mountains with only a light daypack to weigh you down; both lodges were built in the early 1900s by the Great Northern Railway. After a day of brisk hiking, you can warm up at Sperry Chalet with soup and hot-out-of-the-oven bread. Granite Park, the more spartan of the two lodges, also provides food, but you do your own cooking in a communal kitchen. Both can be reached by foot or horseback and are about five hours of moderate hiking from the nearest trailhead. Tip: There’s no alcohol served at either, but you can pack in your own.