I usually camp when I visit national parks, and indeed I spent the first few days of my recent trip to Glacier on the park’s west side, based out of Apgar campground on the shores of Lake McDonald. After a few nights there, I relocated to the east side of the park, and decided to take advantage of such comforts as a shower and a bed. In a park like Glacier, though, not any bed would do: I spent one night at the Many Glacier Hotel and another at the Glacier Park Lodge.
These two historic hotels were constructed by the Great Northern Railway as part of their “See America First” campaign that enticed wealthy travelers to put off the traditional Europe tour in favor of visiting wild western landscapes. The Glacier Park Lodge, located adjacent to the rail depot in East Glacier Park, Montana, opened in 1913. More than fifty miles to the north, the Many Glacier Hotel followed suit in 1915. Read more