Glacier Park Lodge was our favorite National Park lodge to visit on this trip.  The Majesty of the log pillars complete with bark are breathtaking.  We arrived here early in the day to take in the Lodge and grab a bite at the Great Northern before hopping on the train for our EPIC TRAIN TRIP.

This was the hardest day we had on our trip.  The weather took an interesting turn.  Our planned hike on Hidden Lake trail was interrupted by high winds and cold temperatures.  Needless to say no one wanted to freeze to death that morning.  Have I mentioned it was July? We went home to the RV at the St Mary KOA and rested for a couple of hours.  Whipping winds pushed us to leave for the Glacier Park Lodge a little earlier than expected.   The drive is only 1 hour.


The Glacier Park Lodge is by far the most majestic of all the Park Lodges we visited.  I was immediately stunned by the sheer beauty the towering logs used in construction.  The log pillars are two stories tall.

Glacier Park Lodge

The restaurant wasn’t quite open for dinner when we arrived so we toodled around the Main lodge taking in all its beauty.  I grabbed a coffee at the bar.  The kids grabbed a water from the store and we shopped for souvenirs.  Games and puzzles could be found in all the lounging areas.  It was a fantastic time full of relaxatipn.

We got an early dinner when the Great Northern opened.  The restaurant is on the right side of the lodge and boasts the same decor as the main lodge.  I loved the old ice boxes on the wall.  The huge fireplace was also a masterpiece.

Who wouldn’t want this fireplace in there home.  I just wanted to curl up with a good book for the rest of the day.


The Great Northern

None of us were too terribly hungry to we decided to grab a few appetizers and all share.  It was all good and hit the spot perfectly before we needed to go jump on the train.  We ordered the Hummus platter, Big Sky Sampler, Spinach Dip, and the House chips & dip.

After our quick bite to eat we ventured outside.  The weather was now cooperating leaving us with beautiful blue Montana skys.  Beautiful gardens lined the walkways. There was a T-Pee, picnic tables, and plenty of green space to stretch our legs.  A dedication rock was also predominate for the joint participation of the US and Canada in the protection of Glacier National Forest. The Canadian side is called Waterton Lakes and was on our agenda for the following day.

This is the Amtrak station that has brought so many visitor to the park.  We used used it for our jumping off point for our  EPIC TRAIN TRIP.

I love that the Lodges are open for non-guests to enjoy.  The fireplaces were gorgeous and I would love to visit in the winter to see them lit in all their glory.

Shanda Smith
A Wife, Mother, horseback riding, RV-ing, travel enthusiast always looking for the next adventure. As the Matriarch of a homeschooling family of four we keep our suitcases packed and our atlas handy. Join us on our adventures. With Love and Coffee, Shanda

1 Comment

Leave a Response