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Where to stay in Glacier National Park

From homesteads to cabins, these are the best places to stay in Glacier National Park

Written by
Sophie Dickinson
Contributors
Rosemary Waugh
,
Alex Floyd-Douglass
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Camila Karalyte
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Glacier National Park is one of the US’s most stunning conservation areas. For astounding mountain ranges and spectacular lakes, the protected land – close to the Canadian border – is seriously hard to beat. Not forgetting the gorgeous alpine meadows, melting glaciers, and valleys. For activity junkies, its numerous hiking trails and opportunities for kayaking, cycling and camping are irresistible. But it’s also perfect for that romantic getaway, spending evenings under the night sky and gazing at the stars. Or for family trips wandering around the wildlife. 

Sounds too good to be true, right? Luckily for you, an idyllic trip to the park is easily achieved, especially if you book somewhere suitable to rest your head afterwards. The Airbnb options are exceptional, with different properties for different needs. From family-friendly stays to relaxing retreats, these are the best Airbnb options for a trip to Glacier National park.

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Where to stay in Glacier National Park

1. Best for: families

You’re staying in Glacier National Park, which is, naturally, spectacular. But if you’re a big family, a priority has got to be finding a big, comfortable cabin that houses everyone – and doesn’t break the bank. This quiet, lakefront home is perfect, with its vast dining table and living space designed specifically for meals, board games, and spending time together.

2. Best for: romantic getaways

Want this trip to be really, really special? Lovebirds should head to this a-line treehouse, nestled within five acres of woodland. The luxury accommodation is suitably rural, but if you don’t want to miss out on date night, you can still head to nearby Columbia Falls for dinner. Sounds good to us.

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3. Best for: resetting

A trip to Glacier National Park will hopefully reset and rejuvenate you. And to help, you need to stay somewhere cozy, tranquil, and beautiful. This converted silos Airbnb in Montana is perfect for just that. Uniquely designed but still super functional, it has everything you need for a comfortable stay where you can switch off and reset. Plus you'll have miles of gorgeous mountain views. The ideal place for a couple's trip to reconnect. 

4. Best for: budget travellers

We get it: you’re here for a good time, not an expensive time. The tiny Elk Crossing is really just a bed and a roof (although the owners can throw in a barbecue if you need one, too). It’s ideal as a base – allowing you to enjoy the national park and not worry about the cost. 

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5. Best for: an unforgettable trip

For the truly spectacular, nothing beats Whalebone Cottage, located in Whitefish, Montana. With its unique high ceilings and calming interiors, it’s guaranteed to make a trip special. Best of all, there’s plenty of space for entertaining, so bring your loved ones and have a getaway to remember.

6. Best for: incredible lake swims

Watch the sunset from the water at this modern, Scandinavian-inspired lake house. Sitting on eight acres of land, the cabin is the ideal place to take a swim from while also enjoying views of the nearby mountains. Oh, and there’s a super-strong wifi connection here, so if you want a bit of solitude plus the option to check your emails, this is the place to book.

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7. Best for: cowboys and cowgirls

Who knew a shipping container could be so romantic? This ingenious little getaway home is rural, revitalising and, yes, will have you in the mood for keeping warm with your other half in no time. Located near Columbia Falls, you’ll be about a 20-minute drive from Glacier National Park but you can also just step outside your front door to experience gorgeous classic Montana views and restorative nature. Oh, and when you take off your cowboy boots and hang up that huge hat each evening, there’s a stargazin’ hot tub to enjoy too.

8. Best for: camping enthusiasts

If camping is your thing, there are plenty of truly wild places to stay. These roomy tents – set up with wood-burning stoves and dedicated barbecues – are the best way to properly experience the outdoors. Just don’t forget your bear spray, as this is a long way away from glamping.

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9. Best for: the friends vacation

A historic homestead complete with hot tub? Sign us up. This cabin is over a century old, but don’t worry, it’s got everything you need for a 21st century getaway. With a fire pit for you and your pals, and a playground for the kids, everyone is happy. And at night, it’s the ideal place to come together and stargaze.

10. Best for: the exercise fiend

Don’t want to interrupt your workout schedule while you travel? This chalet has you covered. Cozy accommodation is guaranteed here, as is access to the onsite gym, jacuzzi, and full-size pool. Plus, there’s a ski bus stop across the street – and the Montana Tap House. Enjoy the incredible landscapes while working out. 

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11. Best for: relaxing

You don’t want to be out hiking everyday, do you? Especially not if you could be relaxing in this private hot tub. This stunning tiny home is kitted out with floor-to-ceiling windows, so the views still take centre stage. Pour yourself a glass of wine, sit out on the terrace, and spend an evening stargazing in total tranquillity.

12. Best for: going really rural

Sitting high above the north fork in Polebridge, Montana, Glacier View Hideaway is a spot like no other. Brace yourself for unbeatable views and true isolation: there’s no cell phone signal, and you’re many, many miles up a dirt road. But if you want to be alone in the wilderness, this is the place to stay. Just remember to pack everything you need – you’re not going to be able to grab snacks at the last minute. 



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13. Best for: an adventure

You’re staying in a national park, so you’re up for an adventure, right? This treehouse – complete with spiral staircase and five acres of woodland – could be the perfect place to stay. Two trees surge upwards through the living space itself, which is decked out with linen-clad bedrooms and multiple balconies. Sounds like the perfect base for an intrepid getaway. 

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