Spend part of your day on trail, and check out a lodge on your way in or out of the park.
If you are a hiker, even if you only have half a day to spend in Glacier, you should spend it on trail. Glacier’s 734 miles of trail are a hiker’s paradise, with fabulous destinations at a variety of distances. When selecting your hike, be sure to factor driving times into your planning. Remember, slow-going, winding mountain roads may exist between you and a trailhead.
If you hike in the Many Glacier, Lake McDonald, or Two Medicine areas, or even Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada, you may have time to check out one of the historic lodges as well. They are worth a visit for their history and scenery. You can also grab a meal or morning coffee there.