Nudging the Canadian border, Montana’s Glacier National Park will cast its spell on you with its ethereal lakes, and swathes of summer wildflowers. These glacier-carved valleys are inhabited by mountain goats, lynx, bighorn sheep, and grizzlies while over 260 species of birds claim the skies. More than 700 miles of trails provide hiking possibilities to all levels of abilities. In terms of where to stay, most of the accommodation is concentrated near the West Glacier Entrance. West Glacier is barely a mile from park limits while Columbia Falls is generously equipped with restaurants, breweries, and amenities. Naturally, the perk of choosing Whitefish is that you can tap on a day or two of winter sports at Big Mountain.
The windswept East Glacier is somewhat more rugged, with unique glamping and wildlife-watching opportunities in the heart of the prairies and grasslands. Either way, following the Going-to-the-Sun Road between both sides is a must and all lodgings reward you with unforgettable scenery. You’ll need to pinch yourself when you check into one of these gorgeous Airbnbs near Glacier National Park.
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Immense and sublimely comfortable, this lodge sits on a 15-acre estate next to Whitefish and less than 30 miles from the national park. Awesome for groups, this Play Airbnb near Glacier National Park is furnished with a ping pong room, an outdoor hot tub, and a movie lounge. After a day of skiing or hiking, retreat to the master suite where you’ll find a deluxe bathroom with a free-standing tub
Sixteen guests, six bedrooms
Price: $1,400 per night
One of the most unique Airbnbs close to Glacier National Park, this converted grain store gives you a taste for glamping without sacrificing your creature comforts. The ground level is fitted with a kitchenette and bathroom while the loft bedroom overlooks the mountainscape. Out front, you’ll have your own patch of land with a campfire. Situated in Kalispell, the silo is 40 minutes from the park and less than 10 from the airport.
So freshly built, the paint is still wet, this ultra-modern Whitefish cabin is spread over one floor with ample natural light and views of the snow-capped peaks. All fittings and furnishing are top-notch with a stocked kitchen for cooking, juicing, and coffee making. After a day roaming the glacial valleys and hitting the slopes, you’ll “come home” to a steaming mug of cocoa by the fire – you have a choice of two.
A mile east of the perimeter, this slopeside chalet is one of the closest cabin rentals near Glacier National Park. Bedrooms are simple yet cozy with additional sleeping quarters in the loft if needed. Moments from the West Glacier Nordic ski track, you have over 3 miles of groomed runs accessible from the Airbnb. Look forward to preparing après feasts in the gourmet kitchen to enjoy with a glass of wine on the wraparound deck with mountain and forest views.
Slumber under the stars at this tube tent complete with two sky windows plus a porthole. Constructed to retain the heat even on a frosty winter’s night, the Hobbit house is outfitted with a memory foam mattress and a fluffy comforter to keep you as snug as a bug. Located on the outskirts of Coram – a mere seven miles from the West Glacier Entrance – the lakeside compound is crisscrossed with hiking and biking trails.
Scooping up the number one spot for Airbnbs near Glacier National Park for couples, this tiny home dwelling is fully self-contained with a kitchen, bathroom, and one bedroom. Glass of bubbles in hand, you’ll score views of Tea Kettle Mountain and toward the West Glacier Entrance from the outdoor hot tub. Positioned a 15-minute drive from downtown, 25 minutes from Whitefish Mountain Resort, and 30 minutes from the park, all bases are covered.
Offering a safe haven from the elements, this custom RV Airbnb rental in Babb gives you the poshest camping near the national park. The motorhome features a kitchen, bathroom, and one bedroom with a pull-out couch to accommodate two further guests. Views from the backyard hammocks will send a shiver down your spine, especially when the ranges are bathed in the golden hour light. Although the property feels utterly remote, you’re only 10 minutes from the entrance and your closest general store.
The quintessential cabin in the woods, this comfortable rental delivers all the alpine vibes. Fashioned entirely from oak and other hardwoods, the interiors are designed like a storybook. One of the best Airbnbs near Glacier National Park for families, the “Little Cub Cabin” is kitted out with fluffy pillows, wildlife posters, toys, and books. Only nine minutes from the West Glacier Entrance, the balcony views give you a peek of what’s ahead.
Sleep in the treetops at this luxury treehouse in a secluded setting deep in the woods, 10 miles from Glacier National Park. A spiral staircase links the two floors while a duo of tree trunks supports the structure and enhances the fantastical environment. With a complete kitchen and private seating area with a fire pit, this dreamy hideaway close to downtown Columbia Falls shows you that living off-grid in Montana doesn’t mean having to rough it.
This cherry-red chalet is a prime spot for spotting wildlife; elk, red foxes, ospreys, bald eagles, and black bears often pass through the premises. Waking up to friendly wild horses snickering in the backyard is pretty much a given. The chalet itself is perfect for couples or families with pets, with a second-floor balcony and fire pit zone to maximize the scenery. Both the Many Glacier and St. Mary entrances are within a 15-mile radius.
The old-school log cabin gets a modern makeover with this swanky vacation home in West Glacier. Interiors consist of vaulted ceilings with a glass facade enabling you to make the most of the scenery. Retreat to the attic where you’ll find a pool table plus a desk for drafting out that novel or keeping on top of work. The cabin is warmed by a wood burner while the backyard has a private hot tub and fire pit for twilight s’mores.