Apgar Village: Glacier National Park Trip

Would you like to take a step back in time, truly unplug and enjoy a hassle free vacation? Then Apgar Village in Glacier National Park is the place to roll back the clock.

Imagine relaxing in your lawn chair, laughing kids riding by on bikes and neighbors stopping by to chat. Steps away is the beautiful Lake McDonald where you can boat and swim. A short walk the other direction you find a quaint gift shop where you can grab a morning coffee or an ice cream after a day of hiking.

My initial impression when entering the Apgar Village area at the South end of Glacier National Park’s Lake McDonald was that I had stepped back in time to a mountain resort village from the first half of the 20th century. The road winds through log cabins tucked into tall cedar trees, and 50s style motels grace the magnificent lake.

Here you have four unique lodging options, The Apgar Village Lodge and Cabins, The Village Inn and Apgar Campground. Take a short drive up the road and you will find Fish Creek Campground. You can find detailed descriptions of each here.

What to do in Apgar Village

And there is so much to do right in the Village. You could spend your whole trip in this resort area!

  • Apgar’s Visitor’s Center which also serves as the transportation hub for the free park shuttle. Transportation Center at Apgar Village Glacier National Park
  • Lake McDonald’s Swimming Beach
  • Cedar Tree Gift Shop
    • Shop huge selection of gifts
    • Sip a hot cappuccino or an afternoon ice cream cone
  • Eddie’s Cafe and Mercantile
    • Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner.
    • Stop by for a milkshake or an adult beverage after a long hike.
    • Rent Bicycles, Kayaks and Paddle-boards
  • Trailheads For Great Hikes
  • Evening Ranger Talks

​If you are planning to stay in Glacier National Park for more than a few days, Apgar Village is a great home base. From here you can easily drive deeper into the park for day adventures or you can pick up the free park shuttle right outside your door.

Link to Glacier National Park Travel Guide

So now that I’ve painted a picture of this wonderful idealistic vacation spot, would I stay here? Probably not. We enjoyed cruising back in time down the tree lined road and Apgar Village is everything I just described and more.

However, when we visit a National Park I want it to feel a little more raw. I want to be closer to nature. But, if you are like many of my friends who want a few creature comforts like a hot shower and morning coffee while still maintaining the charm and pleasures that only a natural park provide I suggest starting here.

If you have stayed in Apgar Village we’d love it if you’d share your story in the comments below. If you are headed to Glacier National Park on your next vacation don’t forget to pin this article to your vacation board!

photos courtesy of The National Park Service

For more ideas on what to do while Visiting Glacier National Park, check out these articles on Walking The Parks:


  • Ladona Stork

    The Authors: Hey, we are Ladona and Brad, avid campers and hikers. We are crazy about getting outdoors at every possible moment and have decades of experience exploring nature. Our current goal is to visit all 63 US National Parks and just completed #42. WooHoo! Our mission is to help you plan your own adventures and create memories beyond your imagination!