A Room With a (N)ice View! 9 Hotels at Glacier Sites
Imagine views like this from your hotel window (Photo: Trey Radcliff/Flickr)
How do you top the experience of seeing a glacier up close and personal? By staying at one, of course!
A handful of Mother Nature’s massive, and now endangered, bodies of ice are also home to hotels and lodges where you can reside at a one-of-a-kind abode with an unbeatable view. And since glaciers occupy only 10 percent of the earth’s total land area, these awe-inspiring accommodations can also add “exclusive” to their list.
Just close your eyes and picture one of the Ice-Age remnants leering outside your window as it amazes you with a sky-high icefall cascading down to a glistening body of water below. Or, pick from our list here and set out to see the real thing.
The rustic Many Glacier Hotel (Photo: Brian and Jaclyn Drum/Flickr)
Many Glacier Hotel
Glacier National Park – Montana, United States
When this park was first established in 1850, about 150 glaciers gleamed throughout the one million acres of land. Now, only 25 glaciers remain. And thanks to the effects of climate change, experts fear some of the park’s largest glaciers could disappear entirely by 2030. Before the glacier views disappear, check in to the Many Glacier Hotel, which is located inside Glacier National Park. The quaint, Swiss-themed hotel offers 208 rooms and pristine panoramic views of the neighboring mountains and Swiftcurrent Lake that envelope this rustic lodge. Right outside your door are trails and a ferry to transport you to the trailhead, as well as an abundance of wandering wildlife. Watch out for bears!
The enormous Aletsch Glacier (Photo: Daniel Pfund/Flickr)