I am thinking Glacier NP in August 2013, and have found TA Forums awesome for info gathering and local experts advice. (My trip last February to Fairbanks for the Aurora was a huge success thanks to TA forum helpers, I posted my thanks!)
10 days (not including travel on each end to/from Sacramento/SF area and Kalispell. :
I think I want to stay at the 2 hike-in Chalets, 2 to 3 nights each, but its expensive. Was thinking of trying to do without car rental, to balance costs, and seems a shame to have a rental car just sit for 5 or 6 days while I hike. Can I really get to/from airport and lodging near (inside or out) west park entrance, then use Going to Sun Shuttle to move around? Will I miss a lot by not having a car?
Other option, find the nearest small RV or Juicy Van rental place, and camp in between Chalet nights. Or rent the smallest car possible and stay in cheapest clean motels in between Chalet nights. Or skip the Chalets and go with better lodging. Thoughts?
(I have a VW Bus, but am not driving all the way from Yosemite to Glacier, it would take too many days from my 2 weeks off work.)
I welcome a list of the "must sees", anywhere in the park. I hike, mostly day hikes by have backpacking equipment. My range is 5 to 10 miles a day, depending on elevation change. Since traveling alone, I do not plan to camp out on the trail in bear country. I don't mind crowds of tourists, just not the entire time, need solitude in between. I like to take photos, and am mad about wildlife. (My trip to Yellowstone 3 years ago, wolves in the wild, so many critters, and those geysers, all wonderful!)