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Montana
  • 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Call (800) 575-1540
  • From $2,698 / person
  • ($680 single supplement)

Glacier National Park Vacation Packages

The best adventure is one with your family. Escape the everyday by joining us on one of our Glacier National Park family vacations!

We take your family to crisp alpine lakes, rugged mountains, sweeping wildflower meadows, and glaciers, of course! Hike through old growth forests, meadows in full-bloom with Bear Grass, Lupine, and Indian Paintbrush, and trails that lead to panoramic views of glaciers. Raft a stunning stretch of the Flathead River and take a scenic ride up the infamous Going-to-the-Sun Road.

  • Family Vacations
  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • Paddling

Activity Level: Moderate

About
This Tour

In Northwestern Montana, where the American and Canadian Rockies shake hands, Glacier National Park’s pristine forests, alpine meadows, rugged mountains and spectacular lakes offer an ideal haven for family fun.

  • Learn the legend of the female Blackfeet Indian warrior for which the beautiful Running Eagle Falls were named
  • Cool off with a swim in Lower Two Medicine Lake beneath the towering façade of Rising Wolf Mountain
  • Ride the Red Jammer Bus along the world-famous Going-to-the-Sun Road
  • Fish the pristine waters of Avalanche Lake, keeping an eye out for mountain goats, big horn sheep and deer
  • Step into the set of A River Runs Through It as you raft the unspoiled waters of the Flathead River
  • Bike secluded backcountry trails in Flathead Valley
  • Try your hand at paddle boarding on Whitefish Lake and soak up Glacier National Park's grand scenery on a gondola ride down Whitefish Mountain
Biker on going-to-the-sun road
Photo: Biker on going-to-the-sun road

Best family trip ever! Our son was in tears over having to leave hsi new friends. The hardest part isn't going home - it's how to pick which AA trip to book next!

Julie Halverson Oak Creek, WI

Itinerary
& Map

Tour Itinerary

6 days/5 nights

Kalispell, MT (FCA)

Day 1: Whitefish / Two Medicine Lake
Whitefish / Two Medicine Lake
Meals Included:  L, D

Our adventure begins in the hip western town of Whitefish.

After early morning pickups and a short shuttle to the Amtrak station, we’ll travel East by train across the southern boundary of the park and along the Flathead River.

After a 2-hour scenic ride, we arrive in East Glacier and get ready for our first adventure. Before heading out on our hike, all of the kids will have the opportunity to sign up for the Jr. Ranger Program. The hike to Running Eagle Falls is full of magnificent views but saves its best one for last.

After a lakeside picnic lunch you will have free time to play around and explore the end of Lower Two Medicine Lake before a short shuttle to our home for the night, Glacier Park Lodge.

Dinner is a short walk away at our favorite Mexican restaurant, Serrano’s.

About Glacier Park Lodge
Built almost a century ago by the Great Northern Railway, Glacier Park Lodge is nestled in East Glacier at the foot of Dancing Lady Mountain.

Situated on the Blackfeet Reservation, the hotel site was purchased from the Piegan, a tribe of the Blackfeet Nation. When the present railway depot was built in 1912, the area was renamed Glacier Park Station and then became known as East Glacier Park in 1950.

With an outdoor swimming pool, day spa, lounge and fine dining restaurant, this property is an exception to the common “basic needs only” national park properties.

Day 2: Goat Lick Crossing / Hidden Lake / Lake McDonald
Goat Lick Crossing / Hidden Lake / Lake McDonald
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Lake McDonald Lodge

After a warm breakfast at the lodge, shuttle to West Glacier.

Make a stop at the Goat Lick Crossing, which is much more exciting than it sounds. This exposed riverbank is a popular spot for mountain goats and other wildlife to come lick the mineral-laden cliffs.

Enjoy the beautiful scenery while also being able to see the great wildlife. Lunch will be followed by a leisurely hike on one of the Park’s most beautiful and popular trails.

The Hidden Lake Overlook trail offers views of the Garden Wall, an arête that separates the Many Glacier and Lake McDonald valleys, glacially sculpted valleys, and the park’s high peaks.

Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for hoary marmots, pikas, and wooly mountain goats!

Transfer to Lake McDonald Lodge, your home for the next two nights. Dine at the historic and intimate Belton Chalet Restaurant tonight.

About Lake McDonald Lodge
Lake McDonald Lodge opened its doors on June 14, 1914 and is a three-and-one-half-story structure built on the eastern shore of glaciated, picturesque Lake McDonald. In keeping in the era in which all of the rooms were built, they offer guests modest amenities and old-world style accommodations resulting in a one-of-a kind, National Park lodging experience.

The floors of the lobby have incised messages in Kootenai (a local Native American dialect) that translates into phrases such as “welcome”, “new life to those who drink here”, “looking toward the mountain”, and “big feast”. The main lodge was declared a National Historic Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987.

Day 3: Going to the Sun Road / Mountain Majesty Tour
Going to the Sun Road / Mountain Majesty Tour
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Lake McDonald Lodge

Take a break from exploring on foot today as you take a tour on one of Glacier’s famous Red Jammer buses. Your tour will start out at Lake McDonald Valley and make your way through a glacially carved valley and travel the famous Going-to-the-Sun Road over Logan Pass.

After a stop at the continental divide, continue your tour into St. Mary Valley and stop for lunch at Rising Sun’s Two Dog Flats Grill.

Take advantage of a relaxing afternoon on your own after you finish the tour. Gather again tonight at Russell’s Fireside Dining Room.

Day 4: Avalanche Lake Hike / Flathead River Raft
Avalanche Lake Hike / Flathead River Raft
Meals Included:  B, L

Our hike today begins along the tranquil, wooded Trail of the Cedars. The trail crosses over the rushing water of Avalanche Creek, before we head up to Avalanche Lake.

Soak in the splendor of this high mountain lake before heading back to the lodge for a picnic.

Next we shuttle to the Flathead River for an afternoon of rafting on perhaps not the wildest of rivers, but definitely one of the prettiest. Shuttle back to Whitefish and enjoy dinner on your own at one of the town’s hip restaurants.

After dinner, catch the shuttle back to our home for the next 2 nights, Grouse Mountain Lodge.

About Grouse Mountain Lodge
Grouse Mountain Lodge’s front doors welcome you to upscale comfort and an authentic Whitefish, Montana lodging experience. The fantastic location leads you to exciting year-round adventure.

With 143 beautifully appointed guest rooms, fresh and exciting cuisine in Logan's Bar and Grill, an indoor pool, outdoor hot tubs, day spa, and a substantial list of services and amenities, Grouse Mountain Lodge is one of Montana’s finest lodge resorts. Guest rooms combine warmth and appeal with design and spaciousness to provide that pampered feeling.

Day 5: Flathead Valley Bike / Whitefish Lake
Flathead Valley Bike / Whitefish Lake
Meals Included:  B, L, D

After a wonderful and hearty breakfast (try the smoked salmon eggs Benedict, mmm…) we load up for a short shuttle to start our bike ride.

  • Bike along quiet country roads through the Flathead Valley
  • Be sure to keep your eyes open and head turning while cruising through these breathtaking landscapes
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch at Whitefish Lake before we try out a new activity

This afternoon, under the bright Montana sun, we’ll give a go at paddle boarding, an activity in which you paddle your board across a flat water surface while standing up, on Whitefish lake.

Dinner tonight is at Loula’s Café in downtown Whitefish.

Day 6: Big Mountain / Whitefish / Kalispell
Big Mountain / Whitefish / Kalispell
Meals Included:  B

This morning we have time for one last activity before saying our farewells.

Hike up the Danny On Trail, beginning at the base of Big Mountain. Once you have reached the top, soak up the views from the mountain as you ride the gondola back down.

Transfer to either your Whitefish hotel or the Kalispell airport for your departure home.

* Not ready to say goodbye quite yet? Consider extending your stay in Whitefish. We have plenty of suggestions on things to do, so don’t hesitate to ask!

** Trip itineraries are subject to change without notice due to road, weather and other factors outside of our control, for the safety and enjoyment of our guests, as deemed necessary and appropriate by Austin-Lehman Adventures.

Dates, Rates
& Details

Start planning your next adventure now. See the information below for the rates and selection of available dates. For additional information on dates and availability, please contact our travel specialists.

  • 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Call (800) 575-1540
  • From $2,698 / person
  • ($680 single supplement)

Additional Trip Information

Departure
  • Please plan on arriving at least one day prior to your trip departure.
  • Day 1 of your itinerary starts at 6:30 am or 6:45 am, depending on your hotel.
  • Your trip ends with a drop-off at your Whitefish hotel (1:30 pm) or the Kalispell airport (2:00 pm).
Activities
  • Hiking: 2 to 6 miles per hike, easy to moderate terrain.
  • Biking: 10 to 15 miles per ride, moderate to challenging terrain.
  • Whitewater Rafting: Class II-III, no experience necessary.
  • Paddle Boarding: Stand up paddle boarding on calm lake surface. Equipment & instruction provided, no experience necessary.
Meals

The hallmark of an Austin-Lehman vacation is our exceptional dining. All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, refreshments and receptions – except one dinner on your own – are included as indicated by itinerary. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included in the trip price.

Included in Trip Price
  • Double occupancy rooms with private baths. Rooms often accommodate 3 or 4 people.
  • All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners – except one dinner on own your own – refreshments and receptions.
  • Fully trained, first-aid certified, professional guides and knowledgeable local partners.
  • Bikes, helmets and other necessary equipment – all safe and well maintained.
  • Vehicle support and land transportation during the trip.
  • Austin-Lehman T-shirt, water bottle, luggage tags and luggage service.
  • Pre-departure and packing information.
  • Incidental expenses such as taxes, dining and housekeeping gratuities, local partner and expert gratuities
  •   and national park entrance and permit fees.
Not Included in Trip Price
  • Gratuities to Austin-Lehman guides.
  • Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities.
  • One dinner on your own.
  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
  • Air and land transportation to/from host cities.
  • All types of personal insurance.
  • Personal expenses.
Photos

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A few more reasons why you've gotta go…

  • 1. Going-to-the-Sun Road: This iconic stretch of highway spans 50 miles through Glacier park, around (and through) mountainsides and over the Continental Divide at Logan Pass.
  • 2. Junior Ranger Program: Kids 12 and under can complete at least five activities in their Glacier NP activity book to become junior rangers.
  • 3. Rising Wolf Mountain: Rising Wolf Mountain's name comes from the Blakfeet Indian's name for the mountain, "Mahkuyi-opuahsinI" - which translates to "the way the wolf gets up."
  • 4. The wildlife: Glacier is the only place in the continental U.S. that still has all of the predators that were present when Europeans first arrived in North America.
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