Montana
  • 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Jul 03, 2016
  • From $2,898 / person
  • ($780 single supplement) Children: $2,318 to $2,608

Glacier National Park Vacation Package

Adventure awaits you and your family on this action-packed, kid-friendly journey into spectacular Glacier National Park. Join our expert guides as they introduce you to the majesty of rugged mountains, jagged glaciers, turquoise-blue alpine lakes and wildflower-studded meadows animated by the occasional mama bear and her rambunctious cubs. Hike, bike, raft and uncover the wild west history of this UNESCO World Heritage Site as your kids solve the mysteries of the flora, fauna and folklore of the region to earn their Junior Ranger badges. This all-inclusive Montana vacation package presents the perfect itinerary to fully experience Big Sky Country, featuring best-in-class travel and Austin’s signature touch of inspired, thoughtful service. You’re invited to kick back and spend time with the family while nature speaks for itself, all the while enjoying the tastiest in regional fare and cozy accommodations at iconic park properties set against the dreamy backdrop of awe-inspiring grandeur in one of America’s most celebrated national parks.

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  • Family Vacations
  • Hiking
  • Paddling
  • Safari / Wildlife

Activity Level: Moderate

About
This Tour

Known to the Native Americans as the "Shining Mountains" and the "Backbone of the World," Glacier National Park preserves over a million acres of old growth forests, alpine lakes, rugged mountains and sweeping wildflower meadows. Boasting more than 750 miles of maintained trails, one of the most scenic stretches of paved road in North America, and a river equally as suited for rafting as it is gazing at the surrounding beauty, the Park's unique, glacier-carved terrain is an adventurer's paradise.

Hike backcountry trails for a jaw-dropping view of history laden sedimentary cliffs and jagged ice fields reflected perfectly in the azure blue waters of Iceberg Lake. Step into the set of The River Wild as you raft the unspoiled waters of the Flathead. By day, witness the wildlife and natural beauty of the park up close and personal. By night, relive the day’s adventures with your family before retiring to the comfort of your historic mountain resort, chalet, or lodge.

 

Biker on going-to-the-sun road Montana Family Vacation
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Amazing! We had high expectations and they were met/exceeded!

Jennifer K Blue Bell, PA

Very fun! Well organized and run! Great guides

Pam M Strong, ME

Great trip, great guides, great location, activities, food, accommodations.

Ruth M Midlothian, VA

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. The hike to Running Eagle Falls is full of magnificent views but saves the best one for last.

Before heading out on our hike, all of the kids will have the opportunity to sign up for the Junior Ranger Program.

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: Iceberg Lake Trail Hike
Iceberg Lake Trail Hike
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Many Glacier Hotel

Early morning wake up and shuttle north, deeper into the park, to the trailhead of Iceberg Lake, considered by many the “Crown Jewel” of hiking trails in the park. Iceberg Lake Trail offers one of the most scenic hikes on the planet. 4.5-miles in will seem a short distance as you enjoy panoramic views, watch for mountain goats, bighorn sheep and, of course, bears. Your reward at the end of the trail? A jaw-dropping view of giant limestone cliffs and ice fields shooting up from the pristine blue waters of the alpine lake below. If you’re feeling adventurous, take a dip into the iceberg dotted lake!  After lunch at the lake, we’ll hike back to our shuttle and continue on to our home for the night, Many Glacier Hotel.

About Many Glacier Hotel

Many Glacier Hotel, located in the northeastern part of Glacier National Park on the shores of Swiftcurrent Lake, boasts a true Swiss atmosphere from the alpine beauty that surrounds the building to the themed architecture and decor of the striking atrium lobby. The hotel was declared a National Historic Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places on September 29, 1976. In keeping with the era in which the hotel was built, the rooms offer guests modest amenities and old-world style accommodations resulting in a one-of-a kind, National Park lodging experience.

 

Day 3: Grinnell Glacier Hike
Grinnell Glacier Hike
Meals Included:  B, L
Overnight: Many Glacier Hotel

Today we take in one of the features that this beautiful park is named for, Grinnell Glacier! After awakening in the Many Glacier Valley, cruise across Swiftcurrent Lake and soon after, Lake Josephine. Traveling through open countryside with no obstruction to the incredible views surrounding you, take in stunning vantages of Lower Grinnell Lake, Angel Wing, Mt. Gould, the continental divide and Grinnell Falls. Upon reaching trail’s end, you’re rewarded with spectacular views of the retreating Grinnell Glacier, the milky white Upper Grinnell Lake, and several other glaciers meandering their way along the continental divide. Take your time heading back to the trailhead, and this evening enjoy a night on your own in Many Glacier.

Day 4: Going to the Sun Road / Lake McDonald
Family adventures in Glacier national park
Meals Included:  B, L,D

Today’s the Big Day…the day we explore the famous Going-to-the-Sun Road (east to west). First, enjoy breakfast at the funky Park Café. As the sun lights up the peaks, we’ll take in the beauty of the 40-mile ride to Lake McDonald with frequent stops along the way to watch for mountain goats and the ever present grizzlies. Completed in 1932 at an estimated cost of $3 million, the Going-to-the-Sun Road is the highlight of any trip to Glacier. We will enjoy a picnic lunch overlooking a stunning view of the western valleys. Our excursion ends at our home for the night, Lake McDonald Lodge. The afternoon is yours to do as you choose. Take a few hours to relax by (or in) the lake, hike one of the many trails from the lodge, take a boat ride or simply find a cozy spot and curl up with a good book. Dinner tonight is at the Benton Chalet

 

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 translate 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 5: Flathead River Raft
Flathead River Raft
Meals Included:  B, L, D

This morning, we shuttle to the Flathead River for a morning of rafting on perhaps not the wildest of rivers, but definitely one of the prettiest. Enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch prepared by your guides. This afternoon, we drive to Whitefish through the Flathead Valley amid the Swan, Mission, Salish and Whitefish mountain ranges of northwest Montana. Be sure to keep your eyes open while cruising through these breathtaking landscapes. Dinner tonight is at Loula’s Cafe.

 

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 6: Big Mountain / Whitefish / Kalispell
Glacier National Park adventure
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 Adventures.

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& Details

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  • 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Jul 03, 2016
  • From $2,898 / person
  • ($780 single supplement) Children: $2,318 to $2,608

Confirmed Departures

  • Jul 3, 2016
  • Jul 10, 2016
  • Jul 31, 2016

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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 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.
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One of the best trips I've taken with you. The guides were the best. Scenery and activities spectacular.

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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 Blackfeet 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.
  • 5. In-the-field expertise: From getting your kids stoked on nature to orchestrating seamless group dynamics, our guides keep their eyes on the details, ensuring that the toughest part of your vacation truly is going home.
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