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  • 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Jul 05, 2015
  • From $2,998 / person
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Glacier National Park Vacations

Glacier National Park is the world’s first International Peace Park and a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Hike backcountry trails to spectacular cliffs; photograph the frigid, blue waters of Iceberg Lake that perfectly reflect the mountainous backdrop. Challenge yourself on a bike ride of the Going-to-the-Sun Road and tackle the Flathead River on raft. Experience the awe-inspiring sights of multiple glaciers on one of our Glacier National Park Vacation packages.

  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • Paddling

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.

  • Hike backcountry trails beneath granite cliffs for jaw-dropping views of jagged ice fields reflected perfectly in the azure waters of Iceberg Lake
  • Step into the set of A River Runs Through It as you raft the unspoiled waters of the Flathead River
  • Bike the world-famous Going-to-the-Sun Road, snapping postcard-worthy photos of mountain goats, big horn sheep, and grizzlies along the way
  • Trek alongside 80-foot cedar trees, colorful rock formations, and cascading waterfalls on the Trail of the Cedars
  • Relax with a massage before calling it a night in the cozy comfort of the Glacier Park Lodge, nestled at the foot of Dancing Lady Mountain
Biker on Going-to-the-Sun Road
Photo: Biker on Going-to-the-Sun Road

Following our last Austin Adventures' vacation, we knew our experience could not be matched; yet amazingly, this trip surpassed all!

Amy Vance Saverna Park, MD

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.

Then, after a 2-hour scenic ride, we arrive in East Glacier and head over to a lakeside picnic lunch.

For the rest of the day, enjoy:

  • A bike ride to Glacier Park Lodge that will get you feeling comfortable in the saddle and ready for the days to come
  • Dinner - just a short walk away at our favorite Mexican restaurant, Serrano’s

About the Glacier Park Lodge & Resort
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

Get ready for an 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.

The Iceberg Lake Trail offers one of the most scenic hikes on the planet, and 4.5-miles in will seem a short distance as you enjoy:

  • Panoramic views
  • Sightings of mountain goats, big horn 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
  • 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, the Many Glacier Hotel.

About the 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!

We begin our day in the Many Glacier Valley, following the shoreline of 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
  • 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 Bike / Lake McDonald
Going to the Sun Road Bike / Lake McDonald
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Lake McDonald Lodge

Today’s the big day…the day we bike the Going-to-the-Sun Road (east to west).

While you enjoy breakfast at the funky Park Café, the guides will get the bikes ready to mount up! And as the sun lights up the peaks, we’ll enjoy our challenging 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 and at an estimated cost of $3 million, the Going-to-the-Sun Road is the highlight of any trip to Glacier.

  • Shortly after we begin the descent from Logan Pass, we’ll enjoy a picnic lunch overlooking a stunning view of the western valleys
  • Our ride 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 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 5: Flathead River Raft / Flathead Valley Bike
Flathead River Raft / Flathead Valley Bike
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.

Afterward, enjoy lunch on the banks of Whitefish Lake. And this afternoon, bike along quiet country roads through the Flathead Valley amid the Swan, Mission, Salish and Whitefish mountain ranges of northwest Montana. Be sure to keep your eyes open and head turning while cruising through these breathtaking landscapes!

Dinner tonight is at Latitude 48, featuring seasonal Mediterranean fare specializing in savory steaks, fresh seafood, handmade traditional pastas, wood-fired pizzas and roasted chicken.

About the 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
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.

Finally, we'll wrap up with a transfer to either your Whitefish hotel or the Kalispell airport for your departure home.

We hope you'll join us again soon!

** 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.

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: Jul 05, 2015
  • From $2,998 / person
  • ($780 single supplement)

Departure Dates

  • Jul 05, 2015
  • Jul 19, 2015
  • Jul 26, 2015
  • Aug 09, 2015
  • Aug 16, 2015

Additional Trip Information

Departure

Please plan on arriving at least one day prior to your trip departure. Day one 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 12 miles per hike, moderate to challenging terrain.
  • Biking: 10 to 40 miles per ride, moderate to challenging terrain.
  • Whitewater Rafting: Class II-III, no experience necessary.
Meals

The hallmark of an Austin Adventures 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 the Trip Price
  • Double occupancy rooms with private baths.
  • 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 Adventures 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 the Trip Price
  • Gratuities to Austin Adventures 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

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 National Park, around (and through) mountainsides and over the Continental Divide at Logan Pass.
  • 2. Big Mountain: Hike the hill that, in winter, is transformed into a mecca for downhill skiing.
  • 3. Trail of the Cedars: A relaxing hike through giant 80 foot cedar trees, colorful rock formations and breathtaking waterfalls.
  • 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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