North America Vacations
Montana | Glacier National Park | Adult Only
Unique, glacier-carved terrain equally as suited for exploring as it is simply gazing
6 days / 5 nights
Activity LevelActivity levels are subjective depending on your general level of fitness and your experience; however, all of our trips are self-paced.
Catch your breath and feast your eyes on the jaw-dropping grandeur of Glacier National Park on this action-packed, small group adventure through the world’s first International Peace Park on our Glacier National Park Vacation Package. With our roots deep in Montana soil, it’s no wonder that Austin Adventures is the leading provider of best-in-class travel from the frigid waters of the Flathead River to the switchbacks of the Going-to-the-Sun Road. Hike, bike and raft through the mountainous scenes of the premier UNESCO World Heritage Site of northwestern Montana on this all-inclusive, custom journey of a lifetime, all the while enjoying the best in western hospitality and regional cuisine at some of the most luxurious park properties in the country. Throughout your days on this Glacier National Park Tour, relax as Austin’s signature touch of inspired, thoughtful service takes care of the little stuff so you can savor the majestic wonders of the ever-spectacular Big Sky Country.
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 which you will experience on this Glacier National Park Vacation Package. 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
Bike up and over the iconic Going-to-the-Sun Road, taking in the postcard-perfect scenery that seems almost too good to be true
Step into the set of The River Wild as you raft the unspoiled waters of the Flathead
Witness the wildlife and natural beauty of the park up close and personal
See for yourself one of this national park’s namesake glaciers (one of the last remaining!) on a hike to Grinnell Glacier
Raise a glass to your day’s adventure before retiring to the comfort of your historic mountain resort, chalet, or lodge
A few more reasons why you've gotta go:
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.
Grinnell Glacier: Trek to one of the last remaining glaciers of this crown jewel national park.
Iceberg Lake: Are you brave enough to do a polar bear plunge into the lake's chilly waters?
Kalispell, Montana FCA
Kalispell, Montana FCA
Whitefish / Two Medicine Lake
Our adventure begins in the hip western town of Whitefish. After an introductory welcome meeting in town, we begin our two-hour drive towards East Glacier and head over to a lakeside picnic lunch. A short bike ride will get you feeling comfortable in the saddle and ready for the days to come. Once you arrive at Rising Sun Motor Inn, take time to settle in and relax before heading to dinner with your group.
About Rising Sun Motor Inn
Situated a short drive from St. Mary Lake along the Going-to-the-Sun Road, Rising Motor Inn’s rustic cabins and motor inn rooms offer a view of soaring mountain peaks in every direction. It’s central location allows for access to an abundance of hiking trails and the Motor Inn rooms, resting on a hillside, provide guests with never ending scenes of Glacier National Park’s grandeur. This location includes Two Dog Flats Grill, general store, and gift shop.
Iceberg Lake Trail Hike
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, 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. 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 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.
Grinnell Glacier Hike
Today we take in one of the features that this beautiful park is named for, Grinnell Glacier! After awakening in the Many Glacier Valley we follow 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 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.
Going to the Sun Road Bike / Lake McDonald
Today’s the Big Day…the day we bike the Going-to-the-Sun Road (east to west). While you enjoy breakfast, the guides will get the bikes ready to mount up! As the sun lights up the peaks, we’ll enjoy our challenging 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 near 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 Belton 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.
Flathead River Raft / Flathead Valley
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 Tupelo’s which specializes in Cajun and Southern cuisine, fresh seafood, steaks, and pasta.
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.
Whitefish / Kalispell
This morning we have time for one last hike in the Whitefish area. Transfer to either your Whitefish hotel or the Kalispell airport for your departure home.
** 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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|June 28, 2020||July 3, 2020||Space Available|
|July 12, 2020||July 17, 2020||Space Available|
|July 19, 2020||July 24, 2020||Space Available|
|July 26, 2020||July 31, 2020||Space Available|
|August 9, 2020||August 14, 2020||Space Available|
|August 16, 2020||August 21, 2020||Space Available|
Arrival & Departure
Please plan on arriving at least one day prior to your trip departure. Day one of your itinerary starts at 8:00 am or 8:15 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).
Hiking: 4 to 12 miles per hike, moderate to challenging terrain; Day 2 hike to Iceberg Lake considered strenuous at 9.7 miles out-and-back with 1,275 feet elevation gain. Day 3 hike to Grinnell Glacier considered challenging at 12 miles out-and-back with 1,600 feet elevation gain.
Biking: 11 to 31 miles per ride, moderate to challenging terrain. Bike ride over Going-to-the-Sun Road considered strenuous at 31 miles point to point; Begins with a 12 mile uphill and 2,200 feet of elevation gain; Ends with 19 miles of downhill and 3,380 feet of elevation loss. Road has narrow shoulder and is winding with many curves.
Whitewater Rafting: Class II-III, no experience necessary
Austin Adventures guides are experienced facilitators and regional experts. They will take the time to explain the details of each activity, answer any question, and demonstrate the use of all equipment. Each activity has been carefully planned to include options for all levels. Most importantly, Austin Adventures guides will help you select the distance that’s right for you.
Glacier National Park is the world’s first International Peace Park and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore the park’s outstanding scenery and diverse flora and fauna with our expert guides. When you reach the top of Logan Pass on the infamous Going-to-the-Sun Road, imagine what this high point looks like buried under 80 feet of snow mid-winter…and then think about the amount of snow removal equipment required to plow this spectacular, winding two lane road – amazing! See for yourself why Iceberg Lake and the trail leading up to it are considered “crown jewels” of the Treasure State. Hunt for the hundreds of different wildflowers that reside in the park: Bear Grass, Lupine, Fireweed, and Indian Paintbrush are just a few of these colorful beauties you might come across. Learn about the Flathead Indian Reservation tribes: the Bitterroot Salish, Kootenai, and Pend d’Oreilles – all tribes whose histories intertwine to form the anthropological past of the Flathead Valley. Discover massive U-shaped valleys, cirque lakes, horns, cols, moraines, and arêtes in this glacially carved land. Come play in Big Sky Country!
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.
After receiving your reservation and deposit, we’ll send you a pre-trip planner with general information about the area you’ll be visiting, a packing list, exercise guidelines, a guest information questionnaire and a liability release agreement for you to sign and return within 10 days.
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.
- Activity levels are subjective depending on your general level of fitness and your experience; however, all of our trips are self-paced.1 Easy (1)
- Activity levels are subjective depending on your general level of fitness and your experience; however, all of our trips are self-paced.2 Moderately Easy (2)
What will you see, and how will it impact you? A professional photographer by trade, and an avid traveler by upbringing and choice, Andy Austin excels at helping you focus on the life-changing value of Austin Adventures activities and destinations—and he might just have a few tips for how to capture all those memories in your own camera lens, too. As a guide, Andy is known for surprising guests with trailside creme brulee and impeccable customer service, but he wears many hats at the company and will gladly tell you anything you need to know.