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|Glacier National Park, Montana, USA||June 14 – 20, 2024 – waitlist only||$2,995|
Join us as we experience the ‘Crown of the Continent’ in Glacier National Park’s pristine forests, alpine meadows, rugged mountains, and spectacular lakes. June is a time to hike among the colorful spring blooms, experience less crowds and have room to breathe. With over 700 miles of trails, Glacier is a hiker’s paradise with wildflowers bursting into life. (We operated this trip in early June 2023 and the park was stunningly beautiful, uncrowded, with great weather, and the main road was open! So we’re going to offer this trip in June of 2024 too.) Since it was constructed in 1932, adventurers have journeyed along the famous Going-to-the-Sun Road, built into the cliffsides of Montana’s Rocky Mountains. We’ll marvel at the reflection of snowcapped peaks painted on glassy lakes, and find out about the ancient glaciers that formed them. We’ll hike in the most beautiful areas, white water raft on the Flathead River, hike some more, kayak in Two Medicine, and you have the option of a two-hour horseback ride! We stay in the Park for most of this trip, so prices reflect that. Also, the food is just scrumptious in this area. Come find out why Glacier National Park is one of the most photographed parks as well as one of the most loved. Very limited space so register early!
Arrive Glacier National Park airport by 2pm. We’ll meet as a group at the airport, and head for the west side of Glacier National Park. During our short drive, we’ll get to know our new road sisters as we share some introductory stories. We’ll get checked into our waterfront lodge accommodations, unpack, and meet for dinner. Overnight Village Inn at Apgar in the Park.
After breakfast, we’ll board the van and explore the Lake McDonald Valley. With a stop at the Lake McDonald Lodge to pick up our picnic lunch, we’ll head to the Trail of Cedars and Avalanche Lake Trail. The Trail of Cedars is less than 1 mile with a path that has a raised boardwalk in some sections. Some of the cedars visible are over 80 feet tall. This lovely introduction brings us to the Avalanche Lake Trail that winds through an old-growth forest of western red cedar and western hemlock. The trail passes a narrow gorge carved by glacial water and ends up at an idyllic, subalpine lake rimmed with waterfalls. Wow, what a reward this is! We’ll enjoy our lunch along with this stunning scenery. Upon the conclusion of this 7-mile hike, we’ll stop to wander the Lake MacDonald Lodge and shops. Back to our delightful lodging to get cleaned up and enjoy dinner. Maybe stroll through the wonderful shops or get a huckleberry ice cream. Yum. Overnight Village Inn at Apgar in the Park.
I loved just being able to sit back and enjoy the trip knowing everything was taken care of. What a great way to travel! I enjoyed all my travelling companions and thought we had a good bond. I look forward to doing more trips with you in the future. Thank you for a most memorable trip. -- Janet N, NY
After breakfast, another full day of exploration and discovery awaits! We’ll pack up and depart for Many Glacier Valley by way of the historic Going-to-the-Sun Road. The Going-to-the-Sun Road is a National Historic Landmark, and it is the only road that crosses through Glacier National Park. The narrow and winding road hugs the mountainside and was designed to complement the landscape and give visitors the opportunity to enjoy some of the most spectacular scenery Glacier National Park has to offer. We will stop on the Continental Divide at Logan Pass, the highest point along the road. We’ll stop at this Visitor Center, then off to our hike at St. Mary Lake. The Sun Point Nature Trail descends towards St. Mary Lake, and almost immediately we’ll begin to enjoy spectacular views of the lake and the mountains looming above it towards the west. Baring Falls is an extension to this hike should we wish to do so. During or after completing our hike, we enjoy our picnic lunch or, depending on the time, go to Two Dogs Cafe at Rising Sun. We then continue our journey over the Going-to-the-Sun Road where we’ll view sky scraping peaks, waterfalls and meadows teeming with wildflowers and wildlife. We check into lodging located at the end of the road in Many Glacier Valley and it is just steps away from trails that lead into the heart of Glacier National Park. We’ll enjoy a delicious dinner and a good rest. Overnight Many Glacier Hotel in the Park.
We’ll have a leisurely breakfast, pick up our picnic lunch, and head out on a stunning lake hike. We start right at the lodge and head to the Grinnell Glacier trailhead. We’ll hike through forests and around part of Swiftcurrent and Josephine Lakes. If we’re up to it, we’ll include a few more miles and hike around Glacier Lake as well. Mount Gould, Grinnell Point, and Mount Wilbur are the largest mountains immediately west of the lake and they make for a beautiful backdrop. This hike is approximately 7 miles with some elevation changes. After our hike, you have the option of a two-hour horseback ride at Josephine Lake (at guest’s expense). If you’re not interested in riding, there are lovely lodge verandas to stretch out with a good book, hit the lodge cantina for a well-deserved beverage, or feel free to just chill for a while before we meet up for dinner. This lodge’s dining has one of the best menus and chefs we’ve found in a national park. The wine list is not too shabby either. Overnight Many Glacier Hotel in the Park.
After checking out of our lodge, we travel a short distance to the Two Medicine area of the park. Once part of a larger chalet complex, the Two Medicine store is located along the shores of Two Medicine Lake and the building is a National Historic Landmark. The region is a starting point for many trails around and by Two Medicine Lake. We’ll enjoy a short hike to Paradise Point, followed by an extension to Aster Falls. The steep south face of Rising Wolf Mountain towers above the lake. The region was considered sacred ground by several Native American tribes including the Blackfeet tribe where they performed visions quests here. Aside from Chief Mountain, the Two Medicine area is the most sacred section of the park to the Blackfeet. We’ll have lunch followed by a beautiful paddle on Two Medicine Lake in our kayaks. We’ll enjoy the amazing beauty of this area from the water. A very short ride to East Glacier brings us to our motel for one night. This is an interesting little town where we’ll stroll about and enjoy dinner. Overnight East Glacier.
After breakfast, we’ll check out of our motel as we travel to West Glacier (about 1 hour ride) to embark on a whitewater rafting trip on the Middle Fork of the Flathead, that borders Glacier National Park. We can count on exciting whitewater and pristine wilderness scenery, periods of high excitement interspersed with relaxing floating. We’ll raft through John Stevens Canyon, where the rapids are rated class II and class III, making it a fun and splashy adventure. Names like Screaming Right Hand Turn, Pinball, Jaws and Could-Be-Trouble give you a sense of just how much fun we’ll have! We’ll be off the river mid to late afternoon and will have time to pick up any last minute momentos before we head to our lodging in Whitefish. We’ll check in and get airport transfers arranged for tomorrow. This lodge is one of our favorites! We have an indoor pool, an excellent restaurant and bar, and outside protected seating with firepits to enjoy this beautiful early summer weather. We’ll get cleaned up and enjoy a wonderful farewell dinner at the lodge, as we recount our week together in this glorious National Park. Overnight Whitefish.
Breakfast on your own, or stay and discover the quaint, artsy town of Whitefish. Transfer to the Glacier National Park airport for your departure.BOOK NOW