Multi-Day Tour | Escorted, Group, Private

Montana | Glacier National Park Family (6 days)

Austin Adventures

Whitefish, MT, United States To Whitefish, MT, United States

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Whitefish, MT United States
Rising Sun Motor Inn Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Whitefish / Two Medicine Lake

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 head over to a lakeside picnic lunch • This afternoon we take a boat tour around Lower Two Medicine Lake, flanked with steep mountains that serve as the perfect backdrop for an afternoon of adventure • Once you arrive at Rising Sun Motor Inn, take time to settle in and relax before heading to dinner with your group • Overnight Rising Sun Motor Inn

Day 2
Babb, MT United States
Many Glacier Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

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 next two nights, Many Glacier Hotel • Overnight at Many Glacier Hotel

Day 3
Babb, MT United States
Many Glaciers Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Snack

Grinnell Lake Hike

Today we trek to one of the many backcountry lakes of the park • After awakening in the Many Glacier Valley we hike alongside Swiftcurrent Lake and soon after, Lake Josephine • Upon reaching Grinnell Lake, kick back and relax as you reflect on the stunning scenery around you • The lake is named after George Bird Grinnell, an early American conservationist, explorer, and founder of the Audubon Society, who was so inspired by the scenery during his first trip to the area in 1885 that he spent the next two decades working to establish it as a national park • Take your time heading back to the trailhead, and this evening enjoy a night on your own in Many Glacier • Overnight at Many Glacier Hotel

Day 4
West Glacier, MT United States
Lake McDonald Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Going to the Sun Road / Lake McDonald

Today’s the Big Day…the day we explore the famous Going-to-the-Sun Road (east to west) • As the sun lights up the peaks, we’ll take in the beauty of the 40 mile drive to Lake McDonald with frequent stops along the way to watch for mountain goats and the ever present grizzlies • Near the beginning of our journey, we’ll stop and enjoy a neat hike to several picture-perfect waterfalls • On the other side of Logan Pass, we’ll stop to eat a picnic lunch overlooking a stunning view of the western valleys • Upon arrival to Lake McDonald, head out on a short boat tour taking in the majesty of the Continental Divide and the tranquility of the emerald-hued lake • Dinner tonight is at the Belton Chalet • Overnight at Lake McDonald Lodge

Day 5
Whitefish, MT United States
Grouse Mountain Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Flathead River Raft

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 Grill • Overnight at Grouse Mountain Lodge

Day 6
Whitefish, MT United States
None Breakfast, Snack

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 • No overnight

** 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.

Activities

Hiking: 4 to 10 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.

Whitewater Rafting: Class II-III, no experience necessary

Discovery

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Description

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.

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