Glacier National Park Adventure

  • 6 Days
  • 12 People Max

    14 people max

  • Activity Level 3
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  • Trip Start: Whitefish, Montana
  • Trip End: Whitefish, Montana
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Pristine turquoise lakes, forested valleys, grand green meadows and endless jaw-dropping scenery are yours to enjoy on our Glacier National Park vacation.

Tucked in Northern Montana amongst the dramatic Rocky Mountains, Glacier National Park is renowned for its endless beauty and numerous hiking trails. Here, fresh air awakens the mind, and mountains beg to be explored.

On our 6-day Glacier National Park vacation, you'll explore the best of it. Including a full day adventure hiking along the Iceberg Lake trail, exploring Grinnell Lake, Swiftcurrent Lake and Josephine Lake and experiencing the world-renowned Going to the Sun road. Spend your nights in the quaint towns of Whitefish and St Mary, and wake up to the sound of nature just outside your door.

With expert local guides leading the way, settle into nature's rhythm for a one-of-a-kind adventure that's sure to leave a lasting impression. Glacier National Park is calling. Are you ready?

Glacier National Park Adventure ~ Itinerary

Trip Start: Whitefish, Montana Trip End: Whitefish, Montana
  • Day 1Meet group in Whitefish, transfer to Two Medicine Lake and hike Twin Falls

  • Day 2Full day hiking Iceberg Lake Trail

  • Day 3Hike alongside Swiftcurrent Lake to Grinnell Lake. Night on your own in Many Glacier

  • Day 4Bike Going to the Sun Road, explore Lake McDonald

  • Day 5Raft Flathead River, picturesque drive through Flathead Valley to Whitefish

  • Day 6Hike Whitefish Mountain, say your goodbyes

  • Day 1

    Meet group in Whitefish, transfer to Two Medicine Lake and hike Twin Falls

    Our Glacier Park 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. We will stretch our legs with a short hike to Running Eagle Falls, then head over to a lakeside picnic lunch. After lunch, a short bike ride will get you feeling comfortable in the saddle and ready for the days to come. 

    Right at the eastern gateway of Glacier National Park, St. Mary’s Lodge is convenient to the park and offers stunning views of mother nature all around. Centrally located near some of the most iconic spots like Going-to-the-Sun Road and Looking Glass Highway, this rustic lodge offers a comfortable place to reset after a full day of adventuring.  
    St. Mary Lodge (Lunch, dinner)

    Running Eagle Falls hiking distance: 2.4 kilometres (1.5 miles)
    East Glacier biking distance: 18 kilometres (11 miles)

  • Day 2

    Full day hiking Iceberg Lake Trail

    Wake up bright and early this morning and enjoy a hearty meal to fuel up for the full day adventure ahead. A 90-minute shuttle brings us 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. 7-kilometres (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. Here, the rooms offer guests modest amenities and old-world style accommodations resulting in a one-of-a-kind, National Park lodging experience filled to the brim with Swiss charm.
    Many Glacier Hotel (Breakfast, lunch, dinner)

    Iceberg Lake hiking distance: 16 kilometres (9.8 miles), 365 metres (1200 feet) elevation gain

  • Day 3

    Hike alongside Swiftcurrent Lake to Grinnell Lake. Night on your own in Many Glacier

    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.
    Many Glacier Hotel (Breakfast, lunch)

    Grinnell Lake hiking distance: 11.2 kilometres (7 miles), mostly flat

  • Day 4

    Bike Going to the Sun Road, explore Lake McDonald

    Today’s the Big Day…the day we bike the famous 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.
    Lake McDonald Lodge (Breakfast, lunch, dinner)

    Going to the Sun Road biking distance: 50 kilometres (31 miles)
    Elevation Gain: 670 metres (2,200 feet)
    Elevation Loss: 1030 metres (3,380 feet)

  • Day 5

    Raft Flathead River, picturesque drive through Flathead Valley to Whitefish

    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.
    Grouse Mountain Lodge (Breakfast, lunch, dinner)

  • Day 6

    Hike Whitefish Mountain, say your goodbyes

    For our final adventure, we have time for one last hike in the Whitefish area. Ride the gondola up the mountain taking in picturesque views along the way. Once at the top, hike around the mountaintop covered in wildflowers and wild huckleberries. We ride back down the mountain before saying our final goodbyes. Transfer to either your Whitefish hotel or the Kalispell airport for your departure home.
    (Breakfast)

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USD $4499/pp (+tax)

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What's the maximum group size on this trip?

This trip has a maximum of 12 guests plus two experienced guides.

Where does the trip start?

On the first morning of the trip, our two pick-up locations are Best Western Rocky Mountain Lodge at 8am or the Pine Lodge at 8.15am. You are welcome to stay at any hotel in Whitefish for your pre-night, though you must make your own way to one of the two pick-up points at the pre-designated times.

Where does the trip end?

Your trip ends with a drop-off at either the Glacier International Airport (FCA) at 1pm in time for flights below or at a hotel of your choice in Whitefish around 12:30pm.

What flights would you recommend?

Arrival: We recommend arriving in Kalispell/Whitefish, Montana at least the day before your trip starts. Many guests like to arrive a day or two early to accommodate potential flight delays and/or explore the city prior to your trip start.
Departure: Flying out on the last day of the trip, we recommend departing from Glacier International Airport (FCA) after 3pm. Earlier flight times will require a separate transfer booked at your own expense.

Will I have contact with my guides before the trip starts?

Your guides will call your cell phone the night before your trip begins to touch base on the first day’s plan. If they don’t get through to you, they will leave a voicemail on your cell phone with all the details you need to plan for your first morning.

What should I bring with me on the first day?

When you speak with your guides the night before your trip, they will give you a detailed description of what to bring with you on Day 1. Typically, this includes a day pack with your rain jacket, sunglasses, hat, camera, etc. Anything you want easy access to during the day should go in your day pack as the rest of your luggage will go in the locked cargo trailer pulled behind the van. Your guides will provide you with a water bottle on the first morning of your trip and will always have water available for refills. There will be snacks available at all times in the van. Your guides will also have bug spray and sunscreen accessible for you to use.

What are your recommended guide gratuity guidelines?

You will have 2-3 guides on your Austin Adventure (depending on group size). We recommend $15-25 per day, per guest, per guide. Typically, gratuities are offered by check or cash in local currency on the final morning of the trip and can either be given to each guide individually or to one guide to be equally distributed. Most of our guides these days also accept gratuities via Venmo (please note this app does not work in Canada). All dining, housekeeping and activity tips are included in your trip price.

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