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Glacier National Park: A Natural Treasure

 

 

7 days from $3,195

The breathtaking landscape of mountain peaks, rolling meadows, vibrant wildflowers and meltwater lakes fed by rills tumbling down off the park’s namesake ice shelves are all scenic highlights of a Glacier National Park vacation. A foray into the area’s wild bounty will refresh and energize contemporary spirits just as it did a century ago. Scout for bears and other wildlife in North America’s grandest glacial valleys on your expertly guided small-group journey. Traverse the alpine reaches of the Continental Divide on the historic Going-to-the-Sun Road. Relax lakeside at the park’s grand historic lodges, each a national park icon in its own right.

Lake McDonald

 

 

    Learn about the Lewis Overthrust fault and the region’s tumultuous geological history

    Cruise across Two Medicine Lake

    Hike through winding Two Medicine Valley, once a site for sacred Native American rituals

    Travel the Going-to-the-Sun Road, an engineering marvel dating back to 1932.

    Services of a professional Expedition Leade

 

Day 1 – Kalispell, Montana
Meet this evening for an informal welcome dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at the downtown Kalispell Grand Hotel, a classic western property built in 1912.

Days 2-3 – Glacier / Two Medicine Valley
This morning we drive east to Glacier National Park, commencing our retreat into one of the United States’ most treasured natural landscapes, where glacially carved valleys and dramatic mountain peaks beckon. Glacier National Park boasts the most intact natural ecosystem left in the lower 48 states, and you’ll have abundant opportunity to view many of the species that call it home, including the mountain goat, the park’s emblematic animal. Learn about the Lewis Overthrust fault and the region’s tumultuous geological history. A boat cruise across Two Medicine Lake reveals the grandeur that is Glacier as you glide across its sapphire waters. Later, hike through winding Two Medicine Valley, bright with multicolored rock layers on the mountain walls and once a site for sacred Native American rituals. Our accommodations are at remarkable Glacier Park Lodge & Resort. Built by the Great Northern Railway in 1913 to attract visitors to the park’s wonders, the hotel lobby features log pillars over 40 feet high and 40 inches in diameter, crafted from Douglas fir trees hundreds of years old.

Days 4-5 – Many Glacier Valley
At Many Glacier, we enter one of the park’s iconic valleys. Scoured into a broad U-shape by rivers of ice that retreated some 10,000 years ago, Many Glacier features granite crags, and alpine lakes. Keep an eye out for black bears and grizzlies feeding among the bushes in avalanche chutes, mountain goats and bighorn sheep perched on cliffs, and elk grazing in the meadows. Our hotel, built in 1915, is a grand Swiss-style chalet meant to complement its setting in the “American Alps,” in the vision of the rail barons who constructed it. It sits regally on the edge of Swiftcurrent Lake. Walks, hikes and boat rides take us right into the natural environs and close to an active glacier, an experience that future visitors may be less likely to have as global climate change hastens the melting of the park’s permanent ice features.

Day 6 – Going-to-the-Sun Road / Lake McDonald
An engineering marvel completed in 1932, the Going-to-the-Sun Road twists and turns around Glacier’s granite spine all the way to the Continental Divide. Waterfall spray creates rainbows as streams pour off rock precipices, while serrated peaks poke the blue sky. On the summit at Logan Pass, wander trails through alpine tundra thick with white bear grass and avalanche lilies, listening for the whistle of marmots darting among the rocks. Cresting the divide, descend to the wetter west side of the park, where thick forests of fir and cedar hug the mountain flanks, and fern and mosses grow in their shadows. At Lake McDonald Lodge, another historic hostelry evocative of Swiss alpine architecture, there’s time to relax in front of the soaring stone fireplace and muse on the week’s wonders.

Day 7 –Kalispell / Home
Your vacations comes to an end this morning as we get an early start back to Kalispell for flights home.


 

Kalispel Grand Hotel

Glacier Park Lodge

Many Glacier Hotel

Lake McDonald Lodge

 

 

 

Departure Date Twin Single Triple
July 13, 2013 $3,195 $3,990  
July 20, 2013 $3,195 $3,990  
July 27, 2013 $3,195 $3,990  
August 27, 2013 $3,195 $3,990  
August 12, 2013 $3,195 $3,990  
August 21, 2013 $3,195 $,3,990  

 

Additional Information

 

Prices are per person based on double occupancy and are given in US Dollars. Deposit required of $500 per person.
Travel to/from start and end point of trip, alcoholic beverages, some gratuities, passport and visa fees, optional activities, items of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry, etc.), airline baggage fees, airport and departure taxes, and optional travel insurance is not included.