Fri, July 21: Depart Indianapolis for Kalispell, Montana and transfer to Lake McDonald Lodge in spectacular Glacier National Park. Get settled into your accommodations for the next two nights along the shores of Lake McDonald.
Sat, July 22: Enjoy a half-day guided whitewater adventure through John Stevens Canyon of the Middle Fork of the Flathead River. Class II and III rapids will provide some excitement as you negotiate the numerous waves, narrow passages, eddies and bends. If you prefer, the rafting can be substituted with a less strenuous float trip. Return to the park and explore Glacier National Park on your own. The park preserves over one million acres, with 700 miles of maintained trails. Lounge on the lodge’s lakeside veranda, fish for Lake Trout, tour the property, book an excursion on the historic wooden boat “DeSmet” or just laze around in the incredibly scenic setting. Don’t miss the very informative evening Ranger/Naturalist programs. (Meal: Breakfast)
Sun, July 23: Check out of the lodge and embark on a tour aboard a historic 1930s Red Jammer Bus, complete with guide. Travel Going-to-the-Sun Road along a glacially formed arête to Logan Pass, 6,664 feet high on the Continental Divide. Regarded by many as one of the most scenic drives in the world, this famous highway is a national treasure, and undoubtedly a highlight of the park. See impressive glaciers, beautiful valleys, cascading waterfalls, towering mountains and colorful wildflowers. Enjoy lunch with scenic views before arriving at Many Glacier Hotel for your final two nights in the northeastern part of the park. (B,L)
Mon, July 24: Today is yours to explore the park at your leisure. Wildlife watching, relaxing and hiking are the primary activities enjoyed around Many Glacier Hotel. The large, wrap-around lakeside balcony offers 180-degree views of Swiftcurrent Lake, surrounding rugged hillsides, three glaciers, and incredible serrated peaks. Join a ranger for a tour of the historic hotel and learn about its history and restoration. Get up close to a glacier by booking an optional excursion aboard the historic wooden boat “Chief Two Guns” across Swiftcurrent Lake, then board the Morning Eagle to cross Lake Josephine. It is just a two-mile round trip hike to Grinnell Lake for an incredible outdoor adventure experience. (B)
Tue, July 25: Check out of the hotel and transfer to Kalispell for your flight to Indianapolis. (B)
Lake McDonald Lodge, Glacier National Park
Built in 1914, Lake McDonald Lodge is the most requested facility in the park. It is one of the finest examples of a Swiss Chalet hotel remaining in the U.S. and is located within the rainforest area of Glacier National Park. Towering cedars and cottonwood trees surround the main lodge, which features rustic yet comfortable rooms with modest amenities. Highlights: lakeside verandah • telephone • fan • hairdryer • coffee maker • three restaurants • bar/lounge • gift shop • camp store • evening ranger programs • boat cruises • WIFI hotspots.
Note: as this is a historic lodge, there are no elevators and rooms will not have bathtubs (showers only), TV, radio, Internet access or A/C.
Many Glacier Hotel, Glacier National Park
Located in the northeastern part of Glacier National Park on the shores of Swiftcurrent Lake, this secluded, five-story historic hotel was built almost a century ago by the Great Northern Railway, and was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1976. All guestrooms at Many Glacier Hotel are rustic, yet comfortable and historical interior renovations are scheduled for completion by June of 2017. 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. Highlights: telephone • fan • hairdryer • coffee maker • gift shop • three restaurants • evening ranger programs • boat cruises • David Walburn entertainment • WIFI hotspots (fees apply for some activities).
Note: as this is a historic lodge, there is very limited elevator access and rooms will not have bathtubs (showers only), Internet access, TV, radio or A/C.