Wed, Aug 22: Depart Indianapolis for Kalispell, Montana and transfer to Lake McDonald Lodge & Cabins in spectacular Glacier National Park. Get settled into your accommodations for the next two nights along the shores of Lake McDonald.
Thu, Aug 23: 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)
Fri, Aug 24: Check out of the lodge and embark on a tour aboard a historic 1930’s 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 at Many Glacier Hotel and check in for your final two nights in the northeastern part of the park. (B,L)
Sat, Aug 25: 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)
Sun, Aug 26: Check out of the hotel and transfer to Kalispell for your flight to Indianapolis. (B)
Lake McDonald Lodge & Cabins, Glacier National Park
Built in 1914, the property is surrounded by towering cedars and cottonwood trees and is the most requested facility in the park. Main lodge rooms are located on the second and third floors and cabin rooms are located along a tree-lined pathway adjacent to the lodge. Highlights: rustic yet comfortable rooms with modest amenities • telephone • fan • hairdryer • coffee maker • three restaurants • bar/lounge • gift shop • camp store • evening ranger programs • boat cruises • WIFI hotspots (very limited). Fees apply for some activities.
Note: as this is a historic property, there is no elevator access and rooms will not have bathtubs (showers only), Internet access, TV, radio or A/C and there is no cell phone service.
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. Highlights: rustic, yet comfortable guest rooms with modest amenities • telephone • fan • hairdryer • coffee maker • gift shop • three restaurants • evening ranger programs • boat cruises • David Walburn entertainment • WIFI hotspot (very limited). 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 and there is no cell phone service. A limited number of ADA-accessible rooms are available.