Because of its stunning peaks, verdant valleys, and extensive trail system, Glacier National Park is known as the Switzerland of North America. In Glacier wildlife is plentiful. You’ll spot for eagles soaring overhead, moose meandering in the river bottoms, mountain goats grazing in steep meadows, and bears wandering in search of berries. On HE Travel’s multi-sport gay Montana adventure, experience this wilderness by hiking the alpine trails, horseback riding across the foothills, rafting on wild rivers, and ziplining. All the while enjoying national park lodging, great food, and gay camaraderie.
July 13 to 20, 2018 – US $3,798.00
Optional Tour Choices:
$1050 Single Supplement (for solo travelers who wish to enjoy a private bedroom and bathroom)
Airport Shuttle for most airline and train arrivals, Accommodations for 7 nights; All breakfast, 6 lunches, 5 dinners; Two days with professional hiking guides, including hiking one day each along the Continental Divide, if conditions allow, and hiking in the Many Glaciers area; Horseback riding; Historic wooden boat cruise on Two Medicine Lake and the opportunity to hike unguided in that area; Rafting on the Flathead River; Zipline adventure; Entrance fees for included activities; All ground transportation for included itinerary; Services of knowledgeable guides and HE Travel Tour Director. HE Travel provides complimentary Medical & Evacuation Insurance for every US Resident on our group tours who does not have other coverage.
Airfare to and from starting and ending points; One lunch and two dinners; Personal items including: alcoholic beverages, snacks, laundry, and telephone calls; gratuities for guides and HE Travel host.
You fly to Glacier International Airport in Kalispell, Montana and will spend the first night in Whitefish, a resort community near Glacier National Park. Explore the small town atmosphere and local spirit of this historic railroad town. Tonight you will meet your HE Travel trip leaders and fellow adventurers at our welcome dinner in downtown Whitefish. Welcome to Big Sky Country!
While hiking along the Highline Trail, wildlife viewing is typically plentiful and we’ll spot for hoary marmots, ptarmigan, and even mountain goats. If you’re uncomfortable with heights or hope for a shorter hike, we will suggest options. Or you can enjoy more relaxed sightseeing by spending the day on and off the park shuttle, with short visits to many sights until you arrive at the visitor center in St Mary. After our hike, we’ll continue to the eastern side of the park, perhaps stopping along the way for dinner at a unique local café. We then continue on, staying for two nights in more simple but comfortable lodging located deep in one of the most pristine areas of the park, an area called Many Glacier. In the evening, relax while watching the sun set over pristine mountain peaks. After the sun goes down, soak in the star-filled Montana skies.
After a leisurely start to our day, we depart Many Glacier as we drive south past St Mary and on to the original main gateway for Glacier National Park, East Glacier. For the first fifty years of the park, this was the first stop for travelers arriving from the east on their grand railway vacation, stepping off the train and walking up the flowered path to the stately Glacier Park Lodge, where we’ll stay for two nights. The highlights of Glacier Park Lodge are its manicured grounds, mountain views, and a grand, three-story lobby supported by more than 20 huge Douglas Fir pillars over 40feet high and about 40 inches in diameter Each evening around 9 PM, you can enjoy live music or talks in the hotel lobby.
This afternoon will bring us stunning views as we horseback ride along the ridges and valleys looking deep into Glacier National Park and its surrounding plains. Our outfitter has hosted riders of all abilities, so no worries whether you’re a first time rider or a lifetime equestrian. If you’d rather not ride, then your afternoon is free to relax at or get a massage at the lodge, enjoy the lodge’s heated swimming pool or play a round of golf at the lodge’s 9-hole golf course.