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Lodges of Glacier National Park

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Take in the beauty and history of one of the country’s most beloved parks with a tour highlighting outdoor recreation and charming lodges.

Travel among a group of like-minded travelers led by a professional tour manager

Mobility Rating 3

2024 Tour code: LGP24

About the tour

Glacier National Park is brimming with deep evergreen forests, rugged mountains, and valleys shaped by ancient sheets of ice. Alpine meadows marked by colorful wildflowers and idyllic inland lakes join the panoramas to create one of America's most treasured areas. Take it all in as you explore Glacier from its charming lodges. Each chalet has unique characteristics, ranging from Swiss Villages to the original home of the Blackfeet tribe, and a distinct, gorgeous setting that makes an excellent base for mountain adventures.

Your journey includes plenty of free time to explore the park's offerings independently, ending each day surrounded by the comforts of a park lodge. Planned excursions, including visiting the Museum of the Plains Indian, cruising the park's stunning lakes, and driving along Going-to-the-Sun Road on a vintage Red Jammer Bus, offer further immersion in the beauty that only Glacier National Park beholds. A memorable week in the "Crown of the Continent" is your chance to leave the modern world behind and immerse yourself in the wonders of nature.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Depart Chicago Aboard the Empire Builder

Arrive at Chicago Union Station and board the Empire Builder. Settle into your onboard accommodations and prepare for your overnight rail journey. Travelers may elect to travel from Seattle or points in between and meet their Tour Manager in East Glacier, MT. Overnight train.

Day 2 - Glacier Park Lodge

Spend the day on the train admiring the changing scenery as the train ventures across the stunning Gassman Coulee Trestle and onward across the North Dakota prairies and grasslands before reaching Glacier National Park. As you arrive in East Glacier, check into the Glacier Park Lodge built by the Great Northern Railway on land purchased from a tribe of the Blackfeet Nation. When the hotel opened, hundreds of Blackfeet Indians gathered on the grounds in teepees for a celebration. The original timber is still in place and is thought to be around 900 years old. Aside from gazing over the mountain views from your room, you can enjoy the lodge's restaurant, espresso stand, outdoor pool, nine-hole golf course, or spa. Overnight East Glacier, MT.

Day 3 - Glacier National Park at Leisure

Today is yours at leisure to explore Glacier National Park. There are a variety of activities you could organize on your own to discover the park's highlights. Endless hiking trails weave through the forests and up to scenic lookouts, and the beautiful lakes are ideal for kayaking, boating, and fishing. Make arrangements independently in advance or ask your Tour Manager for suggestions.

For a more structured day, join an optional excursion that travels through the picturesque Many Glacier region to Many Glacier Hotel. Overnight East Glacier, MT.

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  • Breakfast
Day 4 - Museum of the Plains Indian/St. Mary’s Lodge

Enjoy breakfast at the lodge this morning and a chance to dive into the region's indigenous heritage at the Museum of the Plains Indian. This museum, built in 1941, showcases a collection of art and history from the tribal people of the Northern Plains. Exhibits featuring toys, tools, clothing, and baby carriers piece together the unique cultures of the northern tribes. Following your visit, continue toward St. Mary's Lodge. This rustic haven was constructed in the early 1950s at the apex of Going-to-the-Sun Road and Looking Glass Highway, giving it an ideal location for adventures of all types. Behind the lodge, a sparkling lake and breathtaking mountains allow you to begin and end your day surrounded by dramatic views of Glacier. Overnight St. Mary, MT.

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  • Breakfast
Day 5 - St. Mary’s Lake Cruise/At Leisure in Glacier National Park

Travelers visiting Glacier National Park in July will and August embark on a cruise of St. Mary's Lake today. This lake is set off Going-to-the-Sun Road and offers a fantastic vantage point from which to see pyramid-shaped mountains and Sexton Glacier. The cruise ventures past Wild Goose Island, renowned for its incredible beauty, and to Baring Falls, where travelers can step off the boat for a short walk to the falls. Keep your camera handy for picture-perfect scenes during the cruise, then enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure to continue exploring Glacier National Park.

For a change in pace while exploring the trails, consider independently booking a horseback experience or by mountain bike. You could also book yourself ranger-led activities and optional excursions throughout the park for meaningful ways to uncover these protected lands. Consider ending your day lakeside, watching the rainbow hues of a mountain sunset reflect off the pristine water.

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  • Breakfast
Day 6 - Going-to-the-Sun Road/Lake McDonald Lodge

Glacier's famous Red Jammer buses are your chariot to see some of the park's most awe-inspiring sights today. The vintage 1930s buses feature roll-back tops so you can take in and photograph the panoramic views with a Big Sky backdrop. A park guide leads your tour along Going-to-the-Sun Road, sharing history and stories about Glacier National Park along the way. After weaving along the dramatic byway, arrive at Lake McDonald Lodge, a Swiss chalet-style hotel on the shores of the park's largest lake. The rustic yet comfortable rooms offer modest amenities with anything but modest views. Overnight Lake McDonald, MT.

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  • Breakfast
Day 7 - Explore Glacier National Park/Lake McDonald Cruise

Wake to birds singing and the light rustle of the trees on your last day in the park. There are endless opportunities to explore the Glacier's majestic surroundings during your free time this morning. Take one final hike, perhaps on the Trail of the Cedars, or seek out one of the waterfalls that complement the lush landscape.

Travelers visiting Glacier National Park in September will instead spend their morning on the water, cruising across the emerald-hued expanses of Lake McDonald. This beautiful, crystal-clear lake is set on the park's west side and is surrounded by snow-dusted peaks and lush forests. The cruise takes place aboard the historic DeSmet, a ship built nearly 100 years ago that has earned a spot on the National Register for Historic Vessels. Panoramic views of the Continental Divide are just one of the things you will enjoy during this hour-long experience.

Both departures leave the park aboard a deluxe motorcoach this afternoon bound for the historic resort town of Whitefish, MT, at the edge of Glacier National Park. Spend the rest of your day wandering the main drag, popping into the specialty shops and restaurants, or stopping for a craft beer in a brewery. Whitefish, MT.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 8 - Tour Conclusion

Your grand adventure through Glacier National Park and its charming lodges ends today. A group transfer to Whitefish's Amtrak station or Glacier Park International Airport in Kalispell accommodates flights after 1:00 p.m.

Includes
  • Breakfast

Additional information

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular vacation with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotels

Glacier Park Lodge, East Glacier Park

Glacier Park Lodge, East Glacier Park

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St. Mary's Lodge, St. Mary

St. Mary's Lodge, St. Mary

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Lake McDonald Lodge, West Glacier

Lake McDonald Lodge, West Glacier

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Grouse Mountain Lodge, Whitefish

Grouse Mountain Lodge, Whitefish

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MARTHA COOK

3 stars

Submitted 19 Sep 2023

To much free time, not enough information before hand about extra things that we could schedule, since we didn't know about a boat ride it was booked up, since we didn';t know about horseback riding it was book up. Arrived at our 2nd lodge way early and had to wait for our room to be ready. Nothing scheduled for us to do or any information about what we could do the transportation desk at the Lake McDonald Lodge was not helpful, it fact they were kind of rude. I believe the tour was overpriced based on what we had to do. But I am told that getting a room at the Lodges you have to book a year in advance, so I guess that was a plus. since we didn't book our trip till May

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JAMES MILANO

5 stars

Submitted 17 Sep 2023

Very good/turn director and coach driver excellent

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JANIE PEUGEOT

3 stars

Submitted 17 Sep 2023

The lodges & park we’re great. Travel by rail not so much. Train was dusty& air quality poor. Meals were very good throughout entire trip. Outstanding tour guide & bus driver.

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Sophie Broxson

5 stars

Submitted 14 Sep 2023

The train ride and bedroom was nice. Saw beautiful scenery. The train meals were First Class. The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable, easy to talk to, and such a friendly guy. The hummer ride and the driver was wonderful. Loved the stories of the hummer driver. Loved the boat ride at Lake McDonald and the drivers story about the area. The lodges and their scenery was beautiful. A fantastic trip that will leave us with wonderful memories.

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SHARON AX

5 stars

Submitted 10 Sep 2023

I wish it would’ve cost as much as it did, but it was well worth it! I do believe that you should add another free tour on the lake at Nanny Lodge.

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KIM STRANGE

5 stars

Submitted 10 Sep 2023

Excellent trip. Many Glaciers Lodge was so beautiful.

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