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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.

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20212022
8 days From $2,420 per person

2022 Tour code: RM-LGPA-22

About the tour

One of America's most treasured areas, Glacier National Park is brimming with natural beauty. From alpine meadows to tall, rugged mountains, each scene is more stunning than the next. Take it all in on a special tour of Glacier Park's historical lodges. Each charming lodge has unique characteristics, from resembling a Swiss village to the original home of the Blackfeet tribe. One thing they all have in common though is their comfort and integration with the surrounding park. Take in mountain views in one and wildlife from one, lake views from another, for a memorable week in the 'Crown of the Continent.'

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Activity level Natural Explorer

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You don’t mind spending the day on your feet. You enjoy sightseeing that includes walking, standing or stair climbing. You’re okay with longer days that are more active, such as multiple sightseeing stops, longer motorcoach journeys and getting on and off ships and trains.

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Itinerary

Day 1 – Empire Builder

Your journey to Glacier National Park begins today as you board the Empire Builder from either Chicago or Seattle for a trip through the ruggedly beautiful West. Boarding in Chicago, you'll travel from the sparkling skylines of the Twin Cities through the wide-open North Dakota Plains and across the stunning Gassman Coulee Trestle before reaching Glacier National Park. Seattle travelers will enjoy a scenic ride through Washington's forests and Spokane Valley, eventually making their way through Idaho and into Montana, where they are met with breathtaking mountain views. Overnight train.

Day 2 – Glacier Park Lodge

Arrive in East Glacier and check into the Glacier Park Lodge that was 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, expresso stand, take a swim in the outdoor pool, play golf on the nine-hole course or relax in the spa.  Overnight East Glacier, MT.

Day 3 - Glacier National Park at Leisure

Today is at leisure to explore Glacier National Park.  Discover the park's highlights during a variety of optional activities.  Make arrangements in advance or ask your local host for suggestions.  Overnight East Glacier, MT. 

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  • Breakfast
Day 4 – Museum of the Plains Indians / Many Glacier Hotel

After breakfast we visit the Museum of the Plains Indians, showcasing a collection of art and history from the tribal people of the Northern Plains.  Continue north to Many Glacier Hotel, the largest lodge in the park.  This historic gem was also built by the Great Northern Railway in 1914 and is tucked away on the shores of Swiftcurrent Lake.  Overnight Glacier National Park, MT. 

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  • Breakfast
Day 5 – Swiftcurrent Lake Cruise

Take in the spectacular scenery of Many Glacier valley from a historic wooden boat as you cruise across Swiftcurrent Lake.  The afternoon is at leisure.  The Many Glacier Valley offers an extensive hiking network to traverse by foot or by horse.  Spend the afternoon taking in the spectacular beauty on a variety of optional activities.  Relax this evening taking in a sunset over Swiftcurrent Lake.  Overnight Glacier National Park, MT. 

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

Glacier's famous Red Jammer buses are the best way to see everything the park offers.  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, sharing history and stories about the park along the way.  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 Glacier National Park, MT. 

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  • Breakfast
Day 7 – Explore Glacier

Wake to the sounds of birds and the light rustle of the trees on your last day in the park.  Today is your day to explore Glacier on your own.  There are endless opportunities to explore the park's majestic beauty.  Overnight Glacier National Park, MT. 

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  • Breakfast
Day 8 – Tour Conclusion

Your Glacier National Park adventure comes to an end today.  A group transfer to Glacier Park International Airport in Kalispell will accommodate flights after 1:00 pm. 

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

Many Glacier Hotel, Browning

Many Glacier Hotel, Browning

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Glacier Park Lodge, East Glacier Park

Glacier Park Lodge, East Glacier Park

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Lake McDonald Lodge, West Glacier

Lake McDonald Lodge, West Glacier

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4.4 stars4.4 / 5 · 27 reviews

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Steve C., San Diego, CA

5 stars

Submitted 27 Dec 2018

Great tour - saw my first Bull Moose!

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Janet J, South Burlington, VT

5 stars

Submitted 17 Dec 2018

We loved the tour, the guide was great and scenery was spectacular.

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Gail G., Johnson City, TN

5 stars

Submitted 11 Dec 2018

Incredible destination. To quote a previous enthusiast why travel when we have Glacier."

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Mark B., Cincinnati, OH

4 stars

Submitted 09 Dec 2018

Great tour! Great tour guide. VBR part - great. Nice job VBR.

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Marilyn N., Chicago, IL

4 stars

Submitted 08 Dec 2018

Tour was great. The lodges were beautiful and this trip fulfilled one of the travel experiences on my bucket list. Highlights of tour - boat cruise at Many Glacier and the tour on the Jammer Bus! Great fun! Well organized. Robin is a great tour leader!!

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Lora L., Savannah, GA

4 stars

Submitted 23 Oct 2018

Exceptional attention to detail. This was a trip of a lifetime for my husband. Vacations by Rail insured that we didn't miss any must-see activities. Everything in this trip was perfection.

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