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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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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. 

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  • 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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MICHAEL GATES

3 stars

Submitted 23/Sep

Trip was good but could have had better communication thru-out. Advertises staying in park lodges - true enough - but rooms assigned were NOT the ones with the spectacular views. Our views were on the parking lot or roadway side of the lodges and at one location we did not stay in the lodge at all. We were assigned to an extreemely small room in a 'cabin' on the property were the lake macdonald lodge was. Room was so small it could not accomodate a chair to sit in so if you wanted to spend time in your room you had to sit on the side of the bed or sit on the floor. Guess next time I would book it myself.

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TEDDY LINDSEY

5 stars

Submitted 21/Sep

All three lodges were unique. The rooms were spacious, the beds were comfortable, and the towels were soft. The food in each of the dining rooms was very good.

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Cathy

5 stars

Submitted 21/Sep

Train part was too long with all the delays but the food was good!

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BARBARA JEAN VINCENT

5 stars

Submitted 18/Sep

Overall, the trip was lovely. Little unavoidable things popped in now and again but, overall, I had a great time.

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GARY NEUROHR

4 stars

Submitted 14/Sep

Lodges of Glacier National Park was a great experience. Just the wow of the park was out of this world. Now for the train it should have been cleaned better than it was. This was my first experience on a train in the US. We had to stop for a break down for hours. Then we had to stop and change train engineers. We had to wait another 2 for replacement engineers to arrive. This put us behind 6hr. The new engineers picked up the Pase and we arrived at 2am. Now this was the reason that was given to us???????????? What do you think happened now that they are talking about striking. I did hear some problem about the room space in the Room mates were very tight. I could not sleep up on top bunk. So, we improvised and both of sleep on the bottom bunk. Lori our travel guide was very knowledge about the area. One thing that I felt would help is communication. Lori tried but the reception up there was very spotty. I would suggest laying out the whole trip and posted at every lodge so everyone can read the same thing. If changes need to be made, then message should be left on the phone at the hotel of a notice of changes made and posted in the same area. All in All, we would take the trip again. We had a great time with all the new friends we made and the wilderness and hiking trails

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BRIAN TRIMBLE

5 stars

Submitted 14/Sep

Lodges are beautiful with great history

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