You know they call it Big Sky. But somehow you're still amazed by how "big" it is. You question why you don't live closer to the mountains. You enjoy hours of scenic roads and the sound of your wheels spinning. You finally understand what the Continental Divide is all about. You race someone to the next crystal blue lake. You ride and talk. You ride and don't talk. You're awestruck by a waterfall's force. You swear you'll never book an all-inclusive beach resort vacation again. You're in two of North America's greatest national parks. And you'll never be the same.
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.
AccommodationsOur accommodations are rustic national park lodges that reflect the natural surroundings of Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks. While these historic hotels offer simpler accommodations than the typical Backroads property, they provide unparalelled access to the best riding in the region. Please note that the guest rooms are basic and are not equipped with televisions, hair dryers or air-conditioning.
Generally speaking, service in the national parks can seem laid-back when compared with the high standards of service found on other Backroads trips.
Day 1 Astonishing alpine scenery that just won't quit Pedal a scenic route along the shore of Lake McDonald, formed by retreating glaciers 10,000 years ago Cool off with a dip in the chilly lake—if you're feeling brave!
Day 2 Bike the famed Going-to-the-Sun Road —superlative riding and unbelievable views No camera can capture the magnificence of this mountain landscape, replete with sparkling waterfalls, expansive virgin forests, sculpted valleys and towering peaks glazed with ice—but it's worth a try! Descend from Logan Pass to Upper St. Mary Lake and Many Glacier Valley.
Day 3 Pedal north into Canada, through rolling ranchland and extraordinary glacier-carved valleys Enjoy a thrilling ascent to Waterton Lakes National Park, a UNESCO biosphere reserve with dramatic mountains and a chain of dazzling lakes.
Days 4-5 Chances to spot mountain goats, pikas, white-crowned sparrows and more What are you up for today? Hiking, biking, horseback riding and boating are some of the options Spin the roller-coaster route along the eastern perimeter of Glacier against a spectacular backdrop of meadows, forests and mountains.
Day 6 Raft down the Middle Fork of the Flathead River with expert guides who provide a unique perspective on the flora and fauna along the way.
- Bike the famed Going-to-the-Sun Road—superlative riding and unbelievable views!
- Astonishing alpine scenery that just won't quit
- Pedal Waterton's rolling ranchland and extraordinary glacier-carved valleys
- Chances to spot mountain goats, pikas, white-crowned sparrows and more
- Raft down the Middle Fork of the Flathead River
Lake McDonald Lodge (1 night): Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, with a large stone fireplace in the lobby and a terrace overlooking the lake.
Many Glacier Hotel (1 night): An early-1900s Swiss chalet-style hotel set on the shore of Swiftcurrent Lake amid the peaks of the Many Glacier Valley.
Prince of Wales Hotel (2 nights): This historic green-gabled hotel offers vistas of the mountains reflected in glacier-fed lakes.
Glacier Park Lodge (1 night): Located on the park's eastern edge in Blackfeet country; immense timbers hold aloft its expansive lobby ceiling. (pool, spa, golf)
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of
interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one
day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat
from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each
day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.
Routes For All Abilities
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|Optional Hiking, Horseback Riding, Fishing, Kayaking or Boat Cruise|
|6||Rafting on the Flathead River (3 Hours)|
* Includes a shuttle
2015 Dates & Pricing*
- 6/27-7/2 Price: $2798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $630 for sgl. occ.)
- 7/4-9 Price: $2898 pp dbl. occ., (+ $630 for sgl. occ.)
- 7/11-16 Price: $2898 pp dbl. occ., (+ $630 for sgl. occ.)
- 7/18-23 Price: $2798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $630 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/1-6 Price: $3098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $630 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/15-20 Price: $2798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $630 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/29-9/3 Price: $2898 pp dbl. occ., (+ $630 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/5-10 Price: $2798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $630 for sgl. occ.)
- 6/20-25 Price: $2798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $630 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/8-13 Price: $2798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $630 for sgl. occ.)
*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.
Private Trips Options & Pricing
Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.
You can pick from a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability.
If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.
Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)
|2 - 3 guests from $4,698 pp dbl. occ.||8 - 9 guests from $3,498 pp dbl. occ.|
|4 - 5 guests from $4,098 pp dbl. occ.||10 - 11 guests from $3,098 pp dbl. occ.|
|6 - 7 guests from $3,698 pp dbl. occ.||12 or more guests from $2,798 pp dbl. occ.|
All Private Singles-Solos trips require a minimum of 16 guests.
Guest Trip Reviews
The Glacier biking trip was absolutely spectacular from start to finish. Our leaders were knowledgeable, interesting, caring, kind and most of all FUN! The routes were so beautiful, and the leaders made it so that everyone was able to challenge themselves as much or as little as they wished. I can't wait to take another Backroads vacation!- Alexandria, VA
Another wonderful Backroads experience. Your service is first-rate and the trips well thought-out and planned. The scenery was the star on this trip and the biking extraordinary. The challenge is determining when and where to go next with you!- Cambridge, MA
Once again, your company and superb staff have made our active travel everything we have dreamed of. The trip itinerary and set-up was perfect. The biking, van support and scenery beyond compare. The people we met are already planning our next Backroads trip together. We can't wait for our next vacation!- Salt Lake City, UT