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Glacier & Waterton Lakes Bike Tour
Glacier & Waterton Lakes Bike Tour

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.


Straight Talk
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.

Accommodations

Our accommodations are rustic national park lodges that reflect the natural surroundings of Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks. Although clean and comfortable, the guest rooms are basic and are not equipped with televisions, hair dryers or air-conditioning. While these historic hotels offer simpler accommodations than the typical Backroads property, they are the only game in town - and have been selected because of their access to the best riding in the region.

Generally speaking, service can seem slow and brusque in the national parks 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 ten thousand 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.


Trip Highlights
  • 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
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Casual Inns

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)


Routes For All Abilities

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.

Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 13* 800 23* 1300 32 1300
2 40* 3600 60 3900
3 33* 1500 51 3000 63 5000
4 20 1200 21 700
Optional Hiking, Horseback Riding, Fishing, Kayaking or Boat Cruise
5 31* 2700 63* 3000
77 4000
92 4400
6 Rafting on the Flathead River (3 Hours)
 
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* Includes a shuttle


2014 Dates & Pricing*

CLASSIC TRIPS
  • 6/28-7/3 Price: $3098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $620 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/5-10 Price: $3098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $620 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/12-17 Price: $2898 pp dbl. occ., (+ $620 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/19-24 Price: $2698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $620 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/26-31 Price: $2798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $620 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/2-7 Price: $2998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $620 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/16-21 Price: $2998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $620 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/23-28 Price: $2898 pp dbl. occ., (+ $620 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/30-9/4 Price: $2898 pp dbl. occ., (+ $620 for sgl. occ.)
SINGLES-SOLOS TRIPS
  • 6/21-26 Price: $2798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $620 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/9-14 Price: $2798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $620 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

  • 2 - 3 guests $4,598 pp dbl. occ.
  • 4 - 5 guests $3,998 pp dbl. occ.
  • 6 - 7 guests $3,598 pp dbl. occ.
  • 8 - 9 guests $3,398 pp dbl. occ.
  • 10 - 11 guests $2,998 pp dbl. occ.
  • 12 or more guests $2,698 pp dbl. occ.


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!
Mary Jane Candaux - 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!
Sarah Carothers - 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!
Lorraine Shoaf-Kadish - Salt Lake City, UT