Things feel different here. Vast. Limitless. Pure. I feel different here. Humbled before those immense mountains. Under that endless sky. But also strong. Alive. Inspired. Can't remember the last time I felt so clear-headed - must be the fresh air and exercise - or when we had so much fun together. Look at the kids smile. As they saddle up with cowboys. Swoosh over river rapids. And spot a real live mountain goat. This place redefines "alpine beauty." Puts things into perspective. How deeply one can breathe. How many wildflowers a meadow can hold. How cozy a lodge can feel. How happy a family can be.
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. 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 and hiking 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 Get an eyeful of the surrounding valley from McGee Meadow Overlook.
Day 2 Travel along the famed Going-to-the-Sun Road: you'll hardly believe the views Plunging waterfalls, vast virgin woodland, snowcapped peaks and glacier-carved valleys greet you at every turn Hike through a shady forest of spruce and fir before descending into St. Mary Valley Can the stunning turquoise color of glacier-fed St. Mary Lake be for real?
Days 3-4 Welcome to Canada! While the younger crowd enjoys a day of special kids-only activities - including horseback riding and a cookout lunch - adults pedal north through ranchland and U-shaped valleys to stunning Waterton Lakes National Park Activity options abound: take a boat cruise, explore the trails by foot or on horseback, or just relax at the hotel.
Days 5-6 Chances to spot mountain goats, pikas, white-crowned sparrows and more Enjoy spectacular views of the sweeping prairies and plains of Montana as you pedal a roller-coaster route along the eastern border of Glacier into Two Medicine Valley Feeling brave? Perhaps you'll opt for a swim in the chilly waters of Two Medicine Lake 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.
- Discover Glacier-Waterton International Peace Park, a joint World Heritage site shared by the United States and Canada
- Incredible biking and hiking amid alpine streams, towering mountains and wildflower-strewn meadows
- Kids ride horses and have a cookout at a historic ranch
- Splash in the chilly invigorating waters of mountain lakes
- Rafting down the Flathead River - an exciting end to an incredible trip
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
|Daily Route Options|
|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|
|Kids||Horseback riding & cookout (4 hours)|
|4||Other||Optional hiking, biking, horseback riding, fishing, kayaking or boat cruise (all day)|
|Other||Scenic boat ride (1 hour)|
|6||Rafting||On the Flathead River (3 hours)|
* Includes a shuttle
2014 Dates & Pricing*
- 6/30-7/5 Price: $2698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $630 for sgl. occ.)
- 7/7-12 Price: $2698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $630 for sgl. occ.)
- 7/14-19 Price: $2698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $630 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/11-16 Price: $2698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $630 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/18-23 Price: $2698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $630 for sgl. occ.)
*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.
Recommended Kids Ages
- Recommended minimum age for the trip: 6 years
- Minimum age restriction to ride own bike: 9 years
- Minimum age restriction to horseback ride: 5 years
- Minimum age restriction to raft: 5 years (this may be raised if conditions warrant)
General Info on Minimum Ages:We strongly encourage families to join our Family Trips, designed with kid- and adult-friendly features. Please note that we have a minimum age requirement of 1 year for all Inn trips and 2 years for all Camping trips. Other than that, we do not restrict trips to a minimum age except in the rare case of a hotel age restriction. We do, however, recommend minimum ages based on the following criteria:
- 12+ amount of cultural appreciation, difficulty of activities, routes
- 9+ difficulty of activities/activity age restrictions, routes
- 6+ several longer dinners; routes are difficult for pulling a Burley and therefore not appropriate for younger children; difficulty of activities/activity age restrictions
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 any open date in next year's lineup for your group of 8 or more - just book by December 31st of this year. 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 $5,298 pp dbl. occ.
- 4 - 5 guests $4,298 pp dbl. occ.
- 6 - 7 guests $3,798 pp dbl. occ.
- 8 - 9 guests $3,598 pp dbl. occ.
- 10 - 11 guests $2,998 pp dbl. occ.
- 12 or more guests $2,698 pp dbl. occ.
Youth savings do not apply to Private Trips.
Guest Trip Reviews
I went on this trip to Glacier as a father-son week with my 15 year-old.... When I am 90 and in my dotage, this will stand out as one of the great weeks of my life. Backroads allowed me the time, activities, and atmosphere to really bond with my son!- Houston, TX
It has been a dream of mine to be in the Rockies for 32 years, and with that came very high expectations. I'm happy to report, the entire family had a FANTASTIC time.- Arlington Heights, IL
I love Backroads! It is a fabulous way to travel. Backroads takes all the stress out of the word "vacation." Your routes are carefully chosen with very appropriate activity ranges, from the children to the adults. You can enjoy your family, without the stress of wondering where you are going to eat dinner, find a hotel, or how you are going to get to the next event. The itineraries are well thought out. The guides are truly wonderful. They are professional, kind, and do an excellent job of making sure you enjoy yourself, while they take care of all the details. Their knowledge of the area, the routes, even of the menus if so helpful. I don't think I would ever be able to replicate a Backroads trip. The experience your company puts into each itinerary is invaluable.- Wauwatosa, WI
The trip exceeded all expectations. We had fun experiencing new activities, i.e., biking, rafting, mountain biking. We loved the games of football, volleyball, Taboo and just talking with and getting to know the group. Our leaders were very informative, fun to be with, and made the whole experience relaxed and organized.- Midland, TX
The entire trip was extremely well organized and the leaders were very efficient in moving things along on schedule, while still allowing some flexibility if needed. I liked that we ended most days in the mid-afternoon with plenty of time to relax and enjoy our accommodations/ surroundings. I truly enjoyed staying in the historic lodges; it lent a great deal to the whole experience.- Saint Petersburg, FL
This was one of the best Backroads trips yet. They guides worked fabulously well together. They struck the right balance of biking/hiking for the best athletes to the smallest child. They made us laugh, made sure we were well fed, made us feel cared for, and made the parents feel the kids were safe. They made the trip priceless.- Wayland, MA
It was a fabulous trip. Our guides were outstanding, and were particularly great with the children. The biking was amazing, with gorgeous scenery at every turn. It was definitely one of our best vacations, and we’re already talking about which Backroads adventure we want to do next year!- San Carlos, CA