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Glacier & Waterton Lakes Bike Tour

Epic National Park Grandeur in Montana & Alberta

  • Bike the famed Going-to-the-Sun Road—superlative riding and vistas, complete with waterfalls, forests and towering peaks!
  • Soak up the astonishing alpine scenery, sculpted valleys and glaciated mountain vistas that just won’t quit
  • Pedal rolling ranchland and extraordinary glacier-carved valleys on the way to UNESCO’s Waterton Lakes National Park
  • Make a splash as you raft down the Middle Fork of the Flathead River with experienced river runners

It's called Big Sky. Yet you're still amazed by how “big” it is. You enjoy miles of scenic roads and the sound of your wheels spinning. You ride and talk. You ride and don't talk. You're awestruck by a waterfall's force. You question why you don't live closer to the mountains. You're in two magnificent national parks. And you'll never be the same.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Pedal a picturesque route along the shore of Lake McDonald, formed by retreating glaciers 10,000 years ago.

Day 2 Cycle on Going-to-the-Sun Road—a 50-mile stretch with unbelievable views | Enjoy a landscape of sparkling waterfalls, expansive virgin forests, sculpted valleys and majestic peaks | An exhilarating downhill ride between glaciated mountains and emerald lakes brings you to the shores of Upper and Lower St. Mary Lakes | Ride through aspen forests to Many Glacier Valley.

Day 3 Pedal north into Canada, through rolling ranchland and glacier-carved valleys | Take in the views of Chief Mountain, one of the most sacred areas of the park to the Blackfeet tribe | Enjoy a thrilling ascent to Waterton Lakes National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve | Get in one more uphill to our hotel, which stands alone on a bluff above Waterton Lake surrounded by dramatic peaks.

Days 4-6 Spot bighorn sheep, pikas and white-crowned sparrows | Hiking, biking, horseback riding and boating are some of the options today | Spin along the eastern perimeter of Glacier against a spectacular backdrop of meadows and mountains | 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.

Having been on other Backroad trips, we were excited for this trip, but even then it exceeded our expectations. The leaders were the best, the group was one of the warmest and friendliest we've experienced, and the riding was challenging yet fun and gratifying. A beautiful area. Before we were halfway done, we were starting to plan our next Backroads trip - we can't wait!
Ken - Darnestown, MD

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. Read the Straight Talk

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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 authentic and rustic lodges that reflect the natural surroundings of Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks. The buildings were constructed in the early 20th century and have been only minimally renovated over the years, in accordance with National Park regulations. While these historic hotels offer simpler accommodations than is typical of Backroads lodging, they do provide unparalleled access to the best routes in the region. Please note that the guest rooms are basic and are not equipped with televisions, hair dryers or air-conditioning. Generally speaking, customer service in the national parks can seem slow and casual when compared with the high standards of hospitality found on other Backroads trips.
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Casual Hotels

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Lake McDonald Lodge

Lake McDonald Lodge

Glacier National Park (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

Many Glacier Hotel

Glacier National Park (1 night)

An early-1900s Swiss chalet-style hotel set on the shore of Swiftcurrent Lake amid the peaks of Many Glacier Valley.

Prince of Wales

Prince of Wales Hotel

Waterton Lakes National Park (2 nights)

This historic green-gabled hotel offers vistas of the mountains reflected in glacier-fed lakes.

Glacier Park Lodge

Glacier Park Lodge

Glacier National Park (1 night)

Located on the park's eastern edge in Blackfeet country; immense timbers hold aloft its expansive lobby ceiling. (pool, spa)

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There's no better way to find out about Backroads than by hearing it from the people who have traveled with us. For more about the Backroads Experience, read our Guest Testimonials.

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This trip, particularly the leaders, raised the bar again!

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from Darnestown, MD

Comments about Glacier & Waterton Lakes Bike Tour:

Having been on other Backroad trips, we were excited for this trip, but even then it exceeded our expectations. The leaders were the best, the group was one of the warmest and friendliest we've experienced, and the riding was challenging yet fun and gratifying. A beautiful area. Before we were halfway done, we were starting to plan our next Backroads trip - we can't wait!

 
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Backroads--The Best

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from San Mateo, CA

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WOW!

 
5.0

Road to the Sun? Why Stop There? This tour is heavenly.

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from Kensington, Maryland

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This was an amazing trip. It surpassed our (grand) expectations. The scenery was spectacular, of course. Some of the hills were challenging, but none too challenging. We did have some inevitable factors in this tour that caused some in our group concern. There was traffic. Not much you can do about that. This is a very popular area. And at no time was the traffic excessive. (We may have been spoiled last year on your Dolomites tour, which is largely on bike/pedestrian paths.) The drivers were also very courteous. Cars? It goes with the territory and there's not much you can do about that if we're going to take the best routes (such as the Road to the Sun.) By the way, on most of the roads there was surprisingly little traffic.

On some mornings, we had smoke issues because of fires in the area. That also goes with this territory and you cannot do much about that either. While you will likely hear from at least some in our group about the smoke and the traffic, I can assure you that neither prevented this tour from being one of our best ever. For me personally, the biking--in this incredible setting--may have been the most enjoyable ever.

My only concern were the accommodations at one of the hotels.... not sure if it was Lake McDonald or Many Glacier... where my wife and I had only one twin bed. Seems to me your very high brand standard should require your hotels and Inns to provide at least a queen bed when there's only one bed. I recognize that such a requirement--like preventing forest fires and traffic--may be impossible. I encourage you to try.

And we were warned in advance by Alex who quipped, "We can at least promise you a view with a room." Well said. Ha!

 
5.0

Glacier is Gorgeous

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from Los Angeles

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I would definitely consider another Backroads Vacation. All of the little things that the staff does so naturally like taking your bike at the end of the ride and having ice cold drinks ready at the end of the day reminded me that I was truly on vacation. I loved being able to experience Glacier on bicycle. It is nice to have a 360 view -something you can't do from a car.

 
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Great Trip and Flexible Route Options

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from Santa Clarita California

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I totally enjoyed this trip and the grandeur and majestic vistas. There are many flexible route options to do. If a rider just cannot do or wants to do a climb the guides will do their best to shuttle you to the next best location to either start pedaling again or finish the day on the shuttle.

 
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This trip was like going to heaven!

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from Managua, Nicaragua

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This was my first Backroads trip and it was awesome!! Not only were the Backroads leaders and support staff top notch, but the Glacier and Waterton Lakes Bike Tour was amazing. The views were breathtaking and the wildlife was plentiful. I highly recommend this trip!

 
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Glacier National Bark & Waterton Lakes Bike Tour

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from Las Vegas, NV

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Outstanding Leaders. Great group to ride with. Great weather. As usual, Backroads provided an experience above any expectations.

 
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This was the trip of a lifetime thanks to our trip leaders!

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from Scarborough ME

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What an incredible experience. Our guides were phenomenal!

 
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Best Backroads Trip ever!

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from Cincinnati, Ohio

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Casey, Katie and Rachel were super great guides!

 
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Great biking trip

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Amazing riding, and wonderful guides.

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Dates & Prices

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind—you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due.

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This Trip Is Rated Levels 2-5

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.

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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* 1000 32 1800
23* 1600
2 40* 4200 60 5500
3 21* 1400 33* 2200 51 3500 63 4500
4 20 2000
21 1600
Optional Hiking, Biking, Horseback Riding, Fishing, Kayaking or Boat Cruise
5 26 2200 39 3100 45* 4500 63* 5300
92 8000
6 Rafting on the Flathead River (3 Hours)
 

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* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity levels and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Why Travel with Backroads in Glacier and Waterton Lakes

Two Parks Are Better Than One

Beyond the obvious opportunity to explore some spectacular landscapes, the idea behind this trip is simple: why settle for just one renowned national park when you can explore two – and cross an international boundary in the bargain? Biking through Glacier National Park on the Montana side of the Rockies, then crossing the U.S.-Canada border into Waterton Lakes, you enjoy stunning rides and stay at historic park lodges that are typically booked-up far in advance.

More Leaders to Support You

On our Glacier and Waterton Lakes trips we have an extra leader supporting you along the road—for a total of three, compared to the industry standard two. So we can be in more places at once, giving personal attention to guests traveling at their own pace. Here's more on our Trip Leaders.

A Second Van When You Need It

Backroads is the only active travel company providing two support vans in Glacier and Waterton Lakes—because we know it's essential to ensure a truly great travel experience. It doubles our ability to be there when you need us to offer hydration, lighten your load or give you a lift if it's time to take a break. Read more on why two vans make all the difference.

The Best Leaders in Glacier and Waterton Lakes

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in Glacier and Waterton Lakes, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Glacier and Waterton Lakes trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

Great Bikes Included (or Upgrade)

Choose a Backroads Custom Titanium or Custom Electric Assist bike—both are included in your trip price. Maybe a Specialized carbon-fiber pro model is more your speed or go for double fun on a tandem. Our fleet is the best in active travel, so you don't have to roll the dice on this vital trip component. Learn why our titanium bikes are ideal for most riders. See the bike options for this trip.

Navigate Your Way in Glacier and Waterton Lakes

Your ride comes equipped with a Garmin Edge Explore 1000, the best bike-touring GPS device on the market. This is a Backroads exclusive, and it's included with your bike in Glacier and Waterton Lakes. If you prefer to bring your own device, we also have downloadable GPS files and of course, our good old paper directions are always available. Read more on why our navigation options are the best.

The Value of Casual Hotels

In addition to the ideal balance of comfort and hospitality in our choice of lodgings, this trip featuring Casual Hotels includes nearly all of your meals, plus everything from cocktail receptions to the best snacks along the road. So there's rarely a need to reach for your wallet – we've got you covered.

We've Set the Standard

For nearly four decades we've worked to earn and maintain our right to call Backroads the world's #1 active travel company. In pursuing that vision on behalf of our guests, we believe we've set the standard for our industry—captured in the Backroads Quality Guide, which clearly sets out the benchmarks of excellence, choice and support that we live by

Signature Backroads Picnics

Guests rave about our picnic spreads. Enjoy a welcome break in a scenic spot, or a quick refuel stop if you don't want to lose momentum. And because we have two vans, one can host lunch while the other is out providing support along the route.

Choose Your Fellow Travelers

With Backroads you won't end up with kids on what you thought was an adult trip; we have exclusive departures for families, so they're off having their own adventures. As you browse our unrivaled selection of trips and dates, you can count on finding a trip in Glacier and Waterton Lakes that's geared exclusively to your choice of traveling companions.

Your Trip Will Run. Period.

Under our Book with Confidence policy, your Backroads trip will run even for one or two people (or a family of three or four), subject to a nominal extra fee. Or transfer to another trip, and we'll give you a credit. It's all part of our trademark commitment to treating guests with integrity, transparency and total accountability. Read all the details.

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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 the selection of dates below for your group; some dates are only available for 16 or more guests while other dates are available for 8 or more guests. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you. Call or email us to reserve your date.

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Pricing for Private Trips

2018

  • 10 or more guests: from $2,998 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $3,498 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $4,798 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $5,298 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $6,098 pp dbl occ

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