Glacier & Waterton Lakes Multi-Adventure Tour
National Park Adventures in Montana & Alberta
An inspiring journey in Glacier and Waterton Lakes. Cross the Continental Divide on Montana's legendary Going-to-the-Sun Road. Bike over the border into Canada and discover Alberta's iconic peaks and stunning valleys. From unforgettable hiking trails, follow the flight paths of eagles and osprey high above. Then go with the flow as you paddle white-water rapids on Glacier's Flathead River. By bike, on foot or over water, and from one enchanting mountain lodge to the next, this national park adventure will move you.
THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights
ACCOMMODATIONS: Casual Hotels
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
- Discover Glacier-Waterton International Peace Park, a joint World Heritage site shared by the United States and Canada
- Splash in the chilly invigorating waters of alpine lakes while taking in majestic mountain scenery
- Embark on incredible biking and hiking routes amid rushing streams, towering peaks and wildflower-strewn meadows
- Raft down the Flathead River and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife along the banks—an exciting end to an incredible trip
6 Days Casual Hotels
Witness astonishing alpine scenery that just won't quit as you bike a scenic route with views of Lake McDonald, formed by retreating glaciers 10,000 years ago | Get an eyeful of the surrounding valley from McGee Meadow Overlook.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, with a large stone fireplace in the lobby and a terrace overlooking the lake.
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?
An early-1900s Swiss chalet-style hotel set on the shore of Swiftcurrent Lake amid the peaks of Many Glacier Valley.
Pedal north into Canada, through ranchland and U-shaped valleys | Pause to take in the views of Chief Mountain, one of the most sacred areas of the park to the Blackfeet tribe | Enjoy a thrilling descent to Waterton Lakes National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve with dramatic mountains and a chain of dazzling lakes | Activity options abound: take a boat cruise, explore the trails by foot or on horseback, or just relax at the hotel.
This historic green-gabled hotel offers vistas of the mountains reflected in glacier-fed lakes.
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 | Maybe you'll spot mountain goats, pikas, white-crowned sparrows and more | Feeling brave? Perhaps you'll opt for a swim in the chilly waters of Two Medicine Lake | Our adventure concludes with a splash during a guided rafting trip on the Flathead River as it flows along the southern boundaries of the park.
Located on the park's eastern edge in Blackfeet country; immense timbers hold aloft its expansive lobby ceiling. (pool, spa)
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. View cancellation policy
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Activity Level: 1-4
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. LEARN MORE.
Note: The hiking terrain on this trip includes well-maintained but often rugged mountain trails, with some steep climbs and descents.
Available Bike Options
The key to a stellar day's ride is a bike that's perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Read on for your available bike options for this trip.
- All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners
- Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
- Snacks and beverages between meals
- Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
- Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
- Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
- Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
- All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
- Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
- On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
- Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
- Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
- Park and other entry fees
- Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
- Select coach transfers
- Baggage transfers and porterage
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.
While the accommodations on this trip reflect the natural surroundings of the national parks and provide unparalleled access to the best activities in the area, they are simpler than is typical of Backroads lodging. Many buildings date back to the turn of the century and have only been minimally renovated, in accordance with park regulations. These historic hotels have basic guest rooms that are not equipped with televisions or air-conditioning; breakfasts and dinners throughout the week may lack variety and tend toward simple ingredients. Overall, the service standards can seem slow and casual when compared with the hospitality found on other Backroads trips. Please note that internet and cell phone service are extremely limited throughout the parks.
Glacier National Park is a special place where four seasons can occur in three months. For that reason, our itinerary may change based upon road and trail status due to weather (including snow) or bear activity. Going-to-the-Sun Road often opens the third week of June and the Highline Trail opens around the first week of July.