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Glacier & Waterton Lakes Family Multi-Adventure Tour – Teens & Kids

 
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A National Park Adventure in Montana & Alberta

 
  • Discover Glacier-Waterton International Peace Park, a joint World Heritage site shared by the United States and Canada
  • Embark on incredible biking and hiking routes amid alpine streams, towering mountains, virgin forests and wildflower-strewn meadows
  • Splash in the chilly invigorating waters of crystalline mountain lakes on both sides of the US-Canada border
  • Raft down the Flathead River—an exciting and memorable end to an incredible trip; if you're lucky you may spot a bear!

Can't remember the last time 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 puts things into perspective. How many wildflowers a meadow can hold. How cozy a lodge can feel. How happy a family can be.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Witness astonishing alpine scenery that just won't quit  |  Pedal 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.

Day 2  Travel along 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—adults pedal north through ranchland and U-shaped valleys to stunning Waterton Lakes National Park  |  Options abound: take a boat cruise, explore the trails on foot or horseback, or just relax at the hotel.

Days 5-6 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  |  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.

This trip includes some challenging biking and hiking trails. True to promise, our leaders tailored everything so that routes were available for 6 year olds, 72 year olds, and 20 year olds. Adjoining rooms were available at most of the historic hotels. I would recommend this trip to any age, at any fitness level.
Ally - Newport Beach, Ca

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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 at the turn of the 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.
$2,998
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Whitefish, Montana

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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)

Guest Reviews

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5.0

Perfect Trip Ages 6-72

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from Newport Beach, Ca

Comments about Glacier & Waterton Lakes Family Multi-Adventure Tour � Teens & Younger Siblings:

This trip includes some challenging biking and hiking trails. True to promise, our leaders tailored everything so that routes were available for 6 year olds, 72 year olds, and 20 year olds. Adjoining rooms were available at most of the historic hotels. I would recommend this trip to any age, at any fitness level.

 
5.0

Fantastic family adventure trip

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from San Francisco

Comments about Glacier & Waterton Lakes Family Multi-Adventure Tour � Teens & Younger Siblings:

My daughter and I had a fabulous trip. The lodges in the National parks were truly special and we both loved the biking, hiking, horseback riding (for the kids), and rafting. It was also great to have kids so close in age.

 
5.0

Splendid trip with grandsons!

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from NC

Comments about Glacier & Waterton Lakes Family Multi-Adventure Tour � Teens & Younger Siblings:

My husband and I had done this trip 20 years ago (still have a Road to the Sun bumper sticker on my '97 BMW Z3) and loved having the opportunity to share the gorgeous mountains, lakes and glaciers with two grandsons on a multi-sport trip there this summer. One's favorite memory is spotting an eagle on the white water rafting trip!

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5.0

Unforgettable experience. Exceptional leaders and support.

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from St Louis MO

Comments about Glacier & Waterton Lakes Family Multi-Adventure Tour � Teens & Younger Siblings:

Probably one of the best experiences of my life

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5.0

Best Family Trip Ever!

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from Atlanta Georgia

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Comments about Glacier & Waterton Lakes Family Multi-Adventure Tour � Teens & Younger Siblings:

Our family had a wonderful time. Joel, Rachel and Katie were wonderful guides and were so great with our kids! The thing I was most looking forward to on our trip was to see my kids faces as they experience Glacier and Waterton, and I got that!

 
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This was the best father-son trip we have ever been on.

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from Ross, CA

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Comments about Glacier & Waterton Lakes Family Multi-Adventure Tour � Teens & Younger Siblings:

We were very impressed with this trip. Everything from the activities, the support, the accommodation and the scenery were great. It's hard to imagine how they could improve it. This was our first Backroads trip. We have taken 3 more Backroads trips since then and already have our next one booked.

 
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Our Third Backroads Trip -- And Another Trip of a Lifetime!

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from Swarthmore, PA

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Comments about Glacier & Waterton Lakes Family Multi-Adventure Tour � Teens & Younger Siblings:

Backroads really knows how to do these trips right! You seem to find the most amazing and personable guides, who make the trip such a treat. I also love the fact that we are able to order off the menus at each of the restaurants, and don't have to worry about sticking to a certain budget. The picnic lunches were really well-done, and everything seemed to flow seamlessly throughout the week. Thank you for another great trip. We will be back for more!!

 
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Fantastic Family Trip

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from Berkeley

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Comments about Glacier & Waterton Lakes Family Multi-Adventure Tour � Teens & Younger Siblings:

Our son chose this trip and was thrilled the entire time. The leaders were superb making sure every detail exceeded our expectations and those of the diverse group. The natural beauty of this area continued to amaze us around every corner, while the Backroads team seamlessly orchestrated the biking, hiking, and whitewater rafting logistics for multiple levels of ability..

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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 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.

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Daily Route Options
Day Activity 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 Biking 7* 300 13* 1100 32 2200
2 Walking/Hiking 3* 200 5 200 7 600
3 Biking 16* 200 28* 1900 33* 2800 51 3500
Kids Horseback Ride & Cookout (4 Hours)
4 Other Optional Activities in Waterton Lakes National Park: Hiking, Biking, Horseback Riding, Fishing, Kayaking or Boat Cruise (All Day)
5 Biking 7* 700 26* 1900 31* 3300 46 4500
Other Optional Scenic Boat Ride on Two Medicine Lake (1 Hour)
6 Rafting On the Flathead River (3 Hours)
 

Note: On this Family Trip, liberal van shuttling is incorporated into the itinerary and mileage is moderate to enable you to spend more time exploring on your own.

* 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

Sneak Your Family across the Border

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

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.

More Leaders to Support You

On our Glacier and Waterton Lakes trips we have an extra leader supporting you along the road and trail—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.

Leaders Focused on Families

When everyone's together, there's lots going on; and when kids' and adults' priorities diverge, it can seem like two different trips. That's why our Family Adventures in Glacier and Waterton Lakes have three Trip Leaders—including a dedicated Kids Activity Expert who regularly takes younger travelers off to do their own thing. Other companies try to get by with two leaders; we step up and do it right. For more on our family focus, check this out.

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.

Your Trip Will Run. Period.

Under our Book with Confidence policy, your Backroads trip will run even for a single family of three or four people, 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.

Plenty of Kids on Your Trip

It may be hard to imagine being on a family trip with no other families on it—but it happens regularly with some companies. On a Backroads Family Adventure there are typically several families on each departure, creating more opportunities for your kids to make new friends as they try fun things together – which is a big part of the experience.

Like You, We're Family Experts

At Backroads we've honed our expertise in active family travel over many years and a lot of trips. We host at least 20 times more family guests than any other active company, so we're constantly gaining new insights that make our trips even better. Detailed planning, behind-the scenes logistics, unrivaled support from three Trip Leaders—all backed by a team that proudly creates the kind of experiences we'd want to share with our own families.

Custom-Designed Bikes for Kids

Only Backroads provides bikes specifically designed for younger riders. Find out more information on all of our kids' bikes and optional accessories. And check out Tom Hale's blog post about biking with your kids.

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.

We Know Where We're Going

Tom Hale has been keeping Backroads on track, with one eye on the horizon, since 1979. His passion for active travel, and for ensuring the highest-quality travel experience, is evident in every detail we add to make a guest's trip unforgettable—and the fact he's right there in the office, making it happen. To hear Tom describe his vision, watch our video.  

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.

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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 $5,098 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $5,798 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $6,698 pp dbl occ

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