Fifty miles of superlative scenery on Going-to-the-Sun Road. Sixty-two species of mammals, from pygmy shrews to majestic mountain goats and grizzly bears. More than 260 species of birds, 780 miles of trails and 10,000 years of natural history. Your family has six days. It all adds up to one incredible story to tell.
1 Gear up for fantastic hiking in a spellbinding tableau of glacier-carved valleys, broad lakes and majestic peaks Follow the Trail of the Cedars through a dense forest to turquoise Avalanche Lake Part of the Polar Bear Club? Go for a swim if you dare!
2 Behold stunning Going-to-the-Sun Road, "the most beautiful 50 miles in the world" Marvelous geologic features, including Haystack Butte, embellish the landscape as you hike on the Highline Trail Take in gorgeous panoramic views from Logan Pass, the Continental Divide and the historic Many Glacier Hotel.
3-4 In Canada's Waterton Lakes National Park, follow the Carthew-Alderson Trail, considered one of the best hikes in Alberta The trail leads through numerous botanical life zones and past the Forum Peak to the west and Mount Custer to the south Take a break, enjoy the tranquility at Summit Lake and perhaps spot some wildlife Feel like being active or are you ready to relax? It's up to you! Options include a boat excursion to the northern gateway of Glacier National Park, walking to Kootenay Lake, shopping in Waterton Townsite, or traditional afternoon tea at the Prince of Wales Hotel.
5-6 Spot bighorn sheep, mule deer and maybe even a grizzly Icebergs? In lakes? In the summertime? In the striking Many Glacier Valley, hike to a lake cold enough to harbor icebergs well into the warmer months Take a scenic cruise across Two Medicine Lake aboard a boat that's been a fixture here since the late 1920s Trace a narrow trail to Twin Falls, a cascade divided by an island Continuing through dense forests and meadows, emerge onto an open hillside bursting with wildflowers.