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 Follow the Trail of the Cedars through a dense forest to turquoise Avalanche Lake | 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 and the Continental Divide.
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 | Options abound today, including a boat excursion to the northern gateway of Glacier National Park, walking to Kootenay Lake, shopping in Waterton Townsite or afternoon tea at our hotel.
5-6 Spot bighorn sheep, mule deer and maybe even a grizzly bear | 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.