Glacier National Park

Dates

September 4 – 12, 2025

Highlights

  • Authentic lodging: boutique inns in Kalispell and Whitefish (at trip’s beginning and end); + 6 nights in historic Glacier-Waterton National Park inns: the Lake McDonald Lodge (2), the Many Glacier Hotel (2), and the Prince of Wales Hotel (2)
  • Awe-inspiring, panoramic views from the iconic Going-to-the-Sun Road
  • An historic “Red Bus” tour, featuring a local expert-guide and a restored, vintage mid-1930’s touring car; cruises on authentic lake boats, from the early-20th century
  • Ample opportunities for hiking, photography, and exploration of the park’s sweeping valleys, peaks, glaciers, and wildlife
  • Casual meetings with local Montana folk – authentic stories on location

Trip Description

Explore Up Close is thrilled to announce our return to Glacier National Park – one of the world’s most revered parks due to its other-worldly geography, viewpoints and seasonally clear weather, wildlife . . . and lack of humans (relatively). The park, developed in the early-20th century, features a series of historic lodges – two of which we’ll call home for multiple nights each: Lake McDonald Lodge and the Many Glacier Hotel. We’ll round out our historic inns with two nights in Canada’s Prince of Wales Hotel, and two additional nights in the Whitefish / Kalispell area. Our touring will feature easily accessible park highlights including the ethereal lakes (and cruises on them); the requisite Red Bus Tour from Lake McDonald Lodge, with a driver-guide; a drive all the way across the Going-to-the-Sun Road from Lake McDonald via Logan Pass to St. Mary. Outside of Glacier-Waterton parks we’ll learn history about Native Peoples, the story of the Frank Slide, settlement in the Flathead Valley, and see the mining-town-to-all-season-resort arc of Fernie, BC. We’ll enjoy delicious meals, and the companionship within our small group (and with others we meet) fitting for a group of Rocky Mountain explorers.

What's Included

  • Comfortable ground transportation
  • Accommodation with breakfast for 8 nights
  • 4 lunches and 5 dinners
  • All touring per the itinerary
  • Guide and concierge service throughout the trip

Trip Price

$6,484 / person (double occupancy; single supplement, $1,545)

What's Not Included

Price does not include airfare, alcohol, other meals, optional activities, or optional trip insurance.

Couldn't have asked for more in terms of weather, accommodations and scenery. Can't wait to go on another adventure with Explore Up Close!
My husband and I love the attention to detail. We always have a wonderful experience: visiting new and interesting places, eating lots of good food, making new friends, and exploring new places!
..well-planned, from interesting and fun excursions planned each day, to comfortable lodging and transportation. Our trip leaders, Chumley and Khal, were impressive with their knowledge of each area we explored and gracious in their planning of every aspect of our trips.

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