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Glacier National Park
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7 days

from $7,729 AUD trip_detail hint icon

($5,295 USD)

Prices are per person, based on twin share occupancy. The AUD prices are based on USD and calculated at today’s rate of exchange. The expedition price will be finalised at time of booking.

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Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include walking tours, visits to sites, safari drives, and easy hikes; and some days will have more physical activities such as longer hikes, kayaking, snorkeling, or biking.

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Premium expeditions are led by a National Geographic expert, an expedition team, or top guides, and tap into National Geographic's worldwide resources to allow for in-depth exploration and special access to sites and experts in the field. Itineraries are fully planned, with some free time. Accommodations are high-end or best available. Ground transportation and most meals and activities are included in the trip price.

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Expedition Overview

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EXPEDITION OVERVIEW
  • Join a naturalist and search for bears, moose, bighorn sheep, and mountain goats in Glacier National Park.
  • Ascend the Going-to-the-Sun Road and go rafting on the Middle Fork of the Flathead River.
  • Cross over the border to spend a day amid the stunning mountains of Canada’s Waterton Lakes National Park.
  • Keep an eye out for local wildlife—including birds, elk, moose, and bear—while enjoying a variety of spectacular hikes.
EXPERTS ON THIS TRIP

A National Geographic expert will accompany each departure to share insights and a rare behind-the-scenes perspective. Listed here are some of the experts that will be joining departures on this trip.

Itinerary

One of America’s most spectacular ecosystems, Glacier National Park encompasses nearly 1,600 square miles of snowcapped mountains, emerald-hued lakes, forests, and rivers. Discover the park’s glacially-carved landscapes on a variety of excursions, and stay in historic park lodges. Then head north into the Canadian Rockies to spend a day exploring Waterton Lakes National Park, and cap off your journey with a rafting trip on the Flathead River.

Day 1: Kalispell, Montana/Whitefish

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Arrive in Kalispell and transfer to the town of Whitefish, located in the heart of the northern Rocky Mountains.

Day 2: Big Mountain/Lake McDonald

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Designated a national park in 1910, Glacier National Park was named for the ice masses that carved these valleys roughly 20,000 years ago. This primordial wilderness boasts some of the most stunning scenery in North America: snowcapped peaks and high alpine meadows, emerald-hued glacial lakes and rushing rivers, and numerous species of mammals and birds. Today begins at Big Mountain--as locals call Whitefish Mountain Resort--for a ride to the scenic summit. From the top, set off on a hike overlooking Flathead Valley, Whitefish Lake, and Glacier National Park. In the afternoon, we begin our exploration of Glacier on the west side of the park, learning about the park’s wildlife and natural history along the way. This evening, stay at the historic Lake McDonald Lodge, built in 1913 along the shores of the park’s largest lake.

Day 3: Lake McDonald Valley/Flathead River

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Spend the morning exploring Lake McDonald Valley. Hike the Trail of the Cedars to Avalanche Lake, passing through hemlock and cedar forests to arrive on the shores of a beautiful, mirror-like lake that reflects the mountain peaks above. After a picnic lunch, take to the waters of the Middle Fork of the Flathead River on a fun float trip. As we travel along the southern border of Glacier National Park through steep-walled canyons, keep an eye out for birds, elk, and other wildlife.

Day 4: Going-to-the-Sun Road/Many Glacier Valley

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Today we are joined by local guides for an unforgettable journey along the Going-to-the-Sun Road—a 50-mile feat of engineering which crosses the Continental Divide at Logan Pass. Take in awe-inspiring vistas of waterfall-laced mountains and valleys, and look for mountain goats and bighorn sheep foraging on the slopes. As we make our way to the east side of the park, we'll stop for various hikes and a picnic lunch. Arrive in Many Glacier Valley, home to abundant wildlife and some of the park’s last visible glaciers. Continue to Many Glacier Hotel, a national historic monument situated on Swiftcurrent Lake. Settle into your room and enjoy some free time to explore the lodge’s rustic architecture or relax on its expansive lakefront deck.

Day 5: Many Glacier Valley

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Watch the rugged, picturesque mountains of Glacier light up with the rising sun before setting out on a full-day excursion to the Many Glacier area. Today begins with a scenic cruise across Swiftcurrent and Josephine Lakes aboard a classic wooden boat. Then set out to experience the spectacular scenery of Many Glacier Valley, choosing from a variety of shorter or longer hikes. Trace the shores of Swiftcurrent Lake, spotting birds and wildflowers. Or embark on a more vigorous hike on the Grinnell Glacier Trail, ascending through a series of switchbacks to be rewarded with incredible views of alpine lakes, soaring mountains, and one of the parks's remaining glaciers. Keep an eye out for the numerous wildlife species that reside in the valley, including bald eagles, moose, and bears. Return to the hotel this evening to enjoy sunset over the lake and dinner.

Day 6: Many Glacier Valley/Waterton Lakes National Park, Canada

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In 1932, Glacier National Park was combined with Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada to form the world's first International Peace Park—later designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. In the late 1800s, conservationists dubbed this region the "Crown of the Continent" with Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks representing the crown's shining jewels. Today, we head north into Alberta, Canada to explore Waterton Lakes National Park and its remarkable ecosystem of prairies, forests, and glacial landscapes. Take a boat ride on Upper Waterton Lake, whose emerald waters stretch southward into Montana. As we cruise beneath the soaring Rockies, view striking geological formations and waterfalls, and watch for osprey, mountain goats, and bears along the shores. After lunch, visit the Prince of Wales Hotel, one of the grand hotels built by Louis W. Hill of the Great Northern Railway. Constructed in the 1920s in classic Swiss-chalet style, the hotel sits on a bluff overlooking Upper and Middle Waterton Lakes. Enjoy a classic “high tea” while soaking up the majestic scenery.

Day 7: Kalispell

Linger over breakfast this morning, enjoying our last views of the mountain peaks beyond Swiftcurrent Lake before saying goodbye to Glacier and returning to Kalispell for afternoon flights home.

What to Expect

This trip has an activity rating of light\/moderate and suits a range of interests and abilities. Travelers should be physically fit and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods and navigating uneven or slippery terrain. Excursions include a variety of hikes, a rafting trip, and optional lake cruises. Guests must have a valid passport for the optional day trip to Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada.

Accommodations
Throughout the expedition, we stay in comfortable hotels and historic park lodges.

Expedition Team
A National Geographic expert and an expedition leader will accompany this trip, and local guides join us along the way.

PRICES & DATES

  • date Jul 5-11, 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $7,729 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $9,773 AUD Per Person

  • date Jul 25-31, 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $7,729 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $9,773 AUD Per Person

  • date Aug 17-23, 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $7,729 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $9,773 AUD Per Person

  • date Sep 5-11, 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $7,729 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $9,773 AUD Per Person

Prices are per person based on double or single occupancy (unless otherwise noted) and do not include airfare to/from your destination. The AUD prices are based on USD and calculated at today’s rate of exchange and subject to change. See the terms and conditions for this trip for more information.

  • Transfers upon arrival and departure
  • Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Daily activities and excursions as indicated in the itinerary
  • All gratuities

What's Not Included

  • Airfare to and from destination, as well as internal airfare where applicable
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Alcoholic beverages
Doug Chadwick
Naturalist Author Biologist
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With a master's degree in wildlife biology, Doug Chadwick studied mountain goats among the peaks of the Rockies for seven years. He also carried out surveys of grizzly bears and of the harlequin ducks that breed along the Rockies' fast-moving rivers and streams. In his other role as a journalist, Doug has reported on wildlife around the world, from right whales in the subantarctic to snow leopards in the Himalayas, producing close to 50 articles for National Geographic magazine. Over the past nine years, much of his free time has been spent as a volunteer helping carry out groundbreaking wolverine research in Glacier National Park, Montana. Doug often explores Canada's mountain parklands. In addition to hundreds of magazine articles, he has written thirteen books about wildlife and conservation, including several focused on the Rocky Mountains. One is Yellowstone to Yukon, which prominently features Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, as well as the Banff, Yoho, and Jasper national parks region. He also contributed the lead chapter in a 2014 book entitled Crown of the Continent: The Wildest Rockies, a photographic celebration of the region's wildlife and scenic majesty.

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  • Jul 25-31, 2020
  • Sep 5-11, 2020
Steve Kluge
Geologist Educator
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Award-winning Earth science educator, avid outdoorsman, and national parks aficionado Steve Kluge has taught New York Regents and college-level geology courses for more than 35 years. He’s planned and led day, week, and month-long field trips and expeditions that include geology and natural history, cave exploration, and backpacking. He has led a pre-college expeditionary science program on the Juneau Icefield in Alaska and taught geology on the flanks of Hawaiian volcanoes in a semester-long Cornell University field program. Steve has designed fun and rewarding standards-based instructional activities for kids and teens in partnership with National Geographic, the Geological Society of America, NASA, and New York public television. He has also built his own kayaks, one of which he's paddled along most of the coast of Maine. Kirk Johnson of the NY Times described him as a man of "rumbling enthusiasm,” and Steve brings that enthusiasm with him wherever he goes. He loves sharing his knowledge of and passion for America's national parks with National Geographic travelers.

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  • Jul 5-11, 2020
  • Aug 17-23, 2020