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GLACIER NATIONAL PARK, MONTANA

Glacier's Grandeur: Inside Glacier National Park

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Program #21016RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Elevation at the hotel is 3,153'. The highest elevation you'll experience during the week is 7,000'.

Equipment Requirements
Warm waterproof clothing, rain jacket, sturdy hiking boots, waterproof shoes / sandals (for float trip), a day pack, collapsible walking stick, hat and a leak-proof water bottle are highly recommended.

Itinerary for Aug 3 — Aug 8, 2014

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Type: Motel

Description: Motel Lake McDonald is made up of two, 2-story buildings and it is tucked quaintly near the shores of picturesque Lake McDonald. Motel Lake McDonald is located about 300 yards from Lake McDonald Lodge.

Contact info:
1 Going-to-the-Sun Road
Glacier National Park, MT 59921 USA
phone: 406-888-5100
web: www.glacierparkinc.com

Room amenities: All guestrooms at Motel Lake McDonald are rustic, yet comfortable. In keeping in the era in which all the rooms were built, they offer guests modest amenities and old-world style accommodations resulting in a one-of-a kind, National Park lodging experience. All rooms at Motel Lake McDonald have hair dryers, irons and an ironing board. All rooms have a private bathroom and there are no connecting rooms. There is a heater, but no air conditioning as it is seldom needed in the mountains. The 2nd level rooms are accessed via stairs only.

Facility amenities: There is a nearby General Store for incidental needs. The nearby Lake McDonald Lodge (about 300 yards) has a full restaurant and bar.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: call for pricing
Please call central reservations for any pre or post night stays. 406-888-5100

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, August 03 - Independent Arrivals / Lodge Check-in / Orientati...
Independent Arrivals / Lodge Check-in / Orientation / Welcome Dinner / Area Introductory Orientation

Afternoon: Check in at Motel Lake McDonald anytime after 3:00 p.m. Collect your Road Scholar Program Welcome Packet at time of check in. Orientation will take place at 4:00 p.m. in the Creekside Room located next to Lake McDonald Lodge, approximately 300 yards from Motel Lake McDonald. The Group Leader will greet you with a warm welcome and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date daily program schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. During free time, the Group Leader will often be available to guide informal excursions, activities, or meals not included in the program. You are welcome to join if you wish, with associated costs (if any) on your own, or explore independently. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: Opening dinner will take place in Russell’s Fireside Dining Room in the Lake McDonald Lodge. Participants will be able to order off the menu. The Dining Room is known for its wild game, and local specialties.

Evening: After dinner, return to the Creekside room for the conclusion of the area introductory orientation.

Lodging: Motel Lake McDonald

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Motel Lake McDonald is made up of two, 2-story buildings and it is tucked quaintly near the shores of picturesque Lake McDonald. Motel Lake McDonald is located about 300 yards from Lake McDonald Lodge.

Contact info:
1 Going-to-the-Sun Road
Glacier National Park, MT 59921 USA
phone: 406-888-5100
web: www.glacierparkinc.com

Room amenities: All guestrooms at Motel Lake McDonald are rustic, yet comfortable. In keeping in the era in which all the rooms were built, they offer guests modest amenities and old-world style accommodations resulting in a one-of-a kind, National Park lodging experience. All rooms at Motel Lake McDonald have hair dryers, irons and an ironing board. All rooms have a private bathroom and there are no connecting rooms. There is a heater, but no air conditioning as it is seldom needed in the mountains. The 2nd level rooms are accessed via stairs only.

Facility amenities: There is a nearby General Store for incidental needs. The nearby Lake McDonald Lodge (about 300 yards) has a full restaurant and bar.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: call for pricing
Please call central reservations for any pre or post night stays. 406-888-5100

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, August 04 - Interpretive Hikes in the Lake McDonald Valley / ...
Interpretive Hikes in the Lake McDonald Valley / Presentation / Boat Cruise on Lake McDonald

Breakfast: The breakfast menu at Russell’s Fireside Dining Room includes many standard American classics as well as a lighter fare for those not looking for a heavy morning meal.

Morning: We'll begin our exploration of Glacier National Park by walking / hiking Trail of the Cedars, Avalanche Lake Trail or McDonald Creek Falls, (trail selections are made by individual group leaders and field instructors on the day of the hike based on weather, trail conditions and group ability). Trail of the Cedars is a spectacular wet forest trail looping through old-growth stands of western redcedar, western hemlock and black cottonwood and boarders a section of Avalanche Creek. Avalanche Lake Trail follows the west rim of the gorge and ends up at an idyllic, subalpine lake rimmed with waterfalls. McDonald Creek Falls Trail wanders through a mixed woodland of hemlock, larch and Douglas fir, leading you on a path to McDonald Creek's turquoise waters and churning falls.

Lunch: A fresh pre-selected sack-lunch sandwich wrap that will include sides, piece of fruit and a bottle of water.

Afternoon: This afternoon will be a continuation of walks and hikes through the beautiful Lake McDonald Valley. We'll return to Motel Lake McDonald for some down time prior to dinner.

Dinner: Russell’s Fireside Dining Room in the Lake McDonald Lodge.

Evening: Following dinner we’ll walk a short distance to the boat dock for a cruise around Lake McDonald on a historic wooden boat. A narrative of the lake will help orient us to the terrain and history of the park.

Lodging: Motel Lake McDonald

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Motel Lake McDonald is made up of two, 2-story buildings and it is tucked quaintly near the shores of picturesque Lake McDonald. Motel Lake McDonald is located about 300 yards from Lake McDonald Lodge.

Contact info:
1 Going-to-the-Sun Road
Glacier National Park, MT 59921 USA
phone: 406-888-5100
web: www.glacierparkinc.com

Room amenities: All guestrooms at Motel Lake McDonald are rustic, yet comfortable. In keeping in the era in which all the rooms were built, they offer guests modest amenities and old-world style accommodations resulting in a one-of-a kind, National Park lodging experience. All rooms at Motel Lake McDonald have hair dryers, irons and an ironing board. All rooms have a private bathroom and there are no connecting rooms. There is a heater, but no air conditioning as it is seldom needed in the mountains. The 2nd level rooms are accessed via stairs only.

Facility amenities: There is a nearby General Store for incidental needs. The nearby Lake McDonald Lodge (about 300 yards) has a full restaurant and bar.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: call for pricing
Please call central reservations for any pre or post night stays. 406-888-5100

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, August 05 - Field Trip to Logan Pass via the Historic Going-t...
Field Trip to Logan Pass via the Historic Going-to-the-Sun Road / Interpretive Scenic Hike

Breakfast: Russell’s Fireside Dining Room in the Lake McDonald Lodge.

Morning: This morning ascend the Historic Going-to-the-Sun Road, an engineering marvel with portions built on mountain cliffs complete with tunnels, arches and narrow switch backs help showcase Glacier's stunning scenery. Cross the Continental Divide at Logan Pass where waters flow both to the Pacific and Atlantic.

Lunch: A fresh pre-selected sack-lunch sandwich wrap that will include sides, piece of fruit and a bottle of water.

Afternoon: We'll continue our exploration along the Going-to-the-Sun Road with moderate walks and hikes led by expert field instructors.

Dinner: Russell’s Fireside Dining Room in the Lake McDonald Lodge.

Evening: After dinner we'll have a presentation covering more of the amazing ecosystems and historic cultures of Glacier National Park and the surrounding area.

Lodging: Motel Lake McDonald

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Motel Lake McDonald is made up of two, 2-story buildings and it is tucked quaintly near the shores of picturesque Lake McDonald. Motel Lake McDonald is located about 300 yards from Lake McDonald Lodge.

Contact info:
1 Going-to-the-Sun Road
Glacier National Park, MT 59921 USA
phone: 406-888-5100
web: www.glacierparkinc.com

Room amenities: All guestrooms at Motel Lake McDonald are rustic, yet comfortable. In keeping in the era in which all the rooms were built, they offer guests modest amenities and old-world style accommodations resulting in a one-of-a kind, National Park lodging experience. All rooms at Motel Lake McDonald have hair dryers, irons and an ironing board. All rooms have a private bathroom and there are no connecting rooms. There is a heater, but no air conditioning as it is seldom needed in the mountains. The 2nd level rooms are accessed via stairs only.

Facility amenities: There is a nearby General Store for incidental needs. The nearby Lake McDonald Lodge (about 300 yards) has a full restaurant and bar.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: call for pricing
Please call central reservations for any pre or post night stays. 406-888-5100

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, August 06 - Field Trip to Many Glacier / Interpretive Scenic ...
Breakfast: Russell’s Fireside Dining Room in the Lake McDonald Lodge.

Morning: This morning we'll depart for the north east side of Glacier National Park. The Swiftcurrent Valley showcases amazing views of rugged peaks, pristine lakes and roaming wildlife. Expert field instructors will lead us on beautiful trails with breathtaking views.

Lunch: A fresh pre-selected sack-lunch sandwich wrap that will include sides, piece of fruit and a bottle of water.

Afternoon: Groups will conclude their instructor-led hikes and depart for their return trip to Motel Lake McDonald.

Dinner: This dinner has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy the cuisine of your choice. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. You may also join the Group Leader for dinner at your own cost if you like.

Evening: Free evening. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please feel free to ask the Group Leader for free time activity suggestions.

Lodging: Motel Lake McDonald

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Motel

Description: Motel Lake McDonald is made up of two, 2-story buildings and it is tucked quaintly near the shores of picturesque Lake McDonald. Motel Lake McDonald is located about 300 yards from Lake McDonald Lodge.

Contact info:
1 Going-to-the-Sun Road
Glacier National Park, MT 59921 USA
phone: 406-888-5100
web: www.glacierparkinc.com

Room amenities: All guestrooms at Motel Lake McDonald are rustic, yet comfortable. In keeping in the era in which all the rooms were built, they offer guests modest amenities and old-world style accommodations resulting in a one-of-a kind, National Park lodging experience. All rooms at Motel Lake McDonald have hair dryers, irons and an ironing board. All rooms have a private bathroom and there are no connecting rooms. There is a heater, but no air conditioning as it is seldom needed in the mountains. The 2nd level rooms are accessed via stairs only.

Facility amenities: There is a nearby General Store for incidental needs. The nearby Lake McDonald Lodge (about 300 yards) has a full restaurant and bar.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: call for pricing
Please call central reservations for any pre or post night stays. 406-888-5100

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, August 07 - Presentation / Scenic Float Trip on the Middle Fo...
Breakfast: Russell’s Fireside Dining Room in the Lake McDonald Lodge.

Morning: This morning we'll have a presentation covering more of the amazing ecosystems and historic cultures of Glacier National Park and the surrounding area.

Lunch: Jammer Joe's Pizzeria and Grill. Participants will be free to order off the menu for lunch. Jammer Joe’s serves up pizzas, salads and sandwiches in a retro Red Bus atmosphere.

Afternoon: This afternoon, enjoy a scenic interpretive 6 mile float trip down the Middle Fork of the Flathead River.

Dinner: Bring an extra set of clothes for this evening's outdoor barbecue directly following the float trip.

Lodging: Motel Lake McDonald

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, August 08 - Independent Departures
Breakfast: Meal coupons will be provided for breakfast at the Russell’s Fireside Dining Room in the Lake McDonald Lodge, open from 6:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

Morning: The program concludes with breakfast, followed by independent departures. Please note that check out is by 11:00 a.m.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
5 nights of accommodations
13 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
4 Expert-led lectures
8 Field trips

Ratings

4.8
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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