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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
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Elevation Note
The Hotel is at 3,153'. The highest elevation you'll experience during the week is 6,600'.

Itinerary for Aug 18 — Aug 23, 2013

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Type: Motel

Description: While the rooms are fully modern with individual bathrooms, they none-the-less hold on to their quaint charm with knotty pine interior walls.

Contact info:
1 Going-to-the-Sun Road
Glacier National Park, MT 59921 USA
phone: 406-888-5431
Room amenities: All rooms have hair dryers, irons and an ironing board, complimentary coffee (2 cups per day) is available in the dining room or in the nearby general store. There is a telephone in the room but it must be activated at front desk by providing your credit card information to them. There is a heater, but no air conditioning as it is seldom needed in the mountains. All rooms are finished with rustic knotty pine interiors.

Facility amenities: There is a nearby General Store for incidental needs. The nearby 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 date specific info
Call central reservations for any pre or post night stays. 406-892-2525

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, August 18 - Independent Arrivals / Orientation
Afternoon: Check-in will be at the Motor Inn located in Glacier National Park. Their office is located in the Lake McDonald Lodge. Check-in anytime after 3PM. Orientation at 4PM in the Creekside Room by Lake McDonald Lodge about 300 yards from the Motor Inn.

Dinner: Dinner in the dining room at Lake McDonald Lodge after Orientation.

Evening: Free time to get settled in.

Lodging: Lake McDonald Lodge - Motor Inn

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: While the rooms are fully modern with individual bathrooms, they none-the-less hold on to their quaint charm with knotty pine interior walls.

Contact info:
1 Going-to-the-Sun Road
Glacier National Park, MT 59921 USA
phone: 406-888-5431
Room amenities: All rooms have hair dryers, irons and an ironing board, complimentary coffee (2 cups per day) is available in the dining room or in the nearby general store. There is a telephone in the room but it must be activated at front desk by providing your credit card information to them. There is a heater, but no air conditioning as it is seldom needed in the mountains. All rooms are finished with rustic knotty pine interiors.

Facility amenities: There is a nearby General Store for incidental needs. The nearby 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 date specific info
Call central reservations for any pre or post night stays. 406-892-2525

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, August 19 - Interpretive Hikes in the Lake McDonald Valley / ...
Interpretive Hikes in the Lake McDonald Valley / Presentation / Boat Cruise on Lake McDonald

Breakfast: Lake McDonald Lodge Dining Room

Morning: This morning we'll begin our exploration of the Park by hiking Trail of the Cedars and Avalanche Lake (dependant on group ability, approximately 1 mile walk with an optional 5 mile RT hike). Trail selections are made by individual group leaders on the day of the hike based on weather and trail closures due to animal sightings (bear warnings), and trail construction.

Lunch: Sack lunches in the field.

Afternoon: This afternoon we'll be treated to a presentation on the fascinating geology of the Crown of the Continent.

Dinner: Lake McDonald Lodge Dining Room

Evening: Following dinner we’ll walk a short distance to the boat dock for our 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: Lake McDonald Lodge - Motor Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: While the rooms are fully modern with individual bathrooms, they none-the-less hold on to their quaint charm with knotty pine interior walls.

Contact info:
1 Going-to-the-Sun Road
Glacier National Park, MT 59921 USA
phone: 406-888-5431
Room amenities: All rooms have hair dryers, irons and an ironing board, complimentary coffee (2 cups per day) is available in the dining room or in the nearby general store. There is a telephone in the room but it must be activated at front desk by providing your credit card information to them. There is a heater, but no air conditioning as it is seldom needed in the mountains. All rooms are finished with rustic knotty pine interiors.

Facility amenities: There is a nearby General Store for incidental needs. The nearby 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 date specific info
Call central reservations for any pre or post night stays. 406-892-2525

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, August 20 - 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: Lake McDonald Lodge Dining Room

Morning: This morning we ascend the historic engineering marvel, the Going-to-the-Sun Road. We'll visit Logan Pass at over 6,600 feet of elevation. It offers a magnificent view over stunning Glacier National Park and sits on the continental divide. Moderate walks of 1 mile and hikes of 2-3 miles, with an option to 5 miles; elevations of 3,250' to 7,300'.

Lunch: Sack lunches in the field.

Afternoon: We'll continue our exploration of Glacier with stops and walks along the Going-to-the-Sun Road.

Dinner: Lake McDonald Lodge Dining Room

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: Lake McDonald Lodge - Motor Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: While the rooms are fully modern with individual bathrooms, they none-the-less hold on to their quaint charm with knotty pine interior walls.

Contact info:
1 Going-to-the-Sun Road
Glacier National Park, MT 59921 USA
phone: 406-888-5431
Room amenities: All rooms have hair dryers, irons and an ironing board, complimentary coffee (2 cups per day) is available in the dining room or in the nearby general store. There is a telephone in the room but it must be activated at front desk by providing your credit card information to them. There is a heater, but no air conditioning as it is seldom needed in the mountains. All rooms are finished with rustic knotty pine interiors.

Facility amenities: There is a nearby General Store for incidental needs. The nearby 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 date specific info
Call central reservations for any pre or post night stays. 406-892-2525

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, August 21 - Field Trip to Many Glacier / Interpretive Scenic ...
Breakfast: Lake McDonald Lodge Dining Room

Morning: After breakfast we'll depart for Many Glacier (WEATHER PERMITTING). Our instructors will lead us on walks / hikes to give us a taste of the park’s pristine forests, alpine meadows, rugged mountains, and spectacular lakes.

Lunch: Sack lunches in the field.

Afternoon: After lunch we'll continue the exploration with instructor-led walks / hikes and talks. Afterward we'll return to the Motor Inn at Lake McDonald.

Dinner: Tonight you're free to explore the full extent of the Lake McDonald Lodge menu for dinner on your own.

Evening: Free evening to explore the Lake McDonald area.

Lodging: Lake McDonald Lodge - Motor Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Motel

Description: While the rooms are fully modern with individual bathrooms, they none-the-less hold on to their quaint charm with knotty pine interior walls.

Contact info:
1 Going-to-the-Sun Road
Glacier National Park, MT 59921 USA
phone: 406-888-5431
Room amenities: All rooms have hair dryers, irons and an ironing board, complimentary coffee (2 cups per day) is available in the dining room or in the nearby general store. There is a telephone in the room but it must be activated at front desk by providing your credit card information to them. There is a heater, but no air conditioning as it is seldom needed in the mountains. All rooms are finished with rustic knotty pine interiors.

Facility amenities: There is a nearby General Store for incidental needs. The nearby 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 date specific info
Call central reservations for any pre or post night stays. 406-892-2525

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, August 22 - Presentation / Scenic Float Trip on the Middle Fo...
Breakfast: Lake McDonald Dining Room

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 Grill and Pizzeria at Lake McDonald

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

Dinner: Tonight, enjoy our final evening together with a BBQ at the Montana Raft Company.

Evening: Closing and conclusion of program.

Lodging: Lake McDonald Lodge - Motor Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, August 23 - Independent Departures
Breakfast: Meal Coupons will be provided for Breakfast at the Lake McDonald Lodge Dining Room, open from 6:30AM-10AM.

Morning: Hotel check-out by 11AM.

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.

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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
3 Expert-led lectures
7 Field trips

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4.9
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