19946
Montana/Alberta
Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks
Discover historic National Park lodges and magnificent displays of nature as you enjoy an immersive educational experience in two of North America’s most magnificent national parks.
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Program No. 19946RJ
Length
8 days
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8 days
7 nights
19 meals
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DAY
1
Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner, Presentation
Kalispell
D
Hilton Garden Inn Kalispell

Activity note: Hotel Check-in available from 3:00 p.m. The elevation of the hotel is 2,956 feet.

Afternoon: Hotel check-in available from 3:00 p.m. Collect your welcome packet from the front desk of the hotel upon check-in. It will contain your name-tag and an up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, and other important information. If your arrival is delayed, please ask for your packet when you check in. Program Registration: 4:00 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come over to the noted meeting room and meet your Group Leader. Here you will complete any necessary paperwork. Orientation: 5:00 p.m. The Group Leader will greet everyone with a warm welcome and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date daily program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Free time is reserved for your personal independent exploration. Please be aware that program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: Enjoy a dinner buffet with entrée, sides and dessert plus coffee, iced tea, lemonade or water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: This evening we will begin our time together with an opportunity to be introduced to the area of Glacier National Park during a presentation given by a local expert.

DAY
2
Presentation, Lake McDonald Valley in Glacier National Park
Kalispell
B,L,D
Hilton Garden Inn Kalispell

Activity note: Travel into Glacier National Park, approximately 1 hour on motor coach. Walk or hike 1-2 miles at 3,300' elevation on natural surface trails that may be rocky and uneven. We'll split into smaller groups on the trail based on comfort level and ability. Return trip to hotel approximately 1 hour on motor coach.

Breakfast: At the hotel, enjoy a freshly prepared breakfast buffet. Selections include omelets, pancakes, French toast, and waffles, fruit, Danish, bagels, hot and cold cereals, muffins, and yogurt. An assortment of juices, milk, coffee & hot tea will also be available.

Morning: This morning we'll have an expert led program introducing the Glacier Waterton area. After the presentation, we'll travel to Glacier National Park where we will be greeted with spectacular scenery on the shores of ten-mile long Lake McDonald. The lake and the surrounding valley were carved by glaciers long ago. Next, we'll continue to the historic Lake McDonald Lodge which was constructed over 100 years ago. We'll explore this National Historic Landmark and learn more about early visitors in Glacier.

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

Afternoon: This afternoon, we will embark on a 1-2 mile interpretive walk or hike led by our expert instructors.We'll explore the unique ecosystems found west of the continental divide and we'll gain an appreciation for the plants and animals that inhabit this region. After our hikes conclude, we will return to Kalispell.

Dinner: Buffet dinner at the hotel.

Evening: Enjoy an evening presentation by a local expert.

DAY
3
To Many Glacier Hotel via Going-to-the-Sun Road on Red Bus
Many Glacier
B,L,D
Many Glacier Hotel

Activity note: Travel into Glacier National Park, approximately 45 minutes by coach. Depart on Red Bus across Going-to-the-Sun Road to Many Glacier Hotel, total drive time approximately 3 hours. There will be restroom breaks and opportunities to get out and stretch your legs periodically. Elevation of up to 6,700 feet today.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: This morning will start with an presentation by a local expert on the ecosystems and animals of Glacier National Park. After the presentation, we will check out of the Hilton Garden Inn and depart for the shore of Lake McDonald inside Glacier National Park.

Lunch: Enjoy a pre-selected sack lunch made fresh with sandwich or wrap and sides.

Afternoon: After lunch we will depart for Many Glacier Hotel by way of the Going-to-the-Sun Road. (Going-to-the-Sun Road access subject to weather and road conditions) We will be fully immersed in the grandeur of Glacier as we travel the Going-to-the-Sun Road aboard iconic Red Buses. First used in the mid-1930s to transport visitors in Glacier, and fully restored in 2001, the historic “Jammers” continue to delight passengers today. Their canvass roll-back tops allow for unsurpassed views of the towering mountains in every direction. The Going-to-the-Sun Road is a National Historic Landmark and it is the only road that crosses Glacier National Park. It is a testament to human ingenuity as portions of the road hug the mountainsides. The narrow and winding road was designed to complement the landscape and give visitors the opportunity to enjoy some of the most spectacular scenery Glacier National Park has to offer. We'll stop at Logan Pass, located along the Continental Divide, where waters flow either toward the Pacific or the Atlantic Oceans. Logan Pass is the highest point on the Going-to-the-Sun Road with an elevation of 6,646'. We'll continue our journey over the Going-to-the-Sun Road where we'll view sky scraping peaks, waterfalls and broad alpine meadows teeming with wildflowers and wildlife. Later in the afternoon we'll check in to Many Glacier Hotel. Many Glacier was built in 1914 by the Great Northern Railway as a destination resort for its rail tourists. The hotel sits among soaring peaks and glassy lakes.

Dinner: Enjoy a menu select dinner in the Ptarmigan Dining Room, located on-site at the hotel.

Evening: Optional evening wildlife viewing. Bring your binoculars as we "glass" the nearby slopes looking for grizzlies, moose, and bighorn sheep.

DAY
4
Interpretive Walk/Hike in Many Glacier Valley, Presentation
Many Glacier
B,L,D
Many Glacier Hotel

Activity note: Hike or walk up to two miles. A possible option to hike up to 4 miles may be offered depending on group ability and interest. Elevations of 4,900'-5,200' today. We'll split into smaller groups on the trail based on comfort level and ability. Restroom facilities available at most trail heads.

Breakfast: Menu select in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Join one of our experts on an easy to moderate walk/hike in the scenic Many Glacier Valley. As you hike around a series of small, glacially carved lakes be on the lookout for bears, moose and wildlife that thrive in this valley.

Lunch: Menu select in the hotel dinning room.

Afternoon: Free Time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Dinner: Menu select in the hotel dining room.

Evening: Optional evening wildlife viewing. Bring your binoculars as we "glass" the nearby slopes looking for grizzlies, moose, and bighorn sheep.

DAY
5
To Waterton Lakes, Remington Carriage Museum, Buffalo Jump
Waterton International Peace Park, Alberta
B,L,D
Prince of Wales Hotel

Activity note: Remember to have your passports accessible for the US/Canadian border crossing. Walking and standing will vary as we explore two museums today. Drive time will be approximately 3 hours total on the motor coach. There will be opportunities for restrooms and getting out to stretch your legs along the way.

Breakfast: Menu select in the hotel dining room.

Morning: After checking out of Many Glacier Hotel, we'll depart for Waterton Lakes National Park. Remember to have your passports accessible for the US/Canadian border crossing. Later this morning, we'll stop at the Remington Carriage Museum in Cardston where we'll see over 240 carriages, wagons and sleighs in the largest collection of horse-drawn vehicles in North America.

Lunch: Enjoy a pre-selected sack lunch made fresh with sandwich or wrap, sides and bottle of water.

Afternoon: Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, a UNESCO World Heritage Site bears witness to an aboriginal hunting practice that was used by native people of the North American plains for almost 6,000 years. We'll stop at this unique site and learn about this essential piece of history. This evening we'll check into the stunning Prince of Wales Hotel. Named after the popular Prince Edward of Wales, who later became King Edward VIII, the hotel is a National Historic Site of Canada. The hotel was built by the Great Northern Railway in 1927 and boasts Swiss-style architecture with British ambiance.

Dinner: Enjoy a menu select dinner at the Royal Stewart Dining Room, located on-site at the hotel.

Evening: Optional evening wildlife viewing. Bring your binoculars as we "glass" the nearby slopes looking for wildlife.

DAY
6
International Scenic Boat Cruise, Walk or Hike, Free Evening
Waterton International Peace Park, Alberta
B,L
Prince of Wales Hotel

Activity note: Easy to moderate 1-2 mile hike on natural surface dirt trails that may be uneven or rocky. Ride a scenic boat cruise for approximately 2 hours.

Breakfast: In the Royal Stewart Dining Room at Prince of Wales Hotel, enjoy a menu select breakfast. The menu offers standard American classics as well as a lighter fare for those not looking for a heavy morning meal.

Morning: We'll travel a short distance to downtown Waterton for an International boat cruise on pristine Waterton Lake. Our cruise will offer some of the most spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains, including; majestic towering cliffs, unique geological formations, striking waterfalls, snow covered peaks, and the international border between Canada and the United States.

Lunch: Menu select in the hotel dining room.

Afternoon: Under the guidance of our expert naturalist, we'll take hike of up to two miles on one of the scenic trails in Waterton.

Dinner: This dinner has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy the cuisine of your choice. Waterton has numerous restaurants. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Evening: At leisure. 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.

DAY
7
Return to Kalispell, Stops and walks along the way
Kalispell
B,L,D
Hilton Garden Inn Kalispell

Activity note: Remember to have your passports accessible for the Canadian/US border crossing. Our return trip to Kalispell will be an approximate total drive time of 5 hours on the motor coach, with restroom breaks and opportunities to get out and stretch your legs along the way.

Breakfast: Menu select in the hotel dining room.

Morning: After checking out of the Prince of Wales Hotel, have your passports accessible for re-entry into the US. Once through, we'll visit The Glacier Park Lodge in East Glacier. The immense timbers that support the Lodge were between 500 and 800 years old when they were cut. There are a total of 60 timbers. They are 36 to 42 inches in diameter, 40 feet long, and all retain their bark. The timbers in the lobby are Douglas fir and the verandahs are supported by Cedars from Washington.

Lunch: Enjoy a pre-selected sack lunch made fresh with sandwich or wrap and sides.

Afternoon: On our return trip to Kalispell we'll stop and visit the Goat Lick Overlook where exposed rocks along the deep canyon creek seep salts and minerals that attract and nourish local mountain goats.

Dinner: We'll celebrate a week full of adventure and learning with a casual final dinner together. Enjoy a plated sit-down meal with entrée, sides, and dessert plus an optional glass of wine, coffee, iced tea, lemonade or water; other beverages available for purchase.

DAY
8
Program Concludes
Kalispell
B

Activity note: Independent Departures

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: This concludes our program. Please note that hotel check-out is by 12:00 p.m. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best Wishes for all your journeys!






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