Glacier National Park Family Vacation

  • 6 Days
  • 12 People Max

    14 people max

  • Activity Level 3
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  • Trip Start: Whitefish, Montana
  • Trip End: Whitefish, Montana
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Discover Glacier National Park’s old-growth forests, alpine lakes, rugged mountains, and sweeping wildflower meadows on this Montana family vacation.

Adventure awaits you and your family on this Glacier National Park family vacation. Your expert guides will introduce you to the majesty of the park’s rugged mountains, jagged glaciers, turquoise-blue alpine lakes, and wildflower-studded meadows animated by the occasional mama bear and her rambunctious cubs. Hike, raft, uncover wild west history, and discover the flora, fauna, and folklore of the region.

You’re invited to kick back and spend time with the family while nature speaks for itself, all the while enjoying the tastiest in regional fare and cozy accommodations at iconic properties set against the dreamy backdrop of awe-inspiring grandeur in one of America’s most celebrated national parks. 

  This trip is operated by Austin Adventures

Glacier National Park Family Vacation ~ Itinerary

Trip Start: Whitefish, Montana Trip End: Whitefish, Montana
  • Day 1Meet group in Whitefish, boat and hike around Two Medicine Lake

  • Day 2Full day hiking Iceberg Lake Trail

  • Day 3Hike alongside Swiftcurrent Lake to Grinnell Lake. Night on your own in Many Glacier

  • Day 4Explore Going-to-the-Sun Road, boat tour of Lake McDonald

  • Day 5Raft Flathead River, picturesque drive through Flathead Valley to Whitefish

  • Day 6Hike Whitefish Mountain, say your goodbyes

  • Day 1

    Meet group in Whitefish, boat and hike around Two Medicine Lake

    Your Glacier National Park family adventure vacation begins in the hip western town of Whitefish. After an introductory welcome meeting in town, we begin our two-hour drive towards East Glacier and head over to a lakeside picnic lunch. This afternoon, we boat and hike around Two Medicine Lake, flanked by steep mountains that serve as the perfect backdrop for an afternoon of adventure. A brief transfer brings us to our lodge in East Glacier. Dinner is a short walk away at our favorite Mexican restaurant, Serrano’s.

    St. Mary Lodge (Lunch, Dinner)

  • Day 2

    Full day hiking Iceberg Lake Trail

    Early morning wake up and shuttle north, deeper into the park, to the trailhead of Iceberg Lake, considered by many the “Crown Jewel” of hiking trails in the park. Iceberg Lake Trail offers one of the most scenic hikes on the planet. The distance in will seem short as you enjoy panoramic views, watch for mountain goats, bighorn sheep, and of course, bears. Your reward at the end of the trail? A jaw-dropping view of giant limestone cliffs and ice fields shooting up from the pristine blue waters of the alpine lake below. If you’re feeling adventurous, take a dip into the iceberg-dotted lake! After lunch at the lake, we’ll hike back to our shuttle and continue on to our home for the next two nights, Many Glacier Hotel.

    Many Glacier Hotel (All Meals)

  • Day 3

    Hike alongside Swiftcurrent Lake to Grinnell Lake. Night on your own in Many Glacier

    Today we trek to one of the many backcountry lakes of the park. After awakening in the Many Glacier Valley, we hike alongside Swiftcurrent Lake and soon after, Lake Josephine. Upon reaching Grinnell Lake, kick back and relax as you reflect on the stunning scenery around you. The lake is named after George Bird Grinnell, an early American conservationist, explorer, and founder of the Audubon Society, who was so inspired by the scenery during his first trip to the area in 1885 that he spent the next two decades working to establish it as a national park. Take your time heading back to the trailhead, and this evening enjoy a night on your own in Many Glacier.

    Many Glacier Hotel (Breakfast, Lunch)

  • Day 4

    Explore Going-to-the-Sun Road, boat tour of Lake McDonald

    Today’s the Big Day…the day we explore the famous Going-to-the-Sun Road. As the sun lights up the peaks, we watch for grizzly bears, deer and bighorn sheep. The adventure continues as we hike under glacially carved mountains leading to a scenic waterfall. Enjoy lunch with panoramic views of Glacier’s mountain beauty from the perfect picnic spot. As we continue our journey to the other side of Logan Pass, we’ll stop to appreciate the stunning view of the western valleys. Upon arrival to Lake McDonald, head out on a short boat tour taking in the majesty of the Continental Divide and the tranquility of the emerald-hued lake. Dinner tonight is at the Belton Chalet.

    Lake McDonald Lodge (All Meals)

  • Day 5

    Raft Flathead River, picturesque drive through Flathead Valley to Whitefish

    This morning, we shuttle to the Flathead River for a morning of rafting on perhaps not the wildest of rivers, but definitely one of the prettiest. Enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch prepared by your guides. This afternoon, we drive to Whitefish through the Flathead Valley amid the Swan, Mission, Salish, and Whitefish mountain ranges of northwest Montana. Be sure to keep your eyes open while cruising through these breathtaking landscapes. Dinner tonight is at Tupelo’s which specializes in Cajun and Southern cuisine, fresh seafood, steaks, and pasta.

    Grouse Mountain Lodge (All Meals)

  • Day 6

    Hike Whitefish Mountain, say your goodbyes

    For our final adventure, we have time for one last hike in the Whitefish area. Ride the gondola up the mountain taking in picturesque views along the way. Once at the top, hike around the mountaintop covered in wildflowers and wild huckleberries. We ride back down the mountain before saying our final goodbyes. Transfer to either your Whitefish hotel or the Kalispell airport for your departure home.


Glacier National Park Family Vacation Departure Dates

  • Upcoming
  • 3 months
  • 6 months
  • 1 year
USD $4499/pp (+tax)

Our New Zealand trip fares are subject to Goods and Services Tax (GST 15%)

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Useful Info

Where does the trip start?

On the first morning of the trip, our two pick-up locations are Best Western Rocky Mountain Lodge at 8am or the Pine Lodge at 8.15am. You are welcome to stay at any hotel in Whitefish for your pre-night, though you must make your own way to one of the two pick-up points at the pre-designated times.

Where does the trip end?

Your trip ends with a drop-off at either the Glacier International Airport (FCA) at 1pm in time for flights below or at a hotel of your choice in Whitefish around 12:30pm.

What flights would you recommend?

Arrival: We recommend arriving in Kalispell/Whitefish, Montana at least the day before your trip starts. Many guests like to arrive a day or two early to accommodate potential flight delays and/or explore the city prior to your trip start.
Departure: Flying out on the last day of the trip, we recommend departing from Glacier International Airport (FCA) after 3pm. Earlier flight times will require a separate transfer booked at your own expense.

Will I have contact with my guides before the trip starts?

Your guides will call your cell phone the night before your trip begins to touch base on the first day’s plan. If they don’t get through to you, they will leave a voicemail on your cell phone with all the details you need to plan for your first morning.

What should I bring with me on the first day?

When you speak with your guides the night before your trip, they will give you a detailed description of what to bring with you on Day 1. Typically, this includes a day pack with your rain jacket, sunglasses, hat, camera, etc. Anything you want easy access to during the day should go in your day pack as the rest of your luggage will go in the locked cargo trailer pulled behind the van. Your guides will provide you with a water bottle on the first morning of your trip and will always have water available for refills. There will be snacks available at all times in the van. Your guides will also have bug spray and sunscreen accessible for you to use.

What are your recommended guide gratuity guidelines?

You will have 2-3 guides on your Austin Adventure (depending on group size). We recommend $15-25 per day, per guest, per guide. Typically, gratuities are offered by check or cash in local currency on the final morning of the trip and can either be given to each guide individually or to one guide to be equally distributed. Most of our guides these days also accept gratuities via Venmo (please note this app does not work in Canada). All dining, housekeeping and activity tips are included in your trip price.

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