The awesome grandeur of Glacier National Park is on display from the comfort of a historic Red Bus travelling along the legendary Going-to the-Sun Road. Cruise through Waterton Lakes National Park and follow in Lewis & Clark’s footsteps to the Gates of the Mountains.
1 Arrive in Spokane, Washington
Spokane is Washington’s second largest city but retains a “small town” ambience. The downtown area is especially attractive with Riverfront Park and Spokane Falls. Meet your Tour Manager at 6:00 p.m. in the lobby with dining suggestions.
2 Wallace, Idaho and Kalispell, Montana
Wallace, Idaho, is an old mining town and is one of the few places where the entire town is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It has one of the best collections of turn-of-the-century architecture in the Pacific Northwest. There are several interesting museums that offer a glimpse into the fascinating history of the area.
Continue into Montana and travel along the largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi, Flathead Lake. More than 28 miles long, it occupies a trough dredged out by a great glacier about 12,000 years ago. Meals: B, D
3 Glacier National Park
Welcome to Glacier National Park! Founded in 1910, the park is a land of mountain ranges carved by prehistoric ice rivers. The vistas seen from Going-to-the-Sun Road, named one of the top 100 scenic drives, are breathtaking and a photographer’s paradise. The best way to travel is via the Red Buses whose drivers are known as “Jammers.” The antique red buses are both a symbol of the park and a reminder of a time when adventurous travel was done with style. The name “jammer” is carried over from the days when the buses had standard transmissions and the drivers could be heard “jamming” the gears as they drove up and down the rugged mountainous highway. Meals: B, D
4 Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park
Travel north into Canada to Waterton Lakes National Park and embark on a boat cruise of Upper Waterton Lake, with its deep scenic bays, sheer vertical mountains and beautiful wilderness surroundings. In the afternoon, visit the Prince of Wales Hotel, one of the most photographed hotels in the world. Meals: B, L
5 Browning and Great Falls
Browning is headquarters for the Blackfeet Indians. Visit the Museum of the Plains Indian and its’ collection of cultural artifacts and exhibits. Then travel to Great Falls, an area that held great significance for the Lewis & Clark Expedition and visit the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. The explorers were forced to spend nearly a month around the falls in June 1805. Much of the Missouri River in this area is as it was when Lewis and Clark first viewed it over 200 years ago. Meals: B, D
6 The Gates of the Mountain Cruise
Follow in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark on a journey to the Gates of the Mountains. This historical boat trip along the Missouri River traverses spectacular cliffs towering 1,200 feet on either side. Meal: B
7 Bison Range and Flathead Lake Cruise
This morning a stop is made at the National Bison Range, a 18,500 acre range home to 350-500 American bison. Along with the bison, be on the look-out for the elk, antelope and bighorn sheep that also inhabit the range. In Polson, climb aboard The Shadow Cruiser for a narrated cruise on scenic Flathead Lake. The largest natural fresh water lake west of the Great Lakes, Flathead Lake’s breathtaking splendor is sure to please. Return to Missoula for a farewell dinner hosted by your Tour Manager. Meals: B, D
8 Travel Home
Following breakfast a group transfer to the Missoula Airport is available for flights out after 10:00 a.m. Meal: B