The awesome grandeur of Glacier National Park is on display from the comfort of a historic Red Bus traveling 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. Named one of the Top 100 Scenic Drives, the vistas seen from Going-to-the-Sun Road 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, enjoy an included lunch at the Lakeside Chophouse and see the Prince of Wales Hotel, one of the most photographed hotels in the world.
Meals: B, L
5 Great Falls Touring
Depart for Great Falls today. This area held great significance for the Lewis & Clark Expedition. Visit the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center and learn about the explorers who 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! Then visit The History Museum, which preserves the historical and folk heritage of the North Central Montana Region.
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.
7 Miracle of America Museum & Flathead Lake Cruise
Take the drive to Polson this morning for a visit to the Miracle of America Museum. The collection of “Americana” artifacts is in the thousands and is housed in a number of buildings. Continue up the west side of the lake to the town of Lakeside to climb aboard your vessel 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