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Picturesque and majestic, Glacier National Park preserves some of the most pristine wilderness in the U.S. Encompassing over 1 million acres, the park includes two mountain ranges, 150 glaciers, over 130 lakes and more than 1,000 different species of plants and animals, almost all of which are original natives to the area. The park has numerous ecosystems ranging from prairie to red cedar forests to tundra. No wonder this vast pristine ecosystem and UNESCO World Heritage is the centerpiece of what has been referred to as the "Crown of the Continent." Explore this beautiful area on a laid-back itinerary that also includes mining towns, resort adventure towns and National Historic Landmarks.
Go back in time as you visit Wallace, Idaho, famous as the "Silver Capital of the World" and where every building in town is listed in the U.S. National Historic Register. You'll enjoy a tour of the Sierra Silver Mine guided by an experienced miner, the only tour of its kind in the Northwest. Learn about forest firefighting techniques and Western lore on a fascinating tour of the Smokejumpers Base Aerial Fire Depot near Missoula. Visit St. Ignatius Mission, a National Historic site built in 1891 by Native Americans and Jesuit missionaries on what is now the Flathead Indian Reservation. And more history comes to life on a two-night stay at Many Glacier Lodge located on the shores of Swiftcurrent Lake within the park. This historic Swiss-style lodge was built in 1915 and is now both a National Historic Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
But the natural beauty of the area figures as prominently as history on this leisurely journey. You'll get your first taste of Glacier Country on a Scenic Float Trip on the Middle Fork of the Flathead River then experience more stunning views on a cruise across pristine Lake Josephine. Recall summer days when people traveled great distances to hike, fish and camp as you take the Going-to-the-Sun Road aboard vintage, open-air red buses, known as Red Jammers. These vintage motor coaches link all of the hotels and inns within the park and the road itself is a 50-mile engineering marvel that crosses the Continental Divide and offers spectacular views. More scenery awaits you from North America's longest gondola ride to the top of Silver Mountain. Conclude your adventure on the beautiful shores of Lake Coeur D'Alene where you can swim, cruise, kayak and more.
• 6 nights accommodations: 1 night in Spokane, WA; 1 night Missoula, MT; 2 nights in Glacier National Park, MT; 1 night Kalispell, MT and 1 night in Post Falls, ID
• Meals – Daily breakfast, 1 lunch and 3 dinners, including Farewell Dinner Cruise on the Spokane River
• Transportation by deluxe motor coach and services of a professional tour guide
• All entry and admission fees to National Parks and Monuments as per itinerary
• Tours – Guided tours of Sierra Silver Mine, Smokejumpers Base and St. Ignatius Mission
• Activities – Scenic float trip on the Flathead River, cruise on Josephine Lake, drive on the Going-to-the-Sun Road via vintage Red Jammer Touring Cars and Scenic Gondola Ride to the top of Silver Mountain
• Leisure - Ample free time for hiking, boating, fishing or horseback riding in Glacier National Park, on the shores of scenic Lake Coeur D’Alene and more!
Note: Pre-tour and post-tour hotel nights in Spokane are available. Inquire at time of booking.
Day 1 – Arrive in Spokane
Fly into Spokane, Washington today and transfer to your hotel by shuttle. Upon arrival at the Red Lion River Inn, located on the banks of the Spokane River and in the heart of downtown, meet your Tour Director who will assist with hotel check-in and information on how to spend your free time. This evening enjoy a Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers.
Accommodation: Red Lion River Inn - 1 night
Day 2 – Sierra Silver Mine & Smokejumpers Base Aerial Fire Depot
This morning depart Spokane and travel east into Idaho, skirting the banks of Lake Coeur D' Alene as we travel east to the historic mining town of Wallace, Idaho. It is famous as the "Silver Capital of the World" and every building in town is listed in the U.S. National Historic Register.
Enjoy the Sierra Silver Mine tour, the only tour of its kind in the Northwest. On the short trip to and from the mine portal, a narrated tour is given of Historic Wallace. Hard hats are issued at the portal and an experienced miner is your guide as you walk through the main drift of the mine. Displays and exhibits are explained so people of all ages may safely observe equipment in operation and see modern and historical techniques used to mine silver, lead and zinc.
Later, enjoy lunch at the historic Jameson Hotel then continue eastward to Montana for touring of the Smokejumpers Base Aerial Fire Depot near Missoula. Displays include dioramas, historical photographs and artifacts relating to the history of firefighting in the Forest Service. Forest Service smokejumpers give guided tours of the base and offer firsthand accounts of firefighting and smokejumping. Arrive at your hotel in Missoula with the evening free for dinner on your own.
Accommodation: Best Western Plus Grant Creek Inn - 1 night
Day 3 – Big Fork & Flathead River Float Trip
Depart Missoula this morning and enter the Flathead Indian Reservation with a stop at the St. Ignatius Mission. This National Historic Site was built in 1891 by American Indians and Jesuit missionaries. Adorning its walls and ceilings are 58 hand-painted murals by Brother Joseph Carignano, a self-taught artist who worked as the mission cook and handyman. Continue north to the shores of beautiful Flathead Lake for a scatter lunch on own in Big Fork. Big Fork, the "Village by the Bay" is home to wonderful art galleries and restaurants.
This afternoon get your first taste of Glacier Country as we enjoy a Scenic Float Trip on the Middle Fork of the Flathead River. Starting from West Glacier, pass through a steep, walled canyon and see where the Middle and North Forks of the Flathead come together to form the southern tip of Glacier National Park. This is a relaxing trip for all ages. After a fun filled experience, continue along the boundary of Glacier National Park on the way to East Glacier for a rest stop.
We then enter Glacier National Park for a two-night stay at Many Glacier Lodge located on the shores of Swiftcurrent Lake. This beautiful Swiss style lodge was constructed in 1915 and is now a National Historic Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In keeping with the era in which the hotel was built, the rooms offer guests modest amenities and old-world style accommodations resulting in a one-of-a kind, National Park lodging experience. Dinner tonight is included.
Accommodation: Many Glacier Lodge - 2 nights
Days 4 – Glacier National Park
See and feel the grandeur that makes Glacier National Park "The Crown of the Continent." Board the sightseeing boat Chief Two Guns for a cruise on Swiftcurrent Lake, then take a short 300-yard walk over the hill to Lake Josephine. Here the Morning Eagle awaits your arrival for a cruise on this pristine lake. After a morning filled with stunning beauty, return to Many Glacier Lodge with the rest of the day free to enjoy the scenery, do some optional activities or just relax and soak it all in. Your guide will assist with optional activities such as hiking, horseback riding, fishing, jeep tours, canoeing and more.
Day 5 – Going-to-the-Sun Road
Today experience Glacier National Park via the world famous Going-to-the-Sun Road which travels through magnificent snow-capped peaks, gleaming lakes and the virgin forests of the McDonald Valley. First, travel to beautiful St. Mary Valley then board vintage Red Jammer Touring Cars that will take you on a 52-mile drive that crests the Continental Divide at Logan Pass and is famous for its majestic mountains and deep valley floors.
After a stunning ride, stop at Lake McDonald Lodge located on the west side of the park with free time to explore and have lunch on you own. Optional boat cruises on Lake McDonald are available. Continue to the small town of Kalispell and your hotel with the evening free.
Accommodation: Red Lion Kalispell - 1 night
Day 6 – Silver Mountain & Lake Coeur D’Alene
After breakfast, depart and travel west returning to Idaho. Arrive at Silver Mountain Resort in Kellogg and enjoy a Scenic Gondola Ride to the top of Silver Mountain on North America's longest gondola - a 3.1 mile journey from Kellogg to the Mountain House. Enjoy fresh mountain air, nature's beauty and a delicious lunch at the top.
This afternoon we arrive at the most picturesque lake of them all, Lake Coeur D' Alene. Explore the fun lakeside village with free time for shopping and some optional activities such as a boat cruise, seaplane air tour or a sea kayaking excursion on the lake. After this exciting day, it is just a short drive to your hotel in Post Falls, Idaho located on the banks of the Spokane River. Tonight, join the group for a wonderful Farewell Dinner Cruise on the River Queen paddle boat.
Accommodation: Red Lion Templin’s Hotel - 1 night
Day 7 – Depart for home
After breakfast, depart for the airport for your flight home.
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