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Grinnell Valley in Glacier National Park

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Join this 6-day tour taking you from Bozeman to Missoula via mountains, rivers, glaciers, and lakes. This six-day tour showcases the customs and histories of the Blackfeet Native American culture and the natural beauty of Montana. With a knowledgeable leader to guide the way, you will experience a landscape that has been shaped by time and nature. Ascend into this vast expanse of hillsides blanketed with ponderosa pines as you will ascend towards mountain peaks in elevation. On your journey through an old-growth redwood forest, arrive at one such peak where you will find your destination and immerse yourself in local history, and enjoy delicious picnic lunches surrounded by the scenic splendor of Montana’s mountains. If you love immersing yourself in nature, the mountains of Montana are calling your name.
 
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Highlights
  • Learn about the culture and histories of the Blackfeet Native American
  • Follow in the path of Lewis and Clark exploring the river cruise along the Missouri River
  • Hike one of the many trails in Glacier National Park
  • Explore mountains of Montana with expert naturalist guides
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Activity Level: Easy Active
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Day 1: Bozeman | Gallatin Riverside Trail Hike

Welcome to Bozeman! This Rocky Mountains town is the perfect jumping-off point for exploring the history and natural beauty of Montana. Join your group at 10 am for a Welcome Meeting then, be ready to stretch your legs on a hike that’s easy on the legs and even easier on the eyes. Wave to kayakers along the trail as you join your leader for a stroll along the Gallatin River, where mighty cliffs loom overhead and moss-covered boulders line the river banks. Stop to enjoy a picnic lunch before following in the footsteps of the explorer Lewis and Clark and venture to the Gates of the Mountains on a scenic river cruise. You’ll sail alongside limestone cliffs to a set of towering stone walls that appear to open like a gate as your boat approaches. Little has changed since the two explorers first visited this stretch of the Missouri River and the region’s untouched beauty remains.

Duration: total walking distance is approximately 9kms/5.5miles, with 70m/200ft of elevation gain and the total driving time is 1.5 hours.

Day 2: Helena | Lewis and Clark National Forest

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, hit the road to the Lewis and Clark National Forest, where you will enjoy a hike and inhale the scent of the conifers as you stroll through woody valleys and admire high mountains and grassy meadows. After lunch, continue on your way to Great Falls for our overnight stay. Tonight, enjoy a relaxing evening at your accommodation or perhaps share a meal.
 

Day 3: Badger-Two Medicine Region

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
After an early breakfast, hit the road and enjoy the scenery on the drive from Great Falls to Badger-Two Medicine. The Badger-Two Medicine region is located at the intersection of the Blackfeet Reservation, Glacier National Park, and the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex. Upon arrival, experience a traditional First Nations lunch then, have the privilege of joining a local First Nations guide for a half-day hike which offers an insight into the Blackfeet Native American people and culture and explores the secluded wilderness of Badger-Two Medicine. Learn about tribal customs, histories, and stories while experiencing a land filled with wildlife, wildflowers, alpine lakes, and mountain peaks. Then make your way to Whitefish, where you will base yourselves for two nights and your gateway to Glacier National Park. The evening is yours to enjoy as you please.

Duration: Total driving time is 4 hours. The hike is classed as moderate, a good level of fitness is required.

Day 4: Glacier National Park

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Known as the ‘Crown of the Continent, Glacier National Park offers an impressive array of activities for lovers of nature and the great outdoors. Here you can stroll past carpets of wildflowers, raft along rushing rivers, hike along mountain trails or admire the mountains reflected in crystal clear lakes. Choose your own adventure or enjoy a group hike through the park, with a picnic lunch to enjoy at one of the many scenic spots along the way. There is also the option to join a rafting tour which offers a different perspective on this renowned National Park. Tonight, keep your eyes on the skies to possibly catch a glimpse of the aurora borealis which can be seen here throughout the year.

Day 5: Whitefish, Montana

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
After breakfast, jump in your vehicle and head back into Glacier National park with its towering mountains, sweeping valleys, tumbling waterfalls, colorful wildflowers, and a wildlife-spotting galore there is plenty to see on your second day. Admire the sparkling waters of Lake McDonald, take in the highest point on the mountain at Logan Pass, and see Jackson Glacier sparkling in the distance. Your leader will choose the perfect spot for a scenic picnic lunch. Keep your camera handy as there will be plenty of photo stops along the way. Back in Whitefish, why not try one of the local craft breweries or restaurants for dinner.
 

Day 6: Missoula | Flathead Lake State Park | Return Home

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy a morning at leisure before hitting the road to Missoula and stop along the way for a walk alongside the serene waters of Flathead Lake. Stop off for one last lunch and perhaps take the time to look back with your group on all you’ve seen and done in the past week. Then, it’s onto Missoula, where the trip finishes at 3 pm and, your Montana adventure will come to an end.

Duration: Total walking distance is 1.5m/2.4kms and the total driving time is 2.5 hours.

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Hampton Inn Bozeman

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  • 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches
  • 5 Nights Accommodations
  • 5 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Professional, bilingual guide service as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
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  • Additional excursions during free time

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