Glacier Park & Waterton Lakes: An International Treasure
Discover the Scenic Splendors of One of North America's Most Spectacular Alpine Environments
When naturalist John Muir visited Glacier in 1901, he wrote, “Get off the tracks at Belton Station [now West Glacier] and in a few minutes you will find yourself in the midst of what you are sure to say is the best care-killing scenery on the continent.” Muir’s words are still valid today in this beguiling landscape of peaks, meadows, wildflowers and meltwater lakes fed by rills tumbling down off the park’s namesake ice shelves. Subalpine forests and granite ridges are home to grizzly bears, mountain goats, elk and more. This rare small-group foray into the natural bounty of Glacier—plus Canada's Waterton Lakes National Park, which shares a border and an ecosystem—will refresh and energize contemporary spirits just as it did a century ago.
- Join expert guides on an intimate adventure in two of North America's most stunning national parks—you won't find another small-group natural history tour offering this combination!
- Traverse the alpine heights of the Continental Divide on the famed Going-to-the-Sun Road, and scout for bears and other wildife in out-of-the-way reaches where visitors are few
- Relax at grand lakeside lodges, replete with history and Old West atmosphere, each a national park icon in its own right
Why Choose Our Guided Small-Group Adventure?
Glacier National Park is one of America’s iconic vacation destinations. Its soaring granite peaks and classic U-shaped valleys are home to wildflowers and wildlife, not least an abundance of grizzly bears. Most travelers try to see Glacier on their own or on a bus tour, settling for a quick drive across the park surrounded by hordes of other people crowding into touristy visitor centers. As a result, they miss out on the park’s many hidden treasures—and very few venture over the border into Alberta to enjoy the equally spectacular sights of Canada's Waterton Lakes. Together, Glacier and Waterton are gems, and you deserve to experience them the way that only we do it! Read more about what makes our trip so special:
- Thinking of Doing it Yourself? We Take the Hassle Out!
You know what’s involved in planning your own trip: endless hours of research, questions, competing to get scarce reservations, then driving around trying to figure out where to go and what to do. In the process, you lose time and deal with a lot of headaches. Not only do we take the legwork and guesswork out, when you travel with us, you’ll know you are getting an experience that far surpasses what you could arrange on your own.
- Considering a Guided Tour? Why Ours is Better
Imagine trying to experience the beauty and wonder of Glacier from a bus with 45 other passengers. Now picture yourself in our small group, with just 7 guests. It’s basically your own privately guided remote adventure! It’s a far more intimate (and vastly superior) way to experience nature. We have the flexibility to quickly move to areas where wildlife has recently been spotted and to access roads and areas that motorcoaches and small buses cannot reach.
- See TWO Spectacular National Parks on Our Glacier & Waterton Itinerary
You know about America's celebrated Glacier National Park...but did know that Waterton Lakes National Park, just over the border in Alberta, boasts equally striking scenery and prolific wildlife? That's because they're part of the same ecosystem. And together, they comprise the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you're coming all the way to northern Montana to experience Glacier, why not choose our comprehensive itinerary that shows you the best of both? No other nature tour operator we know of offers this epic combination.
- A Custom-Crafted Route That Highlights Nature & Avoids Crowds
Our own staff Expedition Leaders have carefully designed our itinerary to reveal out-of-the-way corners of Glacier's diverse landscapes that big tour groups and most independent visitors miss. Our in-depth knowledge of the Glacier region allows us to take you to lesser-known areas where wildlife viewing is better and crowds are few. And you’ll see scenic vistas that are usually reserved only for hardy backcountry hikers!
- A Window Seat for Every Guest
Our private van is a real contrast to big, noisy motorcoaches. It seats 12, but because we take just 7 guests, not only does everyone get a window seat for easy photography and wildlife viewing even while we're driving, but there's plenty of room to spread out. You won't travel more comfortably!
- Expert Naturalist Guides Create a Matchless Experience
Our Expedition Leaders are professional naturalists with in-depth insight into the habitats we explore, the behavioral patterns of the wildlife we encounter, and the know-how to be in the right place at the right time to see animals and avoid crowds of other tourists. Staff Naturalist Melissa Scott often guides our Glacier & Waterton trip. With 25 years of experience, she intimately knows every trail and includes lots of special stops and surprises that the casual tourist would miss, as well as a wealth of information about everything from wildlife and biology to geology, natural history and native culture. Many people see our national parks on their own, but when you travel with our naturalist guides, you'll see, do and learn so much more. See Expedition Leader bios with traveler comments regarding the quality of our leaders.
- Our Quality-Value Guarantee Ensures Your Glacier & Waterton Adventure
With Natural Habitat Adventures, you receive our exclusive guarantee, stating clearly that we will meet the lofty expectations we set forth in our promotional materials. We think this is the most ambitious guarantee made by any adventure travel company. Read our important promise.
- Feel Good About the Way You Travel
We all care about the planet, and you can embark upon this adventure knowing that the emissions from your trip are 100% carbon-offset – Natural Habitat Adventures is the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company.
- Natural Habitat Adventures is WWF's Travel Partner
Because of our commitment to environmentally friendly travel, as well as the exceptional quality of our adventures, World Wildlife Fund – the world's leading environmental conservation organization – has named Natural Habitat as its worldwide travel partner, a designation that makes us exceedingly proud!
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